EXETER — Brooke Kane did damage early and often, wracking up 26 points, 13 rebounds and four steals to lead Pinkerton Academy to a 71-39 win over Exeter in Division I girls basketball action Friday.
Pinkerton (7-0) used unselfish ball movement to counter the frantic Exeter (3-4) defense, and pulled out to a 21-5 lead after the first quarter.
A pair of 3-pointers from Carly Pierce and Sydney Taylor helped get the Exeter offense going a bit in the second quarter, but the Blue Hawk defense couldn’t slow Kane and the Astros. Pinkerton took a 40-17 lead at halftime.
“They are really good,” Exeter coach Dave Sokolnicki. “They don’t make mistakes, and they take advantage of your mistakes. Unfortunately, we didn’t control the ball very well the first quarter and half, and we got way behind and couldn’t recover.”
Taylor led Exeter with eight points and three rebounds, while Pierce had seven points, two rebounds, two steals and two assists. Julia Sherwin added seven points and eight rebounds.
Madison Mahoney chipped in 11 points, five rebounds, four steals and four assists for Pinkerton, while Sofia Riccio and Jesse Ames added nine points apiece.
Exeter takes the court again next Friday at home against Manchester Central.
Central 35, Winnacunnet 30
HAMPTON — The Warriors were outscored by four points in the final 45 seconds of this Division I game.
Winnacunnet is now 0-8 on the season, while Central improved to 5-1.
Winnacunnet senior Marisa Lamprey returned to the lineup after missing the past three games with an ankle injury and scored a team-high 10 points. Senior Michaela Linnehan added nine for the Warriors.
Destiny Jordan led Central with 12 points, while Hannah Autenrieth had nine.
Belmont 45, St. Thomas 25
BELMONT — The undermanned Saints fell to 5-3 in Division III
Maddie Predaris and Katia Gaffney led STA with 10 points each.
STA hosts Campbell Tuesday.
St. Thomas 51, Belmont 49
DOVER — Jack Benelli scored all seven of his points in the fourth quarter and the Saints hit their foul shots to hold on for this Division III win.
Shawn DeKorne led STA (5-1) with 17 points, including four 3-pointers, while Andrew Cavanaugh tossed in 15.
The Saints host Prospect Mountain Thursday. Belmont dropped to 5-2.
Buckfield 37, Seacoast Ch. 27
ELIOT, Maine — Seacoast Christian was held scoreless in the second quarter and couldn’t recover, falling to 2-6 in Class D.
Ethan Huss led the way in defeat with eight points. Brandon Vachon added six before leaving the game with an ankle injury. Seacoast will host Rangeley today (1:30 p.m.) at Central Maine Community College.
Dover 63, Merrimack 46
MERRIMACK — The Green Wave started the second half on a 9-0 run to pull away and win a big Division I game on the road.
Dover (3-3) led 29-24 at the half, but widened that gap to 49-36 after three. Ty Vitko led the way with 26 points, while Kingsley Breen added 19 and Griffin Carloni tossed in six.
Exeter boys race to 4th
The Exeter alpine teams battled frigid, windy conditions at Mount Sunapee Thursday.
The boys were fourth in the meet behind title favorite Bishop Guertin, Kearsarge and Concord. William Whitcher paced the Blue Hawks with a third-place finish. Bobby Segal was ninth, Caleb Johnson was 14th and Josh Driscoll was 16th to round out the scoring.
The Blue Hawk girls were led by Molly Johnson in 10th and Emily York in 11th.
BRIDGTON, Maine — The Marshwood alpine teams swept a slalom meet at Shawnee Peak.
The boys placed four in the top five to run away runner-up Kennebunk. Sean Maguire (1:39.91; 1), Jack Flynn (1:48.91; 2), Brennan Shiverick (1:55.65; 4) and Tucker Davis (1:57.63; 5) were the leaders.
York High School’s Jack Harrington (1:49.66, 3) was another top finisher.
For the girls, Katie Mundell (2:03.06; 2), Brooke Flynn (2:10.03; 5), Ella Manero (2:11.17; 6) and Ginny Sullivan (2:14.72; 8) all cracked the top eight to double-up second-place Kennebunk.
Portsmouth 48, Epping/Newmarket 32
The Portsmouth High School Unified team rolled in its season opener, getting 10 points from Fabian Velasco. Aaron Watt, Ryan Prevost and Ephraim Hanks chipped in six points apiece for the Clippers.
JV BOYS BASKETBALL
Salem 54, Portsmouth 52
SALEM — Thomas Weir scored 21 points and Luke Bouchard had 12 in defeat for the Clippers (3-3). The Portsmouth JVs will be back in action Wednesday at home against Manchester Central.