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High School Roundup: Whistles disappear in Mascenic girls’ game, ConVal wins a pair, WLC struggles

  • Newmarket’s Alexa Palasciano gets a piece of a shot by Mascenic’s Emma Knisley. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • Mascenic’s Shelby Babin goes for a layup in the Vikings’ game against Newmarket on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • The Mascenic girls' basketball team hosted Newmarket on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic girls' basketball team hosted Newmarket on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic girls' basketball team hosted Newmarket on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic girls' basketball team hosted Newmarket on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic girls' basketball team hosted Newmarket on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic girls' basketball team hosted Newmarket on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic girls' basketball team hosted Newmarket on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic girls' basketball team hosted Newmarket on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant girls' basketball team played at Mascoma Valley on Friday night. Courtesy photo—

  • The Conant girls' basketball team played at Mascoma Valley on Friday night. Courtesy photo—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Friday, January 04, 2019 2:59PM

With under two minutes to go in Thursday’s game between the Mascenic and Newmarket girls, one stat on the scoreboard stood out above all others – neither team was in the bonus. The officiating crew was letting them play, and for Viking coach Sean Young, it was a perfect way to prepare for tournament play.

“That’s the way a tournament game is called,” Young said. “They don’t want to be making calls, sending teams to the free throw line...they don’t want to decide the games by making calls. If we have to go up north, if we’re up at Plymouth State, that’s what the game’s going to be like. We have to be able to maneuver, even when we’re being pressured, even if we’re being moved with the forearm.”

The Vikings could have used a couple foul shots early on, as they struggled from the field in the first half and the visiting Mules were only whistled for one foul (22 total were called in the game, 15 on the Vikings). Mascenic didn’t participate in any holiday tournaments, and the rust was evident.

“Not playing games in two-and-a-half weeks really made a difference,” Young said. “[Newmarket] played three games last week, we’ve been off for, like I said, two-and-a-half weeks. It was like starting all over again.”

It was just 17-11 Newmarket at the half, and the third quarter was even worse for the Vikings offensively, as they netted a single Shelby Babin free throw as their only points of the quarter against the fierce Mules man-to-man. Meanwhile, Babin was on the receiving end of  a sudden whistle uptick, racking up three straight fouls in about a minute and a half and a fourth near the end of the quarter. Mascenic was down 25-12 and things didn’t look good for the home team.

In the fourth, the Vikings found intensity, confidence, and at long last, the bottom of the net. Mascenic went to a small lineup to harry the Mules, and the Vikings went on a 13-2 run on baskets by Maddie Pare, Maddie Labrie, Annika Martel and Julianna Tucci. 

“The biggest thing was just trying to create confidence with the girls,” Young said. “For them to be able to get confident, shots are going to fall.”

Newmarket needed to make just a few free throws down the stretch to keep the lead safe, however, and after going 3-4 at the line, the Mules held on for a 30-27 win.

Shelby Babin led all scorers with seven points; Newmarket’s Maria Filion, Abigail Henry and Alexa Palasciano had six each. 

Mascenic (4-2) is off until Wednesday, and Young said he will have his girls ready for another strong man-to-man team in Epping (3-4). Tipoff is 6 p.m. at Mascenic on Wednesday.

ConVal 55, Kingswood 37

The Carey sisters stormed the castle at Kingswood and torched everything in sight on Thursday night, starting with the nets. Lindsey Carey put up a team-high 28 points with 15 rebounds, six steals and five blocks, and Katie Carey had 17 with six assists as the duo outscored the Knights by themselves. Rachyl Parslow didn’t score, but did rip down 14 boards in the win. 

ConVal (4-1) is at Hollis-Brookline (4-1) Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Conant 48, Mascoma Valley 32

The Orioles started the New Year with a win on the road at Mascoma Friday night.

“It was good to come out with a win,” said head coach Brian Troy. “It was sloppy at times but it was a good victory.” 

Elizabeth Gonyea had 23 points to lead Conant; Mariah Chamberlain had 13 and a dominant defensive performance with at least 10 blocks, and Delaney Beaven added eight points.

Conant (5-2) has a week off before hosting a big game against Hopkinton (6-1) Friday at 7 p.m. Only Fall Mountain (8-0) and Monadnock (6-0) have better records than Hopkinton thus far. 

Hinsdale 49, WLC 24

Brooke Lane had 11 points for the Warriors and Kiley Dougherty scored 10, but the defending champion Pacers worked the ball through DIV Player of the Year shoo-in Angelina Nardolillo and dispatched WLC on Wednesday night. 

WLC is now 2-6, but their two wins are forfeits by Nute, who canceled their season after the NHIAA schedule was already official. The Warriors are at Derryfield (5-2) Tuesday 6:30 p.m.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

ConVal 60, Kearsarge 51

ConVal struggled to score in the first half but won the battle of the Cougars thanks to a strong defensive effort.

“Boys played some of the most aggressive defense I’ve seen from them,” said head coach Leo Gershgorin. 

Mather Kipka led ConVal with 18 points; Connor Buffum had 16 with four threes and Ben Henry had 14, 12 in the second half.

ConVal went on to rout Kingswood on Friday night, 72-51, and improve to 4-1 going into Tuesday’s game against undefeated No. 1 Hollis-Brookline (4-0). The Cougars host the Cavaliers at 6:30 p.m.

Mascenic 52, Somersworth 44

The Vikings held off the defending champion Hilltoppers at home Friday night on 21 points from Trey Shaw and 17 from Sam Stauffeneker. Shaw hit five threes and Stauffeneker went 11-14 from the line (9-12 in the fourth quarter). Ethan Johnson was the Hilltoppers’ high man with 14 points as Somersworth star Evan Gray was held to just seven by the smothering defense of Logan Thibault.

Mascenic (3-1) will hope to keep that momentum rolling into the Pratt on Tuesday when they take on rival Conant on the road at 7 p.m.

 

Conant 65, Mascoma Valley 42

Peyton Springfield put up 21 and 1o as the Orioles handily dispatched Mascoma Valley Friday night. Gavin Motuzas and Anthony Gauthier added 11 points each. 

Conant (4-1) hosts Mascenic Tuesday at 7 p.m.

 

Hinsdale 55, WLC 48

Flip Tremblay’s Warriors continue to frustrate, letting a winnable game against Hinsdale slip away on Wednesday night and another against PCA Dover on Friday. Jack Schwab led the Warriors as usual with 18 points against Hinsdale, and Kyler Tremblay added 12.

Tremblay was the high man against PCA Dover with 10; Schwab had nine as the Warriors were held to just two points in the third quarter.