Teams make good use of the holiday tournament

  • The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College on Dec. 20-22, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College on Dec. 20-22, 2012.

    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.

    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.

    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.

    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.

    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.

    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.

    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.

    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.

    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.

    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.

    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.

    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.

    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.

    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.

    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.

    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.

    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.

    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.

    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.

    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.

    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.

    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.

    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.

    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.

    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.

    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.

    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.

    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.

    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • DiTommaso hopes to get one more chance at a state championship this year and a add a second title to her resume.

    DiTommaso hopes to get one more chance at a state championship this year and a add a second title to her resume.

  • The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.

    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • Sami Bosquet handles the rock for the Warriors.<br/>

    Sami Bosquet handles the rock for the Warriors.

  • This year's ConVal team is Jess Nerz's to lead.

    This year's ConVal team is Jess Nerz's to lead.

  • The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College on Dec. 20-22, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • DiTommaso hopes to get one more chance at a state championship this year and a add a second title to her resume.
  • The Conant, ConVal and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams played in the annual holiday tournament at Keene State College Dec. 20-22, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • Sami Bosquet handles the rock for the Warriors.<br/>
  • This year's ConVal team is Jess Nerz's to lead.

Come late February, these games won’t matter.

They will have no bearing on a team’s win-loss record or what seed they earn in the playoffs. But coaches and players from area girls basketball teams still want to take full advantage of the annual holiday tournament held at Keene State College over the weekend.

If not for the three-day event, most teams would have been looking at a layoff of more than two weeks between games. And this early in the season, it could cause a lot of issues when regular season play resumes the first week in January.

Not only did the tournament give teams some game action during the holiday break, but it allowed for coaches to work on things without the fear of it costing them a win and subsequently playoff positioning down the road. They could tinker with lineups, give more time to their bench players and work on those new plays they are trying to incorporate into the team’s repertoire.

“I’m going to use the other girls. I’m going to use them all,” said WLC coach Dennis Claire after Thursday’s game. “I want them to play a little bit more because it’s a Christmas tournament.”

It also allows to play some different competition. Of the three first round games on Thursday, Conant and ConVal both played teams they will not see in the regular season. Only Wilton-Lyndeborough, which fell to Hinsdale 42-39 in the tournament opener, plays its opponent this year.

“It’s good to have a variety of opponents,” said Conant senior Margaret Maloy. “I see it as an opportunity to see where we are as a team. It’s more of a hard practice for us to just work on things because we need to.”

The Orioles typically play Newport, who they cruised past 50-27, but do not in 2012-13. The Cougars used to match-up with Fall Mountain every year before the Wildcats dropped down a division. ConVal fell in its opening game 69-49.

“The more practice we get the better,” said ConVal senior Marena Brock prior to Thursday’s game. “We’re building, so you want the younger kids to get even more time than they already have.”

And it was much of the same on the second day, as Conant played Hinsdale and WLC squared off with Newport, neither a team they will play the rest of the way. Conant and Hinsdale both entered the game undefeated. Each was 5-0 in their respective divisions prior to the tournament. ConVal, on the other hand, took on Monadnock, a team it defeated by 12 on Tuesday.

There are only positives to look at when discussing the role a holiday tournament can play in the development of a team. For the Warriors, it should easily bring on a lot of confidence. WLC played Hinsdale in the third game of the season and lost by 27. On Thursday, the Warriors had a chance to tie, but missed a shot at the buzzer.

“This game was so close and we definitely stepped it up compared to the last game we played them,” said WLC junior Sami Bosquet. “Now we know we can beat them.”

For Conant, it is a chance to get better. Sure the Orioles were undefeated entering the tournament, but with only eight players on a team that includes two freshmen and three sophomores, any chance to play together is a good thing.

“Everybody gets to play a lot and we’re only going to get in even better shape,” said Conant coach Nick Hill. “And I’d rather not have to play two or three teams that we play in the regular season. This is a time to see new teams and how we play.”

The same goes for Conval. The Cougars have just two seniors on the team and with it being just the second year for coach Brian Pickering, the more comfortable the team gets the better it bodes for the second half of the season.

“His main thing is to make the team better,” said Brock. “Anything more than a week off is not good for your mind cause you get out of the game mentality.”

So entering Thursday’s play, all three teams would have liked to win the whole thing, but it wasn’t the main goal.

The directive was to be better at the end of the three games in three days tournament than they were prior to the start of it.

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