High schools: Concord Christian extends unbeaten streak in D-II, Concord wrestling wins again; plus more Tuesday night basketball and hockey results

Concord Christian’s Lilli Carlile attacks the basket while Laconia’s Mekhia Burton (14) defends during a game at Concord Christian Academy on Monday. Concord Christian defeated Laconia, 61-38, to improve to 3-0 in its first season in Division II. 

Concord Christian’s Lilli Carlile attacks the basket while Laconia’s Mekhia Burton (14) defends during a game at Concord Christian Academy on Monday. Concord Christian defeated Laconia, 61-38, to improve to 3-0 in its first season in Division II.  KJ CARDINAL / Ball603.com

Concord Christian’s Kayden Rioux dribbles the ball up the floor during a game at Concord Christian Academy on Monday, Dec. 18, 2023. Rioux scored a game-high 23 points and connected on six 3-pointers in the first half alone to lead the Kingsmen to a 61-38 victory over Laconia. CCA improved to 3-0 in its first season in Division II with the win.

Concord Christian’s Kayden Rioux dribbles the ball up the floor during a game at Concord Christian Academy on Monday, Dec. 18, 2023. Rioux scored a game-high 23 points and connected on six 3-pointers in the first half alone to lead the Kingsmen to a 61-38 victory over Laconia. CCA improved to 3-0 in its first season in Division II with the win. KJ CARDINAL / Ball603.com

Published: 12-19-2023 11:55 PM

Girls’ Basketball

Concord Christian 61,
Laconia 38

Key players: Concord Christian – Kayden Rioux (23 points), Lilli Carlile (19 points), Emma Smith (16 points); Laconia – Macy Swormstedt (13 points), Mekhia Burton (6 points)

Highlights:  Rioux drained six 3s in the first half to lift the D-II debutant Kingsmen to a 33-20 lead at halftime and a statement victory over one of D-II’s strongest programs.

Records: Concord Christian 3-0; Laconia 1-2

Pembroke 57,
Timberlane 18

Key players: Pembroke – Annelise Dexter (19 points), Kaitlin Arenella (16 points), Kate Stephens (10 points)

Highlights: The Spartans were rolling right from the start with a 16-2 advantage after the first quarter.

Coach’s quote: “(Timberlane has) a lot of size, so we wanted to try to make them play quickly. Our defense was excellent.” – Pembroke’s Steve Langevin

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Records: Pembroke 3-0; Timberlane 2-1

Winnisquam 60, St. Thomas 55

Key players: Winnisquam – Lauren MacDonald (24 points, 5 rebounds, 5 steals), Caidyn Carter (14 points, 4 steals), Triniti Carter (9 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals), Victoria Kelly (10 rebounds, 4 points, 2 steals), Sophia Braun (4 points, 2 rebounds), Bella Sargent (5 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals, 3-for-4 FT)

Highlights:  The Bears held a 15-14 lead after the first quarter, a 33-29 lead at halftime and a 46-40 lead heading into the final frame, and Winnisquam connected on enough free throws late in the game to hand the Saints their first loss of the season.

Coach’s quote:  “Great game tonight against a very good St. Thomas team. It was a battle all night. It was a back-and-forth game. We were able to make our foul shots down the stretch to seal the win. We really needed everyone tonight to play well and they did.” – Winnisquam’s Mark Dawalga

Records: Winnisquam 3-0; St. Thomas 3-1

Kearsarge 52, Mascoma 32

Key players: Kearsarge – Adara Boucher (20 points, 12 rebounds)

Highlights: Boucher had a huge game on the boards with a game-high 12 rebounds as the Cougars maintained its undefeated start to the season.

Coach’s quote: “We broke it open with a 20-point lead the fourth quarter. Overall, the whole game we played solid on defense.” – Kearsarge’s Ed Tenney

Records: Kearsarge 3-0; Mascoma 2-2

Franklin 46,
Farmington 35

Key players: Franklin – Kourtney Kaplan (17 points), Lily Cornell (11 points), Savaughna Slocum (9 points)

Highlights:  The Tornadoes snapped a streak of back-to-back losses with a big win at home.

Coach’s quote:  “The girls did a great job of controlling the tempo of the game, especially in the closing minutes. Our team defense worked hard in the paint and all of the girls stepped up for this one.” – Franklin’s Mark Dionne

Records: Franklin 2-3; Farmington 4-2

Boys’ Basketball

Coe-Brown 61,
Merrimack Valley 55

Key players: Coe-Brown – Connor Bagnell (18 points), Quinn Salter (11 points); MV – Aiden Gray (34 points)

Highlights: The Pride and Bears played a tight game throughout the entire way, but Coe-Brown hit some big time 3-pointers late to secure the victory.

Coach’s quote: “We like the way our guys played tonight, just got to work on the little things and we will get right back on track.” – MV’s Tim Mucher

Records: Coe-Brown 2-1; MV 1-2

Hanover 64, John Stark 28

Key players: Hanover – Jayson Oriel (18 points), Ryan McLaughlin (12 points); John Stark – Logan Montgomery (10 points), Joey Dykstra (7 points, 3 steals), Cam Carpenter (5 points)

Highlights: Hanover jumped out to a 19-2 first quarter and never looked back.

Coach’s quote: “It was a tough night for us. We certainly didn’t play with the energy that we have been accustomed to so far this season. Hopefully we’ll see this as a challenge for the rest of the way.” – John Stark’s Mike Smith

Records: Hanover 2-1; John Stark 1-2

Mascoma 68, Kearsarge 48

Key players: Kearsarge – Andrew Huff (22 points), Noah Whipple (7 points), Park Goin (5 points, 6 rebounds), Eddie Kinzer (5 points, 3 steals), Mason Christensen (3 points, first varsity points)

Highlights: The Royals connected on 22 free throws and the Cougars shot 4-for-23 from 3-point range as Mascoma took an early 15-5 at the end of the first quarter and didn’t relinquish it. Mascoma led 29-19 at halftime and 46-36 heading into the fourth.

Records: Mascoma 4-0; Kearsarge 1-2

Wrestling

Concord 63, Londonderry 18

Key players: Concord – Biswas Darji (pin 106), Dom Hubbard (pin 113), Cullen Burke (pin 120), Griffin Norwalt (pin 126), Don Mvuyekure (pin 138), Jaxon Carter (pin 144), Tony Gualtieri (pin 165), Devon Farwell (pin 215), Wayne Gutierrez-Sakakeeny (pin 285), Hunter Richard (9-4 decision at 132), Max Chung (win by injury default at 150)

Highlights: The Crimson Tide won 11 of 14 bouts, nine of them by pin, to win a dual meet on the road against the Lancers.

Records: Concord 7-0

Girls’ Hockey

Brady-Londonderry-Trinity 4,
Manchester 0

Key players: BLT – Ali Pelletier (3 goals), Josie Whitson (goal), Cam Despres (2 assists), Kylie Palmeter (2 assists), Kaylee Dumais (assist), Kacey Yorston (29 saves), 

Highlights:  Pelletier scored a goal in all three periods and Whitson tallied one in the second as BLT picked up its first shutout of the season.

Records: BLT 2-1; Manchester 0-2