Mounties quell the Tornadoes 41-39

Senior Myra Arsenault scored 16 points and the Mountaineers survived a fourth quarter rally, defeating Franklin 41-39 in a girls' Division III basketball game played in Berlin Friday. The Mountaineers improved to 7-1 on the regular season, while Franklin dipped to 2-6.

BGBBvsFHS2Senior Myra Arsenault gets ready to throw this pass on a fast break during third quarter action. Arsenault had 16 points in Berlin's 41-39 win over Franklin. (GUY STEVER PHOTO)

Neither team shot well from the field. At halftime, the Mountaineers held a slim three-point advantage, 16-13. Brianna Jurking had two hoops for the visitors. Emily Theriault and Joshlyn Lanteigne had six points each for Berlin.

"If you look at Franklin's record, one would think this game wouldn't be close," said head coach Pete Peare. "We knew that three of their losses came from teams that are predicted to be in the top four in Division III, Monadnock, Fall Mountain, and Newfound."

The Mountaineers played a solid third quarter and out pointed the Tornadoes 16-10 to lead 32-23. Hannah Hicks had two buckets for Franklin. Arsenault started to heat up and had seven markers on three hoops. during the third session

As quickly as Berlin built a lead, the Mounties went cold from the floor. Zoe Kaplan lead a fourth quarter rally with ten markers that came up one possession short 41-39. Both teams missed some key free throws down the stretch. Arsenault had six of Berlin's nine points to help them to the victory.

"Sometimes in basketball a team can go cold from the floor like we did tonight only shooting 20 percent from the field," said Peare. "I was very happy that the girls kept their composure and played solid defense throughout the entire night. I was happy at how we handle the press tonight. I feel like we handled it a lot better than we did in the Christmas tournament against Colebrook."
 
For the game, Franklin converted 15 shots from the floor and went 9-18 from the foul line. Kaplan led the Tornadoes with 12 points. The Mountaineers had 13 field goals from the floor, that included five of those shots from behind the three point arc. Berlin shot 10-16 from the free throw line. Arsenault had 16 points and team mates Lanteigne nine and Theriault eight markers, contributed to the Berlin offense.
 
BGBBvsFHS1Junior Joslyn Lanteigne shot 7-10 from the foul line and scored a total of nine points in Berlin's 41-39 victory over Franklin. (GUY STEVER PHOTO)
 
Berlin will take to the road traveling to undefeated Newfound on Wednesday evening.
 
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