High schools: Concord girls’ hoops plays tough, but falls to No. 1 BG; No. 6 Coe-Brown boys upset by No. 14 Oyster River

Published: 03-04-2023 11:17 AM

D-I Girls’ Basketball

No. 1 Bishop Guertin 66, No. 9 Concord 48

Key players: Concord – Whitney Vaillant (14 points, 5 steals), Aidah Smalley (13 points, 2 steals, 4 rebounds), Delaney Duford (9 points, 3 steals) Sofia Payne (6 points, 8 rebounds)

Highlights: The Tide hit four 3s in the opening quarter to take a 22-16 lead and Concord held top-seeded BG to a 29-29 tie at halftime, but the Cardinals pulled away in the second half to survive a potential upset in the Division I quarterfinals. BG led 46-38 heading into the final eight minutes of the game, and the Tide still had the energy and effort needed, but couldn’t finish at the rim consistently.

Coach’s quote: “We came into this game with nobody really giving us a chance to win, so our game plan was to put it all out there and play with nothing to lose and that’s exactly what they did. The score doesn’t reflect how this game went for 32 minutes. I am proud of them, how they played this game and how they really grew this year. How we all grew, even myself.” – Concord’s Rob Darrell

Records: Bishop Guertin 19-0; Concord 11-9

D-II Boys’ Basketball

No. 14 Oyster River 40, No. 6 Coe-Brown 6

Key players: Oyster River – Mason Tatarian (14 points), Drew Dulac (12 points); Coe-Brown – Connor Bagnell (12 points), Tommy Flanagan (10 points), Hugh Hamilton (9 points)

Highlights: The Bobcats led narrowly throughout most of the game to continue their Cinderella run with another upset on the road over their Bear rivals. Oyster River led 12-8 after the first quarter, 25-21 at halftime and 32-29 heading into the fourth. The Bobcats avenged their loss to Coe-Brown from earlier in the season, 65-34, on Feb. 17. Oyster River can avenge another loss in the semifinals when the Bobcats play No. 3 Pembroke on Tuesday. Pembroke won, 73-48, during their regular season game on Feb. 7.

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Records: Oyster River 7-13; Coe-Brown 14-6