Warriors clobber Colebrook in quarters

WILTON – Jordan Litts had a secret.

The Wilton-Lyndeborough High School senior was so nervous about Friday’s Division IV quarterfinal against Colebrook Academy that he barely slept Thursday night.

Litts didn’t let his teammates know. Chances are they probably couldn’t tell, as he scored a game-high 33 points and helped the fourth-seeded Warriors to a 73-51 win over fifth-seeded Colebrook. It’s the second year in a row WLC has knocked the Mohawks out of the tournament.

“To be honest, I was extremely nervous,” said Litts, who had 42 points and 20 rebounds in an upset of Colebrook a year ago. “I didn’t let the guys know and I didn’t tell coach, but I barely got any sleep last night because I was thinking about the game. I knew they were going to be gunning for me because of last year, but it comes down to just playing basketball. Our guys did what they needed to do.”

Trey Carrier was also in double figures with 12 points and Casey Lane came off the bench to add 11 points for the Warriors.

The win sends the Warriors (16-4) to the semifinals for the first time since they made the final in 2008. WLC will play No. 1 Littleton, which beat Woodsville 46-45 in the quarterfinals, in the semifinals at 7 p.m. Monday at Plymouth State University.

The Warriors beat Colebrook (15-5) with their defense in the first half. After falling behind 5-4 early in the game, WLC went on a 20-0 run, holding the Mohawks scoreless for about 91?2 minutes as the Warriors took
control of the game.

“For three quarters, we played our best basketball of the year,” WLC coach Ken Garnham said. “Defensively, we were tough. We have worked man-to-man defensive since day one. We weren’t good at it initially.

“We just started to figure things out and get some of the principles of it the last couple of weeks, and I felt, at the right time. (Friday) we did a great job.”

WLC struggled early on on the defensive boards, but despite getting second – and even third chances – Colebrook couldn’t take advantage. A 3-pointer by Creed Conney (eight points) put the Mohawks up 5-4 with 5:19 left in the first quarter, their only lead of the game.

The Warriors regained the lead on a three-point play from Litts and got 3-pointers from Ty Carrier (nine points) and Lane sandwiched around a layup by Duncan Rae to lead 15-5 at the end of the first.

It was more of the same in the second quarter, and as the Warriors were making baskets, Colebrook was missing all its shots, including free throws. The Mohawks were just 1 of 8 from the line in the first half.

Two free throws from Litts – who was 10 for 10 in the first half and 12 for 12 for the game – put WLC up 30-10 late in the second, but a 3 by Sedrick McKinnon (25 points) and a basket by Michael Hastings helped Colebrook close the lead to 18 at the half.

WLC opened the third on a 15-0 to stretch the lead to 33 points, but Colebrook held a 27-16 scoring advantage in the fourth quarter.

“I thought that if we came out fast, we could beat this team comfortably,” Garnham said. “I saw them on film, but we played them last year and we knew the players they had. We just did a nice job.”