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Basketball: Derryfield snaps Mascenic’s four-game win streak

  • The Mascenic girls' basketball team hosted the Derryfield School on Monday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic girls' basketball team hosted the Derryfield School on Monday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic girls' basketball team hosted the Derryfield School on Monday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Mascenic’s Lexis Vautour goes for a tough bucket early in the game against Derryfield.

  • The Mascenic girls' basketball team hosted the Derryfield School on Monday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic girls' basketball team hosted the Derryfield School on Monday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic girls' basketball team hosted the Derryfield School on Monday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic girls' basketball team hosted the Derryfield School on Monday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic girls' basketball team hosted the Derryfield School on Monday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic girls' basketball team hosted the Derryfield School on Monday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Mascenic’s Annika Martel and Derryfield’s Shawna Lesmerises battle for a rebound. Staff photoS by Ben Conant

  • The Mascenic girls' basketball team hosted the Derryfield School on Monday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic girls' basketball team hosted the Derryfield School on Monday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 1/7/2020 1:39:24 PM

Mascenic head coach Sean Young couldn’t quite get a read on upcoming opponent the Derryfield School when he watched them at the holiday tournament last week. After Monday night’s blowout win by the visiting Cougars, he and the Vikings know them all too well. 

“When we play them again, it will be a much different game,” Young said after the 57-36 Viking loss which snapped Mascenic’s four-game win streak. 

Derryfield rolled out with a tough point guard in Shawna Lesmerises (12 points) and two good forwards in Emmy Plage (19 points) and Olivia Strong (13 points) and quickly jumped out to a commanding lead, with Plage putting in 13 first-half points.

Meanwhile, the shots weren’t falling for the Vikings. Senior captain Shelby Babin scored eight of her team-high 17 in the first half, but her three-point shot just would not drop; to compound things, she was the only Viking to score in the first half, and Derryfield led 31-8 at the break.

At the half, Young urged his girls to relax, have fun, and play their game, and it seemed to work. The Vikings came out reinvigorated and loose, and started to get some buckets.

“We finally started to relax,” Young said. “We weren’t playing tight. That’s still the piece we’re trying to teach the girls over here, how to play relaxed.”

Senior Kylie Millea staked her claim in the paint and scored all 10 of her points in the third quarter.

“I liked how Kylie was playing,” Young said. “It took until the second half, but she started to assert herself in the post.”

Youngsters Lexi Vautour, Mackenzie Cormier and Skye Lambert got some valuable playing time; Alannah Johnson was a constant presence on both ends of the court, and Babin got herself going in the fourth quarter, hitting a trio of layups and, finally, a three to end the game on a high note.

Babin is Division IV’s leading scorer at 21 points per game.

The Vikings (4-2) are back in action Friday night at LinWood (2-3) at 5 p.m.

Souhegan 56, ConVal 43

Neither the Cougars nor the Sabers had scored 40 points in a game this season going into Monday night’s contest, but both Souhegan and ConVal set season scoring highs, with the Sabers jumping ahead of the Cougars early and hanging on to win 56-43.

Freshman point guard Morgan Bemont came off the bench and scored a team-high 15 for ConVal. Julia Donovan scored 10 and senior captain Emma Hixson added nine.

The Cougars (2-2) host winless Kingswood (0-5) Friday at 5 p.m.

Conant 35,
Hopkinton 28

The Conant girls won the battle of the unbeatens Monday night, traveling to Hopkinton to hand the Hawks their first loss of the season in a grind-it-out defensive battle.

“I was very happy with our collective effort on the defensive end of the floor tonight,” said head coach Brian Troy. “They really earned this victory. Hopkinton is always a very tough place to play and we’re happy to come out of there with a win.”

Elizabeth Gonyea led Conant with eight points; Emma Tenters and Teagan Kirby had seven each and Mylie Aho had six.

Conant 67, Raymond 17

Conant ran the Rams right out of the Pratt Tuesday night in a 50-point blowout in which the Orioles took a 27-1 lead after the first quarter.

“The girls were excited to be back home,” said head coach Brian Troy.

Elizabeth Gonyea scored more than Raymond’s entire team, finishing with 20 points. Emma Tenters added 10; Silas Bernier had nine; Brynn Rautiola score eight; Teagan Kirby and Mylie Aho had seven each and Bella Hayes put in six.

The Orioles (7-0) host Mascoma Valley (2-3) Friday at 6:30 p.m.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Conant 67, Newport 44

The Orioles’ bench got in on the action Monday night against winless Newport as Conant beat the Tigers 67-44.

Jacson Cross scored 15 points; Jacob Tremblay had 11 points and Chris Kerswell had six points and 11 rebounds.

Conant (3-1) is at Mascoma Valley (3-1) Friday at 6:30 p.m.

Mascenic 49,
Raymond 47

Sam Stauffeneker led the Vikings with 20 points as Mascenic edged out Raymond on the road Tuesday night.

Zack Barthel added 11 points; Gabe Turner had eight and Trey Shaw six.

Mascenic (3-1) is at last year’s Division III runner-up Somersworth (3-1) Friday at 7 p.m.

Newmarket 92,
Wilton-Lyndeborough 47

Jack Schwab scored 33 points to lead the Warriors Tuesday night but undefeated Newmarket was too much to handle. Nonetheless, head coach Malin Segal said he was proud of his team for competing the entire game.

Kyler Tremblay added seven points; Zach Taylor, JJ Leblanc and Ty Bacci also scored for WLC.

Schwab is scoring 25.5 ppg, best in Division IV, and is closing in on 1,000 career points.

The Warriors (2-2) host Moultonborough (2-1) Friday at 5:30 p.m.




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