LACONIA — The Sachems were bounced out of the NHIAA Division III girls' basketball tournament last night, 44-33, by a visiting Franklin team that opened the game on a 10-0 run. Laconia only managed three points in the first quarter and five total in the first half.
Franklin pressured the Sachem offense from the opening tipoff, forcing Laconia to turn over the ball 24 times.
Laconia cut Franklin's lead to eight with two minutes to play but two technical fouls on the Sachems pushed the lead back into double digits and put the game out of reach. Senior Forward Katrina Styles had a game high 25 points in the victory. Laconia's leaders were sophomore Natalie Compton with six points and sophomore Taylor Sullivan with five.
Franklin will travel to the top seeded Newfound on Saturday night for a quarterfinal round match
In other NHIAA Division III tournament play Gilford beat Bow 43-39 and Winnisquam fell to Campbell 50-32.
Laconia finished the season with a 12-7 record. Three of those losses were at the hands of Franklin.