Girls basketball

Conant to face Somersworth Thursday

The Conant girls basketball team couldn’t have ended their regular season on a higher note. The Orioles were riding a four-game winning streak into Friday night’s game against powerhouse Fall Mountain, and the momentum didn’t stop, as Conant pulled off an upset victory, winning 30-28.

“Friday night, I think, showed some kids that they have come further than they understood,” Conant head coach Dan Rosenfield said. After a few tough midseason losses to ConVal and Stevens, “it would have been easy to fold up our tents,” Rosenfield said, but that’s exactly the opposite of what they did.

Conant lost to Fall Mountain twice already this year before pulling out the win and earning a first-round bye in the playoffs. That bye comes at the expense of a home playoff game; instead, the No. 10 Orioles will travel to No. 7 Somersworth.

“My best guess is that it’s going to be a competitive game,” Rosenfield said. “We’re going to go up there and do our best.”

Conant will be without reserves Brooke Juntunen and Amberley Olsson, thanks to school vacation week, but they will get a boost from the return of guard Kelsey Martin, who missed much of the season due to injury. Her spark on the court will add to the intensity of an already fired-up Oriole team.

“The girls are ready,” Rosenfield said. “They’d leave in five minutes if there was a bus warmed up.”

Conant travels to Somersworth Thursday at 7 p.m.

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