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Conant, Mascenic land players in underclassmen game

  • The Conant boys basketball team dropped its first game of the season, 65-63 to Campbell on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant and Mascenic varsity basketball teams played a double header, which also acted as a Hoops for Steve fund-raiser, on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Mascenic boys basketball team defeated Wilton-Lyndeborough 57-38 on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant girls basketball team takes on Campbell in the season opener on Dec. 4, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

Four local basketball players will be playing one more time this season after being named to the rosters for the Granite All-Star Underclassmen Showcase.

The top six underclassmen in the all-state voting from each division will participate in the games at the New Hampshire Technical Institute in Concord on March 22. The girls game will be played at 5:30 p.m. and the boys tip off at 7 p.m.

Conant juniors Robert O’Brien and Eli Hodgson, along with Mascenic sophomore Jared Stauffeneker will be among the 24 boys players to take the court. O’Brien and Hodgson are coming off a Division III championship game win over Campbell on Saturday, while Stauffeneker’s Vikings finished one spot out of the playoffs.

Conant freshman Madison Springfield, who led the Orioles to the No. 1 seed and the Division III semifinals, will take part in the girls game.

Springfield was dominant in her first season at Conant. She scored 20.2 points per game this season with a career-high of 30 coming against Kearsarge on Dec. 13 to go along with 12 rebounds, five assists and five steals.

And that was just one of her many outstanding performances. She scored 28 each against Campbell, last year’s D-III runner-up, and a Bishop Brady team that entered the match-up undefeated.

Springfield averaged 11.2 rebounds per game and finished with 15 double-doubles in 21 games. She had a season-high 19 rebounds against Hopkinton to complement her 26 points. She also averaged 2.8 assists and 2.3 steals.

O’Brien was the second leading scorer on the championship winning Orioles. He finished with 14.1 points per game and led the way with five assists in the regular season. He had seven games with seven or more assists, including a season best nine at Hillsboro-Deering on Dec. 18.

O’Brien scored a season-high 22 points in a 70-37 victory at Campbell on Feb. 19, helping Conant get a little revenge for an earlier two-point loss at home — the only defeat of the season. He finished with a game-high 21 points in Saturday’s championship game 66-46 victory, scoring nine in the fourth quarter.

Out of 24 total games, O’Brien scored double digits in 20 of them. He also averaged 2.8 rebounds and 3.1 steals per game.

Stauffeneker had a breakout season, as he became the go-to offensive threat for the Vikings.

His most memorable moment of the year came on Feb. 18 at Monadnock, with Mascenic in need of a win to keep any playoff hopes alive. In the 95-89 overtime win, Stauffeneker scored a school record 57 points, including 22 in the fourth quarter and 13 more in overtime after having just 11 at the half.

It was just one of many impressive offensive performances for the Vikings’ starting point guard.

He scored 37 in a win over Division IV Hinsdale and also had 39 in the Keene State College Holiday Tournament against Newport, which made it to the D-III semifinals.

Stauffeneker finished with double figures in 17 of 18 regular season games and had eight games with 20 or more points.

Hodgson was a consistent low post presence for the Orioles, but also had the ability to step outside and knock down some long range jumpers. Hodgson finished the season with 9.1 points per game and a team-leading 7.6 rebounds.

He had 19 games with at least six rebounds and six where he reached double figures. Hodgson set a career-high with 13 rebounds versus Kearsarge on Dec. 14 and matched that production at Stevens in late January, where he also scored a career high 18 — one of his four double doubles.

Hodgson averaged 2.1 steals and shot 52 percent from the floor.

The underclassmen games kick off the NH Basketball Coaches All-Star Weekend at NHTI and will be followed on Saturday with the annual senior games.

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