Published DateThe Laconia Middle School girls' A basketball team won its three most recent games, including one against a team that had been previously unbeaten.
Playing on Feb. 7, Laconia beat Gilford by the score of 25-22. Laconia's leading scorers were Jerra Kirk with 9, following by Amelia Clairmont with7, Cheyanne Zappala scored 5 and Katie George contributed 4.
Added coach Chich Tautkus, "Helen Tautkus , Rylee Littlefield and Bella Smith had strong floor games with great pressure defense causing numerous turnovers. Abby Crowell and Allyssa Miner had solid rebounding performances."
The team's next game was on Feb. 12 against Moultonborough, which Laconia won by the score of 53-19.
Zappala was Laconia's leading scorer with 13 points, Rylee Littlefield scored 11, Kirk added 9, Lily Johnson scored 6 and Helen Tautkus scored 4. Coach Tautkus: "Great team victory for the Laconia girls. Bella Smith had another solid performance from the point guard position. She distributed many key assists to her teammates and came up with vital steals throughout the game."
The following day, the team traveled to Merrimack Valley for what would be one of their biggest wins of the season. Laconia won 46-40, lead offensively by Clairmont with 13 points, Smith scored 7, Helen Tautkus added 6, and Kirk, Crowell and Delia Cormier each scored 5.
Coach Tautkus said, "Since Merrimack Valley was previously undefeated, it was the best win of the year. Amelia Clairmont, Abby Crowell and Cheyanne Zappala played stellar defense for the winners. Helen Tautkus had numerous steals and assists for Laconia. Bella Smith and Rylee Littlefield also had solid games." Tautkus added that he, "could not be prouder of this group."