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High School Roundup: Vikings fall in season opener, plus action from ConVal, Conant, WLC

  • The Mascenic boys' basketball team hosted Campbell to open the season Tuesday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic boys' basketball team hosted Campbell to open the season Tuesday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic boys' basketball team hosted Campbell to open the season Tuesday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic boys' basketball team hosted Campbell to open the season Tuesday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Mascenic’s Logan Thibault brings the ball up as Campbell’s Chad Martel defends. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • The Mascenic boys' basketball team hosted Campbell to open the season Tuesday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic boys' basketball team hosted Campbell to open the season Tuesday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal-Conant boys' hockey team hosted Pembroke on Tuesday. Photo by mikemunhallphotos.com—MUNHALL2012

  • ConVal-Conant’s Tyler Damon attacks the Pembroke zone during Tuesday’s season opener. Photo by mikemunhallphotos.com

  • The ConVal-Conant boys' hockey team hosted Pembroke on Tuesday. Photo by mikemunhallphotos.com—MUNHALL2012



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 12:27PM

The Vikings entered Tuesday’s season-opener against Campbell with high hopes, but were quickly brought down to earth by the swarming Cougar defense.

“They’re kind of like a pack of animals,” said Campbell’s first-year coach Frank Girginis of his boys. “They’re ready, and once the cage door is open, they’re out.”

After an initial spark from TJ Hiott, who scored the Vikings’ first two baskets, the Cougars stuffed the lane with defenders and shut down the interior. Mascenic, historically three-happy, didn’t hit a single outside shot in the first half, while Campbell patiently swung the ball and knocked down their open threes.

And when they weren’t missing, the Vikings were turning it over at a breakneck clip; Mascenic handed Campbell the ball 23 times in the first half.

“They shot the ball really well and we turned the ball over,” said Mascenic’s new head coach John Langlois after the game. “We’re not getting shots, the few we did get we couldn’t put in the ocean.”

Campbell’s always been good defensively, but Tuesday’s effort exemplified why they were the preseason favorite.

“We showed that we can play defense in more ways than one,” Girginis said. “We pressed, caused turnovers, but we got most of our turnovers in our half court defensive set, and that’s new to our boys.”

The Cougars were up 49-16 at the half, and the Viking faithful would have been forgiven for heading home early. However, the second half was when the real show began.

Trey Shaw, back at Mascenic for his junior year after a season at Winchendon, was held scoreless into the third quarter, when he finally hit Mascenic’s first three-pointer of the game after going 0-7 in the first half. Shaw, emboldened, let it fly, He’d hit four threes in a row, the last coming along with a foul that sent him tumbling to the ground as the ball snapped through the twine, cutting the score to 60-49.

“They did a heck of a job in the middle of third to come storming back like that,” Girginis said. “Then I think our boys did a really good job of digging in and punching back at the most important time.”

Shaw would go 6-7 from three in the second half and finish with a game-high 20 points, and Sam Stauffeneker (14 points) got hot in the second half with a pair of and-ones, but Campbell kept composure and held the lead, thanks to steady scoring from Chad Martel (17 points) and Justin Furlong (13 points).

The Cougars finished it out with a 66-51 win.

“We won the first half, they won the second half, so if we play again, who knows what might happen?” Girginis said.

Langlois said he’ll be back to the basics in practice this week to prepare for Friday’s home game against Newfound.

“We still have a lot of habits that we need to change,” Langlois said. “Tomorrow’s a new day. We’ve got to get better and we will.”

Derryfield 69, WLC 64

The Warriors took the Cougars to overtime, but could only muster two points in the extra period and ultimately fell.

Jack Schwab scored a team-high 24 points, but was held to just three in the second half and overtime.

Kyler Tremblay and Cody Swett scored ten apiece.

Max Byron lit things up for Derryfield, scoring 40 points in the game.

WLC (0-2) has Sunapee (2-0) in Wilton Friday at 7 p.m.

Conant 69, Monadnock 42

The Orioles stayed undefeated by beating the Huskies in Swanzey Tuesday night. Peyton Springfield led Conant with 20 points; Jake Drew had 14 points and seven rebounds and Connor Hart added 12.

The Orioles (2-0) host Gilford (1-0) Friday at 7 p.m. and are at Campbell on Tuesday.

Girls’ basketball

ConVal 52, Souhegan 18

Lindsey Carey nearly outscored the Sabers by herself as ConVal routed Souhegan on the road Tuesday night. Carey had 17 in what was another balanced attack for the Cougars. Katie Carey had ten points and Rachyl Parslow six; eight ConVal players scored.

ConVal (2-0) is at Merrimack Valley (0-1) Friday at 6 p.m.

Monadnock 53, Conant 43

The Huskies closed out the Orioles in the semifinal rematch in Swanzey Tuesday evening. Elizabeth Gonyea scored 16 points to lead Conant. Silas Bernier had 12 and Mariah Chamberlain nine.

“We tale these tough games in tough environments and learn from them,” said head coach Brian Troy.

Conant lost at Monadnock last year as well before knocking them out in the Final Four en route to a title.

The Orioles (2-2) are at Gilford (2-2) Friday at 6 p.m.

Derryfield 31, WLC 25

The Warriors had their best offensive performance of the young season Tuesday but still came up short against Derryfield.

Abby LeBlanc had 17 of WLC’s 25 points in the loss.

WLC (0-3) hosts Sunapee (0-3) Friday at 5:30 p.m.

BOYS’ ICE HOCKEY

Pembroke 3,
ConVal-Conant 0

Cole Turner made 36 saves in net for the Griffins on Tuesday but Pembroke was able to get three through and complete the shutout against ConVal-Conant.

“Pembroke just outplayed us a bit,” said first-year coach Scott Tracy, who took over this year after serving as Mark Leger’s longtime assistant. “We came out slow in the first period — a little bit groggy you could say.”

Pembroke scored on a defensive turnover in the first period and a powerplay goal in the second, then finished it off with an insurance tally in the third.

Evan Turner had ConVal-Conant’s best scoring chance, but rang the pipe.

“It’s a bit of a learning curve,” said Tracy of his team, which is comprised of many freshman players who are new to hockey and a few skilled upperclassmen. “Now that the boys have seen the game speed again, I think we’ll be alright.”

ConVal-Conant (0-1)hosts Moultonborough-Inter-Lakes Saturday at 2 p.m.

Girls’ ice hockey

Brady-Trinity-West 8,
ConVal-Conant 0

The Griffins were shut out in their opener but still showed progress against a team that hung 22 goals on them last season.

“Huge improvements!” said head coach Chris Spingola.

ConVal-Conant (0-1) hosts Keene-Monadnock-Fall-Mountain Saturday at noon.