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March 04. 2014 8:11PM

Campbell girls top Bishop Brady, head to Div. III basketball final


Bishop Brady's Riselly Deoleo knocks the ball away from Campbell's Hannah Fabiano at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester Tuesday. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)

MANCHESTER  — After a one-year absence, the Campbell High School of Litchfield girls’ basketball team is back in the Division III championship game.
 
Campbell, which won the Division III title in 2011 and finished as the runner-up in 2012, advanced to this year’s Division III final by beating Bishop Brady of Concord, 44-38, in the semifinals Tuesday night at Southern New Hampshire University.
 
“It’s crazy,” Campbell coach Robert Allan said. “I can’t believe it. It’s one of those things where you talk about it, you talk about it, you talk about it, then you’re there.
 
“It’s always been if you make your sacrifices and you work hard there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. These girls can see the light and they’re here to work.”
 
Bishop Brady led 36-33 with 4:39 to play, but the Cougars outscored the Green Giants 11-2 the rest of the way. Bishop Brady missed eight of its 11 free-throw attempts in the final quarter, and missed 10 of its 15 attempts in the game.
 
Campbell missed nine of its 10 3-point attempts, but made 11 of its 15 shots from the free throw line.
 
“Foul shots,” Bishop Brady coach Aaron Brochu said. “They made them, we didn’t. That’s the difference for sure.”
 
Hannah Neild led Campbell with a game-high 13 points. The Cougars received a 10-point performance from Alexandra Trevains, and seven points from both Brianna Hardy and Kali Trunco.
 
Bishop Brady’s Riselly Deoleo also finished with 13 points, nine of which came in the first half. Brady’s Sarah Thomas tossed in 12. Second-seeded Bishop Brady completed its season with an 18-3 record.
 
Third-seeded Campbell (19-2) will face fourth-seeded Fall Mountain Regional of Langdon (19-2) in the championship game, which will be played Saturday (4 p.m.) at SNHU. Fall Mountain upset top-seeded Newfound of Bristol, (19-2), 61-44, in Tuesday’s second semifinal.
 
Fall Mountain never trailed in its victory. The Wildcats led 18-6 after one quarter and maintained a double-digit lead for most of the contest.
 
Senior forward Bethany Aumand led Fall Mountain with a game-high 20 points. Fall Mountain’s Morgan Ferland finished with 14 points and 17 rebounds (13 defensive).
 
Campbell and Fall Mountain did not meet during the regular season.
 
“We’re excited (to play Saturday),” Neild said. “I’m pumped. I can’t wait. It’ll take the same thing as it did here. High intensity, work hard on defense. Defense means everything to us.”
 
It was the third meeting between Campbell and Bishop Brady this season. Campbell won 57-39 in Litchfield, and Bishop Brady won 46-45 in Concord.
 
Campbell beat Conant of Jaffrey, 42-44, to win the Division III championship in 2011; and lost to White Mountains of Whitefield, 56-51 in the 2012 championship game. Campbell also finished as the Class M runner-up in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
 
Bishop Brady led 10-7 after one quarter, but Campbell closed the second quarter with an 8-2 run and led 23-22 at halftime. Campbell held a 33-32 lead entering the final eight minutes. Bishop Brady was held to one field goal in the fourth quarter, and one point in the final 3:28.
 
“I think it all started with our defense,” Neild said. “We played as a team.”
 
rbrown@unionleader.com

Bishop Brady led 36-33 with 4:39 to play, but the Cougars outscored the Green Giants 11-2 the rest of the way. Bishop Brady missed eight of its 11 free-throw attempts in the final quarter.

Hannah Neild led Campbell with a game-high 13 points. The Cougars received a 10-point performance from Alexandra Trevains.

Bishop Brady's Riselly Deoleo also finished with 13 points, nine of which came in the first half. Brady's Sarah Thomas tossed in 12.

Third-seeded Campbell (19-2) will face either top-seeded Newfound or fourth-seeded Fall Mountain in the championship game, which will be played Saturday (4 p.m.) at SNHU. Newfound of Bristol and Fall Mountain of Langdon met in Tuesday's second semifinal.

Second-seeded Bishop Brady completed its season with an 18-3 record.

It was the third meeting between the teams this season. Campbell won 57-39 in Litchfield, and Bishop Brady won 46-45 in Concord.

Bishop Brady led 10-7 after one quarter, but Campbell closed the second quarter with an 8-2 run and led 23-22 at halftime. Campbell held a 33-32 lead entering the final eight minutes.

rbrown@unionleader.com


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