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LONDONDERRY TIMES ◆


JANUARY 12, 2012


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LONDONDERRY SPORTS LHS Girls’ Hoop Returns to State Play With Decisive Victories


CHRIS PANTAZIS I


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t’s official. The London- derry High girls’ bas- ketball team is on a roll. The Lady Lancers, who ended their pre- Christmas New Hamp- shire play with a disheart- ening loss to the tough Bishop Guertin Lady Car- dinals from Nashua, then clicked themselves back into the right gear by win- ning the Stoneham (Mass.) holiday tournament. And last week, coach John Fagula’s LHS crew jumped right back into New Hampshire play with a couple of overwhelming victories over the Spauld- ing High Lady Red Raiders in Rochester (70-26) and the Nashua South Lady Panthers (60-21) in Lon- donderry. And those wins made the local crew a fine


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5-1 on the D-I season. “The effort has defi- nitely been there,” said coach Fagula. “Now it’s a matter of doing the little things to be consistent.” There are no two ways about it. The Lady Lan- cers’ victory over the Spaulding High contin- gent on the road Tuesday night, Jan. 3, was a good old-fashioned blowout in virtually every sense of that term.


Londonderry outscor- ed their opponent by a 24- 0 margin in the first quar- ter, and by halftime the LHS advantage sat at an amazing 45 points (47-2). Fresh off her Most Val- uable Player performance in the Stoneham holiday tournament, LHS stand- out Aliza Simpson netted a game-high 16 points in- cluding four, three-point


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buckets. Freshman stal- wart Casey Evans-Driscoll knocked down a dozen points, for the victors, who had a total of 11 players contribute to the scoring. The local hoopsters had the opposite kind of start against coach Fagula’s for- mer crew from Nashua South last Friday, watch- ing the Lady Panthers race out to a 6-0 lead. But the girls then composed themselves and ripped off 21 of the final 23 points netted in the period to carry a 21-8 lead into the second quarter. Londonderry wasn’t quite able to maintain that lightning pace in the second quarter, but its lead was still quite healthy at 31-16 when halftime rolled around. And the LHS offense and defense were both


pretty impressive in the second half, as Fagula got to shuffle lots of players into the game and the hosts enjoyed a 29-5 advantage in scoring in that half.


Fagula was understand-


ably proud of his squad’s ability to hold South to just three points in the third quarter and a paltry two in the fourth.


“Any time you can keep a team down like that, it’s a good thing,” he said.


The Panthers didn’t


score in double digits in any of the four periods. Londonderry, mean- while, had nine players tally points, led by Simp- son with 17, Katherine Dzenis with 11, and Jaime King and Taylor Collins with nine apiece. Among them, the first three of those skilled players sank eight, three-point shots.


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Lady Lancer basketball players Kirsten Enwright (32) and Karissa Magoon battle a Nashua South player for a rebound during the LHS squad's home win over the Lady Panthers last week.


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