High School Roundup: ConVal girls battle division’s best, undefeated Hanover

  • The ConVal girls' basketball team hosted Hanover on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' basketball team hosted Hanover on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' basketball team hosted Hanover on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' basketball team hosted Hanover on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' basketball team hosted Hanover on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' basketball team hosted Hanover on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' basketball team hosted Hanover on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' basketball team hosted Hanover on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' basketball team hosted Hanover on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' basketball team hosted Hanover on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' basketball team hosted Hanover on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' basketball team hosted Hanover on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' basketball team hosted Hanover on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' basketball team hosted Hanover on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' basketball team hosted Hanover on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' basketball team hosted Hanover on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' basketball team hosted Hanover on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 1/12/2022 10:34:21 AM
Modified: 1/12/2022 10:33:28 AM

The ConVal girls’ basketball team found themselves up against the class of Division II Tuesday night, and for the second time this year, the Cougars came up short against the undefeated No. 1 Marauders. But unlike ConVal’s season-opening loss at Hanover, Tuesday’s 67-27 loss left head coach Kevin Proctor shaking his head at his team’s lack of energy.

“We needed to bring a certain level of energy, just for ourselves,” Proctor said. “We want to be a certain type of team, and we say we want to be a certain type of team – and actions speak much louder than words. We didn’t bring energy tonight, and so we’re going have to go back and think about what was it that prevented us from playing our best basketball that we could have and go back to the drawing board and see if we can figure it out tomorrow in practice.”

Stonehill-bound senior center Melissa Whitmore is the best player in the division, and Stella Galanes might be the best point guard, so the Cougars had their hands full. Whitmore scored 13 of her game-high 16 in the first half and staked the Marauders to an insurmountable lead, as Eliza Daigle, Jane Lackley and Galanes dominated the glass while Whitmore roamed the perimeter.

Morgan Bemont and Allie Burgess had nine points apiece to lead ConVal. Bemont’s steady guardplay has been a highlight for the Cougars this year, as has the emergence of the freshman Burgess, who was in the starting lineup Tuesday and provided an aggressive offensive spark and dogged defense.

“I like her process,” Proctor said of Burgess. “I like the way that when she comes to practice, she really tries to get better every time. She’s very coachable.”

ConVal (2-6) has the toughest strength of schedule in Division II, per MaxPreps; the Cougars’ losses have come against No. 1 Hanover (x2), No. 2 Pembroke, No. 3 Merrimack Valley, No. 5 Hollis-Brookline and No. 6 John Stark (combined record: 38-6). The Cougars are entering a stretch of lesser opponents, however; they’ll play at Milford (5-3) Saturday at 2 p.m. and then travel to Manchester West (2-7) Monday before hosting Pelham (3-4) Tuesday. 

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Conant 68, Hillsboro-Deering 53

There’s no better slump-buster than a date with Hillsboro-Deering, and the Orioles made good on their opportunity Monday night, beating the Hillcats and snapping their five-game losing streak.

Center Garrett Somero dominated the paint to finish with 18 points; Jacson Cross had 16 and Jordan Nagle added 15.

Hillsboro junior Zack Coombs led all scorers with 30 points.

Conant (2-5) is at St. Thomas Aquinas Friday evening.

 

Stevens 40, Mascenic 26

After starting out the season with three straight wins, the Vikings are on a four-game losing streak, falling to upstart Stevens on the road Tuesday evening. Mascenic (3-4) is at Somersworth Friday night. 

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Campbell 43, Mascenic 32

The Vikings held on tight against 2021 Final Four team Campbell Monday night but came up short.

“Campbell is very scrappy and aggressive on defense, which gave us troubles,” said head coach Troy Shaw. 

The Vikings cut the big Campbell lead to seven before a couple of banked three-pointers stole the Mascenic momentum.

“We moved the ball well, but weren’t hitting our shots,” Shaw said. 

Mascenic (1-6) hosts Somersworth Friday at 6:30 p.m.

GYMNASTICS

Gonyea on the mat for Conant

Conant senior Heather Gonyea competed in her first gymnastics meet of the season on Sunday. Gonyea, who practices and competes alongside the team from Keene High School, was second on the balance beam (8.3) and third in vault (8.1), floor (8.35) and all-around (30.8).

Gonyea and Keene will be back in action at the Keene YMCA next Friday. 




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