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Conant girls lose to alumni

Boys team knocks off alum squad

  • The Conant girls varsity team lost to the girls alumni team 32-26 on Friday, Nov. 29.
  • The Conant girls varsity team lost to the girls alumni team 32-26 on Friday, Nov. 29.
  • The Conant girls varsity team lost to the girls alumni team 32-26 on Friday, Nov. 29.
  • The Conant girls varsity team lost to the girls alumni team 32-26 on Friday, Nov. 29.
  • The Conant girls varsity team lost to the girls alumni team 32-26 on Friday, Nov. 29.

Friday night marked the first chance for anyone – including new Conant girls head coach Dan Rosenfield – to have a look at the Orioles varsity squad in actual gameplay. And at that first look, Conant appeared to be further along than anyone could have expected.

The Orioles came out strong in the first half of the annual alumni game, which pits the varsity team against a collection of graduated players. Behind strong play from frontcourt duo Sarah Gonsalves and Heather Bilodeau, the Orioles jumped out to a 21-11 halftime lead.

The second half, however, was an different story altogether. Just as the Conant alumni started to shake the rust off and get back into their groove, the Orioles’ varsity started to tire. The alumni went on a huge run, outscoring the varsity 21-5 in the second half. By the time Madison Chadbourne hit a three-pointer with five minutes remaining in the game to tie the score at 24, the momentum was slready shifted entirely to the alumni team. The final score was 32-26 in favor of the alums.

“We were much better in the first half, when we were fresher,” Rosenfield said.

Even in the loss, there were plenty of positives to take away for the Orioles’ varsity. Gonsalves ripped down 11 boards to go along with 8 points and looked like a real force in the paint. Bilodeau, only medically cleared to play two days beforehand, started and played significant minutes; her broken foot seems to be a thing of the past. Katie Chadbourne and Megan Wheeler both looked excellent at the guard position.

The boys alumni game went in favor of the varsity team, which won 51-49. Eli Hodgson led the way with 15 points; Rob O’Brien scored 8 and Kyle Carland put in 7. Devin Springfield, last year’s DIII player of the year, was the game’s leading scorer with 18 points. Taylor Griffin added 13 for the alumni team.

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