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Slow start dooms Newfound girls in Gilford


by Joshua Spaulding
Sports Editor - Granite State News, Carroll County Independent, Meredith News, Gilford Steamer, Winnisquam Echo, Plymouth Record-Enterprise and Baysider

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Natasha Yarbrough (12) and Allie Symonds battle Gilford players for a rebound in action Dec. 21. Jeff Lajoie. (click for larger version)
December 27, 2012
GILFORD — The 2012 portion of the regular season schedule came to a close on a tough note for the Newfound hoop girls, as they dropped a 41-33 decision in Gilford on Friday, Dec. 21.

"It was a frustrating night on the offensive end of the floor," coach Karri Peterson stated. "When you live and die by outside shooting and the shots aren't falling, it makes for a long game."

To that end, the Bears were 12 of 72 from the floor and three of 12 from the free throw line.

Peterson noted that 41 points allowed in an uptempo game is not bad on the defensive side of things, but the offense needs to get in gear to get the Bears over the hump. She did note that the team gave up a few too many points inside, but she can live with the 41 points for the game.

"We seem to have been picking up momentum over the past few games offensively, but this is where inexperience comes in and not having the go-to player to get your team started offensively," Peterson noted.

The first quarter proved tough for the Bears and was their eventual undoing, as the Golden Eagles got out to a 10-3 lead after eight minutes and never looked back. An Allie Symonds three-pointer was the lone hoop in the frame for the Bears. The Golden Eagles opened the lead up to 24-10 at halftime and led 31-19 heading to the fourth quarter. The Bears outscored the hosts 9-7 in the third and 14-10 in the fourth, but it wasn't enough to climb out of the early hole.

The Bears did cut Gilford's lead to seven on two different occasions in the fourth quarter, but the hosts drilled free throws down the stretch to pull away for the win.

Karissa Bony led the way for the Bears, netting 10 points on the night, eight of those coming in the fourth quarter. Amber Plummer scored all nine of her points in the second half and added eight rebounds and five steals. Symonds scored nine points, all from beyond the arc and Kayla Messersmith had a good game with 10 rebounds. Natasha Yarbrough chipped in with six rebounds.

The Bears were in action in the Lakes Region Holiday Hoop Tournament in Gilford the week after Christmas. The tourney's opening day was postponed by impending snow, with things slated to get started on Dec. 28. Due to early deadlines for the holidays, results were not known as of deadline and will appear in next week's paper.

Newfound will be back in action on Friday, Jan. 4, at 6:30 p.m. at home against Prospect Mountain. On Monday, Jan. 7, the girls head to Franklin for a 6:30 p.m. game and on Wednesday, Jan. 9, the Bears host Belmont at 6:30 p.m.

Joshua Spaulding can be reached at sportsgsn@salmonpress.com or 569-3126

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