High schools: Friday night’s basketball results

Concord’s Whitney Vaillant (3) looks to dribble around a Bishop Guertin defender during a girls’ basketball game on the road in Nashua on Friday night. Vaillant scored a team-high 11 points, but Bishop Guertin won 53-27.

Concord’s Whitney Vaillant (3) looks to dribble around a Bishop Guertin defender during a girls’ basketball game on the road in Nashua on Friday night. Vaillant scored a team-high 11 points, but Bishop Guertin won 53-27. TOM KING / Nashua Telegraph

Published: 12-16-2023 8:47 AM

Girls’ Basketball

Bishop Guertin 53,
Concord 27

Key players: Concord – Whitney Vaillant (11 points), Sofia Payne (7 points), Delaney Duford (6 points), Maddie Kelly (3 points)

Highlights:  The Cardinals held the Tide to just six baskets from the field and led 35-14 at halftime.

Records: Bishop Guertin 1-1; Concord 1-1

Timberlane 43,
Bishop Brady 33

Key players: Bishop Brady –  Payton Bryson (11 points, 4 assists, 6 rebounds), Mia Wagner (13 points, 2 steals, 3 rebounds)

Highlights: It was a slow start for the Giants, but Brady was able to claw back and cut the deficit to eight at the half.

Coach’s quote:  “Our girls played hard the entire game and worked well together once we got comfortable. We have a short turnaround and need to keep learning and growing as a team.” – assistant Andrew Mattarazzo

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Records: Timberlane 2-0; Bishop Brady 0-2

Laconia 42, Bow 34

Key players: Laconia – Macy Swormstedt (13 points), Mekhia Burton (13 points); Bow – Kendall Murray (11 points), Juliette Tarsa (9 points), Ella Trefethen (7 points)

Highlights:  Bow trailed just 21-18 at halftime and 30-28 after the third quarter, but Laconia pulled away in the fourth.

Records: Laconia 2-0; Bow 1-1

Coe-Brown 43,
Pelham 34, OT

Key players: Coe-Brown – Emma Lapierre (12 points), Hannah Meehan (9 points), Kalina Kasprzak (7 points), Zoey Smith (6 points)

Highlights:  Lapierre hit a 3 in the closing seconds of regulation to send the game into overtime, and Lapierre and Meehan hit two more 3s early in overtime to give the Bears the cushion they needed to win.

Coach’s quote: “Hard fought win. A lot of work to do, but the effort was there for the win.” – Coe-Brown’s Joe Vachon

Records: Coe-Brown 1-1; Pelham 1-1

John Stark 56, Souhegan 22

Key players: John Stark  – Eleanor Girardet (18 points), Avery Geaumont (12 points), Hayleigh Dennis (8 points), Abby Duclos (6 points, 9 assists)

Highlights: The Generals had consistent and balanced offense throughout the game with eight players scoring points. Stark also did a good job moving the ball and limiting turnovers.

Coach’s quote: “I was very proud of how the girls played tonight. We played great team basketball and we’re hoping to continue to build off of tonigh.” – John Stark’s Tiffany Lewis

Records: John Stark 1-1; Souhegan 0-2

Pembroke 61, Lebanon 35

Key players: Pembroke – Annelise Dexter (18 points), Hailey Steinmetz (good play off the bench), Brooke Arenella (good play off the bench)

Highlights: The Spartans went on a 22-0 run over the last five minutes of the first quarter and held Lebanon scoreless for eight minutes.

Coach’s quote: “We got rolling in the first quarter, fueled a lot by our defense. Getting the early advantage gave us a chance to get all of our reserves a lot of minutes.” – Pembroke’s Steve Langevin

Records: Pembroke 2-0; Lebabon 0-2

Hopkinton 46,
Monadnock 36

Key players: Hopkinton – Shaylee Murdough (15 points, 5 assists), Lizz Holmes (6 points, 11 rebounds, 7 steals)

Highlights: The Hawks took a 27-21 lead into halftime and led 38-30 after three quarters. Holmes, Katie Brown, and Helen Yeaton led a strong defensive effort in the fourth quarter that allowed the Hawks to pull away with a key road win.

Coach’s quote: “A big win against a very good team. This was our first road game, and we responded well when they made a run late in the game with maintaining our composure and executing.” – Hopkinton’s Mike Mahoney

Records: Hopkinton 3-0; Monadnock 1-2

Kearsarge 39,
White Mountains 20

Key players: Kearsarge  – Tessa Marinello (16 points), Ava Shapiro (10 points)

Highlights: The Cougars outscored the Spartans 18-3 in the third quarter to break the game open. 

Records: Kearsarge 2-0; White Mtns. 1-2

Boys’ Basketball

Pelham 63, Coe-Brown 51

Key players: Coe-Brown – Jack Matson (24 points, 10 rebounds), Quinn Salter (17 points, 8 rebounds)

Highlights: Coe-Brown trailed by three with three minutes left in the fourth quarter, but the Pythons pulled away down the stretch.

Coach’s quote:  “Solid game throughout.” – Coe-Brown’s David Smith

Records: Pelham 2-0; Coe-Brown 1-1

John Stark 64, Souhegan 52

Key players: John Stark – Logan Montgomery (27 points, 8 steals), Hayden Pond (13 points), Aiden Harris (11 points, 6 rebounds), Joey Dykstra (5 points, 5 assists, 5 rebounds, 4 steals)

Highlights:  The Generals already matched last year’s win total with a solid victory on the road.

Coach’s quote:  “It was a great team effort, a lot of guys contributed to how we played tonight, especially on the defensive end. I was proud of the energy we played with throughout the game.” – John Stark’s Mike Smith

Records: John Stark 1-1; Souhegan 0-2

Merrimack Valley 35,
Hanover 32

Key players: MV – Aiden Gray (14 points), Trevor Simonds (11 points), Logan Gabour (8 points, 3 rebounds); Hanover – Ryan McLaughlin (16 points), Jaysen Oriol (8 points)

Highlights: Both teams started out slow and finished the first half with a 9-9 tie. The teams were neck-and-neck for the majority of the game, but Pride took a six-point lead with 4:30 remaining and held it the rest of the way.

Coach’s quote: “I liked the way our guys played today, especially on the defensive side of the ball the entire game. Now we can build on this win from here on out.” – MV’s Tim Mucher

Records: MV 1-1; Hanover 1-1

Pembroke 52,
Lebanon 49, OT

Key players: Pembroke – Evan Berkeley (23 points), Joe Fitzgerald (23 points), Javien Sinclair (defense and rebounding), Zach Al-Shawafi (defense and rebounding)

Highlights: Fitzgerald scored 16 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter and in OT as the Spartans gutted out a victory.

Coach’s quote:  “With a team being very sick, they gutted it out coming back after being down by 10 in the second half. There isn’t one boy feeling very good and having to sit in the gym for three hours (waiting for the JV and freshman games), I don’t know where their energy came from, but they showed a ton of guts and perseverance.” – Pembroke’s Mike Donnell

Records: Pembroke 2-0; Lebanon 0-2

White Mountains 39, Hillsboro-Deering 25

Key players: H-D – Tony Harris (8 points, defense, rebounding), Alex Crowe (8 points), Dan Franklin

Highlights: The Spartans opened the game with a 17-6 lead over the Hillcats at the end of the first quarter and held on the rest of the way. 

Coach’s quote:  “The boys had great defense. White Mountains definitely has some size, but we stayed with them. It was an all around good game, it just didn’t go our way. Proud of the boys.” – H-D’s Chris Davies

Records:  White Mtns. 2-1; H-D 1-2

Lin-Wood 45, Franklin 42

Highlights: The Tornadoes couldn’t overcome a 21-6 first quarter deficit in a tough loss on the road.

Records: Lin-Wood 1-4; Franklin 1-2