action:article | category:SPORTS21 | adString:SPORTS21 | zoneID:40

Home » Sports » High School Sports

March 10. 2014 10:42PM

Coe-Brown, Merrimack Valley are upset winners

MANCHESTER  — The No. 2 seed went down first. No. 1 was close behind.
 
 
Coe-Brown Academy of Northwood and Merrimack Valley of Penacook pulled the upsets in the girls’ basketball Division II semifinals on Monday night at Southern New Hampshire University.
 
 
The two teams will meet on Friday night at 7 for the Division II championship back at SNHU.
 
 
No. 6 Coe-Brown took down No. 2 Hanover, 56-52, in the first game and No. 4 Merrimack Valley followed suit with a 51-43 decision over No. 1 Milford in the nightcap.
 
 
Both winners pulled away with impressive fourth quarters.
 
 
Coe-Brown took out No. 3 Souhegan in the quarterfinals and followed up with the win over the second-ranked team.
 
 
Now they’ll see what they can do with the No. 4 seed.
 
 
“We’ve got nothing to lose,” said Coe-Brown coach David Hartnett. “We’re the six-seed. We’re not supposed to be here. It’s fun.”
 
 
Sophomore forward Mayson Kimball led the way for Merrimack Valley with 17 points and 11 rebounds and got plenty of help along the way. Junior forward Cassidy Huckins had nine of her 11 points in the fourth quarter.
 
 
Merrimack Valley jumped on Milford early and was up 10-4 after one period.
 
 
Led by Kimball’s seven points, the Pride extended the lead to 20-12 at the half.
 
 
Kimball hit a couple of foul shots to make it 24-16 with 3:18 left in the third period.
 
 
The Spartans took over from there and ran off eight straight points to close out the quarter. They grabbed their first lead of the game at 26-24 with an Erin Maguire shot in the lane just before the period ended.
 
 
Merrimack Valley scored more points in the fourth period — 27 — than either team scored through three periods.
 
 
Merrimack Valley is 17- and Milford finishes at 18-3.
 
 
Coe-Brown 56, Hanover 52
 
 
Coe-Brown won its ninth straight game and will play for the championship for the first time since 2000.
 
 
They improved to 16-5 and also avenged a 46-40 January loss to Hanover.
 
 
The Marauders had their winning streak snapped at 11 games and closed out with an 18-3 record.
 
 
Abigail Ahern led four Coe-Brown scorers in double figures with 15 points. Deborah Peabody had 12, Sarah Curtin 11 and Jennifer Schlim 10. Ahern and Schlim each had nine rebounds.
 
 
Hanover’s Eileen Daley led all scorers with 15 points and rebounders with 16.
 
 
Coe-Brown started the third period with a one-point lead and ended it the same way.
 
 
The Bears — led by Ahern and Peabody — broke things open in short order in the fourth.
 
 
Ahern opened the period with a basket and Coe-Brown led 36-33.
 
 
Cathleen Beliveau matched that one for Hanover.
 
 
But then the Bears got out of their zone defense and cranked up the pressure. Ahern came up with a couple of baskets in the lane, Peabody tossed in a pair of foul shots and two buckets and in the matter of two minutes Coe-Brown had a 10-point run and 46-35 lead.
 
 
“We created a few turnovers and got a few baskets and here we are,” Hartnett said.
 
 
The Bears held off Hanover the rest of the way.


 NH Sports Angle more
Links to news and happenings around the world of sports with a Granite State connection, updated daily.

Former New Hampshire goalie DeSmith tells his side of arrest, dismissal from team

NH hockey team moving to Maine could be worth at least $1 million in economic activity say city officials

New owners of Claremont plan to put speedway back on track

Speedway in Claremont bought for nearly $519,000

Lebanon marathoner qualifies for US Olympic Trials

Matt Bonner talks about the end of the run, making the simple play, and playing until he's 40

Ex-UNH goalie agrees to diversion,receive counseling, avoids jail

Wildcats will face Chattanooga in prime time

New England Revolution forward Charlie Davies teaches supporters how to believe

Helmetless Football? Its the new practice at UNH

CASEY DeSMITH

DeSmith officially dismissed from New Hampshire team, but can return to class as of Dec. 20

San Antonio Spurs forward Matt Bonner (15), of Concord, N.H., shoots the ball against Boston Celtics center Tyler Zeller (44) during the second half at TD Garden.

Rapper Lil B gives shoutout to…Matt Bonner?

Manchester Central's Tyler Stratton watches his shot get by Spaulding High School (Rochester) goalie Derek Scott during a shootout at the 2012 Bauer Christmas Hockey Classic hosted at JFK Coliseum in Manchester.

VFW downsizing threatens Spaulding hockey due to loss of venue for Bingo fundraisers

Eagles notes: Kelly committed to current job

5 face riot charges in beating incident at football game

Ayotte rips top sports league commissioners for snubbing hearing on domestic violence

Manchester Monarchs sign Josh Gratton to AHL contract

Can football without helmets lead to fewer concussions?

Trial date set for former UNH hockey coach accused of assaulting player

Sudanese runner with NH ties hoping to crowdfund way to 2016 Olympics

Former Wildcat van Riemsdyk undergoes successful surgery

MORE

 New Hampshire Events Calendar
    

    SHARE EVENTS FOR PUBLICATION, IT'S FREE!

Upcoming Events

 New Hampshire Business Directory

  

    ADD YOUR BUSINESS TODAY!