Sachems undone by fouls in 50-26 loss to Newfound

BRISTOL — The Laconia High School girls' basketball team had a rough start of the season on Friday, traveling to Newfound Regional for a 50-26 loss. The Sachems were able to keep pace with the Bears through the first half but fell behind in the second due to foulingTate Aldrich, assistant coach of the team, stated that with score tied after the first half the girls had proved equally matched against Newfound, however the team experienced fouling issues during the second half that impacted their performance on the court.

Kailey Nute scored the first basket for Laconia, putting 3 points on the board. Newfound enjoyed a slim 8-6 margin at the end of the first quarter.

Second period proved to be the strongest of the game for Laconia. A two-pointer by Erika Marchione, assisted by Taylor Sullivan, brought Laconia even with Newfound at 8 each. Laconia kept the pressure on the hosts, and after a basket by Natalie Compton, the visitors held a 12-9 lead. Newfound fought back with a five-point surge, and by the end of the half the teams were even at 16 points each.

Pressure on the basket and quick passes helped give Laconia an advantage to start the third. The advance by Laconia was short-lived however, as Newfound eliminated Laconia's four point lead. With 3:27 left in the third period, Laconia coach Jeff Greeley called a time out, though the tactic did little to slow the host's momentum. As soon as play resumed, Newfound increased its lead by sinking a free throw and two consecutive two pointers, resulting in a score of 25-20. At the end of the third period, Laconia was looking at a 14-point deficit.

Compton had a chance to bite into Newfound's lead at the start of the fourth, earning a couple of shots at the free throw line. She missed both, though, and Newfound continued to roll, stretching the lead to 20 points. Laconia finally got some traction, cobbling together a basket by Marchione and two free throws by Compton. However, any hopes of as Sachem comeback were cut short by fouls.

Technical fouls proved to be the Sachems' downfall. Three players fouled out and Laconia was whistled for two back to back technical fouls within the last few minutes of the game. The teams left the court with a final score of 50-26 Newfound.

Compton, Marchione and Nute each scored six for Laconia. Karissa Boney led Newfound with 16 points. Newfound was 12 for 27 at the foul line, while Laconia sank 5 of the team's 12 penalty shots.

"We had a great first half, but a poor second half. I knew that the game was going to be difficult, and I pushed the girls to new places," stated Coach Greely in response to the game. "I look forward to watching the film, because it will help us see where we need to improve so that we can have a better game next time."

The Laconia girls' team will have its home opener today at 6:30 p.m.

LMS girls start season with 20 point win

The Laconia Middle School girls' A team enjoyed an opening game win Wednesday with a 39 to 19 victory over Alton. Leading scorers were Lyndsey Drouin with 12 points, Delia Cormier with 9 points, and Emma Schumacher with 8 points. Devon Mello also had 5 points with one 3 pointer made.

Hannah Dow , Delaney Ross, Beccca Howe, and Skyler Tautkus played solid defense and had good floor games for the victors.

Next week the LMS girls will be playing Barnstead, Winnisquam, and Bow.

Laconia girls hope to build on last year's post-season run

The winter high school sports season begins tonight with girls' basketball. Boys' basketball will start a week from tonight, and ice hockey teams will face off the following week.

Girls' basketball

The Laconia Sachems look to improve on an impressive run that ended in the in with a tournament loss to Bow last winter in the quarter-finals. Laconia, with a team of mostly freshmen and sophomores in the 2012-2013 season, had modest expectations last year but was able to earn the seventh seed in the NHIAA Division III tournament. The Sachems finished the season with a 14-6 record. A new season will begin on Friday night when the team, still on the young side but now playing with some big-game experience, travels to Bristol to take on Newfound Regional.

Friday night will see Belmont travel to Farmington and Gilford visiting Somersworth. Winnisquam will host White Mountains and Inter-Lakes welcomes Mascoma Valley.

Boys' basketball

Laconia's boys team did not fare as well as their counterparts, finishing the year with a 5-13 record. The Sachems were able to finish the season on a positive note, winning the last two games of the season. The boys will begin their season on Friday, Dec. 13, when they travel to Whitefield to take on White Mountain Regional.
In other local action on Dec. 13, Gilford will travel to Franklin and Belmont heads to Somersworth. Inter-Lakes is also on the road in Alton matching up against Prospect Mountain. Winnisquam will play host to Berlin.

112613 Laconia cross-country hands out Dowlin, Stinson awards

LACONIA — Throughout last year, Laconia High School coaches, alumni, the athletic director, along with family and friends worked together to rename two awards after two great people from Laconia's running past, Larry Stinson and Tom Dowling. On November 21, 2013, the Laconia High School cross-country team held its season ending banquet. With team alumni in attendance, the first-ever Larry Stinson MVP Award and the Tom Dowling Coaches' Award were presented. Both Larry and Tom's family and friends were delighted to have their loved ones honored by the school. Junior Troy Harper took home the Larry Stinson award for his consistent season as the team's number one runner. Senior captain Timmy Kneuer took home the Tom Dowling Award for his leadership, dedication, and athletic achievements.