18 - March 18, 2011 Hudson~Litchfield Sports Lady Broncos Produce Final Four Finish
Kathryn Donovan takes a big step the in the paint before going up with the shot
Deanna Purcell lays up for two points in the first half of play against the Astros of Londonderry
by Sue LaRoche If anyone asked at the beginning of the season if they thought the Alvirne Lady Broncos would finish 13-5 on the regular season (19-6 overall), go undefeated in the Christmas tournament, defeat Trinity High School on the road, defeat Pinkerton Academy on the road twice, including a thrilling quarterfinal game in the tournament, and give Londonderry a run for their money in the semifinal game of the state tournament (up by seven in the fourth quarter), would you have believed it? Well, this Alvirne squad and their coaching staff certainly did believe it and proved that they belong in the upper echelon of NHIAA Division 1 girls’ basketball. As first-year Head Coach Steve Tracy preached all season, “Lokahi,”
Cody Richard skated into the crease uncontested, sneaking one by beleaguered goalie Savoie to give the Eagles a commanding, 4-0 lead. While on the power play and with only :48 remaining in the period, Alvirne finally jumped in on the scoring action when Cameron Brock scored with assists from Perron and Vandergraaf. The period ended with Kennett out-shooting Alvirne 16-11 as they went to the locker room with a three-goal cushion. While skating four on four to start the second period, Alvirne’s Vandergraaf backed Kennett
or team unity, is what it took to get the job done … and the girls took that to heart. Unfortunately for the Lady Broncos, they
literally ran into a seasoned Londonderry squad who took advantage of some questionable calls to defeat the Broncos 53-47 on Wednesday, March 9, at Southern New Hampshire University in the semifinals of the NHIAA Division 1 State Tournament. In a tournament where you expect to see the best competition on the court, one would also hope to see the best in officiating as well. Alvirne certainly lived up to their expectation, playing hard and with heart throughout the entire contest in an intense game where there were 11 ties and 13 lead changes. Playing a tough, physical Londonderry squad is certainly difficult enough, but when you are called for 27 personal fouls, it seemed at times like the Alvirne squad was outnumbered five against eight on the floor. Usually averaging below 15 per game and
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goalie Parkhurst deep into the crease and, at :59, put a backhander past the massive, 246-pound goalie to pull the Broncos to within two goals at 4-2. At this point in the game it appeared as though AHS had withstood the attempted knockout punch by the defending champs, as Parkhurst looked frustrated and Kennett appeared to be in disarray. With momentum now shifting gears and riding
the Bronco attack, the dreaded game changer occurred. Kennett freshman Dillon Smith partially fanned on a shot from in the slot 20 feet out. The
Scoop’s got your
seeing-eye puck painfully and slowly slid under the outstretched left pad of goalie Savoie, as you could sense the comeback balloon losing its air. With Alvirne enjoying a middle-period power play, a mishandled puck by netminder Savoie turned the puck over to Kennett, and Smith buried the puck in the back of the net at 9:06 for his second goal of the night to reestablish the Eagle four-goal lead. A goalie change ensued, with junior Brian Carpentier getting the call to play between the pipes. The remainder of the period was scoreless and the zamboni emerged, with Kennett leading 6-2.
During the third period, Kennett played a very cautious style, protecting their comfortable lead with a lot of dump and chase as well as dump and line change. The Eagles were able to keep Alvirne neutralized (limiting them to a total of three shots on goal) throughout the third period as they controlled the flow of play. Going down swinging, the Broncos, at 14:11, tallied the final goal of the evening when senior Jared McCauley set up defenseman Seth Aubin as he fired a wrist shot past Parkhurst to produce the final score of 6-3.
many times below 10, the Broncos committed an uncharacteristic 33 turnovers in the contest, which led to their demise. The Broncos were only down 15-12 in the first quarter, but fought back to within one point at the half, down 24-23. Alvirne came out with fire in their bellies in the third quarter and took a 31-30 lead when Sandi Purcell hit two free throws with 1:02 to go in the third, and Taylor Carbone hit a bucket at the buzzer, giving the Broncos a 33-30 lead. The Broncos took a seven-point lead in the final quarter on two Carbone free throws and a Katie Donovan bucket, forcing Londonderry to take a timeout. Londonderry then ran off nine straight points to take a 39-37 lead with five minutes to play. It was back and forth for the next few minutes of the game and with 1:21, Carbone sunk a three-point shot, giving the Broncos their last lead of the game at 47-46. AHS 1,000 point scorer DJ Purcell was held to only five points on the night as she ran into some foul trouble and fouled out with 1:39 remaining in the contest. It was the first game all season that Alvirne had more than one player foul out of the game. With 40 seconds remaining, another
controversial offensive foul call on the Broncos (the sixth charging call on the night) prompted a technical foul callout of frustration on Coach Tracy (first of his career), and gave the ball back to Londonderry. They could not capitalize on the turnover, missing their free throws, but managed to score another six points to ice the game soon after. Maya DesFosses stepped up big and led the Broncos with 14 points, six rebounds, and one steal, while Taylor Carbone added 12 points, two rebounds, and one steal. Katie Donovan had 10 points, six rebounds, one steal, and two blocked shots while playing gingerly on a sore knee. DJ Purcell added five points, three rebounds, several key assists, and one blocked shot, and Sandi Purcell had four points, one rebound, one steal, and one assist while controlling the ball handling for the Broncos. Deanna Trearchis added some great defense and contributed two points for the Broncos. Alvirne’s seniors, including DJ Purcell, Katie Donovan, Cathryn Fernandes, Deanna Trearchis,
A block or a charge? Only the offical knows. Junior Maya DesFosses works under the hoop in the final four match-up
and Emily Gosselin, all showed leadership and poise throughout this difficult game and they “will be sorely missed,” according to Coach Tracy.
as impressive as the leadership provided by the seniors was the play of juniors Maya DesFosses, Taylor Carbone, and Jessica Underwood, and freshmen Sandi Purcell and Veronica Moceri. Sophomore Devon Smith and freshmen Brittney Lambert and Tori LaRoche supported their teammates and kept their team focused and positive … true ‘Lokahi’! “I’m proud of these girls for what they have been able to accomplish all year and happy for them that they got the opportunity to get to play on the SNHU floor; just a little sad on how it had to end, especially since we were oh-so-close! But they had a great run. I look forward to continue to help try and build the Alvirne Girls’ program in the future,” concluded Coach Tracy.
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