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Londonderry Lancers Girls Basketball '11-'12

Lancers fall just short in final to BG

MANCHESTER — Give Londonderry a ton of credit. The Lancers dove after every loose ball. They hit big shots in pressure situations. They brought fans at the Southern New Hampshire University gymnasium to their feet for the final three minutes of the Division 1 title game. And they fought tooth and nail to the end after their best player, Aliza Simpson, fouled out with 5:37 left. In the end, the No. 3 seeded Lancers lost 46-43 to top-seeded Bishop Guertin last night in one of the more exciting high school championship games you will see. Londonderry coach John Fagula is no newcomer to state championship games. He won 11 titles at Nashua High, including five straight from 1985-1989. “I don’t know about (it being) the most exciting one but it’s certainly up there because of what we were dealing with: losing the one kid (Simpson) who has really been this plug the whole time,” Fagula said. “You’re wondering, ‘Is someone else going to (step) up?’ ... They haven’t had to do that much because (Simpson) has stayed in ballgames throughout the whole year.”   The Lancers lost their second straight Division 1 championship game, but they were in good spirits afterward and they should have been. Londonderry’s lone senior, Lindsey Bolduc, shed no tears. She had a smile on her face from ear to ear. She knew her team had given every bit of effort it had in it — not just last night but during its whole playoff run, including knocking off five-time defending champion Winnacunnet in the Division 1 semifinals.    “I did not think we would make it this far,” Bolduc said. “I don’t think anyone did, actually. I think we’re very proud that we beat Winnacunnet. That was our main goal. I’m very proud of what we did.” The Lancers trailed by as many as 10 points in the fourth quarter yesterday. “Ten points and I was like, ‘Please don’t let this (become) a blowout. I don’t need that right now,’” Bolduc said.   Londonderry looked in pretty good shape when Simpson made a steal and cruised in for a layup to cut Bishop Guertin’s lead to just six points with 6:18 remaining. But then, Simpson fouled out with 5:36 left. “I think we knew that we could do it, it was just getting it into our heads not to be shy, not to think, ‘Oh, no, the game is over because she’s out,’” Bolduc said. “We just had to keep telling each other that we could do it and that the game wasn’t over.” The Cardinals increased the lead to nine points with 4:11 left. But Londonderry scored seven straight points to make it 41-39 with 1:16 remaining. And the Lancers tied it 42-42 with 0:51 remaining when Katherine Dzenis nailed a 3-pointer. The basketball rolled around the rim twice before finally going through the net. The Lancers fans went wild and screamed so loud people might have heard them in Londonderry. “I didn’t think it was going in,” Bolduc said. “But it went in and I was like, “All right. It’s tied. We’ve got this. We can do this.’” Bishop Guertin’s Jamie Sherburne converted two foul shots with 0:43 remaining to put the Cardinals ahead 44-42. Bolduc then drove hard to the basket and got fouled with :07 remaining.   She hit her first shot to make it a one-point game. “I just didn’t want to airball (the second shot),” Bolduc said, chuckling a bit. “That’s all I was thinking. I just wanted to hit something and maybe one of us would get the rebound and come back up with it.” That didn’t happen though. Bolduc missed her second foul shot and Bishop Guertin’s 6-foot forward Meghan Green grabbed the rebound. Londonderry fouled Sherburne with :04 left. And Sherburne converted both her free throws to make it 46-43. A desperation shot at the buzzer by Dzenis was no good. “To find ways to continue to keep coming back and staying with what we were doing, that was impressive to me and I was really extremely proud of that,” Fagula said. Bolduc added: “We’re a strong team as it is and we’re just losing me so next year I hope they will be right back in this position.”

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Girls Basketball, 03/13/12 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Evans, Lancers hold off North

"They keep telling me ugly doesn't matter, just win baby," said Londonderry coach John Fagula with a laugh.

Fagula, who built a nationally-recognized dynasty at Nashua High, knows a thing or two about winning.

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Girls Basketball, 03/03/12 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Dzenis, Lancers whip Astros

CARL RUSSO/Satff photo. Londonderry High defeated Pinkerton Academy 53-30 in Friday night basketball action. Pinkerton's captain, Mariah Bonneau drives to the hoop against Londonderry's Elisabeth Caron. 2/24/2012. 16 Photos

DERRY — When your star player and top scorer has an off night, you need someone else to step up to the plate.

Or, in the case of Londonderry junior Katherine Dzenis, up to the line — the 3-point line.

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Girls Basketball, 02/24/12 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Another strong game for Simpson

Aliza Simpson again put on a show, scoring 29 points and adding eight assists and seven steals. Her effort helped Londonderry girls basketball to a 70-58 victory over Timberlane.

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Girls Basketball, 02/21/12 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Quick start, easy finish

Lindsey Bolduc scored all 14 of her points in the first quarter, leading Londonderry to a 32-point quarter as the Lancers rolled over Exeter 62-43.

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Girls Basketball, 02/17/12 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Another big night

After scoring a career-high 17 points on Tuesday, Casey Evans-Driscoll netted 16 last night to lead Londonderry girls basketball 54-38 over Manchester Memorial. 

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Girls Basketball, 02/09/12 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Londonderry too tough

CARL RUSSO/Staff photo. The Londonderry and Derry Special Olympics basketball teams competed against each other Friday night following the Londonderry High and Pinkerton Academy girls basketball game and before the start of the boys' game. Pinkerton's Brandon Rugg takes the jump shot from the three-point line. 1/13/2012. 11 Photos

Two of the top teams in Division 1 squared off but in the end Londonderry just had too much for archrival Pinkerton. Lindsey Bolduc has 15 points, Katherine Dzenis 12 and Jaime King 10 as the Lancers rolled 50-36.

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Girls Basketball, 02/08/12 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Career high

Freshman Casey Evans poured in a career-high 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead Londonderry girls basketball 70-45 over Alvirne.

Aliza Simpson added 19 points and eight steals. 

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Girls Basketball, 02/07/12 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Comeback win

Londonderry trailed by eight points at halftime but won played a solid second half to win 50-47 over Nashua North. Lindsey Bolduc scored seven points, grabbed eight rebounds and made seven steals. Aliza Simpson netted 22 points, had six assists and made three steals.

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Girls Basketball, 01/24/12 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Sensational Simpson

Aliza Simpson scored 19 points, had eight assists and made eight steals as Londonderry girls basketball won 61-38 over Dover. 

 

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Girls Basketball, 01/20/12 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars
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