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Bears cruise in final two regular season games

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by Joshua Spaulding
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Sports Editor - Salmon Press Newspapers

Savanna Bony goes to the hoop for two points during her final regular season home game. RC Greenwood. (click for larger version)
February 21, 2018
BRISTOL — The Newfound hoop girls wrapped up their regular season with a pair of big wins, one on the road and one at home.

The Bears hosted Franklin for the final home game of the season on Tuesday, Feb. 13, and ran away with a 66-12 win over the Golden Tornadoes.

The night started by honoring the seniors, which included exchange students Manny DeGreef and Kate Gabashvili, first-year player Cora Boyce, team manager Patrice Briggs and four-year starter Savanna Bony.

The Bears came out a little sluggish but were able to pick up the pressure on defense and started moving and outscored Franklin 21-2 in the first quarter. Jasmine Peterson put in 11 of those points. The Bears found the long range shooting in the second quarter and took a 48-7 lead to the halftime break. Ashlee Dukette was the star of the frame, scoring 17 points in the quarter, including a couple of three-pointers.

The Bears went with different lineups throughout the third and fourth quarters and scored nine points in each of the final two quarters and held Franklin to five points in the second half.

Dukette finished with 26 points, 15 rebounds, five blocks, three assists and three steals, while Peterson had 13 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. Leah Bunnell put in nine points and Madi Dalphonse and Bony, in her final regular season home game, each had seven points.

Newfound traveled to Somersworth on Friday, Feb. 16, to wrap up the regular season and rolled to a 55-15 win.

The Bears were unable to finish on the offensive end of things early on, but they came alive and finished the quarter with a 16-4 lead, behind six points from Dukette and five from Peterson. The Bears again were hot from the outside in the second and dis some damage, outscoring the hosts 22-1 in the frame for a 38-5 lead at the break. Newfound then outscored the hosts 17-10 in the second half.

"It was nice to see some of the girls step in and score," said coach Karri Peterson.

Ashlee Dukette led the way with 19 points, 10 rebounds and seven steals, while Bony added 11 points and Haley Dukette came off the bench to add 10 points.

The Bears finish the regular season at 16-2 and are expected to be the third seed in the upcoming NHIAA tournament. Peterson expects the Bears to be hosting Franklin today (Thursday) at 7 p.m., though official brackets were not released as of deadline Monday morning.

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

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