Belmont heads into tournament on a 2-game winning streak

GILFORD — The Belmont Red Raiders took advantage of Gilford's cold shooting to beat the Golden Eagles 46-33 on Friday night. The Golden Eagles spotted Belmont an 8-0 lead and could not catch back up. "We never got our heads into the game,"said Gilford coach Rick Forge. "We missed shots early and all of a sudden we are down by eight." The Golden Eagles were 15 for 63 shooting and 3-14 from the free throw line.

The Red Raiders never trailed on the evening. "Our defense is good at shutting down the opponent's shooters." said Belmont junior Cassie Contigiani. "Last year was a learning year. This year we now the system." Contigiani had five points in the contest. The Red Raiders were led by Chayleigh Cadarette with 18 points.

Belmont followed up its performance on Friday with a 57-21 win over Farmington on Saturday, ending the season with a record of 9-9 and a postseason berth, a marked improvement over last year's 4-14 season. "I am very pleased with how this team has grown," said Belmont coach Mark Dawalga. "All the credit goes to them. they bought into everything that I threw at them." The Red Raiders will enter the Division III tournament as the 16th seed and will play Prospect Mountain High School tonight.

Gilford's record of 10 wins and eight losses is good enough for the 11th seed in the tournament and a first round bye. Gilford will be on the road Thursday evening against sixth-seeded Bow.