New Hampshire State Champions
March 19th, 2010
New England Recruiting Reprt
Winnacunnet complete perfect season and earns fourth consectutive state title
Winnacunnet completed their second consecutive undefeated season and claimed their fourth straight Class L girls' basketball crown with a 46-41 win over powerful Pinkerton of Derry. They have 53 straight wins -- including 48 straight in league play. The program's last lost was in the regular-season finale of the 2007-08 campaign.
Boston College-bound Tiffany Ruffin scored a game-high 19 points. Second-seeded Pinkerton (20-2) made a last-minute push. Seniors A.J. Guidi (12 points), Laura Pierce (nine points) and Allie Ucich (12 rebounds) helped keep Pinkerton within striking distance but they ran out of time.
Kennett found was able to beat previously undefeated and top-ranked Lebanon 52-45 in the Class I championship game. Kennett junior Allie Wagner knocked down nine straight free throws in the closing minutes to secure the victory. In addition to Wagner’s monumental effort, Kennett received contributions fromd Sam Meader (nine points) and Lauren White (11 points) open for perimeter jumpers. Melissa Frase had 14 points and was a significant reason for building a 12 point first half lead.
Lebanon started slowly, committing 14 turnovers and hitting 7 of 27 shot attempts in the first half. Two freshmen gave the team life in the third quarter. Trina Schele (11 points, 19 rebounds) and Moriah Morton (eight points) combined for nine points and cut the deficit to single digits. Lebanon missed a number of critical free throws down the stretch which was the difference in the final score.
The Conant High girls' basketball team completed its sensational bracket-busting run through the Class M girls' basketball tournament. Brooke Springfield went off for 26 points as they ousted Campbell 53-48. The win is Conant second state title in three years. Conant shot lights out and received contribution from Kim Daniels (10 points), Holly Hodgeman (12 points, 14 rebounds) and Beth Farr hit shots in a 9-0 run to open the third.
Campbell ultimately ends up as the state runner-up for a third consecutive campaign. Campbell junior Kristen Hrubowchak, scored 14 points, including the 1,000th of her career.