Local Roundup: Raiders Make Most of Opportunities

  • Anna Wolke

  • Abby Pollari

  • Patrick Daley

Published: 12/26/2018 11:43:06 PM
Modified: 12/26/2018 11:44:19 PM

Manchester — Ah, the holidays. When a high school basketball coach’s mind turns to thoughts of opportunity.

That’s how longtime Lebanon High girls hoop coach Tim Kehoe approaches the season. Whatever tournament the Raiders join, the games don’t count as far as NHIAA standings are concerned. Still, in games such as Wednesday’s 43-33 defeat of Conant on the opening day of the Doug Chandler Christmas Tournament at Manchester Central High School, Kehoe gets to show why such moments matter.

The usual sources helped the Raiders (5-0 league, 6-0 overall) remain perfect on the season. Rebecca Wright paced Lebanon with 13 points, and Anna Wolke followed up with nine. Bigger, however, for Kehoe is the opportunity to give younger members of the Lebanon program meaningful minutes against quality competition.

“It’s totally different; it’s a great opportunity to try new things, and we did a lot of different things today,” Kehoe said. “We’re also getting new kids in. We had four freshmen play meaningful minutes in the first half. It’s good to get them good looks. And the kids who work hard on the bench get a chance to play in a Christmas tournament.”

Having not seen game action since Friday’s 17-point win at Bow, Lebanon needed a half to find its game. The Raiders did so defensively, shutting out the Orioles (4-2, 4-3) in the third quarter to turn a 22-20 lead into a more comfortable 34-20 margin.

“I thought we were defensively a lot better” after halftime, Kehoe said. “We turned them over quite a bit. We hadn’t played in four days. We were getting good shots in the first half. We went 11 deep; we always go deep in Christmas tournaments.”

Sally Rainey added seven points for Lebanon, which will play either Monadnock or host Central in a 4 p.m. second-round game today.

Sunapee 43Hillsboro-Deering 33

Langdon, n.h. — Abby Pollari’s triple-double pushed the Lakers (1-4, 2-4) to an opening-night victory at Fall Mountain Regional’s MG Sports Holiday Tournament.

Pollari scored 10 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and snagged 10 steals to key Sunapee. Fiona Nolan topped the Lakers’ scoresheet with 13 points.

Sunapee plays again this evening at 5:30 p.m. against Hinsdale.

Hinsdale 53, Newport 44

Langdon, n.h. — Six-foot-2 sophomore Angelina Nardolillo scored 11 of her team’s 16 second-quarter points en route to a 34-point afternoon as the Pacers (5-0, 6-0) topped the Tigers (3-3, 3-4) in the MG Sports tournament.

“We had nothing for her,” Newport coach Ross Dole said. “We held her to four in the fourth and seven in the third, so we did better at the end. We got better with her, but she was a load.”

Alyssa Burr scored 15 points, Eliza Bates netted 11 and Selena Coronis had eight for the Tigers, who meet Hillsboro-Deering at 2:30 p.m.

Littleton 54, Stevens 37Fall Mtn. 40, Mascoma 28

Langdon, n.h. — The Cardinals and Royals dropped their first-round MG Sports Holiday Tournament contests, setting up a 4 p.m. matchup between the two this afternoon.

Mascoma is now 2-3 in league play and 2-4 overall. Stevens dropped 1-4 and 1-5 with the defeat.

Boys Basketball

Lebanon 52, Bedford 50

Manchester — The Raiders opened play at the Queen City Invitational Basketball Tournament by nipping the Bulldogs on a pair of late free throws from junior Jonathan Nulty.

Lebanon (2-1, 3-1) takes a three-game winning streak back to Manchester Memorial High School today for a 6 p.m. date with Exeter.

Boys Hockey

Concord 2, Hanover 0

Manchester — The Crimson Tide (4-0-0, 5-0-0) broke a scoreless tie with two third-period goals, sending the Marauders (3-1-0, 3-2-0) to a shutout defeat on the first day of the Brian C. Stone Memorial Tournament at JFK Coliseum.

Tyler Coskren scored the game-winning goal three minutes into the final stanza for Concord, and Devin Philbrick provided the sixth-attacker goal in the waning seconds. Ben Plottner made 16 saves for Hanover, which received strong forechecking efforts from Cameron Woods and Patrick Daley in the loss.

“We played a lot better than we did this past weekend,” Hanover coach Dick Dodds said. “We had a lot of energy, a lot of passion; we were passing the puck way better and skating much better. … They’re one of the better teams in our league, if not the best, and I think our younger guys know they can play with anybody now.”

Hanover continues the four-day tournament against Bedford this afternoon at 4 p.m.

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