?A capsule-style look at the area’s top high school basketball performers, and games to watch this week
Hunter Bullock, sr., G, Epping
The Blue Devils (5-1) are creeping up the ladder in Division IV after winning two gut-check games last week — 57-53 over defending champion Pittsfield and 42-41 over Farmington. Bullock, their point guard, scored 26 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the first win, and added 22 points in the victory over Farmington.
Andrew Cavanaugh, sr., F, St. Thomas
School cancellations limited the Saints to just one game last week, but what a game it was. Cavanaugh scored 21 points, including the go-ahead free throw with 2 seconds left, as St. Thomas edged Winnisquam Friday, 61-60, to get to 4-1 in Division III.
Addy Hale, soph., G, Traip
Hale scored 10 of her team-high 12 points in the first half, helping the Rangers snap a five-game losing streak with a 43-26 win over Seacoast Christian on Tuesday. The Rangers (2-7) looked to make it two straight wins when they hosted Sacopee Valley on Thursday.
Arianna Hebert, sr., G, Portsmouth
Hebert nearly sparked a come-from-behind win at Memorial on Tuesday, scoring a team-high 15 points in the 40-38 loss. The Clippers (5-2) are in the midst of their toughest stretch of the season, with games against Salem (6-1) on Friday and at Central (4-1) on Tuesday, and their point guard is the one who’ll try to navigate them through those waters.
Will MacDonald, jr., F, York
MacDonald scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the Wildcats (7-1) earned the signature win of their season to this point, 57-51 over two-time defending Class A champion Greely on Tuesday inside Butler Gym.
Katie Martineau, sr., G, Farmington
Martineau scored 24 points in the Tigers' 57-17 win over Epping Monday, her team improving to 9-0 in Division IV. In doing so, Martineau moved to No. 2 in all-time scoring at the school with 1,588 points, passing 2004 graduate Jayson Whitehouse (1,579). Tim Lee (1998 grad) is the all-time scorer with 2,146 points. Martineau is the girls all-time scorer.
Alex Tavares, sr., F, Portsmouth
Since his return from a season-opening suspension, the Clippers’ stalwart has averaged 26.7 points in three games. He dropped 27 in last Friday’s win at Dover, and followed that up by scoring 30 as Portsmouth (3-2) got above .500 for the first time this season by routing Memorial on Tuesday, 80-36.
GAMES TO WATCH
Exeter at Spaulding, Friday, 6:30 p.m.
This has been a tough setting for Exeter over the years, but last week’s 57-54 win at Portsmouth showed it can beat tough teams on the road. Blue Hawks (4-0) are the deeper team, with forwards Josh Morissette and Kevin Henry leading an offense that’s scoring better than 64 points a game, but they’ll get some resistance from Spaulding (3-1) and its standouts, Arie Breakfield and Keagan Calero.
York at Marshwood, Saturday, 3:30 p.m.
Both teams were slated to be in action Thursday night before they meet up in South Berwick on Saturday. Will MacDonald, Brady Cummins and the deep Wildcats (7-1) are riding high after knocking off Greely, but Marshwood (3-6) would love to get Cullen Casey untracked inside and pay back York for the 64-43 loss it pinned on it in December.
Kennett at Oyster River, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday’s last-second loss to Pembroke was the second leg of a stiff stretch for the Bobcats (4-1). This will be their fourth straight game against an opponent that’s above .500, and they’ll try to keep forward Kyle Landrigan (22.4 points per game) in his groove.
Manchester Central at Portsmouth, Tuesday, 7 p.m.
The Clippers (3-2) look to be growing up fast, with rotation newcomers like Coleman Brewster, Zach Paradis and Jacob Boutin. The veterans won’t forget the two games last season against Central, a 63-46 loss in the opener that snapped the program’s 43-game win streak, and a redemptive win in the Division I semifinals.
York at Marshwood, Saturday, 2 p.m.
The two teams went into Thursday night’s play sitting fourth (Marshwood) and fifth (York) in the HealPoint Standings for Class A South. Nina Howe and the Wildcats (3-5) would like to show they’ve closed the gap since a 58-43 loss in December. The Hawks (7-2) would like to show their poor shooting in Tuesday’s loss at Kennebunk was a fluke.
Kennebunk at Noble, Thursday, 6 p.m.
The Class AA Knights (4-4) have collected some nice wins, already matching their haul from last season, when they went 4-15. Kennebunk (7-2) has climbed into third place in Class A South after beating Marshwood on Monday, and the versatile Emily Archibald is a big reason it’s established itself as a top-four team.
— Mike Zhe