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Bedford flies past Pinkerton in battle of unbeatens

The final two remaining unbeaten Division I teams met on Friday night and Bedford flew past visiting Pinkerton, 91-54.

It was a tight contest in the first quarter, as Bedford led by just one after the first 8 minutes of play. But, the Bulldogs put the pedal to the metal behind three triples from Megan Muir in the 2nd quarter and took a 45-32 lead to the break and never looked back.

Bedford boasted a balanced attack with five players in double figures: Kate Allard (18), Lyla Stein (18), Lana McCarthy (14), Megan Muir (13) and Sarah Muir (11).

Pinkerton was paced by a game-high 28 points from Elizabeth Lavoie, while Kaylee Dupuis and Alexandra White added 12 and 11, respectively.

With the win, the Bulldogs remain perfect and push their record to 15-0, while the Astros fall to 14-1.

Check out the full photo gallery by John Scott Sherburne…

Pinkerton hands Bedford first loss of the season

Unbeaten no more. Behind a game-high 35 points from Jackson Marshall, Pinkerton handed visiting Bedford its first loss of the season, 91-79, on Friday night in front of a packed house in Derry.

In a rematch of last season’s Division I championship game, this one felt like another title bout. And, well, we wouldn’t be surprised in the least if these two square off in one month from the today for the state’s top crown.

This one was a track meet from the opening tip as both teams came out firing and were tied 22-22 after one quarter of play. The Astros would later take a three-point lead to the break, 39-36.

A quick 6-0 run to open the second half gave Pinkerton a nine-point lead, 45-36, and the Astros were rolling. They would take a 62-55 lead to the final frame and pushed past the Bulldogs for the 12-point victory.

Joining Marshall in double digits for Pinkerton was Charlie Ludden (21), Drew Brander (15) and Christian Brander (13). Luke Soden paced Bedford with 25 points, while Niko Badoin (17), Brady O’Connell (16), Austin Kasyjanski (11) and Thomas Braga (10) all netted double figures as well.

With the win, the Astros improve to 14-1 on the season and holds the head-to-head breaker over the Bulldogs (14-1).

Check out the full photo gallery of the action by Cindy Lavigne of Lavigne’s Live Shots…

6 Unbeatens Remain

By: KJ Cardinal & Jayda Davis

It’s crunch time in NHIAA basketball with state tournament play looming right around the corner. While some teams are vying to just make the playoffs or perhaps secure a coveted home game, there are six well-oiled machines around the Granite State that are still in search of perfection.

Let’s take a look at the six remaining unbeatens…

Division I Boys: Bedford

Bedford’s Luke Soden leads the Bulldogs with 26.5 PPG. [📸 Todd Grzywacz]

Frank Moreno’s Bulldogs have their sights set on back-to-back state titles and with a perfect 14-0 mark, it’s hard not to think they’ll get there. Bedford’s high-octane offense is averaging a scorching 81.1 points per game and winning by nearly 24 points per contest.

Luke Soden has been nothing short of amazing this season, pouring in 26.5 PPG, while Brady O’Connell (15.5 PPG) and Austin Kasyjanski (13.7 PPG) are the mainstays for the Bulldog fire power.

Bedford has only played in three games this season that were decided by single digits, with a three-point win over Manchester Memorial being the biggest test thus far for the Bulldogs. However, that may all change tonight as Bedford heads to Derry to take on 13-1 Pinkerton in a rematch of last year’s championship game. You can watch that game live here (PPV).

Division I Girls: Bedford & Pinkerton

Pinkerton’s Elizabeth Lavoie leads the Astros with 20.0 PPG. [📸 Jill Stevens]

In what could be a preview of the 2024 title game, it’s a battle of the unbeatens tonight in Bedford when the Bulldogs (14-0) host Pinkerton (14-0). You can watch that game live here (FREE).

These two squads have been absolutely steam-rolling the rest of the division. Bedford is winning by an average margin of 42.9 PPG. The Bulldogs six-point victory, 56-50, at Portsmouth back on Jan. 23 is their only win this season coming by less than 30 points. Let that sink in for a second.

Pinkerton is also winning by a 31.6-point clip with their closest game being a 17-point victory at Dover on Jan. 26. Lani Buskey’s Astros are led by the top scorer in the division Elizabeth Lavoie (20.0 PPG) and two other double-digit scorers: Sydney Gerossie (15.5) and Brooke Benz (10.2).

Bedford’s Lana McCarthy leads the Bulldogs with 13.9 PPG. [📸 Cindy Lavigne]

Kevin Gibbs’ Bulldogs boast the most dominant player in the state with Lana McCarthy. The McDonald’s All-American Game nominee is averaging 13.9 PPG in often limited minutes due to Bedford’s 40+ point victories. The Purdue commit is paired with Kate Allard (13.4 PPG) to form an extremely tough duo.

Division IV Boys: Profile
The 16-0 little town of Bethlehem Profile Patriots could be the most fun team to watch in the state. This group of perennial north-country underdogs is not only the divisions top dog this season, but one of the top teams in the state, regardless of division. Period.

Profile’s Josh Robie leads the Patriots with 26.4 PPG. [📸 KJ Cardinal]

We’ve witnessed first-hand the Patriots defeat opponents from all four Divisions and Mitchell Roy’s squad would most definitely compete with any foe put in front of them. The biggest reasons for this: seniors Josh Robie and Alex Leslie.

While his shot may look unorthodox, Robie (26.4 PPG) is an absolute sniper from deep and his improved mid-range game and playmaking abilities are the driving force behind Profile’s perfect start. Leslie (19.8 PPG) is one of the most athletic bigs in the division and his ability to get downhill and finish on opponents can be deadly at times.

Seemingly always in the way for Profile has been Woodsville and Littleton. The Patriots have knocked off Woodsville once this season and twice defeated the Crusaders, including a five-point win, 62-57, on Jan. 31. Profile heads to Woodsville tonight in the final big regular-season test remaining for the Patriots.

Division II Girls: Concord Christian

CCA’s Emma Smith leads the Kingsmen with 19.2 PPG. [📸 KJ Cardinal]

When we said “well-oiled machines”, the first team that comes to mind is Concord Christian. After winning the Division IV crown two years ago and the D-III title last season, the 12-0 Kingsmen seem poised to earn the D-II championship this March.

Rebecca Carlile’s squad simply wears teams down. There isn’t a more conditioned team in the state and CCA’s uptempo style, defensive prowess and the ability to take care of the rock is a brand of basketball that is impressive to watch.

Leading the way for the Kingsmen is Emma Smith (19.2 PPG) and Lilli Carlile (18.6). CCA has already taken care of business twice this season versus the 2nd and 3rd ranked teams with wins over Laconia and Pembroke. The Kingsmen head to Laconia on Feb. 15 for the biggest remaining challenge on the regular-season slate.

Division IV Girls: Littleton

Littleton’s Addison Hadlock is averaging 10.1 PPG for the Crusaders.[📸 KJ Cardinal]

If defense wins championships, then we could certainly see Littleton cutting down the nets at Colby-Sawyer College on March 2nd.

The Crusaders are holding teams to a minuscule 30.7 PPG and winning by an average margin of 27.3 PPG. Only three teams have been able to reach the 40-point plateau versus Littleton all season long.

Dale Prior’s balanced offense is led by a trio of double-digit scorers: Lauryn Corrigan (10.8 PPG), Addison Pilgrim (10.2) and Addison Hadlock (10.1).

The last tough test for the Crusaders this regular season will come tonight as Littleton hosts 15-1 Groveton. The Crusaders escaped Groveton with a narrow five-point win, 39-34, in a defensive battle back on Jan. 5.

Undefeated Bedford blows past #3 Londonderry

Behind a game-high 24 points from Kate Allard, Bedford blew past visiting Londonderry, 74-34, on Friday night.

Annie Zink (14) and Lana McCarthy (11) both netted double digits for the Bulldogs as well. Londonderry was paced by nine points apiece from Brook Eacrett and Mia Giampa.

With the win, Bedford improves to 11-0, while Londonderry falls to 7-2.

Check out photos of the action by Cindy Lavigne of Lavigne’s Live Shots…

Undefeated Bedford blows past Portsmouth

Division I defending champ Bedford flexed their muscles on Wednesday night with a 98-73 victory over visiting Portsmouth.

The Clippers are now 7-2 on the season, third in the D-I standings, with their only losses coming to perfect Bedford & Pinkerton.

The Bulldogs sit tied atop the D-I standings with Pinkerton (10-0) and appear to be on a collision course with the Astros when the two heavyweights meet in Derry on Feb. 9th.

Check out the full gallery by Cindy Lavigne of Lavigne’s Live Shots…

Bedford survives scare from Memorial in overtime

Bedford came from behind to force overtime and pull out the victory over visiting Manchester Memorial, 72-69, on Saturday afternoon.

The Bulldogs trailed by four at the half and needed to rally late to get to the extra stanza. Bedford led by as many as six in OT but the Crusaders cut the lead to three and had a last-second attempt to force double overtime by Ajow Luwal rattle out.

Bedford survived and improves to 9-0 on the season, while the Crusaders fall to 5-4.

Leading the way for the Bulldogs was Brady O’Connell with a game-high 23 points, while Luke Soden (17), Badoian (12) and Kasyjanski (12) also netted double digits.

Memorial was led by Christian Bilolo’s 18 points and Lavlee (11) and Brooks (10) also chipped in.

Check out the full photo gallery of the action by Cindy Lavigne of Lavigne’s Live Shots…

While we were away…

This week, we completed a complete overhaul and upgrade of our server to better serve our growing coverage. During our outage, we provided photo coverage of 17 games! These were all still viewable on our social media outlets, but we wanted to make sure they made it to the website.

Below is a list of the games we covered with links to the photo galleries. Enjoy the show!

Bedford makes statement with dominant win over Goffstown

Two of the top teams in Division I met on Friday night and when the final buzzer sounded, the Bedford Bulldogs made an emphatic statement with a dominant 44-point win over visiting Goffstown, 79-35.

It was really business as usual for the Bulldogs as they boast an average margin of victory of 43.3 points per game this season.

Bedford improves to 9-0 on the season and sits tied atop the D-I standings with Pinkerton. Goffstown falls to 7-2 on the year and is now in a four-way tie for fourth.

Check out the full photo gallery of the action by Cindy Lavigne of Lavigne’s Live Shots…

Bedford flies past Goffstown, moves to 8-0

A 26-point first quarter propelled Bedford to a resounding 79-42 win over visiting Goffstown on Friday night.

The Bulldogs improve to 8-0 on the season with the victory and have now won 23-straight games dating back to last January 10th.

Bedford was led by a game-high 28 points from Luke Soden, while Austin Kasyjanski (13) and Brady O’Connell (12) also netted double digits.

The Grizzlies (4-4) were paced by Cam Hujsak’s 12 points.

Check out the full photo gallery of the action by Cindy Lavigne of Lavigne’s Live Shots…

Bedford blows past Exeter, remains perfect

Bedford held visiting Exeter to just eight first-half points en route to a dominant 67-22 victory on Thursday night.

Lana McCarthy (17 points), Kate Allard (14) and Mel McCarthy (10) all netted double figures for the Bulldogs.

Anna McGuinness and Jessica Melick netted seven points apiece for the Blue Hawks.

With the win, Bedford improves to a Division-I best 7-0 on the season, while Exeter falls to 2-5.

Check out the full photo gallery of the action by Todd Grzywacz of Stonewall Photography…