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Raiders Edged in Season Opener

Pembroke, n.h. — Through all of last season, it seemed as if the Lebanon High girls basketball team was playing in some higher league as the Raiders cruised to a state championship. The title defense began with a reality check as the defending champs fell to host Pembroke 37-36 on Friday.

The loss snaps a 24-game winning streak encompassing all of the 2012-13 season that saw Lebanon win the New Hampshire D-II state title. The Raiders last lost in the 2012 state title game to Souhegan by a 49-48 score.

Senior forward Heather King led the Raiders with 22 points, including Lebanon’s lone 3-pointer. Sam MacDonald added six points. The Spartans nailed seven buckets from 3-point range while building a 32-25 lead through three quarters before the Raiders’ comeback attempt in the final eight minutes.

“The kids were amped up, but we were tight and the shots didn’t fall. We came back though, the kids played hard,” Lebanon coach Rob Marsh said.

The Raiders (0-1) visit Manchester West on Wednesday.

Newport 46 Hillsboro-Deering 29

Hillsboro, n.h. — The Tigers led 25-15 at halftime and cruised for their first victory of the season.

Stephanie Carl had 19 points to lead Newport (1-2), while Kirsten Kibby added eight points and Sky Curtis had six.

Carl added 13 rebounds while Kibby chipped in with eight boards.

Newport visits Mascoma on Tuesday.

Hopkinton 50, Stevens 27

Contoocook, n.h. — Senior guard Alexis Melcher led the Cardinals with eight points and Amerien McCall had five points and eight rebounds, but the visitors fell to 1-1.

Hopkinton improved to 2-0. Stevens, which made 5 of 12 free throws, hosts Kearsarge on Monday.

Fall Mountain 53 Mascoma 33

Langdon, n.h. — The Royals (2-1) dropped their first game of the season to a very strong Wildcats team.

Lindsey Thompson led Mascoma with nine points. The Royals trailed 24-17 at halftime, but the Wildcats exploded for 20 points in the third quarter and cruised from there.

“It was a good game in the first half, they just came out strong in the third and we were in the hole. We played tough, left it on the floor, just came up on the short end,” Mascoma coach Mike Niely said.

The Royals host Newport on Tuesday.

Boys Basketball

Mascoma 52 Fall Mountain 47

West Canaan — The Royals emerged in a sluggish but hard fought season opening contest.

Justin Marsh led the attack for host Mascoma with 15 points while Alex Schwarz added 10 and Walt Hammond had eight points.

The Royals led 27-23 at the break and then held on in a back and forth second half. Coach Jim Barry praised strong fourth quarters by Will Morrison (five points) and Matt Quow (six), each coming off the bench to play a role in the final stanza.

“Justin carried us, but both teams were a little sloppy,” Barry added.

The Royals visit Newport on Tuesday.

Woodsville 63 Groveton 45

Groveton, n.h. — The Engineers steadily fed Joe Abrahamsen and the senior center responded with 31 points to lead his team to victory during its season opener.

Classmate and forward Tom DeAngelo added 14 points, all in the second half. Woodsville, which led 24-10 at halftime, hosts Lisbon on Tuesday.

Bow 55, Kearsarge 54

Bow, n.h. — Inserted cold as a late substitute, Courgars junior guard Matt Roy had a chance for the winning basket from the left wing, but his shot rimmed out as time expired and the visitors lost their opener.

Kearsarge was led by senior wing Carter Noordsij, who had 22 points and eight rebounds before fouling out and being replaced by Roy.

Zach Mattos had 19 points and eight rebounds for the Cougars, who host Stevens on Tuesday.

Girls Hockey

Proctor 2, KUA 0

Meriden — The Wildcats surrendered goals in the first and second periods and fell to 1-1. The Hornets improved to 4-0.

The Wildcats, now coached by former minor league men’s player Cail MacLean, host Tilton today in their third consecutive home contest.