Gorham High School’s boy’s basketball team picked up right where they left off at their Husky Christmas Tournament Championship with a win over Moultonborough this past Friday night in Gorham, by a 56-45 score.
Gorham led slightly after one period (10-9) but then had a very solid second quarter on both ends, offensively and defensively, outscoring the visitors 18-2, which proved huge as things settled down in the second half with the Panthers making things close, especially with a 24-17 advantage in the final frame.
Jess Laflamme had another great offensive night with 20 points, followed closely by Aiden Etienne’s 17; Anthony Frisk, 7; Ben Beals, five; Wyatt Deblois, three; and AJ Landry and Chase Malia with two each.
Coach David Morrissette said, “This was a great victory for the team, as we built some momentum during the Christmas break and we continued it during this game. Our focus’ were to limit second chances, with solid defensive rebounding, restrict our turnovers, stop Moultonborough’s dribble penetration, be a little more patient on offense and play a full 32 minutes of basketball, not 24 like we did Friday. We did most of that but after 3 solid periods of basketball, we lost that — our focus — in fourth period.”
They held on, however, to win and are now preparing for two back-to-back tough games, tonight at home against Colebrook and then heading off to Groveton on Wednesday.
Gorham girls basketball
The Gorham girls team lost to Moultonborough, 50-17.
Coach Joe Cassady said, “Things were close and low scoring in the first half with the Panthers leading, 17-10, at halftime. But we got outscored, 25-3, in the third quarter and that did us in.”
The man-to-man, full-court pressure that Moultonborough put on the Huskies led to many turnovers and fast-break points. Three Panthers scored in double-figures, while Gorham got eight points from Karly Cordwell, four points each from Zoe Grondin and Jessica Burton and one from Emma Bernier.
Of special note regarding the two games played during the Christmas Tournament, in Gorham’s first game win over Profile (37-16), Cordwell was the leading scorer for her team with 14 points and finished up with 25 points in the 42-37 loss to Lisbon in the championship game.
On Friday night, the Berlin High Boys basketball won their first game of the year, 43-41, against Newfound.
Berlin High Girls Basketball lost to Newfound Regional High School, 44-24.
On Monday, the Berlin girl’s basketball team hosted Somersworth.
Several competitions are planned for today:
• The Berlin boy’s basketball team plays at home against White Mountain Regional at 6:30 p.m.
• The Berlin girl’s basketball team plays at White Mountain Regional at 6:30 p.m.
• The Berlin-Gorham Girl’s hockey team plays at home against Oyster River-Portsmouth at 6 p.m.
• The Gorham basketball teams both have home games against Colebrook, the girls at 5 p.m., the boys at 6:30 p.m.
• Berlin High School Nordic skier Cora Treiss will compete at Proctor Academy in the freestyle competition with 115 other girls.
On Wednesday, the Berlin boy’s hockey team plays at Kennett at 6 p.m. and the Gorham basketball teams play at Groveton, the girls at 5:30 p.m. and the boys at 7 p.m.
On Friday, the Gorham alpine ski team heads to Cannon/Mittersill for the first slalom event of the season.