Area girls teams struggle to finish

The game result, a 42-24 Souhegan win over Timberlane Regional in girls basketball, was hardly the talk of Granite State hoop on Monday night.

Around Amherst? The win has to be considered huge.

Souhegan, at 7-9, slapped a loss on one of the Sabers’ key competitors in the Division II girls hoop playoff hunt.

It was gigantic.

Mia Len led the way with 16 points, while Beth Greenwood added 10 points.

Len has had an amazing winter, scoring her 1,000th career point. The Wheaton-bound guard has had Souhegan on the brink against some pretty tough teams all season long.

That could make the Sabers a team you don’t want to face in the playoffs. They have to get there first, though.

Souhegan, which had dropped two in a row coming in, has two games left with road dates at 14-2 Lebanon and 8-7 Pembroke.

A split would pretty much lock up a playoff berth but it won’t be easy.

The girls Division II tourney opens on Feb. 27 with the quarterfinals on March 2. Both of those rounds are played at the home of the higher seeds. The semifinals and finals then move to Southern New Hampshire University on March 6 and March 9.

Windham 59, Milford 49

The Spartans (3-13) fell short in what was their best complete game of the season. Elizabeth Paul played great on offense scoring 22 points and Bri DeGroot put up 12. Milford hosts Pelham on Friday.

The Milford girls are out of the playoff race in this rebuilding season.

They finish the year on the road next week with games at Lebanon and at ConVal.