WLC girls snag first win of season

Coming into Friday night’s game against Epping, the WLC girls basketball team needed a win in the worst way – and that was just what they got. The Warriors battled foul trouble, poor free throw shooting and tight officiating to come away with their first win of the year.

“We were really happy to come out with it, because we had a horrible game from the foul line,” head coach Dennis Claire said. The Warriors went 4-for-18 from the line on the night, but were able to pull out a one-point victory after Sarah Holka hit two big jumpers, one with 13 seconds remaining, to put the Warriors ahead 36-35. Epping had one last shot at a game-winner when they inbounded the ball with six seconds left; after a pair of successful inbounds plays earlier in the game, Claire knew that the Warriors had to buckle down on defense and stop the set play.

“They had these two inbounds plays – I don’t have much hair left, but they almost took care of the rest of it,” Claire said. The Warriors played straight up defense on that final possession and forced Epping into a tough shot that missed, just after the buzzer sounded.

With senior point guard Sami Bosquet in foul trouble much of the game, Ally Schwab once again led the Warriors with 12 points. WLC (1-4) plays at Mascenic (1-3) tonight at 7 p.m.

∎ The ConVal girls basketball team played two wildly different games last week. In the first, a 55-45 home victory over Pelham, the Cougars were led by the outstanding performance of senior guard Jess Nerz, who scored a game-high 31 points to go along with four assists and three rebounds. The Cougars broke open a 20-20 halftime score with a 13-4 third quarter run. Pelham closed the gap with two minutes left to 49-45, at which point sophomore Sasha Brock hit two free throws to open the lead to six. Sophomore Jordan Mills then hit a driving layup on the next possession and freshman Hanna Reinfrank blocked two shots down the stretch to preserve the Cougars’ second win of the season. Megan Buydos also played well and led the team with 8 rebounds.

The Cougars then traveled to Hollis-Brookline on Friday. ConVal was dominated by the pressure of Hollis right from the opening tip and never were able to mount any run, eventually losing 70-29. The Cougars were again led by Jess Nerz who had 15; Sasha Brock added six with two three-point field goals. Megan Buydos continued to play well defensively and had seven steals and six rebounds. ConVal is now 2-2 and next plays at home on Friday evening as part of a boys/girls doubleheader.

∎ The Conant girls basketball team went winless last week, falling to 3-3 after facing three tough teams on the road. After losing to 4-0 Campbell and 7-1 Hopkinton, the Orioles traveled to 4-1 Fall Mountain on Friday night and lost again, 51-42. Even after three straight losses, the nine-point loss indicates some improvement from the beginning of the season; Conant lost to Fall Mountain by 24 when they played in the Keene holiday tournament.

Sophomore center Sarah Gonsalves had 12 points and 10 rebounds on Friday night; senior forward Heather Bilodeau had three points, six rebounds and three steals and Katie Chadbourne led the Orioles with 18 point to go with her four rebounds and two assists.

∎ ConVal’s boys team lost to Hollis-Brookline on Friday night 71-53. Jordan Moore and Jaymes Finley led the Cougars in scoring with 11 points apiece. Adam Lundsted came off the bench to score 10 and Will Chambers played with tremendous energy off the bench as he tried to spark a Cougar comeback. ConVal is now 0-4.

∎ The ConVal wrestling team traveled to Milford for a dual meet Thursday night, which the Cougars lost 55-13. John Norton, Andrew Hunt and Adam Smullen won their individual matches. On Saturday, the wrestling team traveled to Concord for a tri-meet with DI teams Bishop Guertin and Concord. Conval lost to Bishop Guertin 42-18 and Concord 36-12. Adam Smullen (160 pounds) and Jordan Loll (220 pound) were 2-0 on the day with two pins each. Jake Rupp (152 pounds) won a match by pin. ConVal will travel to Manchester West Wednesday at 7 p.m.

∎ The ConVal junior varsity girls basketball took on the visiting Pythons of Pelham last week and came out on top, 44-35. ConVal took the lead in the first quarter and never let it go. Abby Cail led ConVal with a team-high of 16 points. Right behind her was Kassidy Green with 11.

ConVal then traveled to Hollis-Brookline on Friday. After the Cavaliers jumped out to a 14-0 lead, the Cougars outscored them the rest of the game, but the lead was insurmountable, and ConVal lost 29-16.

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