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Round-up: Girls' basketball playoffs underway

The post-season tournament is underway for local high school girls' basketball teams. Laconia, as the 8th seed, earned a bye in the first round and played 9th seeded Franklin last night. Results were not available in time for this section's deadline.

Belmont, which entered the tournament as the 16th seed, bested Prospect Mountain 33-27 on Tuesday night. Belmont faced top-seeded Newfound last night. Winnisquam (14th seed) knocked off Raymond 60-52 and played 3rd seeded Campbell last night. Gilford (11) had a bye in the first round and played Bow (6) last night.

Ice hockey

Laconia-Winnisquam (7-10) will end the regular season tomorrow night looking to head into the playoffs on a two game winning streak and winning 4 out of the last five. The last win came on Wednesday over Moultonborough-Inter-Lakes 2-1. Tomorrow's game at Kennett, also 7-10, will determine who enters the playoffs as the sixth and seventh seeds. The winner will play Belmont-Gilford in the Quarterfinals a week from Saturday and the loser will head to Berlin.

Belmont-Gilford (14-3) will host the top team in Division III Souhegan (15-1) at the Laconia Ice Arena on Senior night for the Bulldogs. Souhegan will be the final test before the Bulldogs head into the playoffs as the third seed.

Boys' basketball

The Sachems (10-7) head into the playoffs with a first-round bye and a week to prepare for their first opponent. The Sachems finished the season last night by facing Newfound. Laconia improved two fold from last season, reaching at least 10 wins this season, compared to the five from the prior year's campaign.

Gilford and Winnisquam, both clubs with 13 wins and four losses, will have byes in the first round of the NHIAA Division III playoffs. The Lakers of Inter-Lakes will be in action Tuesday night for the first round of the playoffs.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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Belmont Middle School wins Newfound Invitational

The Belmont Middle School girls' basketball team took first place in the Newfound Invitational tournament. Belmont beat Kingswood in their first game behind Makenzie Donovan's 15 points and a game tying 3 pointer at the buzzer by Jordan Sargent but lost their next game to Newfound to drop into the losers bracket. JuJu Estremera led with 6 points in that game. The girls faced a tough Hopkinton team next and defeated them 26-19 to head to the finals against rival Newfound. Shayna Thibedau, Emily Drouin, and Makenzie Donovan combined for 17 points. The team trailed the first half and came back strong in the third quarter to put the game away. Lizzie Fleming, Chloe Sottak, and Jordan Sargent each scored 6 in the finals. The team played great defense keeping their opponents off balance each game. Pictured above, front row left to right: Elise Hall, JuJu Estremera, Jordan Sargent, Chloe Sottak, Lizzie Fleming, Bryanna Berry. Back row: coach Mark Dionne, Ariel Bergeron, Emily Drouin, Sydney Shepherd, Emeli Reed, Makenzie Donovan, Shayna Thibedau, coach Karyn Dionne. (Courtesy photo)

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Belmont heads into tournament on a 2-game winning streak

GILFORD — The Belmont Red Raiders took advantage of Gilford's cold shooting to beat the Golden Eagles 46-33 on Friday night. The Golden Eagles spotted Belmont an 8-0 lead and could not catch back up. "We never got our heads into the game,"said Gilford coach Rick Forge. "We missed shots early and all of a sudden we are down by eight." The Golden Eagles were 15 for 63 shooting and 3-14 from the free throw line.

The Red Raiders never trailed on the evening. "Our defense is good at shutting down the opponent's shooters." said Belmont junior Cassie Contigiani. "Last year was a learning year. This year we now the system." Contigiani had five points in the contest. The Red Raiders were led by Chayleigh Cadarette with 18 points.

Belmont followed up its performance on Friday with a 57-21 win over Farmington on Saturday, ending the season with a record of 9-9 and a postseason berth, a marked improvement over last year's 4-14 season. "I am very pleased with how this team has grown," said Belmont coach Mark Dawalga. "All the credit goes to them. they bought into everything that I threw at them." The Red Raiders will enter the Division III tournament as the 16th seed and will play Prospect Mountain High School tonight.

Gilford's record of 10 wins and eight losses is good enough for the 11th seed in the tournament and a first round bye. Gilford will be on the road Thursday evening against sixth-seeded Bow.

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Bulldogs win, secure home playoff game

LACONIA — The Belmont-Gilford Bulldogs rolled to a 5-0 victory Saturday afternoon over ConVal. The Bulldogs bounced back from a 7-3 loss the previous night to Berlin. "We didn't get the bounces in Berlin," coach Jay Londer said. "We wanted to see some good puck movement today and they did just about everything I asked."

Sophomore Caleb Drouin opened up the scoring in the first period on a wrist shot that beat ConVal goalie over the glove. Drouin's goal was assisted by Jason Taylor. The second period began with goals from Dylan Treamer and Andrew D'Amour. D'Amour intercepted a pass at ConVal's blue line then split the defense and slid the puck between the legs of ConVal's goalie.

Drouin added a second goal in the third. Jamie Gill capped the scoring in the Bulldogs victory.

With the win, the Bulldogs secure a home game in the first round of the playoffs. Belmont-Gilford will end the regular season on Saturday at home against NHIAA division III leader Souhegan. The playoffs are set to begin Saturday, March 8.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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