Mountaineers use defense to control game against LHS

LACONIA — Berlin's defense along with a tough night of shooting led to the fourth loss of the season for the Laconia High School boys' team on Friday night. Laconia was held to six points in the first quarter. "The key to the game was the first quarter," coach Stephen McDonough said. "They had a 12 point lead and that was all they needed. Our problem was we didn't start defending until the second quarter." The final score of the game was 41-30.

Berlin's defense didn't give the Sachems many good looks inside, forcing Laconia to shoot from the perimeter. Cody Greenwood made the best of what Berlin was giving, nailing down four three pointers and leading the Sachems in points with 14.

Once Berlin accumulated a 12 point lead, the Mountaineers slowed the pace on the offensive side to a snail's crawl, preventing the Sachems from gaining any momentum. Berlin only scored four points in the final frame. "They were content to work the ball on offense and take time off the clock," said McDonough. "Even though they weren't scoring, I thought we didn't do enough to force them out of that comfort zone in the fourth."

Laconia had trouble rebounding and getting second chances. "I'm concerned though because we got out-rebounded by a smaller team. That is disheartening." The 30 point showing was the second game in a row that the Sachems failed to reach the 40 point mark on the season.

"We had a few kids with a bad game tonight which is somewhat uncharacteristic for them. Hopefully we can fix that before we play a very good Winnisquam team," McDonough ended. Laconia will look to rebound from the loss tonight when they host 10-3 Winnisquam.