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Bears earn a split of two


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by Joshua Spaulding
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Sports Editor - Salmon Press Newspapers

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Ashlee Dukette led the Bears in a pair of games last week. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
January 24, 2018
BRISTOL — The Newfound hoop girls split a pair of road games last week.

The week began with a trip to Canaan to take on Mascoma and the Bears made the return trip with a 59-28 win over the Royals.

Newfound outscored the hosts 21-2 in the first quarter, as they got out and ran the floor well, which led to layups at the other end of the court. Savanna Bony finished with 10 points in the quarter and Ashlee Dukette added eight.

The second quarter was much the same, with Newfound outscoring Mascoma 13-4 for a 34-6 lead heading to halftime.

From there, the Bears coasted, with numerous girls filling in and getting some quality minutes.

Dukette finished with 21 points, 12 rebounds and eight blocks, Bony added 21 points and six rebounds and Jasmine Peterson had 15 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.

The Bears traveled north to Whitefield for a game with the Spartans of White Mountains on Friday evening, falling by a 54-46 score in overtime.

"It was a hard-fought effort throughout the game," said coach Karri Peterson.

The Bears actually had the lead with one defensive stand left, only to see White Mountains drain a three-pointer with 3.4 seconds to play to send the game to overtime.

The Bears started slow, falling behind 15-8 after one period, as unforced turnovers helped the Spartans take the lead. The Bears settled down a bit in the second period and outscored the hosts 15-6 to take two-point lead to the halftime break.

Newfound struggled to finish off shots in the third and trailed by four heading to the fourth after White Mountains outscored the Bears 10-4 in the frame.

The visitors fought back in front of an energetic crowd in Whitefield, taking a five-point lead with just more than a minute to go. The Spartans converted a free throw and then got a layup to cut the lead to two. Bony hit a free throw to make it a three-point game with 17 seconds to go before the Spartans tied things up.

The Spartans then outscored the Bears in overtime to take the win.

"It was a tough loss, as it was a hard-fought game and we had it," Peterson stated. "Kudos to hitting the three to them."

Dukette finished with 16 points, 13 rebounds, six blocks and four steals. Peterson had 10 points, seven assists and five rebounds and Bony added nine points.

Newfound will be in action today, Jan. 25, at Stevens at 7 p.m. and will be hosting Monadnock on Wednesday, Jan. 31, at 6:30 p.m.

Joshua Spaulding can be reached at 279-4516, ext. 155 or josh@salmonpress.news.

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