Basketball roundup: Chemistry has Warriors cooking

  • Wilton-Lyndeborough’s Sam Townsend goes up for a layup as Concord Christian’s Isaac Jarvis defends during Tuesday’s game. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • WLC’s Owen McGettigan gets a shot up over CCA’s Jacob Taylor. Below right: A Jack Schwab layup. Below center: A Kyler Tremblay floater. Below left: JJ Leblanc goes up in a crowd. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' basketball team hosted Concord Christian on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' basketball team hosted Concord Christian on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' basketball team hosted Concord Christian on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' basketball team hosted Concord Christian on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' basketball team hosted Concord Christian on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' basketball team hosted Concord Christian on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' basketball team hosted Concord Christian on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 1/23/2019 1:58:57 PM

The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys’ basketball team is on a three-game winning streak after a 66-62 comeback win against Concord Christian Tuesday night

“This one here is really special,” said WLC head coach Flip Tremblay after the game. “They were down by ten, and usually after we’re down by ten, it’s done.”

The Warriors were actually up by ten early after a three-point barrage from Kyler Tremblay (10 points) and Jack Schwab (game-high 23 points) put them up 12-2 in the opening minutes. But as the Warriors focused on stopping versatile Kingsman big Isaac Jarvis (10 points), Sam Calkins stepped in and starting lighting it up. 

“[Jarvis] was our big fear, [Calkins] wasn’t,” Tremblay said, “but [Calkins] went to town, so it changed our whole game plan around.”

Calkins scored 15 of his team-high 22 in the second quarter, where the Kingsmen scored 31 points as a team and tied the game at 42 going into the half. Owen McGettigan carried the Warriors in the second, as Concord put Jarvis in the paint to block shots and left the free throw line open for midrange jumpers.

“For some reason, they allowed that, and that’s what I want,” Tremblay said. “We’re a good jump-shooting team.”

McGettigan scored nine of his 15 points in the second quarter.

“He showed us a lot in this one,” Tremblay said.

WLC’s first win of the season, back in December, was a tight one against Concord Christian, and both teams carried that intensity – and matching  two-game win streaks – into Tuesday night’s game. Something had to give. Fortunately for the Warriors, early-season in-team squabbling has given way to chemistry and camaraderie, at just the right time.

“In the past two or three games, they’ve really come together,” Tremblay said. “They’ve come to the realization that this is playoffs for us right now, this is do-or-die. We need every win we can get right now. And they’re fighting.”

After being outscored 15-8 in the third quarter and going down by ten, the Warriors used a combination of full-court pressure and excellent outside shooting to fight back. Cody Swett, absent for most of the game with foul trouble, returned in the fourth and injected some energy into the Warriors, and Schwab really found his stroke in the fourth.

“Jack was huge in the second half,” Tremblay said. Schwab scored ten in the final frame and WLC held CCA to just six points, completing the comeback win.

Forward JJ Leblanc said he thinks the Warriors are on the right track.

“When you start winning games, you seem to get a little bit fired up,” Leblanc said. “And the next game you get a little more fired up. Sooner or later, you try to win games you didn’t think you could win in the first place, and sooner or later you start winning those games. Any team can be beat on any given day, and you just have to try to remember that.”

WLC is now 4-8, on the outside looking in to Division IV’s 15-team tournament. The Warriors have a tough matchup at Portsmouth Christian (7-4) Thursday at 7 p.m. and also take trips to Pittsfield and Newmarket before the season is over. But if they can steal a win in one of those games and play well in their game with Mount Royal and the pair against Nute, the postseason is a distinct possibility.

ConVal 65, John Stark 30

ConVal held the Generals to just 11 second-half points as the Cougars rolled to their sixth straight win. Taylor Burgess scored 17 points to lead ConVal. The Cougars are now 7-1, tied for second in Division II with Oyster River and behind 8-1 Pembroke.

ConVal hosts Kennett (5-4) Friday at 6:30 p.m.

 

Conant 65, Hillsboro-Deering 30

The Orioles dispatched the lowly Hillcats by 30 on Tuesday night behind 17 points from senior Jake Drew, 16 from junior Peyton Springfield and seven from senior Aaron Rich. Conant improves to 8-2, tied with Somersworth for second in Division III behind 8-1 Campbell, who lost their first game of the season against Division II Pelham on Tuesday night.

Conant travels to Raymond (1-9) Thursday at 6:30 p.m. 

Mascenic 67, Mascoma Valley 57

Sam Stauffeneker scored a game-high 26 against the Royals Tuesday to lead the Vikings to their sixth victory of the season. Trey Shaw added 16 and Zach Barthel had ten. Mascenic is now sitting in ninth place in DIII behind Berlin (7-4) and ahead of Fall Mountain (5-5).

The Vikings travel to Newport (1-8) Friday at 7 p.m.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

John Stark 34, ConVal 24

Lindsey Carey picked up her 10th double-double in as many games but the Cougars lost a low-scoring affair at John Stark on Tuesday. 

Carey had 13 points and 12 rebounds as no other Cougar scored in double digits. Emma Hixson added six points.

ConVal (6-4) is tenth in Division II and travels to No. 1 undefeated Kennett (10-0) Friday at 6:30 p.m.

Conant 56, Hillsboro-Deering 30

Conant took a 23-5 lead in the first quarter against Hillsboro-Deering Tuesday and never let it get close.

“We really jumped on them early,” said head coach Brian Troy. 

Elizabeth Gonyea scored a game-high 22 points and Mariah Chamberlain and Silas Bernier scored nine each.

All three of Division III’s top teams are embroiled in geographic rivalry. Fall Mountain (11-1) is No. 1, Monadnock (10-1) is No. 2 and Conant (9-2) is No. 3, with their only two losses coming at the hands of the Huskies and Wildcats.

Conant is at 5-6 Raymond — winners of four straight — Friday at 6:30 p.m.

 

Sunapee 62, WLC 28

After a tough overtime loss to Lin-Wood on Friday, the Warriors were on the receiving end of a Laker blowout Tuesday. Sunapee’s Cari Peirce scored 23 points to practically put WLC away by herself.

Brooke Lane had 13 for the Warriors; Abby Leblanc had seven and Sam Boette six.

WLC (2-11) is at Mascenic (5-3) Monday at 6 p.m.


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