Pair of wins brings LMS girls to 4-0

Th Laconia Middle School girls' A basketball team added a couple of wins recently.

On Friday, Dec. 12, Laconia earned a 49-21 win over Winnisquam. Hannah Dow and Delaney Ross each scored 10 for the Sachems. Sydney Stevens and Ellie Kelley had solid floor games for Laconia as they dominated on the boards and converted numerous transition baskets in the victory.

On Monday, Dec. 12, Laconia's margin of victory was narrower as they topped Belmon by the score of 45-33. Amelia Clairmont led Laconia with 21 points, while Dow again scored 10. Belmont held the edge in rebounding and overall play but the victory was secured by Laconia thanks to foul shots. Laconia sank 10 of 16 from the foul line while Belmont could only convert 4 of its 18 foul shots.

The Lady Sachems are 4 - 0 on the young season and looked to respond with an in improved effort on Thursday as they headed to North Conway to face Kennett.

Laconia will be looking forward to the holiday break, as the team will host the annual Christmas Tournament on December 26, 28, and 29 at the Middle School.

Round-up: Belmont, Winnisquam boys' basketball teams off to strong start

The Belmont Red Raiders boys' basketball team slipped past Somersworth, 48-46 on Tuesday evening. Chris Duggan had 16 points including nine in the fourth quarter. Trevor Hunt had 13 points 16 rebounds. "Andrew Derosia and Chris Marden played exceptional defense with great poise against a very physical Somersworth Team," wrote head coach Jim Cilley in an email. The Red Raiders head to Mascoma Valley (1-1) tonight.

Laconia fell in their season opener to Mascoma Valley, 58-45. The Sachems head to Newfound (0-2) tonight.

Winnisquam downed Gilford 60-46 for their second win of the season. Christian Serrano led all scorers with 19 points and 11 rebounds. The Bears will look to remain perfect at Inter-Lakes tonight.

Kaleb Orton led the Golden Eagles 13 points in the loss. Gilford (1-1) will look to rebound from the Winnisquam loss at Kearsarge tonight.

Prospect Mountain (0-2) fell to Berlin 62-41 on Tuesday. The Timberwolves hosted Sanborn last night.

Inter-Lakes (1-1) could not get past Franklin, losing 64-59 on Tuesday. The 1-1 Lakers host the 2-0 Bears tonight.

Girls' basketball

Gilford scored over 70 points against Winnisquam for the second time this season, beating the Bears 71-21 on Tuesday night. The Golden Eagles put their 3-0 record on the line against Kearsarge (2-1) tonight.

Laconia remained perfect on the season after a 39-34 win over Mascoma Valley. Cali Swormstedt had had 12 points in the victory. The Sachems host Newfound this evening.

Belmont handed Somersworth their first loss of the season 52-48. Chayleigh Cadarette led the Red Raiders with 23 points and 18 rebounds. Belmont (2-2) hosts Mascoma Valley tonight.

Winnisquam fell to 0-3 after the Gilford loss. The Bears host Inter-Lakes this evening.

Inter-Lakes is looking for their first win tonight at Winnisquam against the winless Bears. The Lakers fell to Franklin on Tuesday, 49-44.

Prospect Mountain (1-2) fell to Berlin, 62-37 on Tuesday. The Timberwolves head to Sanborn tonight.

Boys' hockey

Moultonborough-Inter-Lakes won their season opener 7-0 against Sanborn. The Renegades were led by junior Cody Burns and his four goals. They will hit the ice again on Saturday at Kennett.

Belmont-Gilford defeated Laconia-Winnisquam 5-1 on Wednesday night. On Saturday, the B-G Bulldogs will travel to ConVal and the Wolfpack will host Sanborn.

Bulldogs pepper Wolfpack for 5-1 win

LACONIA — Belmont-Gilford opened the 2014-15 season with a 5-1 victory over rink rival Laconia-Winnisquam on Wednesday night. The Bulldogs were led by Harrison Parent who notched a hat trick in his high school debut. "He is a work horse," said head coach Jay Londer about Parent. "He works hard day in and day out. He really knows how to battle."

The Bulldogs opened the scoring 11 minutes into the first on Parent's fist tally of the night. The freshman forward received a pass from behind the net and slipped it into the right side of the net.

The Bulldogs scored a pair in the second period and two more in the third. Dylan Treamer and Ethan Becker also scored for B-G.

Wolfpack goalie, Brayden Harriman, stopped 54 shots in the contest. "Without him the score might have been 15-0," head coach T.J. Galligan said of Harriman. "I can't say enough about him. He keeps us in many games."

Laconia-Winnisquam's Jordan Audet found the back of the net late in the third to break up the shutout. "We had a good showing tonight," added Galligan. "We had six freshmen tonight and they gained a ton of experience in this opener. They need to get used to the speed at this level and I am confident they will adjust fine."

Both teams will be in action on Saturday. The Bulldogs head to Con-Val and the Wolfpack will host DIII newcomer Sanborn at the Laconia Ice Arena at 6:30.

Junior hockey — Spirit take down Stars

The New Hampshire Fighting Spirit closed out their first half of the season with a 4-2 victory over the New England Stars Saturday night at the Laconia Ice Arena. With the win the Spirit improve to 19-3 on the season and have a 10 point cushion over second place New England in the Eastern Conference standings.

The Spirit traveled to Tyngsboro, Mass. on Friday night to take on the Stars and were able to squeak out a 4-3 win in a shoot out. The Spirit had a 3-0 lead heading into the third when the Stars came roaring back with three unanswered to tie the game. Spirit captain Josh Crane scored the shoot out winner beating the Stars goalie low glove side. Goals came from Peddle, Heffernan, and Crane during regulation. Spirit goalie Claes Endre got his 8th win of the season and turned away 23 of the 26 shots he faced.

Saturday night's game nearly followed suit as the Spirit again found themselves leading at the start of the third period, this time by a margin of 2-0. The Stars once again roared back and tied the score midway through the period. Spirit forward Brett Bittner found some open space and sprung free to net the game winning goal at the 3:52 mark on the power play. David Fish added an empty net goal for his third point of the night and seal the deal on a 4-2 Spirit victory. Spirit goalie Adam Higdon grabbed his 10th win of the season as he turned away 21 of the 23 shots he faced.

The Spirit will now head into a three week break for the holiday season. Upon their return the Spirit will host the East Coast Minutemen for their first game of the second half. 

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