Early turnovers spell defeat for Laconia

LACONIA — The Sachems (5-4) fell behind early and could not dig themselves out losing to Franklin 42-40. The Sachems had trouble handling the ball, turning it over on the first four possessions of the game. The Golden Tornadoes (5-4) took advantage scoring on all four turnovers to jump out to an 8-0 lead. " I am proud of the way we played," said Laconia coach Jeff Greeley, adding, "We can't spot a team an eight point lead and expect to win. I feel we outplayed them the last 28 minutes, but it's hard chasing points."

The Golden Tornadoes held at least a five point lead for all but the final minute and a half. Laconia shortened the lead to three when freshman Helen Tautkus (6 points) collected the defensive rebound and drove the length of the court, drawing a foul on the layup. Tautkus converted both free throws. "These are the games that make me lose my hair," said Franklin coach J.J. Winters. "We came out strong and had the easy buckets early. Luckily we didn't give it away in the end." Franklin in-bounded the ball with ten seconds remaining in the game. An errant pass resulted in a steal from Cali Swormstedt, who attempted a half court pass to Kailey Nute at the baseline, only to see the ball sail over her head, out of bounds. Franklin inbounded with 5.6 seconds left and again the ball was stolen by Swormstedt. This time Swormstedt was tied up and the buzzer sounded, ending the game.

Laconia's Natalie Compton had a game high 18 points. Senior Katrina Styles led the Golden Tornadoes with 17 points. Franklin has won both matches against Laconia by a total of three points. The Sachems are back in action on Friday night when they host Newfound.

Still room for teams to register for Amy Annis Volleyball Tournament

The Amy Annis Volleyball Tournament, to be held at Gilford High School on January 25, is looking for a few more teams to fill out its 16-team bracket.

Amy Annis lost her life to a four-year battle with breast cancer. The Amy Annis Volleyball Tournament has been established as a way to celebrate Amy's vivacious spirit, strong will, determination, and passion for life. Amy participated on four sports teams during her time at Gilford High School. She was a member of the varsity softball and basketball teams, a member of Gilford's first two volleyball state championship teams and a member of the first girls' club soccer team. The Amy Annis Volleyball Tournament is held annually at Gilford High School with 16 teams participating in both the high school and middle school gymnasiums. It is open to high school students and adults. The teams may have any number of players, but 3 males and 3 females must be on the court at all times. The net will be set at the women's height and teams will be guaranteed 3 games in pool play and 1 game in tournament play. The entry fee is $100 with all proceeds going to the Amy Annis Scholarship Fund and breast cancer research. If you have any questions please email Joan Forge at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 253-3363.

Winnisquam girls come back late to knock off Gilford

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.

Round-up: Bulldogs pounce on Portsmouth for 5th win

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.

Boys' basketball

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.

Girls' basketball

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.