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Girls’ high schools: MV’s Huckins scores 1,000th career point

  • Merrimack Valley guard Carly Huckins drives past Bishop Brady guard Kaylee Smith during the first half on Saturday, January 5, 2018. GEOFF FORESTER

  • Merrimack Valley’s Carly Huckins (13) goes up for a layup as Coe-Brown’s Shannon Riley (34) defends during Friday's game at Merrimack Valley High School in Penacook on Jan. 15, 2016. ELIZABETH FRANTZ

Monitor staff
Published: 1/26/2019 12:17:47 AM

Hanover didn’t make it easy, but Carly Huckins still earned her 1,000th point the same way she achieved everything else in her basketball career – hard work.

The senior point guard went up for a shot off a screen from 3-point range with five seconds left and was fouled. Huckins connected on all three free throws, completing the 10-point effort she needed to give her exactly 1,000 for her career, giving Merrimack Valley something to celebrate in a 60-37 loss on the road.

“They didn’t make it easy for her, but at the end of day she ended up getting it,” Merrimack Valley head coach Bob McNutt said. “We’re all proud of her. She’s been great all year. She hasn’t mentioned (1,000 points) at all. She wanted it tonight.”

Despite playing on the road in Hanover, Huckins still had many friends and relatives there to witness her become the sixth player in program history to reach the 1,000-point milestone.

Huckins’s 10 points was a team-high in the loss to the third-place Marauders.

Junior Miah Boucher (nine points) and freshman Alyssa Woodman (seven points) were the other top scorers for the Pride.

McNutt and his squad knew that this would be a tough matchup, so he was pleased that the Pride was still in the game at halftime (28-17) and after the third quarter (43-31), before the Marauders put the game out of reach in the fourth.

“We battled hard in the first half, but Hanover is athletic. They’re fast,” McNutt said. “We couldn’t keep up in the fourth. We continued to play hard, but eventually our legs got to us. (Hanover) is explosive. They’re a very good team. I’m proud that the girls battled hard.”

Although the game was out of reach by the time Huckins went to the line with five seconds to go, that didn’t diminish the moment.

“It was special,” McNutt said. “She deserves it. She’s a special kid. She’s worked really hard for it for four years. ... We can definitely take some positives from the game and the way we battled hard.”

Girls’ Basketball

Manchester Central 56, Concord 44

Key players: Concord – Jordyn Lengle (10 points), Ky Buchholz (10 points), Caroline Clark (9 points)

Highlights: The Crimson Tide trailed by seven with 1:30 left in the game, but had some costly turnovers, and Central made a few more shots than Concord to seal the win.

Coach’s quote: “We competed, we just didn’t do some of the little things that would have allowed us to win the game. We continued to play hard, gave ourselves a chance down the stretch. Our magic number is five. We need to find a way to win five more games to have a chance to get in the playoffs.” – Concord’s Tim LaTorra

Records: Manchester Central 7-2; Concord 3-8

Bow 58, Sanborn 44

Key players: Bow – Lauren Goyette (21 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals), Taylor Burhnam (15 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals), Jessica Chamberlin (10 points, 9 rebounds)

Highlights: Sanborn came within one of the Falcons in the second half, but that’s when Bow upped the defensive pressure to secure the win.

Records: Bow 5-7; Sanborn 6-6

Coe-Brown 48, Stevens 45

Key players: Coe-Brown – Lauren Curtin (9 points, 4 rebounds), Valentina White (7 points), Natalie Harris (6 points, 5 rebounds), Angeline Rene (6 points, 5 rebounds), Meski Wallace (6 points)

Highlights: The Bears led 24-15 at halftime, but the Cardinals gradually chipped away, cutting Coe-Brown’s lead to four points at the end of the third quarter. It stayed close in the fourth, but White connected on a pair of free throws with 45 seconds left to open the Bears’ lead back up to six points, sealing the win.

Records: Coe-Brown 5-4; Stevens 2-10

Hollis Brookline 57, Pembroke 34

Key players: Pembroke – Ashley Stephens (14 points, 5 rebounds, 2 blocks)

Highlights: Hollis Brookline came out strong from the start and took a 17-2 lead in the first quarter.

Coach’s quote: “Hollis Brookline is a talented team. Our girls played intense until the end and worked to get better each possession.” – Pembroke’s Michaela Champlin

Records: Hollis Brookline 10-2; Pembroke 3-8

John Stark 45, Plymouth 30

Key players: John Stark – Chelsea Woodsum (16 points, 9 rebounds); Anna Strenger (10 points, 4 steals), Lilli Stogner (6 points, 10 rebounds)

Highlights: After a poor shooting first half, John Stark outscored Plymouth, 14-4, in the third quarter.

Coach's quote: “Tough night shooting for both teams, so it was nice to come away with a victory.” – John Stark’s Bruce Johnson

Records: John Stark 9-3; Plymouth 2-7

Bishop Brady 71, Oyster River 42

Key players: Bishop Brady – Ami Rivera (16 points 5 assists), Marissa Payne (15 points, 11 rebounds), Halle Laramie (10 points), Riley Marsh (9 points, defense), Kaylee Smith (8 points)

Highlights: The Giants had an exceptionally strong start to the second half to put away the Bobcats.

Coach’s quote: “It was a well-rounded team effort. Lots of solid contributions by all. Players stepped up off the bench, providing good spark defensively.” – Bishop Brady’s Annie Alosa

Records: Bishop Brady 8-3; Oyster River 5-7

Kearsarge 47, Manchester West 19

Key players: Kearsarge – Erin Wheeler (11 points), Livi Hernon (9 points), Elle Camp

Highlights: Kearsarge got out to a quick 15-0 lead in the first quarter and extended its lead to 29-8 at the half.

Coach’s quote: “We played very well from the start. Our starting five played very well and the bench continued that effort tonight. Proud of the team and the effort tonight.” – Kearsarge’s Keith Roberts

Records: Kearsarge 5-5; Manchester West 1-11

Hopkinton 45, Somersworth 16

Key players: Hopkinton – Katie Meserve (9 points, 7 rebounds), Brooke Carlson (8 points, defense), Maddie Bishop (defense)

Highlights: The Hawks led wire-to-wire to pick up their eighth win of the season.

Coach’s quote: “Great team effort tonight as we shared the ball and played solid defense. Nice to have all 12 players contribute on both ends of the floor.” – Hopkinton’s Pat Roye

Records: Hopkinton 8-4; Somersworth 1-12

White Mountains 60, Franklin 16

Coach’s quote: “We are just struggling to score and it puts us in an early hole.” – Franklin’s JJ Winters

Records: White Mountains 9-4; Franklin 3-10

Inter-Lakes 48, Belmont 43

Key players: Belmont – Julianna Estremera (21 points), Molly Sottak (5 points), Morgan Hall (4 points), Katie Galambos (defense), Lizzie Fleming (defense)

Highlights: The Raiders led 30-22 at halftime, but had a little foul trouble in the second half and the Lakers took advantage of some turnovers to come from behind for the win.

Records: Inter-Lakes 9-3; Belmont 5-7

Newmarket 45, Pittsfield 28

Key players: Pittsfield – Haylee Gilleney (15 points, 5 rebounds), Cora Lemay (5 points, 8 rebounds), Destinee Ellis (6 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals)

Highlights: Pittsfield stayed close with Newmarket, trailing, 21-16, at halftime, but the Mules outscored the Panthers, 16-3, in the third and the Panthers couldn’t close the gap in the fourth.

Coach’s quote: “We had three strong quarters and played pretty even with them, but that third quarter did us in and we couldn’t recover from it.” – Pittsfield’s Heidi Hall

Records: Newmarket 8-5; Pittsfield 2-12

Girls’ Alpine skiing

Concord tied 1st

Key players: Concord – Savanah Shannon (3rd), Grace Devanny (6th), Sophia Shea (7th), Frederica Cassina (10th)

Highlights: Concord tied for first in a four-team slalom race at Mount Sunapee. The Tide and Bishop Guertin both finished with 378 points, while Londonderry and Winnacunnet tied for third with 362 points each.

Pembroke tied 3rd GS, 4th slalom

Key players: Pembroke – Jessica Boyajian (4th GS, 12th slalom), Molly Keyes (15th GS, 15th slalom), Katherine Muise (17th slalom, 20th GS), Alyssa Merrill (21st slalom), Hannah Brown (22nd GS),

Highlights: The Spartans finished in the middle of the pack in a five-team meet at King Pine, tying for third in the giant slalom and fourth in the slalom. Kennett won the slalom portion of the meet with 390 points, topping Oyster River (373), Kingswood (369), Pembroke (343) and Portsmouth (335). In the GS portion, Kingswood won with 373 points, followed by Oyster River (365), Pembroke (353), Portsmouth (353) and Kennett (285).

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