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High School Roundup: ConVal girls, Conant boys start basketball season with wins

  • The ConVal girls' basketball team hosted Timberlane to open the season on Friday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' basketball team hosted Timberlane to open the season on Friday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' basketball team hosted Timberlane to open the season on Friday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' basketball team hosted Timberlane to open the season on Friday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' basketball team hosted Timberlane to open the season on Friday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' basketball team hosted Timberlane to open the season on Friday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' basketball team hosted Timberlane to open the season on Friday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' basketball team hosted Timberlane to open the season on Friday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' basketball team hosted Timberlane to open the season on Friday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' basketball team hosted Timberlane to open the season on Friday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' basketball team hosted Timberlane to open the season on Friday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • ConVal senior Kalli Taylor gets fouled and scores against Timberlane on Friday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • The ConVal girls' basketball team hosted Timberlane to open the season on Friday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' basketball team hosted Timberlane to open the season on Friday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Mylie Aho, Conant Photo by Tara Olson—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Sunday, December 09, 2018 12:41PM

The ConVal girls’ basketball team showed a balanced attack in their season-opening win over Timberlane Friday night, with a blend of youth and experience that bodes well for the coming season.

“I love this team,” said head coach Kevin Proctor after the game, a 45-24 ConVal victory. “We’re young but that doesn’t necessarily mean anything as far as talent goes. Our underclassmen they play really hard, they have a lot of skill and they have some talent, so we’re excited they’re on there.”

Senior Lindsey Carey and freshman Maddie Faber tied for the team lead in points with ten apiece in a game where every Cougar saw playing time and seven different players scored. Senior Rachyl Parslow had eight; soph Isis Battaglia six, senior Kalli Taylor five and freshman point guard Katie Carey had four. 

“We want to play team ball,” Proctor said. “We know we can’t just rely on Lindsey or Rachyl or [Emma] Hixson to score. Everyone has to be willing to go to the basket. These younger players have a lot of confidence, and they don’t mind going to the hoop, they don’t mind taking the shot, and that’s nice, that’s a good thing.”

ConVal’s defense held Timberlane to just one bucket in the first quarter and six points total at the half. The Cougars held a 20-point-plus lead for much of the second half, despite a few defensive lapses and a couple stretches where they struggled to convert at the rim. Nonetheless, coach Proctor said he liked the effort to start the year.

“We cleaned out some cobwebs a little bit,” Proctor said. “We didn’t shoot extremely well; we usually shoot a little better than that, especially against a zone. But we played really good defense, so we’ll take it.”

ConVal (1-0) is at Souhegan (0-1) Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. 

Conant 70, Newport 50

Big nights from senior Mariah Chamberlain and junior Silas Bernier carried the Orioles to victory against Newport Thursday night.

Bernier hit three straight threes to open the game and finished with 16 points, despite rolling her ankle in the second quarter. Chamberlain had a team-high 24 points; Elizabeth Gonyea had 13 and Mylie Aho 10.

“It was a great bounceback win against a tough opponent like Newport,” said head coach Brian Troy. “The girls were really ready to play tonight and the energy from start to finish was very high.”

Conant (2-1) is at Monadnock (2-0) Tuesday at 5 p.m. The Orioles knocked the Huskies out in the semifinals last year after losing to them in the finals the year before.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Conant 78, Newport 31

The Orioles got things going with a blowout win over Newport on Friday night. Conant was up 40-9 at the half, and things only got worse for the Tigers, who would send the Orioles to the line 35 times while shooting exactly zero free throws of their own. Conant shot 28-35 at the charity stripe.

Senior Jake Drew had a team-high 19 points; junior Peyton Springfield had 18, junior Anthony Gauthier added 13 and senior Gavin Motuzas had 10.

“Good first win to start the season!” said head coach Eric Saucier.

Conant (1-0) is at Monadnock (0-1) Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

Lisbon 61, Wilton-Lyndeborough 56

Junior Jack Schwab dropped 25 points but Lisbon edged out WLC up in the North Country Friday night.

Senior Cody Swett added 10 for coach Flip Tremblay’s squad. 

The Warriors (0-1) are at Derryfield (1-0) Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.