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GHS holds off Laconia for 44-40 win

The Gilford High School girls' varsity basketball team ran its record to 13-4 with a hard fought 44-40 victory over Laconia on Feb. 12. The Eagles jumped out to a 11-3 lead after the first quarter and held a 20-15 lead at the break. Laconia battled back to cut the lead to 31-30 at the end of the third quarter. It was back in forth in the final quarter before Gilford finally took the lead 38-37 down the stretch. The deciding points were a pair of free throws by Cassidy Bartlett with three minutes left. Hayley Jakubens followed with a free throw to make it 39-37 and Maddie Harris then gave the Eagles a 4 point lead with a driving layup. Laconia hit back with a three-pointer by Cali Swormstedt but Gilford made its free throws down the stretch to secure the win.
For Gilford, Hayley Jakubens led all scorers with 13 points followed by Cassidy Bartlet with 8 points and Paige Laliberte with 7. Molly Dietrich had 8 rebounds and Cassidy Bartlett had 6 steals and 5 assists on the night. For Laconia Michelle Bordeau and Cali Swormstedt both had 9 points each all from the three-point line.
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