It was a victorious weekend for the Laconia Middle School girls' A basketball team, as they won all four of their games and improved their season record to 21 wins and 4 losses. The weekend culminated with the Lady Sachems winning the Lakes Region Invitational Basketball Tournament for the second consecutive year, held Saturday and Sunday at Winnisquam High School.
The fun started on Friday at the Middle School, as Laconia avenged two previous losses to Merrimack Valley by defeating them 36 to 31. Amelia Clairmont led the victors with 20 points (including a pair of 3 pointers). She also had six steals and eight rebounds. Delia Cormier had 8 points and Bella Smith 5 points. The win by Laconia was Merrimack Valley's only loss of the year.
The contest was very tight through the first three quarters as Merrimack Valley lead 17 to 15 at the half and 29 to 26 after three quarters. Laconia then proceeded to outscore their opponents 10 to 2 in the final quarter to spur the victory.
Hannah Dow came off the bench in the fourth quarter and scored a fast break layup and also caused four key turnovers that were all converted into Laconia field goals.
On Saturday's first round game of the Lakes Region Invitational in Tilton, Laconia beat Franklin by a score of 36 to 31. Leading scorers were Amelia Clairmont and Bella Smith each with 10 points, Delia Cormier and Emma Schumacher had 4 points. Beka Howe, Victoria Dean, and Delia Cormier contributed with solid defense , as Laconia's pressure on both ends of the floor was instrumental in the victory.
In Sunday's semi-final game, Laconia defeated Gilford 38 to 13. Leading scorers were Amelia Clairmont with 17 points, Bella Smith 13 points, Delia Cormier 4 points, Kenzie Bartlett 2 points, Skyler Tautkus and Delaney Ross each with 1 point. Lindsey Drouin had 10 rebounds, while Smith and Clairmont each had 6 steals for the victors.
In the afternoon final, the Lady Sachems beat Moultonborough by a score of 42 to 23. Clairmont and Smith again were the leading scorers with 13 points and 10 points respectively. Also chipping in for Laconia were Emma Schumacher with 6 points, Delia Cormier 4 points, followed by Lyndsey Drouin, Devon Mello, Beka Howe, and Delaney Ross each with 2 points. Delia Cormier also contributed 9 rebounds along with Clairmont's 7 boards.
Laconia looks to finish their season in strong fashion during the February school vacation in the Bow Invitational in two weeks.
Last Updated on Monday, 10 February 2014 10:32
The Laconia-Winnisquam Wolfpack traveled to Berlin to face the Mountaineers for a Saturday afternoon match and could not find their offense as they fell 6-0 to the home team.
The Wolfpack had a quiet week due to their Wednesday game being postponed due to weather, and faced a tough Berlin team on Saturday. Throughout the game, the Wolfpack could not mount a sustained attack. Although they had their chances, the Berlin goalkeeper made a number of saves to stifle the Wolfpack attack.
Last Updated on Monday, 10 February 2014 10:24
The Laconia High School bowlers were back on the lanes in Merrimack this weekend to face Bishop Guertin, Souhegan and Hollis-Brookline. Laconia was expecting some high scores thrown at them since all three schools use Merrimack as their home lanes. Most of Laconia struggled on the lanes in their standard games. Laconia's 11 bowlers were 7 pins below their averages from the week before. Laconia was seeded fourth and set to bowl against the first place seed, Hollis-Brookline. The team gathered their thoughts, made some changes to the line up and started their match. Laconia had moved Panthavy Pradachitch to the anchor position. Pradachitch's average going into this week match was 126.6. Pradachitch bowled 134, 165 for the team's high series 299. The lineup change and mental regroup by the team was enough to beat top seed Hollis-Brookline in three games. 141 to 123, 138 to 147 and 143 to 124. The team has had some great standard games in previous weeks but had not been able to carry that into the Baker games. Laconia was then beaten in their next two games by Bishop Guertin. That gave Bishop Guertin 1st place and Laconia 2nd. This was Laconia first 2nd place finish this year. Laconia will finish up their regular season next week and then get ready for Team Finals on Saturday February 22 at Sparetime in Manchester.
Last Updated on Monday, 10 February 2014 10:20
LACONIA — Berlin's defense along with a tough night of shooting led to the fourth loss of the season for the Laconia High School boys' team on Friday night. Laconia was held to six points in the first quarter. "The key to the game was the first quarter," coach Stephen McDonough said. "They had a 12 point lead and that was all they needed. Our problem was we didn't start defending until the second quarter." The final score of the game was 41-30.
Berlin's defense didn't give the Sachems many good looks inside, forcing Laconia to shoot from the perimeter. Cody Greenwood made the best of what Berlin was giving, nailing down four three pointers and leading the Sachems in points with 14.
Once Berlin accumulated a 12 point lead, the Mountaineers slowed the pace on the offensive side to a snail's crawl, preventing the Sachems from gaining any momentum. Berlin only scored four points in the final frame. "They were content to work the ball on offense and take time off the clock," said McDonough. "Even though they weren't scoring, I thought we didn't do enough to force them out of that comfort zone in the fourth."
Laconia had trouble rebounding and getting second chances. "I'm concerned though because we got out-rebounded by a smaller team. That is disheartening." The 30 point showing was the second game in a row that the Sachems failed to reach the 40 point mark on the season.
"We had a few kids with a bad game tonight which is somewhat uncharacteristic for them. Hopefully we can fix that before we play a very good Winnisquam team," McDonough ended. Laconia will look to rebound from the loss tonight when they host 10-3 Winnisquam.
Last Updated on Monday, 10 February 2014 10:19