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ConVal girls’ basketball clinches first playoff berth since 2009

  • ConVal senior guard Kalbie Grassett brings the ball upcourt as the girls' basketball team beat Milford on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' basketball team hosted Milford on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' basketball team hosted Milford on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' basketball team hosted Milford on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' basketball team hosted Milford on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' basketball team hosted Milford on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • ConVal’s Lindsey Carey gets a layup in the second half of the Cougars’ win over Milford. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • The ConVal girls' basketball team hosted Milford on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, February 26, 2018

All five of ConVal’s seniors started their senior night game against Milford Friday, and all five would end it in style. Sarah Dauphinais, Natalia Hautanen, Kalbie Grassett, Grace Woodhead and Riley Codman came off the floor with under two minutes left to fervent applause, the Cougars up soundly over the Spartans on the way to a 39-22 victory.

“It’s their last time in this gym for a game - it’s a special night,” said head coach Kevin Proctor. “They’re going to remember it for the rest of their lives. I thought it was perfect.”

The win clinched ConVal’s first playoff berth since 2009. The Cougars finished their season at 8-10, going 4-2 from their turning-point win over Souhegan to clinch the 15th seed in Division II.

“It feels really good,” said Dauphinais, who’ll get her first taste of the postseason after toiling for years with no end in sight. “I’m excited.”

The Cougars had to beat 3-15 Milford to get into the postseason, and they did it with ease, and with good defense. ConVal held the Spartans to just six first-half points – Milford scored just once in the second quarter and never let up. Meanwhile, Lindsey Carey continued her first-team All-State campaign by scoring a game-high 20 points with four three-pointers and going 4-4 from the free throw line. Carey is the third-leading scorer in Division II at 18.3 ppg.

Rachyl Parslow scored eight points and Hautanen added six.

“It’s crazy to think about,” Carey said. “Two years ago, we were winless and now we’re 15th in the playoffs. It’s just the best feeling ever.”

In Proctor’s first year as coach, the Cougars showed improvement, staying in control, not falling victim to emotion or letting a string of turnovers or defeats get them down.

“This group has just been really steady the whole year,” Proctor said. “They don’t let the highs get too high, they don’t let the lows get too low. They’ve just been really steady and they just focus on the next practice. They don’t get worked up and caught up in the wins and losses.”

ConVal will open the playoffs Tuesday night at 6 p.m. at No. 2 Lebanon (16-2). Lebanon beat ConVal 60-19 back on Jan. 5.

“We have three goals - keep the other team under 40 points, win the rebound battle and stay under 20 turnovers,” Carey said. “I think those are still pretty good goals to shoot for [against Lebanon]. There’s definitely been upsets before, a lot bigger than the one we have now. We’re looking for a win and we’re going to put in as much work before as we can.”