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Tough Loss for Stevens Girls

  • ConVal Regional High School's Emma Hixson (24) and Stevens High School's Tess Whitney (2) dive to the ground for a loose ball on Jan. 12, 2017, during a game between Stevens and ConVal in Claremont, N.H. ConVal won, 40-26. (Valley News - Charles Hatcher) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Stevens High School's Alexis Aiken (21) attempts to dribble toward the net against ConVal Regional High School's Sarah Dauphinais (20) and Emma Hixson on Jan. 12, 2017, during a game between Stevens and ConVal in Claremont, N.H. ConVal won, 40-26. (Valley News - Charles Hatcher) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Stevens High School's Carrie Faro (15) goes in for a layup on Jan. 12, 2017, during a game between Stevens and ConVal Regional High School in Claremont, N.H. ConVal won, 40-26. (Valley News - Charles Hatcher) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.



Valley News Correspondent
Friday, January 12, 2018

Claremont — The current issue with the Stevens High girls basketball team is injuries, but the future issue could be numbers.

The Cardinals lost to Con-Val, 40-26, on Friday night in a matchup of struggling teams. It was the fourth straight loss for Stevens (2-6), while the Cougars won for just the second time in seven outings.

What may be more important, however, is the health of the Cardinals.

Sophomore point guard Sydney Miller, the Cards’ leading scorer, was out with a concussion from a game earlier this week. Senior teammate Emily Mudge was absent with the flu. In the fourth quarter, senior Kelsey Belisle injured her left knee.

“It looks like she’s out for the season,” Stevens coach Ivy Condon said of Belisle.

Late in the first quarter, four Stevens players had to leave the floor because there was blood on their uniforms. For a while it was a mystery as to where the blood came from, but moments later a Con-Val starter was having a bandage applied to her leg.

As it is, Stevens has a bleak future if the numbers don’t increase. There are four eighth-graders on the junior varsity team, leaving just one eighth-grader on the middle school squad. Stevens will lose five seniors off the current roster after the season and will not be able to use eighth-graders when the Cardinals move up to Division II next year.

“It could be that we might not have enough for a team next year,” Condon said.

Still, the players that were there cut a 17-8 halftime deficit to 23-21 after three quarters before a 17-5 Con-Val run sent the visitors into the win column.

The film of the game would not be one used for training purposes, as turnovers prevailed. There were 43 personal fouls and 24 missed free throws, 12 by each team. Four girls fouled out.

“It was not pretty by any means,” said Con-Val coach Kevin Proctor, who was mystified why his team was outscored, 13-6, in the third quarter.

“I don’t know what happened,’ Proctor added. “We went into the half (leading 17-8) and pumped up pretty good, then we just came out flat for the third period.”

Condon didn’t use the injuries for an excuse, but the fourth-year coach did admit the loss of Miller was a factor.

“She makes us go,” she said.

What did bother her was what happened with the remaining players.

“This was a game we should have won,” Condon said. “We were coming off a good performance against a good Conant team (39-32 loss), and we played just the opposite tonight.”

Scoring has been a problem with Stevens for a while, and on Friday night the Cards came up with just eight field goals.

“We can put the girls in position to score, but we can’t put the ball in the net for them,” Condon said. “On top of that, we were outhustled.”

The third-quarter charge that put the Cardinals back in the game quickly fizzled, as the Cougars went on a 7-2 surge to start the fourth. The closest the Cardinals came the rest of the way was six points.

What Con-Val had that Stevens lacked was two big players, juniors Lyndsey Carey and Rachyl Parslow. Carey had 14 points, brought the ball up and was a bruising rebounder.

“She’s a player,” Proctor said.

Stevens hits the road for games at Fall Mountain om Tuesday and Winnisquam on Friday.