In a battle between two of the top contenders in Class M boys basketball, the Conant Orioles staged a late comeback to defeat the Campbell Cougars 66-60 in overtime before a standing-room-only crowd at the Cougar Den last Friday. Junior guard Sean Martin poured in a game high 27 points (including 10-10 from the foul line) and teammate Jimmy Peard popped in 18 for the three-time defending champs who improved to 11-1 on the season. Junior guards Kiel Canada and Shawn Henriquez led a balanced Cougar attack with 14 points each. Sophomore Josh Morgan joined the duo in double figures with 10 points, while senior forwards Andrew Cialek and Phil Houston pitched in with 8 points each.
The contest proved to be yet another memorable Campbell-Conant match-up as the rivals battled back and forth all night. Canada got the Cougars off and running with seven first quarter points, and a 3-pointer by junior Josh McGrath gave Campbell a 13-10 lead after one period. Peard and Martin combined for 12 points in the second quarter as the Campbell offense turned cold. The spurt saw the Orioles cruise into halftime with a comfortable 28-19 lead.
The Cougars gave their impressive student cheering section (‘The Sea of Red’) something to get excited about as they roared back in the third quarter. The Cougars upped the defensive pressure and turned Conant mistakes into fast-break opportunities, as they outscored the visitors 22-10 in the third to take the lead.
The fourth quarter went back and forth as the ‘Cougar Crazies’ and the Conant supporters kept the noise level at rock concert volume. With 1:09 to go, it appeared that the Cougars had control with a 53-48 lead. However, ill-advised shot selection on Campbell’s part and tough defensive pressure by Conant combined to see the Orioles come all the way back in a short time to tie the game at 54. Campbell had the last shot in regulation but a Canada jump shot was off the mark right before the buzzer.
In overtime, Conant seized control as Martin stepped up to control the ball and put the Cougars away at the foul line with an 8 for 8 performance in the extra stanza. Despite the loss, Campbell senior Catie Ferraro saw a silver lining. “It’s great that the community comes out to support our team like this,” she said, adding “The school spirit that the student body showed tonight was awesome.”
“Our Conant games have turned into events over the last couple of years,” said Campbell coach Pat Roye. “The support we receive from the students is the best in the state.”
The Cougars return to action on Tuesday when they host Epping High School and on Friday when they host Mascenic Regional High School. Both games have 7 o’clock starts.
The Keene Blackbirds came to town last Friday night and slowly but surely pecked away at the Lady Broncos handing them a 44-28 loss. “Our offense never got on track tonight,” offered Coach Karen Bonney. Scoring only 8 points in two quarters and 6 points in two quarters, the Bronco offense was in absentia. One bright spot was that Alvirne held Keene’s 6’3” starting forward to only 6 points.
The game started off on the wrong foot as Keene took an early 1-0 lead before any time officially ticked off the clock due to a technical foul on a scorebook technicality. They never looked back taking a 12-6 lead in the first quarter and a 24-14 lead at the half. It was a very physical contest which saw an inordinate number of fouls called against the Lady Broncos. Keene went to the charity stripe 24 times, compared to 4 for Alvirne.
Ashley Metivier scored half of the total points for the Broncos with 14, adding 4 rebounds and 3 steals. DJ Purcell added 6 points, 3 rebounds and 2 steals, and Katie Donovan had 4 points, 3 rebounds and 3 steals.
The Junior Varsity squad fared a little better as they won 51-37. Amber Brouillette led all scorers with 14 points followed by Taylor Carbone with 12 and Kayla Duval added 11. The Varsity squad features a 7-7 record overall with just 4 games remaining as they are at Nashua South and Concord and will host Trinity on February 20 and end with Pinkerton on February 27.
Congratulations to the Varsity Spirit Team who competed in the BG Winter Classic, placing second in the IMS Division!
Four members of the Swim Team competed in the Meet of Champions held at the University of New Hampshire UNH):
Good Luck to Matt Goczalk as he will compete in the New England Championships on February 28, 10 a.m. at Bates College in Lewiston, ME.
Congratulations to the CHS Swim Team as they competed in the NHIAA Division II Swimming and Diving Championships held at UNH.
The Boys Basketball team would like to thank our student body for their incredible support. The “Sea of Red” proved once again that Campbell has the best fans in the state!
The girls JV team dominated Conant with a powerful 41-29 performance! After being ahead 14-2 at the end of the first quarter, the Cougars never looked back. Stephanie Couture led the scoring with a dozen points, while Taylor Shafer added eight and Sarah Vance tallied six points. The Cougars defense created massive turnovers in both the first and third quarters.
In Girls Varsity Basketball, the team improved 12-3 by defeating Farmington 56-40. Kristen Hrubowchak scored a game high 22 while Becca Arnone recorded a double double scoring 18 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Jenny Evans dished out five assists. Courtney Michaud and Kim Chaisson played great defensively and Shannon Savard filled in at point guard greatly.
The Girls JV Basketball team dropped a hard fought game to Farmington 49-34. The game was close in a shot for shot battle until the fourth quarter when Farmington pulled away. Katie Schultz led the scoring with 10 points while Stephanie Couture and Heather Geist added seven each.
On Tuesday, February 17, Nashua South came to the Steckevicz gymnasium and handed Alvirne their seventh loss of the season, dropping them below the .500 mark with a record of 6-7. Nashua won the contest 49-44.
Alvirne trailed 14-12 at the end of the first quarter and 32-25 at the half. The Broncos narrowed the gap to six at the end of three, after getting six points from Ryan Sweeney off the bench. With two big men in the game, Sweeney and Brennan Donnelly, the Broncos chipped away at the lead, narrowing the gap to 41-39 at one point. The Broncos held South scoreless until the 4:40 mark of the final quarter when they went on an eight-point run to put the game out of reach.
Brennan Donnelly had a double double, scoring 13 points and grabbing 12 rebounds while blocking seven shots, handing out four assists and grabbing two steals. Younger brother Caleb Donnelly added 11 points. Chris Goldsack chipped in with 10 points, six rebounds, two steals and one assist, and Ryan Sweeny had eight points and one rebound.
The Broncos have five games remaining, with three on the road against Trinity, Pinkerton and Winnacunnet, and hosting Concord on February 24 and Londonderry on March 3.
On Saturday, February 14, the Broncos Ice Hockey team took on Bow. This was a fast paced, hard hitting, exciting game. The Broncos took an early lead in the first period with Dan White sending a pass to John DeCosta, who forced a slap shot through traffic to find the back of Bow’s net. A few minutes later Bow tied up the game.
In the second period, Alvirne spent all but four minutes playing shorthanded and many of those minutes were spent shorthanded by two players. Tyler Auclair was played a phenomenal game in net and with all that pressure he only let in one goal in that period.
Tyler Auclair continued to play an unbelievable game in net in the third period and the rest of the boys played aggressively this period but unfortunately did not score another goal and the game ended in a 2-1 loss.
Senior night is Wednesday, February 25 at Skate 3. The game starts at 5:50 p.m. Let’s all go out and support this hard-working team.