Hopkinton soars past Winnisquam to D-III final

Behind a game-high 23 points from Junior Shaylee Murdough, No. 2 Hopkinton soared to a 51-33 victory over No. 3 Winnisquam on Wednesday night in semifinal action of the NHIAA Division III Girls Basketball State Tournament.

With the win, the Hawks advance to the finals where they will take on No. 4 Kearsarge on Saturday at Keene State College at 5:00 pm.

Hopkinton led by just three, 14-11, after one quarter of play and then allowed just 22 points the rest of the way and rolled to the 18-point victory.

Winnisquam was paced by 20 points from Lauren MacDonald.

The Hawks advance to their first state title game since 2018, when Hopkinton lost in the D-III finals to Conant, 36-30. On Saturday, the Hawks will be making their fourth state championship game appearance in school history and will be in search of their fourth title in school history, the first since 2003.

Check out the full photo gallery of the action by Jill Stevens…