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Basketball roundup: ConVal girls have best record in 20 years

  • The ConVal girls' basketball team hosted Hanover on Tuesday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' basketball team hosted Hanover on Tuesday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • ConVal’s Maddie Faber looks off Hanover’s Lois Schwarz and protects the ball during Tuesday’s game. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • The ConVal girls' basketball team hosted Hanover on Tuesday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' basketball team hosted Hanover on Tuesday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' basketball team hosted Hanover on Tuesday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' basketball team hosted Hanover on Tuesday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' basketball team hosted Hanover on Tuesday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' basketball team hosted Hanover on Tuesday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' basketball team hosted Hanover on Tuesday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' basketball team hosted Hanover on Tuesday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 12:53PM

It’s been 20 years since the ConVal girls’ basketball team won 11 games in a season. This year’s Cougars, though, are on the right side of history, with an 11-6 record, a playoff spot clinched and a crop of seniors carrying them all the way.

“It’s pretty great to be part of history now,” said ConVal senior captain Rachyl Parslow after Tuesday night’s game against Hanover. “Twenty years is a long time to go without 11 wins. It’s pretty exciting.”

Parslow said the culture of ConVal girls’ basketball has been so positive as of late that they couldn’t help but become successful.

“It’s just how we love each other on the team and our chemistry and how we work together and how we push each other every day,” Parslow said. “It’s just such a great environment to be surrounded by – it’s obviously going to end up in positive things.” 

ConVal’s last 11-win team, in the 1999-2000 season, boasted a future Division I player, Dani Statuto, who scored 1,000 points at ConVal and went on to play at Xavier. The last 10-win team, in 2008-09 had another DI player, a freshman Kat Fogarty, who’d transfer and eventually play center at UNH. 

This year’s Kevin Proctor-helmed team likely doesn’t have a future DI player, though both Parslow and fellow senior captain Lindsey Carey are expected to play college sports next year. What they do have is history, chemistry and familiarity. The current-day Cougar seniors – Carey, Parslow and Kalli Taylor spent most of the past decade playing basketball together, from rec leagues to AAU to middle school and now high school.

“It’s been great to grow together and learn together, be on all these separate teams but still be together,” Parslow said. “We know each other, every move, we know what each other is thinking all the time, it’s been a great experience to grow with these people.”

If the Cougars are going to make the most of this successful season, they’ve got a little more growing to do. On Tuesday night, Division II’s top team, Hanover, came to town, and they hit ConVal right in their achilles’ heel, applying a dominant press, forcing turnovers and turning them into points. 

“Their press didn’t let up and it took a little while for us to be able to deal with that,” Parslow said. Point guard Katie Carey got into foul trouble early, and ConVal went down 37-24 at the half, despite seven points from Parslow. 

Lindsey Carey put on a late push in the second half, finishing with 19 points and five blocks, but she was the only Cougar to score after halftime, and ConVal lost 66-36.  

“I think we came into today a little more intimidated than we should have been, and that ended up hurting us,” Parslow said.

ConVal is currently hovering around the ninth seed in DII, in a tight pack with Spaulding (11-5), Hollis-Brookline (12-5) and Merrimack Valley (11-7). The top of the division is even tighter, with Hanover, Kennett and Lebanon all deadlocked at 16-1. The Cougars have a chance to better their position and shake up the standings on Friday, when they travel to Lebanon for the season finale. Parslow and the Cougars know what they have to do.
“I think it’s going to be mostly our mindset that determines where we end up and how far we get,” Parslow said. “When we set our minds to it, we can get the job done.”

 

Colebrook 77,
Mascenic 57

The Vikings met their match against the Mohawks in the opening round of the playoffs, where tenth-seeded Mascenic was dispatched from the postseason in a runaway Colebrook win.

The seventh-seeded Mohawks dominated the offensive glass and were the recipients of more than their share of freebies early on.

“We did not box out at all,” said head coach Sean Young. “Unforced turnovers killed us in the first half.”

Mascenic was down 49-24 at the half; the Vikings settled in and even won the fourth quarter but it was too little, too late. Still, Mascenic showed spunk and also got excellent performances from some of the players who’ll likely make up their core next season.

Ever-steady junior guard Shelby Babin scored a team-high 23 points and rapidly improving freshman forward Annika Martel had 13.

“Annika has been coming on, getting better and better every day,” Young said.

Senior Maddie Pare had seven and senior Maddie Labrie had five in their final Viking basketball games.

Sage Smith had a game-high 30 points for Colebrook and Samantha Howe added 27.

Mascenic finished the season with a 9-8 record.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

ConVal 54, Hanover 42

Make it 14 in a row for the Cougars, who beat Hanover in a defensive battle on the road Tuesday night. Mather Kipka was ConVal’s lone double-digit scorer, putting up 15 as the Cougars spread the scoring load around. Max Richard added eight.

ConVal (15-1) is fighting tooth and nail for the No. 1 seed in Division II, with Oyster River (13-1), Pembroke (15-1) and Pelham (13-2) all challenging.

The Cougars travel to Coe-Brown-Northwood (9-6) Friday at 7 p.m. and then finish the regular season at Souhegan (10-5) on March 1 at 6:30 p.m.

Conant 58,
Fall Mountain 36

Conant got 20 points from Peyton Springfield as the Orioles handled Fall Mountain on Tuesday night. Aaron Rich and Connor Hart added 10 points each and Jake Drew scored nine.

Rich, Drew and Gavin Motuzas were honored on senior night at the Pratt.

Conant (14-3) has won five straight heading into Friday night’s regular-season finale at Belmont (10-7). Somersworth, which beat St. Thomas on Tuesday night, controlled the No. 1 seed as of press time; the 14-2 Hilltoppers were scheduled to play Campbell (12-4) on Wednesday night.

Mascenic 50,
Monadnock 36

Tournament time is fast approaching, and defenses are buckling down. That was the case at Monadnock Tuesday night, where Mascenic held the Huskies to a four-point second quarter and came out victorious.

Sam Stauffeneker scored a game-high 14 points; Nate Long added 12 and Shea Zina had eight.

Mascenic (13-4) had the third seed as of press time Wednesday; the Vikings host Raymond (1-15) Thursday at 7 p.m. to conclude the regular season.

WLC 63, Nute 37

The Warriors kept their postseason hopes afloat by trouncing Nute on Monday night behind 17 points from Kyler Tremblay.

Troy Brennan added 13 points and Cody Swett had 11.

WLC (7-11)looks to be the 14-seed in Division IV, though the brackets have yet to be made official. Regardless, they’ll be on the road Monday night at 7 p.m. for an opening-round game.