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Tigers Close Tourney With Win

Keene, n.h. — With Stephanie Carle dropping a game-high 19 points and Chrissy Merritt converting a pair of late free throws, the Newport High girls basketball team sent coach Dave Muzzey off in style on Sunday with a 40-35 win over Monadnock at Keene State College’s Zero Gravity Invitational tournament.

The Tigers (2-2 league, 3-4 overall) salvaged one win out of the three-game weekend. Newport fell to Wilton-Lyndeborough on Friday, 45-44, then used Saturday’s 46-29 loss to Conant to spread playing time around.

Monadnock stayed with Newport through the length of Sunday’s game. The Tigers shot 6-for-11 at the line in the final quarter to hold off the Huskies, with Merritt scoring her only two points of the game on two foul shots with 11 seconds to play.

“We went in with the mentality that this was the most important of the three,” said Muzzey, who announced earlier this month that he’d be stepping down for family reasons upon the conclusion of the Keene tourney. “We needed to get momentum going back into the regular season. We needed to come off with a positive game, a hard-fought game. The girls played intense.”

Carle netted 13 points to lead Newport against Wilton. Merritt had a game-high eight in the Conant loss.

The Tigers return to regular-season play on Jan. 3 at Fall Mountain.

Boys Hockey

KUA 2, Westminster 1

Milton, Mass. — Dennis Cesana and Tyler Bird both dented the net as Kimball Union (8-1-2) took third place at the Flood-Marr Holiday Tournament at Milton Academy.

J.D. Dudek and Bill Young earned assists on both goals for the Wildcats, who went 2-1-1 over the weekend. The tournament’s defending champions, Kimball Union lost to Salisbury, beat Milton and tied Deerfield in its three games on Saturday.

KUA is off until heading to a tourney at the Belmont Hill School this weekend.