PatriotSports Girls’ Basketball Challenges Trinity Offensively
by David Jaracz The Salem High girls’ basketball team played one of their strongest
halves of the year on Friday, scoring 33 points in the third and fourth quarters combined in their game Friday versus Trinity. Unfortunately, it followed one of their weakest halves of the year, as they scored only three points in the first quarter and 10 in the second en route to a disappointing 52-46 loss to the Pioneers. Despite a short-staffed Trinity side (the Pioneers only dressed eight players for the evening), the Blue Devils could do little right offensively in the first quarter.
appeared early on that they wanted to try to get the ball inside to take advantage of recent strong play by center Jennifer Bujnowski, but Trinity was focused on
Samantha LaRosa had 13 points versus Trinity
keeping the ball out of the paint at all costs. They combined this defensive strategy with a full-court press right from the start, and they effectively kept Salem from gaining any offensive momentum. Senior guard Gina Righini hit a long-range shot just inside the three-point line and also sank one of two free throws, and those three
points were all Salem was able to muster in the first quarter. Even with this poor offensive output, Salem was only down 11-3 at the end of the quarter, despite Trinity senior forward Paige Heslin putting in seven of her 13 points on the night. The second quarter saw the Blue Devils improve slightly on offense, as Samantha LaRosa and Mikaela Rowell each put in four points apiece. Turnovers, however, both forced and unforced, continued to be Salem’s undoing. Both teams employed a 2-3 mid- court trap on defense, but it actually seemed to allow each offense more room to move the ball. Trinity put in another 16 points, led by eight from Lia Nawn (who led all scorers on the night with 20)
while Salem came up with 10, making the halftime score 27-13. At the break, it looked like it was going to be a long night for Coach Elizabeth Briggs and her team, but it ended up that the night was just getting started.
As poorly as they played in the first half, Salem came out with renewed energy and the third quarter ended up being one of their best of the season. The Blue Devil outside shooting was as hot as the unseasonably high temperature outside, and Salem came roaring back offensively. Freshman guard Emily Hickey hit two three-pointers in the first few minutes of the quarter, and LaRosa hit two long-range jumpers of her own. When her third bucket of the quarter came with just under two minutes left, the Trinity lead was cut all the way down to 36-32, as Salem outscored the Pioneers 19- 11 in the quarter. A game that seemed almost out of hand in the first half was suddenly very much up for grabs.
Despite Righini missing part of the third and the start of the fourth with what appeared to be an ankle tweak, Salem kept up the pressure offensively. Bujnowski put in a second-chance layup followed by a free throw, and a Trinity lead that had been as much as 18 points now was just three at 38-35. The teams traded baskets
through much of the quarter, as Salem was finally able to work the ball inside and hit lay-ups, a result of their blistering outside shooting in the second half. The Blue Devils didn’t have enough time to complete the comeback entirely, and strong free-throw shooting down the stretch sealed the deal for Trinity. They were able to make five of seven free throws in the last 90 seconds, and despite a three from LaRosa in the waning seconds of the game, time ran out on Salem and the scoring finished at 52-46. Trinity improved to 7-8 on the year, while Salem dropped to 3-
13. LaRosa’s 13 points ended up leading Salem in the game, with both Rowell and Hickey each putting in eight. Salem has two more very winnable home games to close out their regular season schedule. First is a make-up game versus Manchester Central (5-10) on Thursday, and then Senior Night to close out the year on Friday versus Keene (3-13).
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submitted by New Hampshire Fisher Cats The New Hampshire Fisher Cats, Double-A affiliate of the Toronto
Blue Jays, and the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association (NHIAA) today announce a five-year contract extension to continue playing all four of the state’s High School Baseball Championship Games at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium through 2021. Additionally, individual game tickets for the 2011 Fisher Cats regular season, presented by Autofair, went on sale exclusively through the team’s Website, www.nhfishercats.com
, starting Monday, February 21, and will in person at the Northeast Delta Dental Stadium ticket office on Monday, February 28, at 9 a.m. With this latest extension, the Fisher Cats and the NHIAA have
now committed to hosting the New Hampshire High School Baseball Championships at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium for 16 consecutive years, dating back to the original agreement, which began in 2006. This year’s NHIAA High School Baseball Championship Games will be played on Saturday, June 18. “The NHIAA is appreciative and thankful to the Fisher Cats organization for their continued partnership with school-based athletics through the hosting of the NHIAA baseball tournament finals,” said NHIAA Executive Director R. Patrick Corbin. “From the ownership and management to the award-winning grounds crew, the Fisher Cats have provided high school baseball with the unique opportunity to play at one of the premiere minor league baseball facilities in the country. This extension will benefit our student athletes for another 10 years.” “The NHIAA Baseball Championships at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium is something that we look forward to every year,” said Fisher Cats President Rick Brenner. “We are thrilled to offer the great youth baseball players of our state the opportunity to play on this award- winning diamond for many more years to come.” Individual game tickets for the 2011 Fisher Cats regular season went on sale at www.nhfishercats.com
for a special seven-day window from Monday, February 21, to Sunday, February 27. Beginning on Monday, February 28, at 9 a.m., individual game tickets will also be available in person at the Northeast Delta Dental Stadium ticket office (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday) and by calling the Fisher Cats offices at 641-2005. The 2011 Fisher Cats home schedule features an all-time high 29
Atlas Fireworks Shows amidst a promotional calendar filled with several giveaway items, including a Heidi Watney Bobblehead on July 8 (7:05 p.m. vs. Portland) and an Ollie the Bat Dog Bobblehead on May 7 (1:35 p.m. vs. Binghamton). The Fisher Cats have also scheduled bobblehead giveaways on June 26 (1:35 p.m. vs. Portland)
and August 12 (7:05 p.m. vs. Akron), and will announce the featured personalities in the coming months. “It’s hard to believe, but opening day is less than two months away,” said Brenner.
“It’s been a tough winter in New Hampshire and we
can’t wait to invite our fans back to the ballpark for Opening Day on April 7th.” Themed days at the ballpark include Oral Health Challenge Night, presented by Northeast Delta Dental (April 13 and 28; June 12; July 19 and 31; and August 14), Teacher Appreciation Night (May 17), Memorial Day Celebration, courtesy of BAE Systems (May 30), Law Enforcement Night (June 9), Faith and Family Night (July 7 and August 13), Splash Day (July 11 and August 10), Decades Night (July 23), Military Appreciation Night, presented by BAE Systems (August 25), Fan Appreciation Day (August 28), and many more. To view a complete list of the Fisher Cats Promotional Schedule, visit www. nhfishercats.com
. The Fisher Cats will play Saturday and Sunday games at 1:35 p.m.
in April and early May, shifting Saturday games to the traditional 7:05 p.m. start time beginning on May 28. Weeknight start times will be at 6:35 p.m. until May 17, when they become 7:05 p.m. games. The Fisher Cats have scheduled a pair of mid-week morning games as the EnergyNorth Propane Educational Days on May 11 (vs. Portland) and May 19 (vs. Binghamton) at 10:35 a.m. There are also three mid-week day games, including the Memorial Day Celebration, presented by BAE Systems on May 30 at 1:35 p.m. (vs. New Britain). Splash Days will be held on July 11 (vs. Portland) and August 10 (vs. Erie) at 12:05 p.m. New Hampshire Fisher Cats Full- and Half-Season Tickets for the 2011 All-Star Season, including Opening Day on April 7 and the Northeast Delta Dental Eastern League All-Star Game on July 13 at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, are on sale now. Mini- Ticket Plans for the 2011 season are also available by calling 641-2005 or by visiting www. nhfishercats.com
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