Published DateThe Laconia Middle School girls' A basketball team won the Winnisquam Basketball Tournament this past weekend with a 41-31 overtime win against. The girls won two games on Saturday and three games Sunday to claim the championship trophy.
Saturday, the girls opened up with a victory over Alton and followed up with a 37 to 27 victory over Gilford. On Sunday, the girls started the day by beating Hopkington 35 to 16.
In the semi-final round on Sunday, Laconia beat Alton again, this time by a score of 35 to 6. Leading scorers were Rylee Littlefield with 8, Cheyanne Zappala with 7, and Amelia Clairmont and Jerra Kirk each with 6. Delia Cormier, Katie George, and Lily Johnson all had solid floor games.
In the finals, Kirk led all scorers with 9, followed by Zappala with 7. Clairmont , Bella Smith and Cormier each had 5 points. Helen Tautkus and Allyssa Miner had 4 points.
Although they were behind most of the game, the Lady Sachems never gave up. The guard trio of Tautkus, Smith and Zappala were pivotal in forcing Gilford into numerous turnovers in regulation and in the overtime, said coach Chick Tautkus, adding that Kirk and Miner were "rebounding machines".