The Winnisquam Regional High School girls' basketball team used a big 4th quarter surge (21-7) to overcome a 12 point deficit and defeat Gilford 43-41 on Monday. Gilford jumped out to a 15-11 lead after the first quarter and extended their lead to 27-17 at the break. Both defenses stepped up in the 3rd quarter as the Eagles outscored the Bears 7-5 to take a 34-22 lead at the end of 3. The 4th quarter was all Bears as they forced multiple turnovers and converted easy layups to grab the lead they would not relinquish with 4 minutes to go. Gilford was sent to the foul line but missed 8 free throws down the stretch and finished 8 for 17 from the charity stripe on the night.
For the Winnisquam Bears Hannah Chapin scored 10 points including 8 in the 4th quarter, Tea Michalski also added 10 points. For Gilford Kayla Orton had a career high 15 points to go along with 14 rebounds. Cassidy Bartlett Followed with 13 points. Stevie Orton also added 5 for Gilford.
Gilford's record falls to 5-3 with the loss, while Winnisquam improves to 3-5.
Last Updated on Thursday, 16 January 2014 08:53
The Belmont-Gilford Bulldogs (5-0) remain perfect after handing Portsmouth (3-1-1) their first loss of the season 8-3 Wednesday night. Belmont-Gilford has averaged five and a half goals per game and a victory margin of four goals per game, in the first five games of the year. The Bulldogs will host Moultonborough-Inter-Lakes tomorrow night and head to John-Stark-Hopkinton on Monday.
Laconia-Winnisquam squandered a two goal lead with less than five minutes remaining to John-Stark-Hopkinton and ended up taking an 8-6 loss. The Wolfpack, still shorted handed defensively, dropped their third game in a row to Berlin 5-1 on Wednesday. Lac-Winn will attempt to snap the three game skid Saturday at Manchester Wesst at 4:30. The Wolfpack's only win of the season came against Manchester West in December. On Monday they will host Kennett at the Laconia Ice Arena at 1:10.
Laconia (4-2) beat a strong Gilford team on Jan. 10, proving that they can compete this season in the NHIAA Division III rankings. Friday night the Sachems Held off the Golden Eagles for a 67-62 victory. On Tuesday the Sachems hosted Division II Plymouth Regional. The Bobcats disposed of the Sachems 65-41. Laconia will resume DIII play tonight at Franklin (2-3).
Gilford (4-2) could not return to their winning ways after Laconia, dropping the second game of the season to Winnisquam on Tuesday evening 57-50. The Golden Eagles are in Berlin tonight and host Franklin on Tuesday. Gilford beat Franklin in the season opener 48-42.
Inter-Lakes (1-4) recorded their first win of the season Monday night, beating Moultonborough 53-51. The Lakers are home tonight vs Prospect Mountain and travel up the road to Moultonborough for a rematch of Monday's game.
Other local action this week will see Belmont (1-4) hosting Mascoma Valley tonight and traveling to Newfound on Tuesday. Winnisquam (4-2) will host Raymond on Tuesday.
Inter-Lakes (1-6) snapped a six game losing streak Wednesday night, beating Moultonborough 44-37. The Lakers secured a victory on a night they were raising money for the Make-A-Wish foundation. The night was to honor former student, Cameron Coulstring, who lost her battle with bone cancer two years ago. The Lakers will look to build upon the success tonight at Prospect Mountain and at Moultonborough on Wednesday night.
The Sachems won both games this past week, winning in Gilford 45-39 and at Plymouth 47-41. Laconia will host Franklin tonight.
Friday night will also see Gilford at Berlin and Mascoma Valley at Belmont. Wednesday has Gilford at Belmont and Winnisquam hosting Franklin.
Last Updated on Thursday, 16 January 2014 08:43
Regardless of all the game cancellations happening on Saturday with the weather, the Keene Cobras youth hockey team still traveled to Laconia on Saturday to play the Pee Wee I Lakers youth hockey team, sponsored by Fay's Boat Yard. The Lakers were full strength except for injured teammate, Eddie Demers, Jr. Jacob Maheux started off between the pipes for the Lakers and played a phenomenal first half. Despite the one and only goal Keene scored in the first, Maheux managed to ward off all other shots with authority. Camille Pollak was a defensive force, keeping the puck out of the Laker zone. It was the middle of the second period and Laker Nate McCarvill sent a beautiful pass to Laker Trevor Gallagher to tie up the game. The Cobras fought back hard, but just couldn't put it in the back of the net. Netminder Colin McGreevy was in for the second half for the Lakers and he started his shift with a beautiful glove save. A few minutes later, a strong defenseman for the Lakers, Nate Cammack fired a pass to Laker Blake Dunlap to give the Lakers the upper hand. With 13 seconds left in the second, Laker Cole Reid stole the puck from the Keene opponent and made a sweet pass to Laker Brendan Hanaway for another goal for the Lakers, bringing the score to 3-1. The Cobras seemed determined to score in third, but the Lakers proved to have the upper hand. Laker Trent Fountain made a beautiful shot from the blue line, but the Cobras goalie made a great save. Powerful defenseman Patrick Mohan fought hard for the puck in the Laker end and sent it flying to his teammate Brendan Hanaway who took it into the Cobras' zone. Leading everyone to believe he'd shoot, he made a last minute pass to Laker Cole Reid who stuffed it in the net for a 4-1 lead over Keene. Both teams played very competitively until two minutes left in the third when Laker Cole Reid notched an unassisted goal for the Lakers. Final score 5-1, Lakers.
Last Updated on Monday, 13 January 2014 10:04
Coming off the extended winter break, the Laconia Middle School boys' A" team was able to notch 3 victories in 3 days. First up was a rematch of the Christmas Tournament championship with Kingswood. The Sachems started quickly in this one and were able to
coast to a 49-29 victory. Center Logan Bell had a monster game with 22 points and 6 boards. Ryan McCrea chipped in 9 points and Drew Muzzey added 7 of his own. Crowd favorite Dan Engleson had 5 points and 7 big boards to help his team secure the win. Next up were the Sachems' rivals from Belmont. This one was a dog fight from the opening tip-off. Once again Bell led his team with 20 points and 12 boards. Muzzey added 14 points and backup center Ryan Paiva chipped in 6. Point guards Christian Gaspa had 5 assists with 4 steals as did small forward Noah Cruz. When the dust had settled on this one, Laconia stood on top, 58-33. Closing out the week was a game in Meredith against Inter-Lakes. Not knowing what to expect from their opponents, the Sachems stuck to the simple game plan of "feed the rock to the big men". Bell went for 16 points and 6 boards, Muzzey had 11 and 6, while Paiva had a season highs in points, 10, rebounds, 9, and steals, 4. Christian Platon added 3 steals to help anchor the defense. The Sachems ended the week 3-0 with a convincing 53-22 win. With the 3 victories the youngsters from Laconia upped their season record to 7-0 as they head into next week's 5 games in 6 day stretch.
Last Updated on Monday, 13 January 2014 10:00