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Huskies stifle CV

  • ConVal’s Emma Hixson goes up between two Monadnock defenders Thursday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • The ConVal girls' basketball team hosted Monadnock on Thursday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' basketball team hosted Monadnock on Thursday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' basketball team hosted Monadnock on Thursday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • ConVal’s Lindsey Carey goes up for two in a crowd of Huskies. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • The ConVal girls' basketball team hosted Monadnock on Thursday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' basketball team hosted Monadnock on Thursday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' basketball team hosted Monadnock on Thursday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' basketball team hosted Monadnock on Thursday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Monadnock had one goal in mind Thursday night: stop Lindsey Carey.

“She’s very good,”said Monadnock head coach Curt Dutilley of the ConVal junior star. “She’s going to go off. She’s going to have some nights, and she’s going to put up some huge numbers.”

With all the Husky eyes on her, Carey still got off to a hot start, with six points in the first quarter as ConVal and Monadnock kept it close.

Then, the Huskies revealed part two of their strategy. First, they doubled Kalbie Grassett as she brought the ball upcourt in hopes of forcing some turnovers. Naturally, Grassett looked to give up the ball, usually to Carey in the backcourt. Once the Huskies had established the double-team, they bluffed it, and dropped one of the defenders back onto Carey, so that Grassett had nowhere to go and no one to pass to. The result? Twenty-six ConVal turnovers, and an ugly scoring drought.

“We’re a really athletic team,” said head coachKevin Proctor. “We’ve got some really smart, hard-working kids, so I think the more we work on it, the basketball plays will start to evolve and that confidence will start to build, but I think those things take time.”

With Carey smothered, she looked to distribute the ball, and there were open players on the wing. But the Cougars simply couldn’t put the ball in the basket. Aside from Carey’s output, ConVal scored just four points, and Monadnock won it 32-18.

“The first day, I told them, we all have to be scorers,”

Proctor said. “We all have to rip and look at the rim, we all have to look to cut to the basket, we all have to get to the foul line, and that’s what it is. That’s the message they’ve been hearing since day one, they know it, and it’s just a matter of time.”

Even with their scoring woes — ConVal scored just two in the second quarter and went nearly the entire third without scoring — the defense looked dominant. The Cougars actually cut the lead to single digits in the fourth quarter.

“We don’t need to score that many points to win, we just need to make sure the other team doesn’t,” Proctor said.

The girls will get more reps as they play in the Manchester Central tourney over the break and return to NHIAA action on Jan. 5 at Lebanon. With a little more experience, the Cougars should be ready to ride their defense to some more victories.

“I feel like one game, everything will just click,” Carey said.