NHIAA Girls' Basketball: Astros deal Lancers first loss
Londonderry's Jordan Marett pursues Pinkerton's Colleen Fortier as she drives to the hoop. (Bruce Taylor/union leader)
Simpson, a senior point guard who has committed to play at the University of New Hampshire, missed Friday night's 53-49 loss to rival Pinkerton Academy of Derry with a hairline fracture in her right leg that could keep her in street clothes for the next four weeks. She was hurt during Monday's win against Dover.
"I don't think they would have pressed as much if Aliza was in there," Londonderry coach John Fagula said. "We had hoped to take advantage of our size on the offensive end, but the speed of the game didn't allow us to play some of those girls.
The Astros were without one of their best players as well. Junior forward Valerie Martin did not play because of a thumb injury. First-year Pinkerton coach Lani Buskey said Martin will likely be in the lineup for PA's next game.
"We had all the confidence coming in," Fortier said. "We knew we just had to work hard and put all of our energy into it. The whole team really stepped up. This feels so nice, especially after a loss (to Winnacunnet of Hampton) on Wednesday."
Londonderry received 15-point performances from Jackie Luckhardt, a sophomore guard, and junior center/forward Casey Evans. Freshman guard Kelsey Coffey finished with 10.
Pinkerton led 11-6 after one quarter and 21-18 at halftime, but the game was tied, 31-31, entering the fourth.