Gilford girls take Holiday Basketball Tournament title with 61-50 win over Laconia

GILFORD — The Laconia girls can hope that, in the big picture, history repeats itself.

A year ago, the Sachems faced rival Gilford four times and their only victory came in the final game of the Lakes Region Holiday Basketball Tournament, played annually in the Golden Eagles home gym.

This year, the two teams are once again among the very best NHIAA Division III has to offer and both entered the 42nd Holiday Tournament with perfect records, and again advanced to championship game.

On Thursday evening, Maddie Harris scored 23 points and three other Golden Eagles joined her in double figures as Gilford won the title, 61-50. The teams will face off at least two more times — home and home — during the regular season and will perhaps again meet up in the season-ending state tournament. Laconia would be happy to turn the tables and take three of four this season.

After a racehorse first quarter that saw the rivals combine for 38 points, Gilford outscored Laconia 14-8 over the second 8 minutes to expand its lead from 4 to 10, 35-25. Behind Natalie Compton, the Sachems roared back with a 16 point third period to narrow the gap a little but eventually came no closer than the 4 point spread that brought that had Laconia roaring midway through the final quarter.

Tournament Most Outstanding Player Cassidy Bartlett scored 12 for Gilford and Brooke Beaudet and Stevie Orton were right behind her with 11 and 10.

Compton topped Laconia scorers with 22 points, 15 in the second half. Kailey Nute was the only other Sachem in double figures, with 13.

Laconia returns to regular season play on Tuesday night, hosting Plymouth. Gilford plays at Belmont that same night.


The boys' championship game at the Holiday Tournament was not nearly so competitive as the girls'. Winnisquam Regional kept its perfect record intact with an easy 65-36 win over Kingswood Regional of Wolfeboro.

The Bears sprinted out to 15-3 lead after one quarter of play and extended the gap to 30-12 by half-time.

Tim Harmon scored 20 points to lead Winnisquam and Michael Buxton was good for 17. Tournament Most Outstanding Player Christian Serrano added 12 more.

Kingswood's meager offensive effort was led by Patrick Meyers, who scored 11.

Winnisquam gets back to regular season work on Tuesday, when the Bears host Franklin.






Two held on receiving stolen property, drug charges after crash in Center Harbor

LACONIA – Two Dorchester, Massachusetts, residents were ordered held on cash bail Wednesday after one was charged with being in possession of a car that was allegedly stolen while the other was charged with possession of crack cocaine.

Affidavits obtained from the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division, said Ki Perryman, 36, of 15 Breton St. in Dorchester and Guy Ahart, 43, of the same address were two of three people in a single-car accident on Route 25 at 5:30 a.m. that day.

Police said they determined the car Ahart was driving had been reported stolen from Medford, Massachusetts, on Tuesday at 3 p.m. They said they contacted the owner, who told them he had left the car running while stopping at a business for a quick transaction.

Police also said they found a crack pipe in the glove box and a small amount of crack cocaine on Perryman.

Perryman was ordered held on $500 cash-only bail and Ahart was held on $1,000 cash bail.

Affidavits also say the two are free on bail from Massachusetts and each is facing charges from that state of carjacking by gunpoint. In his argument for personal recognizance bail, a Laconia public defender said the Massachusetts charges will likely be dismissed during their court appearance because of exculpatory evidence.


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Rymes sues owners of Fuller Oil for debts owed

LACONIA — Rymes Heating Oils had filed suit in Belknap County Superior Court against William Fuller and Rebecca Dolan, the former owners of Fuller Oil, claiming the company owes them $22,799.92 including $8,928 in invoices and service charges dating from 2011 through June of 2013.

Rymes purchased Fuller Oil for about $1 million in November of 2014 after Fuller declared bankruptcy. As part of the sale, Rymes claims Fuller debts were in the total sale package and payable at their invoice price.

Fuller and Dolan are Center Harbor residents.

The civil charges are unjust enrichment and breach of contract for sales of goods.

Rymes Heating Oils has also asked the court for legal fees and unspecified damages.

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