MANCHESTER — The third game of Wednesday’s Doug Chandler Memorial Girls Basketball Christmas Tournament at Manchester Central High School gave us some indication of the difference between NHIAA girls’ basketball in Division I and NHIAA girls’ basketball in Division III.
Although Monadnock entered the tournament with a 4-0 record in Division III, the Huskies were no match for Manchester Central, which scored 18 of the game’s first 19 points and breezed to a 48-23 victory.
“We’ve been talking about coming out strong the first two minutes of each half and each quarter,” Central coach Mike Wenners said. “We were able to carry that into this game. That was good to see because we had four days off and the first day of this tournament is always an adventure.”
Monadnock won each of its first Division III games by at least 10 points, but point guard Caitlyn Boucher has been dealing with an illness and Monadnock coach Curt Dutilley said Boucher was at less than 100 percent Wednesday.
“When we play well she makes us go, and she’s just returning from being sick,” Dutilley said. “We just had no sharpness on offense today. No sharpness on defense. They’re a bigger, stronger, faster team than us and they could have beaten us on a good day, but when you have no flow from minute one it’s uphill all day long.”
Monadnock collected its four victories against Newfound (62-31), Mascoma (47-17), Conant (53-43) and Hillsboro-Deering (59-13).
Shae Rix led Central with 12 points. Central’s Hannah Autenrieth scored nine, Emily Greenwood tossed in eight, Jessica Lewis scored seven and Erin Flurey finished with six.
Central has won three games in a row since opening the season with 56-40 loss to Pinkerton Academy. Central’s Division I wins came against Trinity (62-22) and Dover (58-28).
The Little Green led Monadnock 27-8 at halftime and 38-13 entering the final quarter.
“It was good to get some balanced scoring, and I think part of it (the lopsided score) was it was the day after Christmas,” Wenners said. “As a coach you just never know what you’re gonna get.”
Boucher scored a team-high five points for Monadnock. Kaitlyn Stowell came off the bench and also scored five points for the Huskies.
In Tuesday’s other games Lebanon beat Conant, 43-36; Trinity defeated Manchester West, 43-17; and Manchester Memorial beat ConVal, 53-32.
Monadnock will face Conant in today’s first game, which is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Central will play Lebanon at 4 p.m. In today’s other games, ConVal will face Manchester West at 2:30 p.m. and Manchester Memorial will play Trinity at 5:30 p.m.
Memorial 53, ConVal 32: Memorial held ConVal to 12 points in the first half and carried a 15-point lead into halftime. Jessica Carrier tossed a career-high 12 to lead Memorial. Lyric Grumblett (10) was Memorial’s only other player to score in double digits. ConVal’s Lindsey Carey led all scorers with 14, and Rachel Parslow added 12. Janessa Brunette and Tamrah Gould each scored seven for the Crusaders.
Trinity 43, West 17: The Pioneers outscored the Blue Knights 10-0 in the second quarter and West was limited to six points in the second half. Trinity’s Josie Zelensky led all scorers with 11 points. Abuk Teng led West with eight.
Lebanon 43, Conant 36: Lebanon’s Rebecca Wright tossed in a game-high 13 points and the Raiders outscored the Orioles 10-0 in the third quarter. Junior point guard Silas Bernier scored a team-high nine for Conant, which returned four starters from last year’s Division III championship team.