NHIAA Roundup: Pinkerton girls oust CentralBy HARRY KOZLOWSKI
Special to The Union Leader
March 05. 2014 8:43PM
DERRY— Poor shooting plagued both teams but Pinkerton Academy made enough shots to beat Manchester Central, 43-27, in an NHIAA Divsion I girls’ basketball opening round playoff game Wednesday.
Valerie Martin led all scorers with 20 points for the Astros. Kayla Stacey added 11.
Amanda Gaudreault and Natasha Velez each scored seven for the Little Green.
The Astros shot only 31 percent in the game but Central shot just 21 percent, including going 0-12 in the fourth quarter.
Central hadn’t played a game since Feb. 25 and the layoff was a small concern for coach Michael Wenners.
“We finished our season with a bye,” said Wenners and it may have contributed to the slow start by the Little Green.
“It was ugly but I’ll take it,” said Pinkerton coach Lani Buskey. “A win is a win.”
Pinkerton got out to a 7-0 lead to start the game and held the Little Green at arm’s length the rest of the way.
Pinkerton led 24-18 at the half but fell into a slump in the third scoring just seven points.
Central got within three points in the third period but only scored nine points the entire second half.
“Our press is our bread and butter,” said Buskey. “But we couldn’t get into a flow tonight.”
“But we did enough to win,” said Buskey.
Pinkerton now faces the winner of the game between Bishop Guertin and Merrimack on Saturday in the quarterfinals.
Division I Girls
In a physical game, Trinity made the most of its free throws.
Amanda Torres scored 22 points and Lizzy Meehan added 11 to lead eighth-ranked Trinity past ninth-ranked Manchester Memorial 60-46 in a Division I girls’ basketball preliminary post-season game at McHugh Gym.
Trinity led 38-35 after the third period and gradually pulled away at the free throw line. In the fourth quarter alone, Trinity was 17 of 27 from the free throw line. Torres made nine of them and finished 14 of 17 from the charity stripe. Ashley Hill contributed four of her nine overall points from the free throw line in the fourth quarter.
Trinity was 28 of 39 from the free throw line in the game.
“It was a typical city game, very physical,” said Trinity coach Matt Courchesne. “Hope Williard and Danielle Mackey each played a key role for us on defense. Both teams gave a great effort.”
Angie Marazzi had 13 points for the Crusaders and MaKenah Grisson added 13 as well.
Trinity (12-7) advances to the quarterfinals on Saturday at 7 p.m., faced with the challenge of trying to knock off the undefeated and top-ranked Bulldogs (19-0) in Bedford.
Londonderry 82, Exeter 25: In Londonderry, the second-ranked Lancers led 38-8 at halftime. Aliza Simpson had 17 points, eight assists, and six steals in the win. Ashley Berube contributed 12 points and teammates Casey Evans and Kelsey Coffey each chipped in nine points. Londonderry will host Winnacunnet Saturday at 7 p.m.