Laconia High School's varsity basketball teams came away with a win and a loss on Thursday against Newfound Regional opponents.
The LHS girls' team traveled to Newfound to suffer a narrow defeat, 47-49. It was only the LHS girls' second loss of the regular season, compared with their eight wins.
The LHS boys' team earned a much-needed win when the Newfound team came to Laconia. That contest was so close that it needed an overtime period to reach the final score of 63-60, giving the Sachems a record of two wins, six losses.
LHS coach Stephen McDonough reported that Matt Swormstedt scored 16 points and Efran Nouel put up 14. "We were down by as many as 11 in the fourth quarter and were able to battle back in a win that showed a lot of heart." Aidan Dean put the Sachems ahead for good with a basket ten seconds left in the overtime period. Jon Pelkey iced the game with two free throws with three seconds remaining.
The LHS basketball teams play again tonight against Prospect Mountain. The boys will travel while the girls host.