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High School Roundup: Memorial boys rally to win; Merrimack edged

January 21. 2017 12:13AM

The Manchester Memorial High School boys’ basketball team hit its stride at the right time in Friday’s 61-54 win at Keene. The Crusaders (3-3) rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit and outscored Keene 17-5 in the third. The outburst in the third was spurred by on-ball pressure that generated steals and easy buckets on the other end for Memorial. Manny Alisandro scored 14 points to lead the Crusaders, while Jake Santiago and Jake Carrier finished with 12 apiece. Logan Galanes’ 31 points were not enough for the Blackbirds (1-5).

Exeter 56, Merrimack 53: In Exeter, Stephen Natola answered a game-tying layup by Merrimack’s Dan McKillop layup with a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer for Exeter (6-1). The Blue Hawks trailed 20-8 after one and 26-22 at halftime before trading one- or two-point leads throughout the fourth. Natola posted a double-double (18 points, 12 rebounds) while Bobby Cliche tacked on 11 points for Exeter. Owen Ploss topped Merrimack (5-2) with 16 points and Joe DeGregorio had 14.

Hollis/Brookline 61, Lebanon 51: In Hollis, Nick Fothergill went 6-for-6 from the free throw line late in the fourth quarter to create the comfortable margin of victory for the Cavaliers (5-1). Fothergill finished with 18 points while Stephen Giaconla (16), Matt Simco (11) and Matt Dowling (10) were also in double figures for Hollis/Brookline. Lebanon (5-1) trailed by as many 12 before cutting the lead to one late in the third, but failed to get on top at any point. Ryan Milliken led the Raiders with 18 points and Hunter Bienvenu poured in 14.

Bishop Brady 53, Manchester West 50: In Concord, Matt Quirk hit an elbow jumper with three seconds to play to make the difference for the Green Giants (4-2). The lead was padded after Quirk’s jumper when Manchester West called a timeout it didn’t have on their final possession, which resulted in a technical foul that gave Bishop Brady two free throws and the ball back. Bryce Johnson scored 23 points for the winners while Matt Desmaris added seven. The Blue Knights (5-3) got 20 points from Jacobee Burpee and 12 from Dominic Plourde.

Salem 63, Bishop Guertin 60: In Nashua, Griffin Curtis and Matt McLaughlin combined for 21 of Salem’s 25 third-quarter points that helped put the Blue Devils (4-2) ahead for good. Curtis tallied a game-high 30 points, including six treys, and McLaughlin collected 14 points. Mike Rinko scored 17 points for the Cardinals (2-4).

Pelham 69, Souhegan 57: In Amherst, Kyle Frank and Drew Brown shared high-scoring duties with 19 points apiece for the Pythons. A 12-point lead at halftime for Pelham (5-2) was dwindled down to four in the third, but the Pythons re-established with an 11-0 run. Ryan Hickey came away with 19 points for Souhegan (1-7).

Campbell 68, Prospect Mountain 36: In Litchfield, senior Harrison Vedrani scored 14 points and his brother, Carter, a freshman, added 12, as the Cougars improved to 6-2 in Division III. Campbell led 35-19 at the half. Prospect Mountain dropped to 1-7.

Farmington 43, Moultonborough 36: In Moultonborough, the visitors pressured the ball, caused turnovers and outscored the hosts 18-7 in the fourth quarter. Logan Ebare led the way with 14 points for Farmington (4-3). Joey McClay (11) and Matt Norton paced the Panthers (4-6).

Girls’ basketball

Bishop Brady 47, Manchester West 29: In Manchester, Sam Will led all scorers with 23 for Bishop Brady (8-1). Emily Keefe had 18 and Mikayla Kaul added nine for West (3-5), which trailed 28-11 at half after being outscored 18-3 in the second quarter by the Green Giants.

Manchester Memorial 73, Keene 53: In Manchester, Haleigh Shea led all scorers with 28 as the Crusaders outscored Keene 21-9 in the fourth quarter. Melanie Presseau added 11 points, and Ashley Mathieu-LaFrance and Lyric Grumblatt scored nine each for Memorial (3-5). Rian Soucia led Keene (1-6) with 14 points. Natalie Goodrich scored 10.

Windham 43, John Stark 17: In Windham, the Jaguars (4-3) defense took care of business, holding the Generals to no more than six points in any quarter. Nikki Lemay led Windham with 11 points and Ali Schiebel posted seven. No player scored more than four points for John Stark (2-6).

Portsmouth 40, Goffstown 38: In Goffstown, Kelly Walsh’s game-tying shot attempt fell short as time expired in the Grizzlies’ setback. Walsh finished with 16 points for the Grizzlies (5-4), while Portsmouth was led by Libby Underwood’s 18 points. The Clippers improved to 8-1.

Bow 44, Coe-Brown 37: In Northwood, the Falcons (6-2) picked up their third consecutive win with Taylor Darrell (15 points) Lauren Goyette (13 points) leading the way. Coe-Brown slipped to 5-4.

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