LMS A girls even the score with Bow

Laconia Middle School girls' A team avenged an earlier loss to Bow with a convincing 41 to 23 win at LMS. Leading scorers were Amelia Clairmont, 14 points (one 3-pointer), Emma Schumacher, 8 points, Bella Smith, 6 points , and Delia Cormier with 4 points.

Bella Smith ran the show from her point guard position with numerous steals and combined with Becca Howe to force numerous pressure turnovers in Laconia's half court trapping defense. Emma Schumacher and Delia Cormier anchored the back of the press for the Lady Sachems.

Emelia Clairmont had 6 defensive rebounds and 5 offensive rebounds to combine with numerous slashing drives to the basket, leading to her game leading 14 points.

Coach Tautkus was very proud of his team as their hard work in practice paid off with a quality win. He is hopeful that this victory will translate into momentum that will carry his team through the rest of the season.

Franklin rides early lead to victory against Gilford

Franklin used an 11-0 run to open the game and never looked back in defeating Gilford 36-28. The Golden Tornadoes took advantage of turnovers and a cold shooting Eagles team to race out to a 17-8 half time lead. Gilford regrouped in the third quarter and cut the lead to 28-24 but could get no closer as Franklin closed out the game with a 6-4 fourth quarter. On the night Gilford shot 11 for 63 from the field and was 4 for 18 from the foul line. For Franklin Katarina Styles lead all scorers with 16 points followed by Lexie Colpack and Sadie Kaplan who both added 6 points. For Gilford Jordan Dean and Cassidy Bartlett each scored 8 points.
Kayla Orton and Maddie Harris both had 10 rebounds for Gilford.

Round-up: LHS basketball teams back in action after a week of rest

The Laconia Sachems (5-4) girls' basketball team struggled early on in the first quarter to spot Franklin an 8-0 lead last Friday night. Laconia could not mount the comeback, chasing Franklin to the final buzzer, losing 42-40. The well-rested Sachems are back in action tonight hosting Newfound Regional. On Tuesday the girls' travel to Prospect Mountain.

Gilford (6-4) split the week, beating Berlin 50-33 at home last Friday night and losing in Franklin 36-28. The Golden Eagles head to Belmont (4-5) tonight. Belmont dropped both games last week. Last Friday's loss was on the road at Mascoma Valley 55-45. The other defeat came at home to Newfound Regional, 66-30. The Red Raiders will stay in the Lakes Region on Tuesday, traveling to Meredith to take on the 1-7 Lakers from Inter-Lakes High School.

The Lakers were downed by Prospect Mountain last Friday 48-35. I-L will be busy this week, hosting White Mountains tonight, Belmont on Tuesday and traveling to Newfound on Thursday.

Boys' basketball

The Laconia boys' team also enjoyed the week off after beating Franklin on the road 62-45. The 5-2 Sachems host Newfound tonight and head to Prospect Mountain on Tuesday.

Belmont (1-7) will attempt to halt a three game skid in Gilford tonight. The Golden Eagles stopped their own losing streak Tuesday, beating Franklin 46-30. Gilford will host Farmington on Tuesday night.

Inter-Lakes lost two in a row, last Friday to Prospect Mountian 70-56 and Tuesday to Moultonbourough 55-34. The Lakers will be in action tonight versus White Mountains, Tuesday against Belmont and at Newfound on Thursday.


Belmont-Gilford remain on top of the NHIAA Division III standings with a perfect 8-0 record after beating Manchester West on Wednesday night 11-1. The Bulldogs continue to chase perfection tomorrow night in Portsmouth and Wednesday at Kennett.

Laconia-Winnisquam will look for the team's second win of the season tomorrow at Kearsarge and stay on the road Wednesday in Pelham-Windham.

Moultonborough-Inter-Lakes will also be looking for win number two against Manchester West on Monday.

LMS girls win against Gilford, lose to Merrimack Valley

The Laconia Middle School girls' basketball team split a pair of games last week.

Laconia rode the strength of a strong second quarter to a 25-23 victory in a Jan. 15 match against Gilford. Leading scorers were Amelia Clairmont with 13, Devon Mello with 9, Bella Smith with 8 and Delia Cormier with six. Gilford trailed by just two points after the first quarter, but Laconia shot ahead in the second, scoring 16 points to Gilford's 1. Laconia's full court defense resulted in steals and scoring opportunities.

On Jan. 17, Laconia again went into half-time with a lead but opponents from Merrimack Valley turned the game around in the third quarter, out-scoring the Sachems 20 to 9 in that period of play. Merrimack Valley protected the lead in the fourth quarter for a 45-38 win. Laconia coach Chick Tautkus was very proud of his players as they fought hard the whole game and displayed a lot of hustle. Leading rebounders for Laconia were Emma Schumacher with 8 and Lindsey Drouin with 7. Delaney Ross played excellent defense for Laconia.

Laconia plays Bow on Wednesday and Barnstead on Thursday at home this week. Both games start at 4 p.m.