Sachems defeat Lakers to move closer to .500

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Inter-Lakes' Thomas DeTolla goes up for a shot guarded by Laconia's Ryan Dee during NHIAA Division III basketball Tuesday evening.  (Karen Bobotas/for The Laconia Daily Sun)

LACONIA — Laconia High School moved to 7-8 on the season with a 70-63 win over Lakes Region rival Inter-Lakes (10-5) in a game played Tuesday night before a  large crowd at Laconia High School.

The Sachems will play host to Mascoma Valley (6-10) today at 6 p.m. Inter-Lakes (10-5) plays at Winnisquam (5-11) Friday night.

Belmont 60, Winnisquam 53

The Raiders held on to beat Winnisquam and improve to 10-5 on the season Tuesday night.

Dylan Gansert scored 14 points to lead Belmont, while Aidan Rupp had 13 points and 18 rebounds. Matt Pluskis scored 11 for the Raiders.

The victory came after a tough 55-53 loss for Belmont at White Mountains on Monday night.

The Raiders led by four points with 30 seconds left in the game, only to lose on a last-minute shot.

Griffin Embree led Belmont with 17 points and Matt Pluskis had 16.

Belmont will play host to Gilford (9-4) Friday at 6 p.m.

Franklin 87, Newfound 78

Jayden Torres broke his own single-game scoring record for the Golden Tornadoes (3-12) by pouring in 52 points. Last week, Torres, a 5’5” senior shooting guard, scored 47 points in a game.

Torres, the leading scorer in Division III, is 29 points short of reaching the 1,000-point scoring mark with three games left to play.

Mason Dalphonse scored 47 points for the Bears, who are 0-15 on the season.

Girls Basketball

Gilford 65, Stevens 50

The Golden Eagles won their 15th straight game and moved to 15-2. They are tied with two other teams atop the Division III standings.

Brooke Beaudet had 18 points, 10 assists, and six  rebounds for Gilford. Hannah Perkins had 18 points and six rebounds, and Shelby Cole scored 15 points and recorded three steals.

The Eagles close out their season Friday by as hosts to Belmont (7-9) at 6 p.m.

Newfound 66, Franklin 12

The Bears (15-2) stayed tied with Gilford atop the Division III standings.

Ashlee Dukette led Newfound with 26 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks. Jasmine Peterson had 13 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. Leah Bunnell  scored nine points, and Savanna Bony had seven points and seven rebounds.

Peterson had a hot first quarter, pouring in 11 of Newfound's 21 points. The second quarter was controlled by Dukette, scoring 17 of Newfound's 27 points.

The Bears close out their season Friday with a game against winless Somersworth.

Belmont 66, Winnisquam 36

The Raiders (7-9) won for the fourth time in their last six games.

Julianna Estremera had 22 points to lead Belmont. Elaina Hoey added 14 points, Makenzie Donovan had 11 points and Morgan Hall scored eight.

The Raiders close out their season Friday at Gilford at 6 p.m.

St. Thomas 51, Inter-Lakes 42

The Lakers (11-7) closed out the regular season with a loss at home to the Saints (12-5).

Emma Wheeler led the Lakers with 14 points.

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Inter Lakes' Davis Jollimore gets pressure from Laconia's Ryan Paiva during NHIAA Division III basketball Tuesday evening.  (Karen Bobotas/for The Laconia Daily Sun)

Eagles win 14th straight, tie for Division III lead

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Gilford sophomore Shelby Cole fires a pass to a teammate in Friday’s game against Mascoma at Gilford High School. (Alan MacRae/for The Laconia Daily Sun)

GILFORD — The Golden Eagles (14-2) won their 14th straight game Friday by defeating Mascoma, 53-34.

The win put Gilford in a three-way tie for the top spot in Division III girls basketball, with Newfound and Monadnock, both 14-2.

Brooke Beaudet led Gilford with 21 points, seven assists and seven rebounds. Olivia Harris had nine points, seven rebounds and five assists.

Gilford played at Stevens in Claremont last night and will play host to Belmont (6-9) in its regular-season finale Friday night.

Laconia 56, Kingswood 45

The Sachems (8-7) went over the .500 mark with a win on their home court Friday night over Kingswood (4-11).

Sophie George had 20 points, Megan Gaspa 13 points and 11 rebounds, and Hannah Dow had 10 points and eight rebounds.

George ignited Laconia’s offense by scoring 12 of the team’s first 21 points in a high-scoring first quarter for the Sachems.

It was the second night in a row that the Sachems won. Thursday night, they beat Pembroke, 59-23.

Bella Daly had 20 points, four steals and five rebounds. Becca Howe  scored 14 points, and  Hannah Dow had 10 points and 11 rebounds.

The Sachems play at Portsmouth on Wednesday.

Monadnock 55, Belmont 36

Julianna Estremera had 13 points for the Raiders (6-9) and Mackenzie Donovan added eight.

The Raiders matched Monadnock’s intensity in the first two quarters and trailed by just three points at halftime. The Huskies, though, took control with a 16-4 run in the third quarter.

Belmont plays at Winnisquam (5-10) tonight.

Franklin 45, Raymond 39

Lauren Marsh had 27 points and 11 rebounds and Hannah Hicks added right for the Golden Tornadoes. Marsh hit four free throws in the final 20 seconds to seal the victory.

Inter-Lakes 62, Winnisquam 37

Inter-Lakes went to 10-6 for the season with a victory over Winnisquam Friday night. The Lakers will play host to St. Thomas tonight.


Boys Basketball

Belmont 51, Monadnock 46

The Raiders scored their fifth straight victory Friday night with a road win at Mondanock. Matt Pluskis had 18 points and 11 rebounds. Dylan Gansert added nine points and Aidan Rupp had seven points and 13 rebounds.

Belmont is now 9-4 for the season. They played at White Mountains Monday night and will play host to Winnisquam (5-10) tonight.

Franklin 78, Raymond 64

Jayden Torres, the leading scorer in Division III, poured in 47 points Friday and broke his own school record for most points in a game. Harrison Clark had 16 points for the Golden Tornadoes.

Franklin is now 2-12 for the season and will play host to winless Newfound tonight.

Gilford 64, Mascoma 47

The Golden Eagles moved to 10-4 on the season with a road win Friday night. They  play at Belmont (9-4) Friday night.

Inter-Lakes 80, Newfound 34

The Lakers are 10-4 after defeating winless Newfound Friday night. They play at Laconia tonight.

Conant 61, Laconia 44

The Sachems dropped to 6-8 Friday night. They will play host to Inter-Lakes (10-4) today at 6 p.m.

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Gilford senior Olivia Harris works around a Mascoma defenseman on her way to the bucket at Gilford High School.  (Alan MacRae/for The Laconia Daily Sun)

Sachems thump Franklin to end losing streak

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Laconia's Joey Lennon takes a shot to the basket with Franklin's Jakob Beaupre during NHIAA division III basketball Tuesday evening.  (Karen Bobotas/for The Laconia Daily Sun)

LACONIA — The Sachems ended a four-game losing streak Tuesday night with a resounding 74-37 home court win over Franklin (1-12).

The win came after a 76-50 loss at Berlin Monday night.

The Sachems are now 6-7 on the season and play at Conant Friday night.

Belmont 50, Prospect Mountain 47

The Raiders moved to 8-4 on the season with their win over Prospect Mountain (3-10) Tuesday night.

They play at Monadnock (10-4) Friday at 6:30 p.m.

Gilford 58, Winnisquam 40

The Golden Eagles are 10-4 on the season after a convincing win over Winnisquam (5-10). They play at Mascoma Valley Friday.

Winnisquam was playing games on consecutive nights after having downed Franklin, 47-31, Monday night.

St. Thomas 62, Inter-Lakes 51

The Lakers fell to 9-4 on the season with a home court loss to St. Thomas (7-6).

They play at winless Newfound (0-13) on Friday night.

Newfound lost, 66-32, at Berlin Tuesday night.


Girls’ Basketball

Gilford 70, Winnisquam 31

The Golden Eagles won their 13th straight game Tuesday night and are now 13-2 for the season.

Shelby Cole led the Golden Eagles with 29 points, including seven three-pointers, which set a new school record. Brooke Beaudet had 21 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. Hannah Perkins had 11 points, five assists and nine rebounds.

Gilford plays host to Mascoma on Friday at 6 p.m.

Newfound 56, Berlin 46

The Bears stand at 14-2 atop the Division III standings after their win over Berlin (3-12) Tuesday night.

Ashlee Dukette had 23 points and 13 rebounds. Jasmine Peterson scored 19 points and had nine rebounds and six assists.

Belmont 45, Prospect Mountain 41

The Raiders moved to 6-8 on the season with a win Tuesday night over Prospect Mountain (10-4).

They will play host to Mondanock on Friday at 6 p.m.

St. Thomas 60, Inter-Lakes 43

The Lakers lost their third straight game and are now 10-6 for the season. They will play host to Winnisquam on Friday night.


Sachems end skid with pair of victories

LACONIA — The Laconia High School girls basketball team won games on consecutive nights, downing Bow, 35-31, Friday night after posting a 75-29 win over Manchester West on Thursday.

Isabella Daly and Hannah Dow each scored nine points in Friday night’s win, which saw the Sachems improve to 5-6 on the season.

Sophie George had 15 points and Bella Daly and Becca Howe each scored 12 points in the win over West.

The Sachems play at Pembroke on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

Gilford 60, St. Thomas 40

Gilford won its 12th straight game Friday night, downing St. Thomas, 60-40. That came on the heels of a 53-44 victory over Inter-Lakes Thursday night.

The Golden Eagles were led in Friday’s game by Brooke Beaudet, who had  28 points, 12 rebounds and six assists. Shelby Cole  had 14 points and five assists. Lauren Dean had eight points.

The Golden Eagles topped Inter-Lakes, 53-44, Thursday night.

Shelby Cole  had 17 points; Brooke Beaudet, 13 with six assists and six rebounds; and Lauren Dean chipped in with 12 points.

Julia Gintof led the Lakers with 17 points, while Jessalyn Brown and Emma Wheeler both had 10 points.

Gilford plays at Winnisquam today at 6 p.m.

Prospect Mountain 64, Inter-Lakes 57

The Lakers fell to 10-5 on the season with a  loss at Prospect Mountain (4-10) Friday night.

They will try and get back on the winning track when they play at St. Thomas on Wednesday.

Newfound 48, Hopkinton 33

The Bears moved to 13-2 for the season with a  48-33 win Friday night at Hopkinton.

Newfound put together a strong second half defensively after going into halftime tied at 21-21.

Ashlee Dukette had 13 points, 11 rebounds and five blocked shots. Leah Bunnell  added nine points, while Jasmine Peterson had eight points, five rebounds and seven assists.

Franklin 49, Newport 45

The Golden Tornadoes moved to 6-9 on the season

with a victory at Newport. Lauren Marsh had 18 points, Hannah Hicks 17 points, and Megan Johnston eight points.

Franklin trailed by six entering the fourth quarter, but pulled ahead, thanks to good defensive plays.

Mascoma Valley 37, Belmont 34

Belmont  fell to 5-8 with its loss Friday night at Mascoma Valley.

The Raiders will play host to Prospect Mountain (10-4) today at 6 p.m.



Belmont 61, Mascoma 36

The Raiders are 7-4 after Friday night’s win over Mascoma.

Aidan Rupp led Belmont with 17 points, 14 rebounds and three blocked shots. Matt Pluskis had 14 points and four assists.

The Raiders play at Prospect Mountain (3-9) today at 6 p.m.

Inter-Lakes 66, Prospect Mountain 49

The Lakers are 9-3 this season after Friday night’s victory over Prospect Mountain. They will play host to St. Thomas (6-6) today at 6 p.m.

Mascenic 79, Laconia 57

The Sachems are now 5-6 after Friday night’s loss to Mascenic.

They played last night at Berlin (8-3).

Franklin 66, Newport 58

The Golden Tornadoes scored their first win of the season Friday night.

Harrison Clark had 25 points to lead Franklin, and Jayden Torres tossed in 15. Zach Dunham controlled the boards with 21 rebounds.

Hopkinton 71, Newfound 44

Mason Dalphonse had 16 points in a  losing effort at Hopkinton (12-1).

The winless Bears (0-12) play at Berlin tonight.

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Belmont junior Griffin Embree navigates his way to the basket in Friday’s game against Mascoma at Belmont High School.  Belmont won, 61-36, for the team’s 7th victory of the season. (Alan MacRae/for The Laconia Daily Sun)