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Bear girls looking to build off successful 2020-21 campaign

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by Joshua Spaulding
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Sports Editor - Salmon Press Newspapers
December 09, 2021
TILTON — The Winnisquam girls' basketball team took leaps and bounds in the right direction last year, finishing the season at 7-7 under coach Mark Dawalga.

Dawalga returns to the bench this season with a stable of seven returning players, all of whom had a part in last year's turnaround and they will be looking to mix a quintet of newcomers into the mix.

"This year we will look to build off what we did last season, going 7-7," said Dawalga. "We have a good core group coming back."

Junior Mackenzie Philippy and sophomore Lauren MacDonald will be counted on to lead the way on the offensive side of things for the Bears. Both were key contributors in last year's offensive attack for Winnisquam.

Sophomores Isabella Sargent, Triniti Carter and Vanessa Power and seniors Emma Griffin and Sophia Day will be counted on to lead the way on the defensive side of things for the Bears.

"This is our second year together and the kids know what is expected in order to play the way we want," Dawalga stated. "They all work hard every day in practice and are really making strides."

For newcomers, the Bears will welcome seniors Madison Knopka and Alicia Pauquet, junior Delaney Skourtis and sophomores Victoria Kellly and Brianna Harlow.

"Our newcomers are still learning how we want to play and are working hard to learn how our system works," Dawalga said. "It may take a little time to get everyone on the same page."

That being said, the Winnisquam coach said that all the kids are geared up and are ready to get out on the court and play some basketball.

"There is one thing I know for sure, the kids are extremely excited to get the season going," Dawalga said.

The Bears will play two games each with Franklin and Prospect Mountain and single games against White Mountains Regional, Newfound, Somersworth, Stevens, Belmont, Fall Mountain, Raymond, Inter-Lakes, Campbell, Monadnock, Mascoma, Gilford, Berlin and Kearsarge.

Winnisquam is slated to kick off the season on Friday, Dec. 10, at home against White Mountains Regional at 7 p.m. and they continue with a trip to Bristol to take on Newfound at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 14.

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

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