Warriors swept away by Cougars

WILTON – Wilton-Lyndeborough High School’s girls basketball team could not quite send its seniors out with a win in their final home court appearance Friday night. The Warriors came up short to Derryfield 40-36 in their third game in as many days.

The Cougars entered the final quarter with a 33-32 edge and ground out points, while the Warriors left some of their points on the floor.

“We didn’t shoot the ball well and didn’t make our foul shots,” Wilton-Lyndeborough coach Denny Claire said. “In a close game you’ve got to make your foul shots.”

Hannah Comeau racked up 20 points for Derryfield (11-7), the most important of them coming from the foul line. Lorrie Blais nailed a field goal to shrink the Cougars’ lead to 37-36, but the effort was answered when Comeau stepped to the line on two more occasions, sinking three shots to put the game out of reach with 26 seconds to spare.

“We had plenty of shots, but I think we just got tired,” Claire said. “We weren’t really running our offense.”

The Warriors squandered the ensuing possession when their inbound pass skittered out of bounds.

The first half saw both teams slip to two possession deficits, but each came roaring back. The Warriors (9-9) went on to a 16-11 lead early on in the second quarter, but some precise shooting from beyond the arc complimented with some success under the hoop mounted a 12-4 run to take a five-point lead.

WLC made its comeback, going 4 for 4 at the line, on a 9-2 stint to close the half and knot the score at 27.

While Derryfield remained consistent with drives to the basket, the Warriors failed to finish all of their shots and keep pace.

“It was just a combination of making a few bad passes,” Claire said. “We tried to force things. I give them credit for the effort. They were tired.”

Hannah Menakaya was a presence under the hoop for Derryfield, compiling 12 points.

Allyson Schwab led the Warriors with 11 points, Kelsey Randlett put forth nine – also recording a pair of electrifying blocks – and Sami Bosquet added eight.

Wilton-Lyndeborough will come back as a well rested unit for its run into the Division IV tournament on Tuesday.

“We’ve been playing better as the season goes on,” Claire said. “I think we can play with anybody if we come ready to play and we’re usually pretty aggressive.”

BOYS:

DERRYFIELD 70, WLC 39

Jordan Litts lit up the scoreboard in a valiant effort, but it was not enough for Wilton-Lyndeborough High School in a 70-39 loss to Division IV frontrunner Derryfield on Friday night.

Litts accounted for 20 of the Warriors’ points, including five 3-pointers, but quickness of Derryfield’s offense and the size of its defense was too much for WLC to overcome.

It looked like Litts’ perimeter shooting was going to keep the Warriors (8-7) in stride with the Cougars (14-1) from the opening quarter. He nailed his first two 3’s to keep the score at 9-6, but the Cougars went on a 10-0 run in a flash to pull away.

The second half saw more of the same issues for the Warriors as they attempted a full-court press, but the Cougars were too much to handle as the deficit rose as high as 36 points.

“Their size affected us on offense, and defensively we had all kinds of problems stopping their big kid,” said Wilton-Lyndeborough coach Ken Garnham of Derryfield. “They’re balanced. They can shoot it. They can go inside and rebound. Defensively, with their length gave us all kinds of problems.”

Litts was well contained in the final two quarters as he was held to just four points with one field goal coming from within the arc, while Roger Larrivee (eight points) was a presence underneath for Derryfield.

“That’s the best job any team has done against him all year long,” Garnham said of Litts. “He got frustrated in the second half, he missed a couple of shots going to the hoop. He did not have on open shot all night.”

Kyle Pratt stepped up in the second half to put points on the board inside and ended up with 13 altogether. The rest of the Warriors’ scoring efforts entailed a pair from each Matt Ducharme, Duncan Rae and Nolan Stevens.

The Warriors will see the Cougars again on Monday when they travel to Manchester.

“We need to box out better and we need to be more patient on offense,” Garnham said.

“The only way you beat them is to stay on offense and not give them a chance to hit those shots.”