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 Basketball Roundup: WLC drops a pair to Sunapee, plus, all the stats and results from ConVal, Conant and Mascenic

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' basketball team hosted Sunapee on Friday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Wilton-Lyndeborough’s Jack Schwab gets a layup over Sunapee’s Zach Belisle during Friday night’s game. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' basketball team hosted Sunapee on Friday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' basketball team hosted Sunapee on Friday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' basketball team hosted Sunapee on Friday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' basketball team hosted Sunapee on Friday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' basketball team hosted Sunapee on Friday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' basketball team hosted Sunapee on Friday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' basketball team hosted Sunapee on Friday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Conant boys' basketball Photo by Tara Olson—

  • Conant boys' basketball Photo by Tara Olson—

  • Mascenic girls' basketball Courtesy photo—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough girls' basketball team hosted Sunapee on Friday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough girls' basketball team hosted Sunapee on Friday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough girls' basketball team hosted Sunapee on Friday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough girls' basketball team hosted Sunapee on Friday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough girls' basketball team hosted Sunapee on Friday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough girls' basketball team hosted Sunapee on Friday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough girls' basketball team hosted Sunapee on Friday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough girls' basketball team hosted Sunapee on Friday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, December 17, 2018 2:16PM

The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys were firing on all cylinders early on Friday against Sunapee, but the Lakers buckled down in the second half, turning a six-point Warriors lead into a 58-50 Sunapee win.

“They started hitting us with a more smothering defense,” said WLC head coach Flip Tremblay, three games into his first full year at the Warriors’ helm. “We get a little nervous on the press, and we kind of fell apart a little. We’ve done this in the past. Once they fall apart, it’s tough to get back.”

In the first, WLC got their usual scoring output from junior guard Jack Schwab (11 first-half points) and senior forward Cody Swett (six first-half points). 

“They were moving the ball, they were making their cuts and their shots were landing,” Tremblay said. 

In the second, the Warriors grew frustrated with the pesky Lakers – and with each other, getting snippy on the sidelines. Tremblay has coached the younger WLC players since their youth days but is still trying to meld them together with the established senior varsity players. Chemistry is the name of the game for the Warriors this season.

“That’s going to be our challenge, getting our age groups to mesh,” Tremblay said. 

Schwab finished with 16 points to lead WLC; Swett had seven and JJ Leblanc added ten. Jordan Chappell scored 18 – ten in the second half – as Sunapee’s top scorer. 

Tremblay’s team is now 0-3 heading into Tuesday’s game against Newmarket (2-1), but coach Flip said he thinks the boys are on the right path.

“They’re playing hard, they’re learning it and they’re getting it,” he said. 

 

ConVal 56, Merrimack Valley 47

Down 7-0 to start the game, ConVal battled back in their season opened and beat Merrimack Valley by nine. Mather Kipka led the Cougars with 20 points and 14 rebounds; Max Richard had 11 and Del Bonsu-Anane added nine points with 12 rebounds.

ConVal (1-0) is at Milford (1-0) Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

 

Conant 71, Gilford 51

Peyton Springfield scored a game- and season-high 34 points as the Orioles took down Gilford by a 20-spot on Friday night. 

Jake Drew and Gavin Motuzas had 13 apiece and Aaron Rich had eight.

Conant (3-0) travel to Campbell (2-0) Tuesday at 7 p.m. for a much-anticipated matchup between two of Division III’s top teams. 

 

Mascenic 81, Newfound 35

The Vikings found a little offensive firepower and some defensive pressure against Newfound Friday night, demolishing the Bears by nearly 50 points.

Sam Stauffeneker had a game-high 23 points; Logan Thibault had 12, Shea Zina 10 and Trey Shaw nine.

Newfound was held to just two field goals in the first quarter and none in the fourth.

Mascenic (1-1) hosts Monadnock (0-2) Tuesday at 7 p.m.

 

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Sunapee 42, WLC 22

The Warriors continue to improve their scoring output from the first few games of the season but still fell short against Sunapee Friday night and ultimately lost going away.

“We need to work on controlling the ball more,” said first-year head coach and recent WLC alum Kyle Pratt, pointing to the Warriors’ 22 second-half turnovers as the issue of the night. “We need to be more comfortable with the ball whether it’s up close or in transition. And, communication with each other. We get a little lost sometimes.”

The Warriors only scored six points in the first half before getting a little something going in the second behind scoring from Kiley Dougherty, who finished with a team-high nine points. Brooke Lane scored five points and Abby Leblanc and Sam Boette scored four each.

“We just need to make more shots,” Pratt said. “We haven’t made a lot of shots, a lot of missed layups, but that will come with practice and repetition.”

The Warriors haven’t beaten anyone but Nute for the past two years; with Nute out of the league this season, WLC will have to find someone else to beat if they’re going to put anything in the win column in them 2018-19 season. But, Pratt said he’s gone back to the basics with his team since taking over this offseason.

“It essentially felt like a blank canvas,” Pratt said. “Some knew how to play basketball, some were just getting introduced to the sport. We’re trying to build up step by step. The season is long, we can’t expect to come out on top right out of the gate.”

WLC (0-4) hosts Newmarket Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

Merrimack Valley 47, ConVal 38

Lindsey Carey had 15 points and 16 rebounds but a low shooting percentage did in the Cougars on Friday night. 

Carey was 2-14 from the floor as ConVal as a team shot 26 percent in their first loss of the season. 

Rachyl Parslow had eight points, seven rebounds and three steals in the loss.

ConVal (2-1) was scheduled to play Milford Monday night before heading into the holiday break from NHIAA play.

Conant 63, Gilford 45

Conant rebounded from their loss at Monadnock to win handily at Gilford on Friday.

Elizabeth Gonyea scoredd 21 to lead the Orioles; Silas Bernier had 14, Mariah Chamberlain 12 and Mylie Aho eight.

“I thought the girls played really well together tonight,” said head coach Brian Troy. “I thought we did an excellent job making the extra pass to find the open shooter.” Conant swung the ball well enough to hit eight three-pointers in the game.

The 3-2 Orioles host Campbell Tuesday at 7 p.m.

 

Hinsdale 64, Mascenic 34

The defending Division IV-champion Pacers and their near-six-foot center Angelina Nardolillo got the best of the Vikings on Wednesday. Nardolillo scored 26 points to lead all scorers in the blowout Hinsdale win.

First-year coach Sean Young isn’t panicking after the Vikings’ first loss of the year. 

“Championships are won in February, not the third game of the year,” Young said. “Third game is what prepares us for a championship run – how we bounce back, how we prepare, what we learn about ourselves.”

Shelby Babin led Mascenic with 13 points; Maddie Labrie had nine and Alannah Johnson and Maddie Pare had five each.

Mascenic (2-1) was scheduled to host Concord Christian Academy Monday night and hosts Newmarket Thursday at 6:30 p.m.