Weekend wrapup; look ahead at full slate of girls games tonight

The Mascenic girls basketball team defeated Wilton-Lyndeborough 33-32 on Monday Jan. 7, 2013.

(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

The Mascenic girls basketball team defeated Wilton-Lyndeborough 33-32 on Monday Jan. 7, 2013. (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

The Conant boys team played their last preseason game on Saturday at the Coaches For A Cause jamboree at Alvirne High School. Conant was matched up against a tough Manchester Central team; the Orioles put up a good fight playing up against a DI team, but they ultimately fell 66-51.

Rob O’Brien scored 25 points and got to the line over and over again, going 14-for-16 from the charity stripe. He also grabbed five rebounds. Eli Hodgson scored 16 points to go along with his eight rebounds, and Kyle Carland and Josh Degrenier added four points and three assists apiece.

“Guys played hard all night and really competed,” head coach Eric Saucier said. “They represented the school and our program well and showed we can play with anyone. With that said, we still have a lot of room for improvement and need to keep working if we want to reach our goals.”

Conant’s regular season starts on Sunday at Bishop Brady at 3 p.m.

∎ The Mascenic boys also played in a jamboree tournament on Saturday, traveling to Newfound for what turned out to be a five-game day. The Vikings won all five of their contests, which were 20-minute, running time affairs. Mascenic beat Newfound 28-23, Winnisquam 27-21, Inter-Lakes 31-24, Pittsfield 34-15 and Belmont 38-20.

“We kept playing better as the day went on,” head coach Jay Starr said. “Lots of guys stepped up and played well.”

The Vikings look to be in good shape heading into their season opener next Tuesday at Conant (7 p.m.).

∎ The Wilton-Lyndeborough girls team rekindles one of their biggest school rivalries tonight in their season opener at Sunapee. The Warriors return to the scene of their heartbreaking soccer playoff loss (in controversial fashion) at the hands of the Lakers, and it’s a safe bet that Sami Bosquet, Kelsey Randlett and the rest of the WLC athletes who play both soccer and basketball haven’t quite put that one out of their minds just yet.

“It’s still a sore subject,” Randlett said, “but that was soccer season. It’s basketball time now. Though it will definitely feel a lot better than any other game if we get the W, all we can do is play hard and give it the best we can.”

Tipoff in Sunapee is at 5:30.

∎ The Conant girls team plays their first game tonight at 5 p.m.. The Orioles travel to Campbell tonight for a tough early-season test against a Cougar team that many would consider Conant’s top rival. Campbell and Conant faced each other in the DIII state title game three times in the past six years, with Conant coming out on top in 2008 and 2010 and Campbell winning their lone championship in 2011. Campbell is 1-0 on the season.

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