MEREDITH — The Inter-Lakes boys' basketball team remains winless on the season after falling to Somersworth Friday night 53-41. The young Lakers (0-3) squad struggled from behind the three point line and lost the battle for rebounds. Despite the result, the Inter-Lakes coach was encouraged by what he saw on the court.
"With the exception of one or two players this is a JV team that has been brought up prematurely," said Inter-Lakes coach Mike Rathgeber. "We were 0-3 at this point last year and made the tournament, so we will see," he continued. "Tonight was a quantum leap forward from the last two games." The Lakers dropped their first two contests by 35 and 42 points.
Inter-Lakes held Somersworth to 19 points in the first half. "The Lakers played the 1-2-2 defense well in the first half," commented coach Lorne Lucas, "We were tentative early, but made some adjustments at the half and they worked out. The key tonight was that we stayed together." Somersworth's adjustments led to 18 points in the third quarter. The majority of the baskets were the result of offensive rebounds. Hunter Kretschmar brought down 19 boards on his own. The Lakers' struggles behind the arch (2-13) contributed to many of the rebound opportunities.
Dillon Dow had a game high 22 points in the loss. The junior has averaged 25 points over the first three games. Malik Carter had nine points and six steals on the night.
The Lakers next game will be at home against Laconia on January 3.
Last Updated on Monday, 23 December 2013 10:30
LACONIA — The Wolfpack won Saturday's home opener by a field goal, 10-7 over Manchester West (0-2). Laconia-Winnisquam's (1-1) attack was led by Matt Missert and Dakota Tyno, who each contributed a hat trick. "Our co-captains [Missert and Tyno] had a good night. They were here through the lean times and it's nice to see their leadership on and off the ice," coach T.J. Galligan said.
The Wolfpack jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a shorthanded tally from Tyno early in the first. Tyno scored the second ten minutes later, receiving a pass from linemate Missert in front of the crease and stuffing the puck under the West goalie's pads. Lac/Winn went into the first intermission with a 4-0 lead.
West did not back down, scoring three of their own in the second period. West had a hat trick from defenseman Zach Allard. Two of Allard's goals came in the second. The Wolfpack had to do without Tyno for ten minutes in the second due to a hitting from behind major penalty. Missert scored all three goals for the Wolfpack in the second frame.
West knocked the lead down to two (7-5) with six minutes remaining in the third. Lac/Winn responded ten seconds later bringing the lead back to three, where it would stay for the remainder. The four other goals were scored by Brycen Martin, Jack Decormier, and two by Ryan Smith .
The Wolfpack will host Belmont-Gilford on January 4 at the Laconia Ice Arena.
Last Updated on Monday, 23 December 2013 10:21
Laconia Middle School girls' A basketball team picked up wins against Belmont and Kennett this week.
On Monday, Laconia hosted Belmont and earned a 45-22 victory. Amelia Clairmont scored 10 for Laconia, followed by Bella Smith (9), Delia Cormier (8) and Devon Mello (7). After a slow start to the game, coach Chick Tautkus said defensive pressure made gave Laconia the edge.
On Wednesday, Laconia traveled to Kennett for a 55-14 win. Clairmont, with 11 points, again led Laconia's scorers. Cormier contributed 9, Becca Howe 7, Lindsey Drouin 7, Victoria Dean 6 and Skyler Tautkus 5. Bella Smith had 6 points, 6 steals and provided floor leadership, said coach Tautkus.
The Lady Sachems look forward to the Holiday Christmas Tournament taking place on December 23, 26 and 27.
Last Updated on Thursday, 19 December 2013 08:57
The Gilford High School girls' varsity basketball team improved to 4-0 after a 36-28 win over Inter-Lakes on Wednesday.
Gilford was led by Cassidy Bartlett with 10 points, followed by Kayla Orton who added 8 points and 7 rebounds. Shannon Mercer scored all 7 of her points in the 3rd quarter, Jordan Dean added 7 points and had a team high 13 rebounds and a team high 9 steals, Madison Harris had 6 points and 12 rebounds and Kelsey Buckley also had a big night on the boards gathering 12 rebounds.
For Inter-Lakes Julia Eifert led all scorers with 9 points.
Gilford is now off until the school hosts the Holiday Tournament on Dec. 27.
Last Updated on Thursday, 19 December 2013 08:48