LMS girls win Bow Basketball Tournament

The Laconia Middle School girls' A basketball team concluded a 25 win and 4 loss season by capturing the 2014 Bow Athletic Club Basketball Tournament Championship over school vacation. Named to the All-Tournament Team were Bella Smith , Delia Cormier, and Amelia Clairmont. Clairmont also was named Tournament MVP as she scored an impressive 76 point in the four victories.

Laconia's first victory was over the Concord Boys and Girls Club by a 54 to 40 margin. Leading scorers were Clairmont with 16, Cormier and Smith with 12 each, and Emma Schumacher with 4. Also pitching in with 2 points were Skyler Tautkus, Victoria Dean, Delaney Ross, Becca Howe, and Devon Mello. Laconia's smothering full court pressure proved to be the difference, forcing numerous Concord turnovers, leading to easy transition buckets for the Lady Sachems.

In the quarterfinal match up, Laconia defeated a pesky Goffstown team 41 to 36. Again leading the way for Laconia was Amelia Clairmont with 15 points and Bella Smith with 9 points. Also scoring for the hometown team was Emma Schumacher 6 points, Devon Mello 5 points (3-pointer), Skyler Tautkus 4 points and Delia Cormier 2 points. Lindsey Drouin had 6 rebounds for Laconia while Hannah Dow and Delaney Ross applied smothering back court pressure in the victory.

In Sunday's semi final game, Laconia beat a powerful Bedford Team 48 to 34. In the game, Clairmont tallied 24 points (14 in the fourth quarter), Smith 9 points, and Drouin 6 points. Devon Mello also contributed a key 3-pointer in the third quarter. The game was back and forth up until the fourth quarter, when the Laconia girls outscored Bedford 18 to 6. Cormier, Schumacher, Droiun, and Clairmont spearheaded Laconia's rebounding effort, while Howe and Smith pressured Bedford's backcourt, leading to the victory.

The Championship game was a true barn burner as Laconia edged a scrappy Goffstown team again 40 to 37. Clairmont scored 21 points (two 3-pointers), Cormier 5 points, Mello and Schumacher 4 points, and Smith 3 points. Becca Howe hit a crucial foul shot late in the fourth quarter for her valuable 1 point.

In that Championship game, Laconia did not take the lead until the late part of the fourth quarter. The girls' team was down 14 to 5 after one quarter, 20 to 12 at halftime, and 30 to 25 after the third quarter. Leading Laconia in the fourth quarter were Clairmont's 8 points, Schumacher's 4 points and Smith's 2 fouls shots.