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.
Last Updated on Monday, 03 March 2014 10:39
Laconia High School bowlers did not set any records at the Individual Championship held over the weekend, but Panthavy Pradachith, Aaron Smith and Nate Batchelder all bowled well. Participating in the Championship Flight, Smith and Batchelder needed an average of 153 to move out of the first round, however, Smith rolled a 147.67 and Batchelder a 138. Pradachith bowled a 122.33 in the Medal Flight, short of the 137.67 threshold to advance to the second round.
Last Updated on Monday, 03 March 2014 10:27
LITCHFIELD — After upsetting the sixth seeded Bow in the second round of the NHIAA Division III tournament on Thursday, the Golden Eagles ran out of magic on Saturday. The third seed Campbell Cougars beat (11) Gilford 55-47.
"They played their hearts out," said Gilford coach Rick Forge. "Campbell is a legit contender and we did a respectable job holding them."
The Golden Eagles kept the deficit manageable in the first half. Campbell's biggest lead of the half was eight at the beginning of the second quarter. Gilford buckled down and held Campbell scoreless for the final three and a half minutes of the half and scored six consecutive points of their own to cut the deficit to five at the half.
The Campbell Cougars came out of half time shooting, increasing the lead to 11 midway into the third and were never pressured thereafter. Gilford had an opportunity to pull within six late in the fourth but couldn't convert four consecutive free throws. "We had trouble finishing," continued Forge. "That was an issue we had all year. I am proud of this team and what we did tonight."
The Cougars will play the second seed, Bishop Brady in the semi-final round.
The Golden Eagles were led by Cassidy Bartlett, who had 12 points, Kelsey Buckley with 10 points and nine rebounds, and Jordan Dean with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Last Updated on Monday, 03 March 2014 10:23
LACONIA — The Belmont-Gilford Bulldogs ended the regular season on a high note Saturday by beating Souhegan 4-2. The game was meaningless in terms of playoff positioning to the Bulldogs – no matter the result, Belmont-Gilford would enter the NHIAA Division III tournament as third seed – but was a significant confidence booster as the Bulldogs had not beaten either of the top two teams this season.
The Bulldogs wanted to use this game to give some of the underclassmen some ice time to see who would step up. "We used this game to see who could handle the pressure," said coach Jay Londer. " We had two young men stand out in Ethan Becker and James Buckley today."
The Bulldogs headed into the second period down 1-0 until Becker found the back of the net on a rebound that was hanging around the post. Becker picked himself up from a check behind the net, gathered the loose puck and stuffed it between the post and the pad of the Sabers netminder. The Bulldogs wasted no time in taking the lead. Daryll Cahill collected the ensuing faceoff, found a path to the net and slipped the puck between the legs of the goaltender. The pair of B-G goals came 15 seconds apart. Cahill added another later on in the period. The Bulldogs scored four goals in the middle frame.
The third period belonged to Bulldogs goalie Calvin Davis, who stopped 19 Saber attempts in the third period and 33 overall.
The Bulldogs take the ice again on Saturday at 4 p.m., when the host the quarter-finals matchup versus sixth-seeded Kennett. The Bulldogs won both regular season games against the Eagles, 6-2 and 5-2.
Last Updated on Monday, 03 March 2014 10:24
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