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Nutfield News • March 10, 2011 DERRY SPORTS ◆ ◆ Championship Drive Ends in Quarterfinals for PA Girls’ Hoop


CHRIS PANTAZIS NUTFIELD NEWS


——◆—––– After dropping a deci-


sion in overtime to the Alvirne High Lady Broncos at home back on Feb. 22, the Pinkerton girls’ basketball squad had no way of know- ing that an even more costly loss to that Hudson-based


squad was forthcoming. But PA coach John Barry and his third-ranked Lady Astros had their 2010-11 title hopes dashed by the sixth-seeded Alvirne ladies and their 38-36 victory in a Division I quarterfinal- round tournament contest played at the academy last Saturday night.


The Pinkerton squad’s


impressive outside-shooting ability deserted it in the third period of the tournament contest, and Alvirne was able to rebound from a 17-9 halftime deficit by outscor- ing its host by the stunning margin of 15-2 in that third stanza.


The hosts showed their mental and physical tough- ness by hanging tough and refusing to allow the Lady Broncos to run away with the game in the fourth quarter. But Pinkerton remained at least one bucket away from the lead the rest of the way. “They went into a zone (defense) in the third quar- ter, and we’ve been living by being able to shoot from outside. But we weren’t able to hit our shots either from


outside or inside in that quarter,” lamented coach Barry. “But you have to give credit to Alvirne. Our two teams were pretty even.” Coach Barry’s bunch


had advanced to the divi- sional quarterfinals with a 51-37 defeat of the 14th- ranked Salem High Lady Blue Devils in preliminary- round action at PA on the night of Wednesday, March 2.


The Lady Astros were up


by a very solid 14 points (23-9) by halftime, but the Salem side exhibited its fight by putting together a 20-point third quarter to trail by a 38-29 count rolling into the final period of play. However, Pinkerton was able to put the game away during those eight minutes


of action.


Seasoned veterans Sarah Goodwin, Danielle Kimball,


Salem Pinkerton


and Katherine Harris led the PA attack by combining for 35 of their squad’s points.


Wednesday,March 2 At Pinkerton Division I Preliminary Round Pinkerton 51, Salem 37


4 5 20 8 - 37 7 16 15 13 - 51


Salem (37) Bujnowski 7-0-14, Righini 3-1-11, Bickford 2-0-6, Long 2-0-4, LaRosa 1-0-2. Totals: 13-1-37. Pinkerton (51) Sarah Goodwin 2-10-14, Danielle Kimball 4-1- 12, Katherine Harris 4-0-9, Michelle Reid 1-4-6, Mariah Bonneau 2-0-4, Brandi Bonneau 1-1-3, Colleen Fortier 1-0-3. Totals: 15-16-51. 3-point baskets: S - Righini 3, Bickford 2. PA - Kimball 3, Harris, Fortier.


Saturday,March 5 At PA • Division I Quarterfinals Alvirne 38, Pinkerton 36


Alvirne Pinkerton


3 6 15 14 - 38 11 6 2 17 - 36


Alvirne (38) D. Purcell 6-2-15, Carbone 2-3-7, Preachick 1-1- 4, Desfosses 2-1-5, Donovan 1-2-4, S. Purcell 1-0-2, Underwood 0-1-1. Totals: 13-10-38. Pinkerton (36) Harris 6-1-15, Kimball 2-0-6, Fortier 2-0-6, M. Bonneau 2-2-6, Reid 0-2-2, Sam Breslin 0-1-1. Totals: 12-6-36. 3’s: A - Preachick, D. Purcell. PA - Harris 2, Fortier 2, Kimball 2.


Academy Swimmers Put Forth Strong Showing at New Englands at UNH


CHRIS PANTAZIS NUTFIELD NEWS


——◆—––– A talented crew of


PA senior guard Katherine Harris (14) and junior for- ward Mariah Bonneau saw their team’s 2010-11 sea- son end with a quarterfinal-round tourney loss to the Alvirne High Broncos in Derry last weekend.


Pinkerton Academy swim- mers performed quite well at the New England High School Swimming Cham- pionships at the University of New Hampshire in Durham last Saturday. The academy athletes,


who tested their mettle against competitors from other parts of the Granite State as well as Maine and Rhode Island at the event, were led by a crew of PA girls who really put forth noteworthy efforts.


Jessica Martin notched a second place in the 100-yard breaststroke (time of 1 minute, 10.40 seconds) and a third place in the 200-yard


freestyle (2:01.52) individu- ally, and she teamed up with Tori Claverie, Allison Law- man, and Francesca Shrout for a third place in the 400 free relay (3:53.03) and a fourth in the 200 free relay (1:44.84). Claverie also established


new team records in taking second place in the 50 free (25.30) and eighth place in the 100 free (56.34).


Two male Pinkerton


relay quartets also had a pretty good amount of suc- cess, with the team of Alex Dimes, Erik Rowell, Ben Dyson, and Nick Bergstrom tallying a sixth in the 200 medley relay (1:50.79) and the group of Dimes, Dyson, Bergstrom, and Matt Linne- han ending up eighth in the 400 free (3:42.10).


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