Basketball: Mascenic knocks off undefeated Gilford, Conant girls still can’t be beat

  • The Mascenic boys' basketball team hosted Gilford on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic boys' basketball team hosted Gilford on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic boys' basketball team hosted Gilford on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic boys' basketball team hosted Gilford on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic boys' basketball team hosted Gilford on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic boys' basketball team hosted Gilford on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic boys' basketball team hosted Gilford on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant girls' basketball team traveled to Monadnock Saturday for Hoops for Hope. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant girls' basketball team traveled to Monadnock Saturday for Hoops for Hope. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant girls' basketball team traveled to Monadnock Saturday for Hoops for Hope. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant girls' basketball team traveled to Monadnock Saturday for Hoops for Hope. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant girls' basketball team traveled to Monadnock Saturday for Hoops for Hope. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant girls' basketball team traveled to Monadnock Saturday for Hoops for Hope. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant girls' basketball team traveled to Monadnock Saturday for Hoops for Hope. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant girls' basketball team traveled to Monadnock Saturday for Hoops for Hope. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant girls' basketball team traveled to Monadnock Saturday for Hoops for Hope. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant girls' basketball team traveled to Monadnock Saturday for Hoops for Hope. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant girls' basketball team traveled to Monadnock Saturday for Hoops for Hope. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant girls' basketball team traveled to Monadnock Saturday for Hoops for Hope. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant girls' basketball team traveled to Monadnock Saturday for Hoops for Hope. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant unified basketball team played Fall Mountain at Monadnock at Hoops for Hope Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant unified basketball team played Fall Mountain at Monadnock at Hoops for Hope Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant unified basketball team played Fall Mountain at Monadnock at Hoops for Hope Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant unified basketball team played Fall Mountain at Monadnock at Hoops for Hope Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 2/9/2020 11:06:08 AM

Hopkinton. Somersworth. Conant. Campbell. If the Vikings’ wins over those perennial contenders weren’t enough to show they’re the real deal, Mascenic’s 49-34 win over previously undefeated No. 1 Gilford (11-1) Saturday was all the statement they needed. 

The Vikings took away all the Golden Eagles’ strengths, outrebounding the bigger Gilford team, holding 6’3” star Adrian Siravo to ten points and keeping the visitors – averaging 56.7 ppg – to their lowest scoring output of the season. 

“This is a gritty team that enjoys being doubted,” said head coach Brandon Kear, still undefeated in eight games since taking over the program midseason. “I challenged my kids to be grown men and to play like it, box out hard, go attack the boards and try to get everything you can, and they responded really well. There were no Xs and Os, it was more about do you have the heart and the passion and the will to go get those boards.”

Mascenic’s offense revolved around senior guard Sammy Stauffeneker, who made his case for Player of the Year in a big way on the biggest stage of the season so far. Stauffeneker sliced his way through the defense to finish right-handed over Siravo off the glass three times in the first half; once he’d established the drive and the pullup J, he started distributing, looking off defenders and whipping the ball baseline to cutting Viking forwards. Stauffeneker went 7-11 from the floor and finished with 19 points, eight rebounds, five assists, four blocks and two steals. 

“The best part about him is that he’s an underrated defender and a phenomenal teammate,” Kear said. “He’s just so nonchalant and even-keeled, he’s an incredible teammate – the perfect teammate.”

Mascenic trailed 14-6 early on but dominated in the second quarter, outscoring Gilford 18-7 to take a lead they’d never surrender. 

Zack Barthel (11 points, 10 rebounds) Dylan Vaillancourt (nine points) and Gabe Turner (four points, nine rebounds) made their presence felt for the Vikings. 

Mascenic (11-1) is now the No. 1 team in Division III, but a regular-season win is a regular-season win, said Kear, echoing what his old coach Eric Saucier would say after a big win in February. “We still know we have so much more work to do. I told the guys ‘Enjoy it, but we’re back to work on Monday.’”

 

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Sanborn 56, ConVal 36

The Cougars fell to 4-8 on the season Wednesday after losing by 20 at Sanborn. 

Senior captain Emma Hixson led ConVal with 14 points; Morgan Bemont added six and Isis Battaglia grabbed six rebounds. 

ConVal has lost three straight and and could use a win to keep their postseason hopes alive when they host Souhegan (3-7) Tuesday at 5:30 as part of the Hope for Gus doubleheader.

 

Conant 52, Monadnock 31

It’s looking less and less likely that any other team in Division III can make a run at the undefeated Orioles, who improved to 14-0 on the year after knocking off last year’s champions Monadnock for the second time this season at Saturday’s Hoops for Hope game. 

Conant came out with strong, aggressive defense, trapping Monadnock’s ballhandlers and jumping in the passing lanes to force turnovers. The Orioles seem to have taken a step forward in one way or another after every game they’ve played. Aside from a 14-point second quarter in which Monadnock’s Kaitlyn Stowell went 5-7 from the free throw line, the Orioles didn’t allow double digit scoring in any other period.  

Junior star Elizabeth Gonyea scored a game-high 12 points and freshmen Emma Tenters and Brynn Rautiola had 11 each. 

Of the other top teams in Division III, Conant has already beaten Fall Mountain (11-2), Gilford (11-2) and Hopkinton (12-3) and will not play Newfound (10-3) or White Mountains (10-4) in the regular season. 

Conant is at Hillsboro-Deering (4-11) Friday at 6:30 p.m.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Monadnock 63, Conant 56

Anthony Gauthier scored a game-high 33 for Conant at Monadnock Saturday but it wasn’t quite enough to overcome the Huskies in the Hoops for Hope game in Swanzey.

Connor Hart added eight points for Conant; Kevin Putnam had 22 for Monadnock.

Hoops for Hope is an annual fundraiser event for local families affected by cancer. Aside from the boys’ and girls’ games, the day also featured a unified basketball game between Conant and Fall Mountain (officiated by cancer survivor Jim Wilkinson). The event raised $6,500. 




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