Laconia's Kalie Nute and Prospect Mountain's Delia Everhart go after a loose ball during NHIAA Division III second round tournament game Thursday night at Laconia High School. (Karen Bobotas/for the Laconia Daily Sun)
By ROGER AMSDEN, LACONIA DAILY SUN
Second-seed Gilford and fourth-seeded Laconia advanced to the quarterfinals of Division III girls' state tournament by virtue of wins on their home courts Thursday night.
Undefeated Gilford (19-0) held off Berlin 45-31 and will host number 10 ranked Monadnock tonight at 7 p.m. Gilford trailed 15-14 against Berlin (9-11) midway through the second quarter but clamped down on defense, especially in the third quarter, when Berlin managed just one field goal.
The Golden Eagles were led offensively by Stevie Orton and Cassidy Bartlett, both of whom netted 11 points.
Laconia (15-2) topped 13th ranked Prospect Mountain 41-27 and will host 12th ranked Campbell (11-8), which upset fifth-ranked Newfound Regional 15-4) 64-58 Thursday night. The game will be played at Laconia High School at 7 p.m.
The Sachems led by only three points, 26-23, early in the fourth quarter, but pulled away after Kailey Nute hit a three-pointer and finished the game on a 10-1 run. Nute led Laconia with 11 points followed by Cali Swormstedt with 9 and Natalie Compton with 8.
Newfound trailed 11-2 early in its game but rallied to within one point in the fourth quarter before losing. Amanda Johnston and Savanna Bony led the Bears with 14 points each.
In other tournament games involving local teams, Belmont lost 48-26 to top-ranked and undefeated Conant (19-0) and Winnisquam lost 63-33 to number three ranked Pelham.
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