CCA makes D-II statement with 23-point win over Laconia

CONCORD – The Concord Christian girls made a statement in Division II on Monday night with a dominant 61-38 victory over visiting Laconia.

The Kingsmen are back-to-back state champions, having won the D-IV crown in 2022 and the D-III title a season ago. It appears their sights are set on making a run in D-II after the big win over the 2023 D-II semifinalist Sachems.

It was a back-and-forth affair in the opening minutes before CCA got dialed in and executed well on both ends of the court. Kayden Rioux poured in six first-half threes to pace the Kingsmen to a 13-point lead, 33-20, at the break.

The third quarter belonged to Emma Smith and Lilli Carlile as the duo combined for all 19 of the Kingsmen points and blew the game open.

Rioux tallied a game-high 23 points to lead all scorers, while Smith (16) and Carlile (19) both netted double-digits as well.

The Sachems were paced by Macy Swormsted’s 13 points, 10 of which came in the first half, while her running mate Mekhia Burton was plagued by foul trouble and held to just six points on the night.

With the win, the Kingsmen improve to 3-0 on the season, while Laconia falls to 2-1.

Check out photos of the action by KJ Cardinal…