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WLC girls basketball wins opener

The Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball team opened up its 2012-13 season with a 45-33 victory over Newmarket on Friday.

The Warriors outscored the Mules in all four quarters and never trailed after the first.

With Newmarket down two starters, WLC took full advantage with a strong defensive effort and an aggressive offensive approach.

The Warriors took a 14-8 lead after the first and stretched it to nine at the half, 27-18. The WLC advantage stood at 10 going into the fourth.

In the second half, the Warriors’ lead over Newmarket never dipped below eight points.

“Once we got the lead, we never gave it up,” said coach Dennis Claire. “We played OK.”

WLC had a distinct advantage in free throw attempts. The Warriors were 11-for-27 in the game, while Newmarket hit just four of its eight chances.

Even with some early foul trouble, the Warriors were able to go deep into their bench for production, playing nine on the night. Claire said the difference in the game was the play of WLC’s reserves.

Senior Deanna Davidson and sophomore Kelsey Randlett posted 11 points each, accounting for almost half of WLC’s points. Randlett was 5-for-6 from the free throw line.

Despite playing just half the game due to foul trouble, sophomore Jenna Bragdon scored nine points. Junior Sami Bosquet and freshman Ally Schwab each scored four points.

Each team committed quite a few turnovers, something Claire chalked up to first-game jitters.

“It was a typical opening night of basketball for most teams,” said Claire.

WLC began last year with five straight losses before finishing with an 8-11 record overall. The Warriors split the season series with Newmarket last season.

WLC hosts Sunapee tonight at 7 p.m. and will travel to Hinsdale on Friday.

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