High schools: Wednesday’s hockey and basketball results

Concord’s Caroline Fortin (17) attempts to handle the puck as Bishop Guertin defenders close in at Everett Arena on Wednesday. Concord closed out the regular season with a 2-0 loss.

Concord’s Caroline Fortin (17) attempts to handle the puck as Bishop Guertin defenders close in at Everett Arena on Wednesday. Concord closed out the regular season with a 2-0 loss. CHIP GRIFFIN / Photos By Chip

Published: 02-22-2024 1:03 AM

Girls’ Basketball

John Stark 63, Pembroke 57

Key players: John Stark – Eleanor Girardet (13 points), Abby Duclos (13 points), Avery Geaumont (12 points), Izabel Korbet (12 points); Pembroke  – Annelise Dexter (34 points), Kaitlin Arenella (10 points)

Highlights: The Generals were down by six at halftime (39-33) and five going into the fourth, but Stark had a strong final quarter and went 9-for-10 from the line down the stretch, securing the No. 4 seed for next week’s Division II tournament.

Coaches’ quotes: “Tonight was a huge night for us. The girls came to play and I was very proud of them tonight. This win was big for seeding as far as playoffs go.” – John Stark’s Tiffany Lewis

“It was definitely a playoff-like game and is going to be helpful to both teams when the tourney starts for real next week.” – Pembroke’s Steve Langevin

Records: John Stark 14-4; Pembroke 15-3

Girls’ Basketball

Coe-Brown 56, Milford 51

Key players: Coe-Brown  – Hannah Meehan (20 points), Kalina Kasprzak (15 points), Emma Lapierre (13 points)

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Highlights: Milford controlled the first half, but the Bears stayed in striking distance, trailing 29-24 at halftime. Coe-Brown was down 43-38 entering the fourth quarter, but the Bears went on an 18-8 run to secure the win. Coe-Brown will be the No. 10 seed for the Division II postseason tournament.

Coach’s quote: “Tough road win. Girls did a nice job keeping their composure.” – Coe-Brown’s Joe Vachon

Records: Coe-Brown 10-8; Milford 8-10

Boys’ Basketball

Pembroke 68, John Stark 49

Key players: Pembroke – Joe Fitzgerald (26 points), Evan Berkeley (15 points), Mason Gagne (7 points), Devin Riel (6 points), Aidyn Jeski (defense, rebounding); John Stark – Hayden Pond (12 points), Elliot Belliveau (12 points), Logan Montgomery (7 points, 9 rebounds), Joey Dykstra (7 points), Aiden Harris (7 points), Donnie White (5 blocks)

Highlights: The Generals played a solid first half but Pembroke’s offense was too much and pulled away in the second half on Stark’s senior night. The Spartans will be the No. 3 seed for the Division II tournament. John Stark’s season ends, but the Generals improved significantly over last year’s 1-17 team.

Coaches’ quotes:  “I am very pleased with the team’s effort and work ethic all season long, and that hard work paid off. Going 16-2 after graduating nine seniors last year is not an easy thing to accomplish, but these young men work their tails off and now it’s tournament time and win or go home.” – Pembroke’s Mike Donnell

“It’s sad anytime a season ends, but this senior group really began the process of restoring our program. I’m incredibly proud of this entire team and how hard they’ve worked throughout the season.” – John Stark’s Michael Smith

Records: Pembroke 16-2; John Stark 6-12

Boys’ Hockey

Keene 2, Concord 1

Key players:  Concord – Trevor Craigue (goal), Dawson Fancher (assist), Jordan Dustin (assist)

Highlights: Craigue tied the game 1-1 in the second period, but the Blackbirds scored the game winner on a power play with six minutes left. Concord couldn’t find the game-tying goal despite outshooting Keene 34-14.

Coach’s quote: “We are struggling to score right now. We need to keep working and play together. We need to do a better job getting to the net. We need a big effort Saturday at home versus Hanover.” – Concord’s Dunc Walsh

Records: Keene 7-9-1; Concord 14-2-1