10 - January 6, 2012 | Hudson - Litchfield News
by Marc Ayotte After a nearly two week layoff from divisional basketball play, the Cougar Den was once again rockin’ on Tuesday, January 3. The Campbell varsity girls and boys combined for a double header against visiting Berlin. The Lady Cougars are re-entering the D-3 regular season schedule after an extensive and exhausting 4 games in four days exhibition in the Chic-Fil-A holiday tournament held in Nashua. Attired in their ‘cancer awareness’ pink socks, Campbell took the opening tap and possessed the ball for the game’s first 60 seconds but it was actually Berlin’s Megan Hood who dented the scoreboard first, giving the Mountaineers a 2-0 lead nearly two minutes in. Ashley Gannon quickly tied things up for the Cougars with a steal and subsequent layup. Campbell proceeded to go on a 7-0 run before Hood stopped the bleeding by making one of two from the charity stripe. After continued defensive pressure led to several turnovers, Aly O’Donnell drained a triple and the Cougars parlayed Berlin’s miscues into an 18- 3 lead after the first eight minutes of play. Stellar inside play by Becca Arnone in the
first two minutes of the second stanza helped Campbell increase their lead to seventeen, at 24-7. Arnone’s physical presence on the glass, pulling down 11 first half boards, aided Campbell’s ability to dominate play in the paint, but the scrappy Mountaineer squad converted on a couple of fast breaks to narrow the Cougar lead to 24-11 half way through the quarter. Despite the home team’s less than impressive shooting percentage from the floor (23%), Campbell was
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Lady Cougars Blitzkrieg Berlin
Becca Arnone, #23 in white, skies and makes Berlin’s Lindsey Couture think twice about shooting
able to maintain their lead, taking a 30-13 score into the locker room. A sloppy start to the third quarter saw Campbell
go over three minutes in before Brianna Hardy knocked down a ‘tres’ from in front of her team bench. However, the Cougar defense held
Cougar Aly O’Donnell puts one up from behind the arch as the Mountaineer’s Jenelle Lefevre comes out to defend
Berlin to just two points in the same time frame and when the Mountaineers called a time out with 4:04 left, Campbell held a 35-15 lead. A lackluster final half of the third quarter saw continued poor shooting from both teams. But a little burst by Campbell in the final 20 seconds,
highlighted by Arnone’s old-fashioned three gave the Cougars a 44-19 advantage heading into the final eight minutes of action – as Sweet Caroline filled “The Den.” Aly O’Donnell’s second trifecta of the game in the quarter’s first minute gave Campbell their biggest lead of the game at 47-19. Arnone’s steal and three-quarter court length dash for two made the score 50-22 and made the remainder of the game a statistics padding scenario. In the game’s final three minutes, Coach Flynn took the air out of the ball, instructing his team to run a perimeter offense, chewing up the clock. During that stretch Berlin went on a 5-0 run to bring the score to its final destination of 50- 27. With the win, Campbell remains undefeated in regular season play, improving their record to 6-0 in D-3. Campbell’s shooting woes followed them out of the first half locker room. For the game, the Cougars shot 18 for 75 from the floor, connecting on only 4 of 31 from three point land. Becca Arnone led the offensive output with 20 points and completed her double- double with 20 boards. Aly O’Donnell hit three triples on her way to dumping in 13 points. Hannah Neild contributed with three points to go along with three rebounds, three assists and five steals. Neild along with Ashley Gannon played very well on the defensive end. Despite the lopsided outcome, it was not a pretty win; to which Cougar Coach Sean Flynn acknowledged “sometimes you have to win ugly.”
Alvirne Scores the Hockey Championship Cup
The Alvirne High School ice hockey team was crowned champions for the first time in the Conway Arena High School Hockey Tournament. December’s break brought a nice hiatus for high school hockey but the Conway Arena Holiday Hockey Tournament gave the teams a chance to play against
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teams across division lines. On Thursday, December 28, the puck dropped at the Seventh Annual Nashua High Schools Holiday Classic. Nashua North and Alvirne were first to take the ice at where Alvirne beat Nashua North 2-1 behind a 28 save performance by freshman goaltender Justin Ferguson. Coach Brian Gould gave the win to Ferguson, who miraculously robbed North of a potential game-tying goal nearly five minutes into the third. Alvirne had their game on, as Cam Brock and Reed Vandergraaf each had a goal and assist after recovering from an early 1-0 deficit. Vandergraaf’s game winner came 2:30 into the second period.
In the championship game the Bronco’s faced Nashua South Panthers. Alvirne took a
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3-1 lead into the third period with a hat trick by senior forward Phil Sweeney before South got on the board and his final goal was 5:23 into the third. Sweeney later picked up an assist on a late goal from freshman Cam Blake. Cam Brock also scored for Alvirne and senior Brian Blanchette was credited with three assists. The senior goalie Brian Carpentier was put to work after a quiet first period with 26 saves for the game. The Bronco’s took advantage of power plays, executed great passing, and teamwork. The Bronco’s took the championship cup to Hudson as they resume their regular season.
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