The post-season tournament is underway for local high school girls' basketball teams. Laconia, as the 8th seed, earned a bye in the first round and played 9th seeded Franklin last night. Results were not available in time for this section's deadline.
Belmont, which entered the tournament as the 16th seed, bested Prospect Mountain 33-27 on Tuesday night. Belmont faced top-seeded Newfound last night. Winnisquam (14th seed) knocked off Raymond 60-52 and played 3rd seeded Campbell last night. Gilford (11) had a bye in the first round and played Bow (6) last night.
Laconia-Winnisquam (7-10) will end the regular season tomorrow night looking to head into the playoffs on a two game winning streak and winning 4 out of the last five. The last win came on Wednesday over Moultonborough-Inter-Lakes 2-1. Tomorrow's game at Kennett, also 7-10, will determine who enters the playoffs as the sixth and seventh seeds. The winner will play Belmont-Gilford in the Quarterfinals a week from Saturday and the loser will head to Berlin.
Belmont-Gilford (14-3) will host the top team in Division III Souhegan (15-1) at the Laconia Ice Arena on Senior night for the Bulldogs. Souhegan will be the final test before the Bulldogs head into the playoffs as the third seed.
The Sachems (10-7) head into the playoffs with a first-round bye and a week to prepare for their first opponent. The Sachems finished the season last night by facing Newfound. Laconia improved two fold from last season, reaching at least 10 wins this season, compared to the five from the prior year's campaign.
Gilford and Winnisquam, both clubs with 13 wins and four losses, will have byes in the first round of the NHIAA Division III playoffs. The Lakers of Inter-Lakes will be in action Tuesday night for the first round of the playoffs.