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Bears bounce back, knock off northern squads


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by Joshua Spaulding
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Sports Editor - Salmon Press Newspapers

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Savanna Bony scored in double figures in both of her team's games last week. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
January 15, 2018
BRISTOL — The Newfound hoop girls rebounded from the first regular season loss with a pair of wins last week.

On Tuesday, Jan. 9, the Bears traveled north to take on Berlin and came away with a 49-39 win over the Mountaineers.

The Bears jumped out to a quick lead on the road, getting an 11-2 advantage early on and took a 17-10 lead after one. Ashlee Dukette (six), Savanna Bony (six) and Jasmine Peterson (five) accounted for all of Newfound's points in the frame.

The Bears seemed to slow down a bit on the offensive side in the second half, edging Berlin by a 12-10 score for a 29-20 lead at the halftime break.

The second half was a fairly even battle, with Newfound edging Berlin 10-9 in the third and the two teams played to a 10-10 tie in the fourth quarter.

"Our offense got very stagnant in the second half and didn't run the floor well," said coach Karri Peterson. "It's always tough taking the long bus ride north but they started out strong.

"We just can't allow ourselves to become complacent and stagnant, as it affects our play," the veteran coach added.

Bony led the way with 18 points, while Peterson had 15 points, nine rebounds, six steals, three assists and two blocks. Dukette finished with 15 rebounds to go with her eight points on the evening.

The Bears hosted White Mountains Regional on Friday and came away with a 58-39 win.

The Spartans kept the game pretty close in the early going with strong free throw shooting, as they got six of their nine points in the first quarter from the line and Newfound led 11-9 at the end of the first.

The Bears put the foot on the gas at both ends of the court in the second, holding White Mountains to just six points and scoring 20 of their own to go up by a 31-15 score at the halftime break. Leah Bunnell came off the bench to score six points in the quarter and Dukette also had six in the frame.

The Spartans took 11 free throws in the third quarter but only connected on three of them and the two teams played evenly at 11-11 in the third for a 42-26 Newfound lead after three.

The Bears outscored the Spartans 16-13 in the fourth quarter, with Bony going 10 of 12 from the free throw line in the frame.

Dukette finished with 19 points and 22 rebounds, while Bony added 16 points. Bunnell finished with 10 points and Bailey Fairbank came off the bench with seven points. Peterson had eight rebounds and seven assists.

The Bears will be in action again on Friday, Jan. 19, at White Mountains at 6:30 p.m. and will be hosting Prospect Mountain at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 23. On Thursday, Jan. 25, the Bears will be at Stevens at 7 p.m.

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

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