Central Hands Winnacunnet Their First Loss

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Central’s Keltina Francis guards Winnacunnet’s Leah Orzechowski

Winnacunnet returns to the seacoast with its first girls’ basketball loss of the year after falling to Manchester Central. 36-33.

Neither team could open up a lead of more than six points, as both teams held within a basket of each other for most of the contest.

This marked the first time Winnacunnet failed to score over 40 points this season, as the Warriors went 1-for-15 from beyond the arc and struggled converting on drives to the paint.

For Winnacunnet head coach Cassie Turcotte, the result provided her squad a valuable learning experience against a strong opponent.

“It’s obvious where are weaknesses were in it, but all-in-all, I’m really impressed with what we put out there tonight,” she said.  “Central’s a good team, they work hard, they play hard, they’re aggressive. I wasn’t feeling too bad about this loss tonight.”

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Hannah Driscoll tries to block Katelyn Howe’s shot.

Central head coach Mike Wenners was also pleased with the effort of his girls, emphasizing the value of wins while also noting that the season is still early.

These two teams will meet again in early January, and Wenners expects a much harder showdown after Winnacunnet studies Wednesday’s game and adapts accordingly.

“We’ll just be prepared and see what happens and enjoy this one for tonight,” he said.

Keltina Francis led the way for Central with nine points and three rebounds. Jenny Freedman had seven points for Winnacunnet while Hannah Driscoll contributed six points, five rebounds and four steals.

Next up in regular season play, Central will host Dover on Jan. 2. Meanwhile, Winnacunnet returns to Manchester on Friday for a showdown against undefeated Memorial.

Here are some other recent scores from Manchester’s high school teams.



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Central’s Hannah Autenreith guards Winnacunnet’s Ashley Gallant

Boys’ Basketball

Dec. 13

Derryfield 77, Wilton-Lyndeborough 57

Dec. 15

Central 63, Portsmouth 46

West 66, Goffstown 58

Derryfield 73, Sunapee 48

Dec. 19

Alvirne 83, Central 56

Memorial 65, Salem 52

Concord 79, Trinity 72

West 71, Pembroke 68

Derryfield 68, Concord Christian 21

Boys’ Hockey

Dec. 12

Bishop Guertin 10, Trinity 1

Dec. 13

Hollis-Brookline/Derryfield 2, ConVal/Conant 1

Dec. 16

Londonderry 8, Memorial 2

Kennett 11, Hollis-Brookline/Derryfield 0

Dec. 20

Concord 10, Central/West 2

Salem 4, Memorial 0

Trinity 5, Nashua North/Souhegan 1

John Stark/Hopkinton 9, Hollis-Brookline/Derryfield 1

Girls’ Basketball

Dec. 12

Memorial 69, Merrimack 59

Bishop Guertin 65, Trinity 19

Windham 80, West 21

Dec. 15

Pinkerton 50, Central 28

Memorial 57, Nashua South 48

Kearsarge 61, West 8

Sunapee 57, Derryfield 36

Dec. 19

Central 45, Alvirne 34

Memorial 58, Salem 50

Concord 47, Trinity 32

Pembroke 63, West 31

Girls’ Hockey

Dec. 12

Berlin-Gorham 12, Central 0

Dec. 19

Lebanon-Stevens 9, Bishop Brady/Trinity/West 4



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Born and raised in the Granite State, Andrew Sylvia has written approximately 10,000 pieces over his career for outlets across Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. On top of that, he's a licensed notary and licensed to sell property, casualty and life insurance, he's been a USSF trained youth soccer and futsal referee for the past six years and he can name over 60 national flags in under 60 seconds according to that flag game app he has on his phone, which makes sense because he also has a bachelor's degree in geography (like Michael Jordan). He can also type over 100 words a minute on a good day.