High schools: Hopkinton hoops sweep Kearsarge in tight battles; plus more Friday night basketball and skiing results

Hopkinton’s Shaylee Murdough (left) drives past Merrimack Valley’s Jada Lucas during a Capital Classic tournament game on Dec. 27. Murdough, Hopkinton’s leading scorer, is averaging over 12 points a game, and scored a game-high 17 points in her team’s 44-40 overtime victory over Kearsarge on Friday. Hopkinton is currently on top of the Division III standings with a 7-0 record. 

Hopkinton’s Shaylee Murdough (left) drives past Merrimack Valley’s Jada Lucas during a Capital Classic tournament game on Dec. 27. Murdough, Hopkinton’s leading scorer, is averaging over 12 points a game, and scored a game-high 17 points in her team’s 44-40 overtime victory over Kearsarge on Friday. Hopkinton is currently on top of the Division III standings with a 7-0 record.  JEFF SULLIVAN / SullivanEventPhotography.com

Published: 01-06-2024 11:32 AM

Girls’ Basketball

Hopkinton 44, Kearsarge 40, OT

Key players: Hopkinton – Shaylee Murdough (17 points, 6 assists), Katie Brown (12 points), Helen Yeaton (8 points); Kearsarge – Ava Shapiro (12 points), Jada Kendrigan (9 points)

Highlights: The Hawks took a five point lead into halftime before a strong defensive fourth quarter and key 3-pointers by the Cougars forced overtime. The Hawks got strong rebounding and hit key shots in OT to secure their second victory over Kearsarge this season.

Coaches’ quotes: “Great game, great atmosphere. Credit to Kearsarge. They’re a complete team and hit some big shots down the stretch. Proud of our effort in overtime to adjust defensively and get the win in what felt like a tournament environment.” – Hopkinton’s Mike Mahoney

“We played with great heart when our leading scorer, Tessa Marinello, fouled out at the end of third.” – Kearsarge’s Ed Tenney 

Records: Hopkinton 7-0; Kearsarge 4-2

Bow 52, Kingswood 17

Key players: Bow – Lauren Longley (10 points), Juliette Tarsa (8 points), Bry Szepan (8 points), Charlotte Duncan (7 points)

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Coach’s quote:  “Great team win tonight.” – Bow’s Cassidy Emerson

Records: Bow 3-2; Kingswood 0-4

John Stark 46, Timberlane 24

Key players: John Stark  – Avery Geaumont (11 points), Eleanor Girardet (7 points, 9 rebounds), Izabel Korbet (7 points), Kylie Dinan (7 points)

Highlights: The Generals opened the game with a 20-0 run and maintained the lead for the entire 32 minutes.

Coach’s quote: “We played great defense in the first half which helped to put us up by 24 at the half. We had a very balanced attack with eight different girls scoring tonight. We will look to build off of this game.” – John Stark’s Tiffany Lewis

Records: John Stark 4-1; Timberlane 3-3

Derryfield 37, Merrimack Valley 22

Key players: MV – Kayla Smith (9 points, 12 rebounds), Izzy Navoy (7 points)

Highlights: Derryfield led 21-8 at halftime.

Coach’s quote: “We just couldn’t get anything going offensively. Did not shoot well, but I thought in the first half that we defended well. We just need to better offensively. We have a tough game on the road Tuesday vs. Stark.” – MV’s Bob McNutt

Records: Derryfield 4-1; MV 3-3

Pembroke 70, Pelham 53

Key players: Pembroke – Annelise Dexter (34 points), Taylor Renna (14 points), Hailey Steinmetz (7 points); Pelham – Sophia Joncas (20 points)

Highlights: Pembroke led 20-8 after the first quarter and extended the lead to 39-22 by halftime.

Coach’s quote: “We got off to a great start and then were able to keep Pelham at arm’s length the rest of the game. Pelham kept coming at us, but we were able to answer. It was a good quality win.” – Pembroke’s Steve Langevin

Records: Pembroke 5-0; Pelham 2-3

Boys’ Basketball

Hopkinton 47, Kearsarge 46

Key players: Hopkinton – Will Chehade (15 points, 4 rebounds), Abram Standefer (14 points, 11 rebounds, 5 blocks), Noah Aframe (8 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists); Kearsarge – Noah Whipple (22 points), Austin Needham (10 points)

Highlights: The Hawks held on to win a game that was tightly contested from start to finish. Hopkinton has won three straight.

Coach’s quote: “We finally seem to finding our rhythm on the offensive end, seeing the ball fly around with pace and purpose. That pace and movement was rewarded with our best night from deep, seeing 10 3-pointers find the bottom of the net.” – Hopkinton’s Matt Miller

Records: Hopkinton 4-3; Kearsarge 3-3

Bow 62, Kingswood 56

Key players: Bow – Jake Reardon (19 points, 7 assists), Peyton Larrabee (15 points, 13 rebounds), Brendan O’Keeffe (13 points), Colby Smith (defense)

Highlights:  Smith played a strong two-way game and made smart decisions offensively to help propel the Falcons to a narrow victory.

Coach’s quote:  “We played more like the Bow team people are use to seeing, sharing the ball, playing with energy and doing little things. It’s always difficult to win on the road in any sport, so for us to come out victorious it showed our character as a team. A  good team win and effort tonight.” – Bow’s Scott Drapeau

Records: Bow 3-2; Kingswood 2-4

Kennett 66, John Stark 40

Key players: John Stark – Elliot Belliveau (16 points, 5 rebounds), Logan Montgomery (8 points, 6 rebounds), Hayden Pond (3 assists)

Highlights: Stark kept it close, trailing 9-6, at the end of the first quarter, but Kennett pulled away in the second. 

Coach’s quote: “We struggled offensively tonight and unfortunately that spilled over into other areas which is unacceptable. As a team we pride ourselves on our energy and work ethic and that was very inconsistent tonight.” – John Stark’s Mike Smith

Records: Kennett 4-1; John Stark 2-4

Merrimack Valley 62, Hollis-Brookline 39

Key players: MV – Aiden Gray (15 points), Trevor Simonds (13 points), Luke Dougherty (10 points); H-B – Dylan Kelley (10 points)

Highlights: After a tight first quarter, the Pride used a strong 22-7 run in the second quarter to pull away.

Coach’s quote: “Great win today, I like how everyone contributed both on the offensive and defensive side of the ball.” – MV’s Tim Mucher

Records: MV 3-3; H-B 2-4

Franklin 60, Hinsdale 50

Key players: Franklin – Zeke McCoy (25 points), Harrison Kaplan (15 points), Matt Carlsen (8 points); Hinsdale – Brayden Eastman (24 points)

Highlights: Franklin avenged its season-opening loss to the Pacers and won its third straight with Friday night’s victory.

Records: Franklin 4-3; Hinsdale 3-4

Boys’ Alpine Skiing

Kearsarge 768, St. Thomas 721, Gilford 714, Newfound 689, Belmont 660, Lebanon 580, Laconia 265, Prospect Mtn. 78

Key players: Kearsarge – Braden Hurley (1st giant slalom, 7th slalom), Alex Spinney (2nd slalom), Sam Mann (3rd GS, 6th slalom), Tobin Wyman (6th GS, 8th slalom), Caiden McKenna (7th GS);  Belmont – Mathias Krauchunas (11th slalom, 14th GS), Landon Bormes (21st slalom, 40th GS), Ryan Cribbie (19th GS, 23rd slalom), Henry Ashworth (34th slalom, 39th GS)

Highlights: The Cougars won an eight-team meet at Gunstock on Friday. Hurley won the GS with a combined time of 58.16 seconds, ahead of runner-up Peter Latsinik of St. Thomas (59.45 seconds). Gilford’s Bode McLean won the slalom 25.82 seconds, while Spinney finished in 28.12 seconds as the runner-up. 

Bow 1st

Key players: Bow – Seth Lowne (2nd), Aaron Barrieau (5th), Ian Soucy (10th), Oliver Weiss (16th)

Highlights:  The Falcons won a season-opening seven-team slalom race on Friday at Crotched Mountain.

Girls’ Alpine Skiing

Gilford 760, Newfound 721, Lebanon 714, St. Thomas 712, Belmont 688, Laconia 619, Kearsarge 336

Key players: Belmont – Ella Stevens (1st slalom in 29.29 seconds, 1st giant slalom in 59.72 seconds), Riley Degange (15th slalom, 23rd GS), Cate McDonald (22nd slalom, 25th GS), Meg Soucie (20th GS, 28th slalom); Kearsarge – Natalie Sherman (17th slalom, 17th GS), Savana Caswell (19th GS, 21st slalom) 

Highlights:  Freshman Stevens had the fastest slalom run of the day and the fastest combined time of two GS runs to sweep the races in a seven-team meet at Gunstock on Friday. Stevens is undefeated in the GS through two meets.

Bow 3rd

Key players: Bow – Ava Gadbois (8th), Sophia Coombs (9th), Sierra Scull (11th), Vivian Madden (13th)

Highlights:  The Falcons finished third out of seven teams in a season-opening slalom race at Crotched Mountain on Friday.

Boys’ Nordic Skiing

Fall Mountain 377, Lebanon 350, Hanover 340, Kearsarge 339, Concord 333, Keene 297, Souhegan 267, ConVal 183, Man. Central 34

Key players: Kearsarge – Elias Baer (7th), Andrew Blagden (14th), Benjamin Clough (21st), Andrew Brahan (23rd); Concord – Dean Ayotte (2nd), Sebastian Christie (18th), William Corbett (19th), Jackson Duffy (32nd)

Highlights: Kearsarge and Concord finished in the middle of the pack in a season-opening race hosted by Keene. Fall Mountain’s David Northcott (3:10.6) bested Ayotte by 0.4 seconds on a shortended course.

Girls’ Nordic Skiing

Keene 380, Lebanon 359, Concord 353, Hanover 330, Fall Mtn. 274, Kearsarge 264, Souhegan 208, Man. Memorial 73, Man. Central 53

Key players: Concord – Chloe Gudas (4th), Mahalie Burdette (14th), Phoebe Dater-Roberts (15th), Frances Lesser (18th); Kearsarge – Ava Valle (7th), Katherine Blagden (10th), Ainsley Frenkiewich (22nd) 

Highlights: Hosts Keene topped a season-opening nine-team race that included Concord and Kearsarge. Lebanon’s Ollie Hanna won in 3:54.2.