BRISTOL — Newfound survived a big scare in a game with Gilford on its home court, in which the Newfound Bears, one of the early-season favorites to capture a Division III playoff spot, trailed Gilford by six points with only three minutes left in the game.
Newfound rallied to pull out a 57-54 win and improve its record to 2-0 on the season.
The Bears were led by freshman Jasmine Petersen, who scored 18 points. Gilford was led by Shelby Cole and Brooke Beaudet, both of whom had 13 points, while Abby O'Connor had 11 for the Golden Eagles.
Newfound started off quickly, utilizing its pressure defense, but it got into early foul trouble which led to the Bears having to back down the defense.
“Foul trouble throughout the game played a big part, but it showed, after being down by six with three minutes left to play, that the young, inexperienced team could fight back and turn a six-point deficit into a three-point win,” said coach Kerri Peterson.
Newfound plays at Winnisquam (0-2) next Tuesday, while Gilford, which is 0-2,will play at Belmont (1-1) Friday at 6 p.m.
Franklin improved to 2-0 Tuesday night with a 40-26 win at Winnisquam.
The Golden Tornadoes scored just 17 points in those opening 24 minutes, and trailed the gritty Winnisquam Bears by three heading into the fourth. Franklin’s experience rose to the occasion in the final frame as the Tornadoes erupted for 23 points in the fourth to claim a 40-26 road win.
“Our seniors really bailed us out in the fourth,” Franklin coach J.J. Winters said.
Seniors Lauren Marsh, Lexy Lynch and Megan Johnston combined to score 18 in the final quarter for the Tornadoes. Franklin’s size (both Marsh and Lynch are 5-foot-10) and defensive pressure also paid dividends at the end of the game.
Marsh finished with 16 points; Lynch added eight and Johnston had six.
Winnisquam will try for its first win of the season when the team travels to Laconia for a 6 p.m. game on Friday. Franklin will try for its third straight when it travels to Claremont for a 7 p.m. game with Stevens.
Belmont 66, Somersworth 22
Key players: Julianna Estremera (21 points), Elaina Hoey (14 points), Morgan Hall (9 points), Chloe Sottak (defense), Makenzie Donovan (defense)
Highlights/key moments: The Raiders wasted no time getting ahead of Somersworth with a 30-3 lead in the first quarter. Each player on the Belmont roster put points on the board by the final horn.
Coach’s quote: “Everyone scored and I’m happy about that, especially for our four freshmen.” – Belmont’s Mark Dawalga
Records: Belmont 1-1; Somersworth 0-2