Basketball Write-ups

From Coach Greenwood

JV Girls Tournament

The JV girls had their league tournament last weekend and were trying to complete a perfect season. Undefeated, winning by a high margin, and boasting a lot of confidence, the Lady Crusaders were ready to bring home the championship.

In their first game, Mrs. Greenwood knew that Concord Christian was going to be a tough battle. In their previous 2 meetings, the Lady Crusaders had won 30-12 and 24-22. But this is the tournament and everyone comes ready to play. The girls started out strong with an 8-7 and a 18-15 lead at halftime. Concord Christian wasn’t going to go away easy though.

Coming out of halftime, Concord Christian came out strong and gave the Lady Crusaders all they could handle. Back and forth both team went until HTS was able to prevail with a 31-29 win to move onto the championship game!

Some strong performances were turned in from Ella Dion and Ava Hosmer with 6 points, Amelia Hosmer with 7 points and Elizabeth Sedgley with 8 points. Ashley Holland was also able to score a crucial basket in the fourth quarter for her first made basket of the season!

The girls now had to sit in the stands and watch as the other 2 teams in the tournament went face to face to decide who would play HTS in the finals. Gilmanton went on to win and set up a tough matchup for the Lady Crusaders.

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

In the final, the girls kept telling Mrs. Greenwood to stay focused and play their game. The girls responded and showed that just like the regular season, they were the team to beat. HTS jumped out to a 13-7 lead after the first quarter and 26-11 at halftime. In the second half, the girls could feel the pressure of winning the championship getting closer and were only to score 6 points in the quarter. But in the fourth quarter, the girls wanted that trophy and outscored Gilmanton and win the game 42-19!

Elizabeth Sedgley had her best game of the season with 14 points, while Ella Dion and Amelia Hosmer chipped in with 8 a piece. Leanna Rowley and Samantha Armstrong, who hadn’t scored all year, were able to make a basket as well, ensuring that everyone on the girls’ team scored this year!

This is the first girl’s championship since the 2011-12 season, and second for Mrs. Greenwood. There were tears of joy and smiles all around as the girls held that 1st place trophy high in the air. Great work this season ladies, your coaches are very proud of you!

JV Boys Tournament

  TOGETHER ON THREE! This was the chant after every huddle for the boys this season. Togetherness was a vital part in the boys season this year. The goal all season was to get to the championship game and this weekend was the time to do it.

Friday night the boys traveled to Chichester to take on the Rams in their first playoff game. The winner would move onto the championship game and the boys were determined it was going to be them.

As the game began Chichester quickly took advantage of the HTS turnovers and allowed the Crusaders to only score 6 points in the quarter and take a 1 point lead going into the second quarter. In the second quarter, once again the Crusaders had many turnovers and the Rams capitalized, taking a 1 point lead into halftime. This was the first time the Crusaders had trailed at the end of a quarter and the boys were not going to let it happen again.

Coming out of halftime, Mr. Greenwood told the boys to just keep playing their game and eventually the baskets would start falling. “We just needed to play our game. “We got into a little foul trouble from the start and that slowed us down. But we came out in the second half with more energy and I think that was the difference”.

The boys were able to outscore the Rams 10-4 in the third quarter and 12-5 in the fourth to win the game by a final score of 32-20. With the win the boys moved into the final where they would face a tough and quick Concord Christian team on Saturday.

Jalen Reese had another stand out performance with 18 points and 21 rebounds. Drew Hosmer was spectacular on defense with 5 steals and 11 rebounds, all while shutting down the Ram’s best player.

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

It had been 18 years since the last boys’ basketball championship and this season the boys wanted to change that. As the boys arrived on Saturday there was a sense of determination from every one of them. They all wanted this trophy and were going to give it all they had for one final game.

As the game began, the boys once again had a hard time making their shots, leading 8-4 at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter the boys got into foul trouble and took a 14-8 lead heading into halftime.

In the halftime huddle, the boys looked tense and nervous. Mr. Greenwood explained to them that they were looking good, foul trouble hurt them but to keep it up.

In the third quarter, foul trouble became a huge factor as Jalen and Drew both picked up their fourth foul and were forced to sit on the bench for the remainder of the quarter. Concord Christian took advantage of them being sidelined and outscored the Crusaders 10-4 in the third quarter.

At the beginning of the final quarter, Mr. Greenwood told the boys that this was the final quarter of their season and they could win this game if they believed they could. The boys proved that they believed they could win, outscoring the Kingsmen 18-6 in the final quarter to win the game 36-24 to take home the championship!

Jalen Reese battled foul trouble all game but was able to score 14 points and grab 23 rebounds. Drew Hosmer and Robbie Merola each played spectacular defense shutting down the best player on Concord Christian. Drew finished the game with 4 points and 8 rebounds while Robbie had 2 points and 4 steals. There were smiles all around as the boys held that 1st place trophy high in the air. Great work this season boys, your coach is very proud of you!

JV Girls vs. Gilmanton 2-3-17

In their final game of the regular season, the Lady Crusaders were trying to finish undefeated for the first time in the program’s history. All season the girls had been battling whether it was missing a few girls, fighting in tough games or foul trouble. But on Friday it was an injury to Ava Hosmer that was going to stand in the way.

From the beginning of the game the girls realized this perfect season was not going to be handed to them. All the other teams knew about their perfect record and wanted to spoil it, and Gilmanton proved they wanted it the most. Leading at halftime, 13-12, the girls knew that they were going to have to fight for the final 14 min.

In the fourth quarter, HTS enjoyed a 17-12 lead and was determined to finish the game strong. What they didn’t know was Gilmanton saved their best for last. Gilmanton outscored the Lady Crusaders 8-3 to tie the score and force the girls into their first overtime game of the season.

In the overtime, Ella Dion was able to score a crucial bucket before fouling out and Amelia Hosmer once again was able to fight off the Spartans and make the game winning basket to put HTS in front 24-23 with 3 seconds to play. Gilmanton played tough defense for those final seconds and was able to come away with a win to finish their season 6-0 heading into their tournament next weekend.

Amelia Hosmer played the best game of her season grabbing 23 rebounds and scoring 17 points while Ella Dion finished with 3 points and 8 assists. Elizabeth Sedgley had a nice game under the basket scoring 4 points and grabbing 8 rebounds

JV Boys vs. Gilmanton 2-3-17

Going into this season, the boy’s motto was “Together, One Team, One Goal”. As the season went on, the boys stuck by this motto and proved that together they can accomplish this goal. After every game, Mr. Greenwood realized that this goal could become a reality if the boys played hard, worked together and focused.
Heading into the final game of their season, again the motto came out, “Together, One Team, One Goal.” As the game began, the boys had a tough time scoring, while Gilmanton was able to score easily. At the end of the first quarter, the score was 11-9 in favor of HTS. Mr. Greenwood told the boys that just like the girls team, Gilmanton was not going to hand this win to them. While the boys enjoyed a 24-19 lead at halftime, Mr. Greenwood wanted to make sure that the boys did not let up and finished this game strong. “You all have to compete. You all need to want this win. Go out in the second half and prove to me and your teammates you want this win!” said Mr. Greenwood.

As the third quarter began, the boys came out and looked like a totally new team. The defense was spot on, forcing Gilmanton into many turnovers and preventing them from scoring. As the quarter went on, the boys improved and only allowed Gilmanton to score 2 points in the quarter.

The final quarter was much of the same as the boys only allowed 2 points and were able to win 40-23 to finish undefeated and 8-0 heading into their tournament.

Jalen Reese had another great game with 20 points and 23 rebounds. Drew Hosmer had a great game as well scoring 2 points, grabbing 6 rebounds, and stealing the ball 7 times.

JV Teams vs. Pittsfield 1-31-17

It was a fantastic night on Tuesday as the school celebrated Open House while the 5/6th grade basketball teams took the floor for their final home game of the season. Both teams were trying to keep their undefeated records alive, but a final home test vs. Pittsfield was standing in the way.

First up were the girls team. While the starting lineups were announced and the star-spangled banner was playing in the background, there was a sense of urgency in the faces of the Lady Crusaders. They wanted to start out strong and put this game away early. Ella Dion took it upon herself to get the scoring started by scoring the first 6 points of the game and the girls never looked back. Elizabeth Sedgley was now getting into the game scoring and rebounding the ball, while Olivia Hagan, the Hosmer sisters and Ella kept putting the ball in the basket, leading at halftime 31-4.

At halftime Mrs. Greenwood told the girls to keep their focus up and the defensive pressure needed to stay tight. While the girls only scored 9 points in the second half, their defense was spot on only allowing the Panthers to score 8 points. The girls are now one game away from an undefeated season, with their record at 7-0 right now.

Some stand out performances were turned in by Ella Dion with 16 points and 8 rebounds, Amelia Hosmer with 9 points and 6 rebounds, while sister Ava finished with 8 points.

Friday night the Lady Crusaders travel to Gilmanton to take on the Spartans and finish off their season undefeated. Come out to support these hard-working girls. Game time begins at 4 pm. See you then!

When the girls game finished, it was time for the boys to start. While the boys were getting introduced and coming out of the tunnel to high five Mr. Greenwood, he noticed that all of them were focused. Even the boys on the bench were prepared and ready to begin the game.

As the game began, the boys had a tough time putting the ball in the hoop leading 8-4 at the end of the first quarter. As the second quarter began the boys settled down and were able to run out to a 15-4 run to lead at halftime 23-8. Inside the huddle Mr. Greenwood stressed defense. The boys did not want to let Pittsfield back in the game and it showed.

The Crusaders allowed just 5 points in the second half compared to their 26 to finish the game and bring the winning streak to 7 straight games with a final score of 49-13.

Some great performances were turned in from Jalen Reese with 22 points and 14 rebounds, Drew Hosmer with a monster game finishing with 10 points and 9 rebounds.

Friday night Crusaders travel to Gilmanton to take on the Spartans and finish off their season undefeated. Come out to support these hard-working boys. Game time begins at approximately 5:15pm. See you then!

Varsity Girls vs. Gilmanton 1-30-17

Monday night the Lady Crusaders hosted the Spartans of Gilmanton in what was a tight contest the entire night. On a 3 game winning streak the girls were prepared for a tough game and trying to keep their win streak intact.

In the first quarter, defense was a huge factor in both teams combining to score 5 points and the Lady Crusaders on top. As the second quarter began, Gilmanton came out fighting and were the more aggressive team storming out to a 14-9 lead at halftime.

Mrs. Greenwood wanted the girls to play smart and play tough defense while still charging to the basket. The girls responded going on a 5-0 run to tie the score and keep the pressure on Gilmanton. The quarter continued, this time with Gilmanton now going on a run to finish the quarter on a 13-5 run, leading 27-19 at the end of the third.

The fourth quarter was tough for the girls as most of their energy was spent and couldn’t keep up with the Spartans, losing the game 39-29.

Some stand out performances were turned in from Ella with 8 points, Lexi with 7 points and Olivia with 9 points. The girls next game is Thursday night at 4pm at HTS against Allenstown. It is “White Night” so be sure to wear all your white gear and cheer us on!

 

Varsity Boys vs. Gilmanton 1-30-17

Going into this game, the boys were prepared for a tough fight and fight is what they did, to the very end. Leading 6-4 at the end of the first quarter, Mr. Greenwood told the boys that this was not going to come easy. Fight after fight, loose ball after loose ball, both teams were trying to pull away from the other.

Going into halftime the Crusaders had the lead 18-13 and were determined to get their first win. As the second half began, again both teams traded baskets and were pressuring each other on defense. The Crusaders were able to put up 15 points in the third to lead 33-26 going into the final quarter.

As the 4th quarter began, Gilmanton came out fighting and was able to tie the score. But the Crusaders didn’t panic and managed to hold off the Spartans, grabbing their first win of the season by a score of 40-38.

Stand out performances were turned in by Alex Ludwig with 10 points and 18 rebounds. Andrew Rowley had a perfect second half making 2 huge baskets for the Crusaders down the stretch. The boys next game is Thursday night at 4pm at HTS against Allenstown. It is “White Night” so be sure to wear all your white gear and cheer us on!

JV Girls vs. Concord Christian 1-26-17

The JV Girls played their first game in 23 days on Thursday and picked up where they left off. Although they were missing 2 players, the girls battled and fought hard to the very end picking up a huge win over the Kingsmen by a final score of 24-22 HTS on top. The win propelled the girls to 4-0 on the season and get their perfect record intact.

Some strong performances were turned in from Ella who led the team in scoring with 12 points and rebounding with 6 boards. Molly played tremendous defense causing many turnovers, while sister Olivia played well in her first start under the basket scoring 4 points and grabbing 3 rebounds.

The girls play their final HOME game on Tuesday January 31st at 4pm. It’s Spirit Night so be sure to wear your green and white clothing to support our undefeated Lady Crusaders. It is also Open House at school so come check out your child’s classroom and then come see us. We are trying to fill the gym for this game so come show your school spirit and cheer us on!

JV Boys vs. Concord Christian 1-26-17

Just like the girls, the Crusaders had a long layoff from their last game they played in, but that didn’t stop them from keeping their winning streak and undefeated record alive.

The boys were without 2 of their players but that just meant some others would have to step up. As the game progressed, the shots were not going in for us, and the boys could only put up 4 points to the Kingsmen’s 2 at the end of the first quarter. Second quarter was a different story as the boys quickly rushed out to a 16-2 lead at halftime, thanks in large part to Jet and Adam’s defense.

As the game proceeded, the shots were falling and the boys improved their record to

6-0 with a 32-10 win. Big performances were turned in from Jalen with 12 points and 20 rebounds, Adam with 9 points and 3 rebounds, while Cole was able to score his 3rd basket of the season!

The boys play their final HOME game on Tuesday January 31st at 4pm. It’s Spirit Night so be sure to wear your green and white clothing to support our undefeated Crusaders. It is also Open House at school so come check out your child’s classroom and then come see us. We are trying to fill the gym for this game so come show your school spirit and cheer us on!

Varsity Girls vs. Pittsfield 1-23-17

Monday night the 7/8th grade Lady Crusaders took on the Panthers of Pittsfield and were looking to keep their winning streak intact. The girls came out fighting and were aggressive from the start starting the game off on a 30-2 run to lead at halftime 34-2. Six different Lady Crusaders scored in the first half, and the girls were able to win again 46-10.     Contributing in the win were Olivia with a game high 19 points and 4 rebounds, Ella and Ava with 6 each. Playing without Kate, Lexi and Amelia did a great job controlling the boards grabbing 17 of the teams 28 rebounds. Keep up the great work girls!

The Lady Crusaders next game is Monday January 30th starting at 4pm. It is the first day of Catholic School’s week and the theme for the day is Hat Day, so why not carry that over for the game and call it “Hat Night” so let’s see some wilds hats on heads!

Varsity Boys vs. Pittsfield 1-23-17

Monday night the boys played without two players and were outnumbered from the start. Mr. Greenwood wanted the boys to just play their game, run the offense and be aggressive. The boys did their best, but came up just short falling 40-27.

Alex turned in his best performance of the season, scoring 12 points and grabbing a team high 20 rebounds. Jalen finished the night with 10 points and 6 rebounds.

The Crusaders next game is Monday January 30th starting at 4pm. It is the first day of Catholic School’s week and the theme for the day is Hat Day, so why not carry that over for the game and call it “Hat Night” so let’s see some wilds hats on heads!

 

 

Varsity Girls vs. Pittsfield 1-20-17

Coming off their first win of the season the Lady Crusaders were eager to get another win and keep up the momentum. Playing their second game in as many days, the girls knew that they would have to stay aggressive from the start.

The game began and right away, the girls got off to a fast start. Catherine forced many turnovers and Olivia was there to grab the loose ball and make the layups. The girls jumped out to a 20-4 lead at the end of the first and didn’t let up.

The second quarter wasn’t much of a scoring quarter, as the girls focused on their defense and preventing the Panthers from scoring. The score at halftime was 26-6.

As the third quarter began, the Lady Crusaders once again focused on their offense and defensive game, scoring 10 points in the quarter, 8 of them coming off forced turnovers. The girls allowed just 4 points in the quarter and were leading big 36-10 at the end of the third.

The last quarter was a big defensive effort as Pittsfield could not get a basket and the Lady Crusaders went on to win their second game of the season 45-10.

A huge game was turned in from Olivia with 26 points, 5 rebounds, 9 steals and 4 assists. Catherine had her best game of the season with 6 points, 5 steals and 5 rebounds. Amelia, Kate, and Lexi controlled the boards, combining to grab 37 of the teams 50 rebounds.

The girls take on the same Pittsfield team on Monday January 23rd at 4pm this time at HTS. It’s “Bingo Night” so come ready with your dabbers!

Varsity Boys vs. Pittsfield 1-20-17

Once again the boys were up against a tough team in Pittsfield last Friday night. Like they did when they played Allenstown, the boys set a goal of reaching 30 points by the end of the game.

As the game went on, the boys stayed focused and were determined to give it all they had. The score at the end of the first quarter was 16-4 with the Crusaders trailing. As the second quarter began the boys started to find their fight and clawed their way back in trailing 16-20 at halftime.

The third quarter was low scoring with lots of great defense being played and the boys trailed by just 7, 31-24.

With all that energy being expended in the first three quarters, the boys ran out of gas in the fourth quarter and lost the game 47-31. It was a great effort by the boys and they always do their best!

Strong performances were turned in from Adam with 9 points and 4 rebounds while Alex had 6 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out in the third.

The boys take on the same Pittsfield team on Monday January 23rd at 5:30pm this time at HTS. It’s “Bingo Night” so come ready with your dabbers!

Varsity Girls vs. Allenstown 1-19-17

On Thursday, the 7/8th grade Lady Crusaders traveled to Allenstown to take on the Eagles. The girls were looking for their first win of the season and were determined to get it against them.

Right from the start the girls came out fighting and making their shots. Olivia scored 8 of her game high 12 in the first quarter while Lexi added 2 to give the Lady Crusaders a 10-5 lead at the end of the first quarter. As the second quarter began, the girls applied pressure and were able to capitalize on the turnovers from Allenstown scoring 9 points in the second quarter while the Eagles were only able to score 2. The score at halftime was 19-7 with the Lady Crusaders leading the way.

At halftime Mrs. Greenwood made sure the girls stayed focused and applied more pressure and force turnovers. The girls responded and were able to force another 7 turnovers during the third quarter and were able to further their lead, 29-12 going into the fourth quarter.

Once again the girls took advantage of the turnovers by the Eagles and finished the game on a 14-6 run to win their first game, 43-18. Great job girls!

Some stand out performances were turned in from Olivia with 12 points, Lexi with 4 points and 8 rebounds. Catherine had 2 points and 5 rebounds while Drea added 4 points as well. Kate played well underneath with Amelia combining to score 8 points and grab 30 rebounds. Ella (9 points) and Ava (4 points) played tough defense and forcing many turnovers.

The Lady Crusaders next game is Friday the 20th in Pittsfield starting at 4pm. Come out and support us.

Varsity Boys vs. Allenstown 1-19-17

Thursday night the 7/8 Crusaders took on an undefeated Allenstown team. With a very noticeable height difference, Mr. Greenwood wanted the points to set a goal for themselves and try to accomplish it by the end of the game.
As the game progressed the boys got closer and closer to reaching their goal. Scoring points here and there, doing their best to prevent the Eagles from scoring, and making sure that they were staying focused.

The final score was Allenstown 50 and HTS 31, but the boys reached their goal of scoring at least 30 points.

Strong performances were turned in from Alex with 6 points and 7 rebounds while Jalen scored 9 points (all 3-pointers) and grabbed 5 rebounds. The boys next game is Friday in Pittsfield following the girls game.

 

January 12, 2017

JV Boys vs. Chichester

The 5/6th grade Boys basketball team started the second half of their season by traveling to Chichester to take on the Rams on Thursday. The last time these two teams played it was a tough game, but the Crusaders were able to pull away in the end. Tonight, was much of the same thing.

The boys got out to a quick start leading 13-9 at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter, Mr. Greenwood stressed the importance of defense and playing aggressive. While 4 different Crusaders scored in the second quarter, that defense proved to be the difference only allowing the Rams to score 4 points to put the Crusaders up 21-13 at halftime.

During the third quarter, again the team stressed defense and communication. “We had to make sure that everyone knew where they were playing in our zone, helping when needed and facing up when the ball went down to the post.” Said Mr. Greenwood following the game. The Crusaders were only able to score 4 points in the quarter but held Chichester to 4 points as well, leading 25-17 heading into the final quarter.

“They are going to be aggressive and we need to match them” stressed Mr. Greenwood in the huddle. The boys knew that they could win this game and now was the time to prove it. Robbie Merola and Drew Hosmer took it upon themselves to play tough defense and did not allow their man they were guarding to score the entire quarter. Some quick layups from Drew and a bucket from Robbie and the boys were able to seal the victory by a final score of 32-19.

Some stand out performances were turned in by Robbie with 5 points, 2 rebounds and 7 steals. Drew Hosmer with 4 points and 10 rebounds. Jalen Reese with 12 points and 22 rebounds.

The Crusaders move to 5-0 on the season and await their next opponent on Tuesday January 24th at Concord Christian at 5:30 pm in Pembroke. Come out and support us!

January 10, 2017

Varsity Girls vs. Concord Christian
Tuesday night the 7/8th grade Lady Crusaders took on Concord Christian trying to find their first win of the season. Concord Christian came out fighting hard and putting a lot of pressure on the Lady Crusaders preventing them to score.

The final score was 44-24, but a lot of fight was turned in from Olivia DeMatos scoring a team high 12 points while Ella Dion chipped in with 6 and Drea Campo added 4.

The Lady Crusaders try for their first win again on Thursday January 19th against Allenstown at 4 pm in Suncook.

Varsity Boys vs. Concord Christian
Last Tuesday night the 7/8th grade Crusaders took on an aggressive Concord Christian team and for most of the game were down double digits. The boys fought hard and mounted a comeback only to come up a little short falling to the Kingsmen 44-34.

Some strong performances were turned in by Alex Ludwig with 11 points and 24 rebounds. Jalen Reese recorded another double doube scoring 10 points and grabbing 15 rebounds. Some wonderful defense was played by Drew Hosmer.

The Crusaders try for their first win again on Thursday January 19th against Allenstown at 4 pm in Suncook.

January 6,  2017Varsity Girls vs. Chichester 

Last Friday the 7/8th grade Lady Crusaders took on the same Chichester team they had faced prior to winter break. Although it was the same result as before, the girls stayed tough and were very aggressive, only losing by 5. Olivia DeMatos turned in another great performance scoring 8 points. Kate Merola had a great game in the post scoring 6 points and grabbing 12 rebounds.

The Lady Crusaders look for their first win of the season when they take on Concord Christian Tuesday January 10th in Pembroke with game time slated for 4pm

Varsity Boys 

Heading into this game the boys were focused and wanted to prove they could compete with one of the top teams in the league this year. For the first half that’s what they did, tied after the first quarter at 14 and only down 5 at halftime.

The depth of Chichester seemed to be the difference in the second half as the Crusaders started to fall behind and wound up losing the game by a final of 50-39. Some great performances were turned in from Alex Ludwig with 17 points and 16 rebounds, Jalen Reese with a double double (10 points, 10 rebounds), and Jet Wang with brilliant defense.

The boys take on Concord Christian Tuesday January 10th at 5:30 in Pembroke. Come cheer us on!

January 3, 2017
 JV Girls
    Coming back from the long break, the Lady Crusaders picked up right where they left off. Coming out of the gates strong, and applying pressure on defense. The girls fought hard under the basket grabbing 38 team rebounds, and recording 6 steals in the game.
The girls led 6-0 at the end of the first quarter and 19-2 at halftime. Molly Hagan recorded her first made basket to open up the game with a wide open shot underneath the basket. At halftime Mrs. Greenwood really wanted to make sure the girls the girls didn’t let up and keep applying the tough defense.
    As the second half started, again the defense was spot on and the girls were making their shots. The final score was HTS 30 Pittsfield 7.
    Strong performances were turned in by Amelia and Ava Hosmer each scoring 6 points. Amelia also chipped in with 13 rebounds while Ava dished out 6 assists. Elizabeth Sedgley also had a great game scoring 6 points and grabbing 8 rebounds. The Lady Crusaders improved to 3-0 on the season with the win and will wait a while now for their next game against the same Pittsfield team, this time at HTS Friday January 13th on “Sticker Night”. Make sure you come out and support us while we attempt to go 4-0!
JV Boys
    During the school break, Mr. Greenwood wanted the boys to keep practicing and stay focused while enjoying their vacation. Tuesday’s game proved that all of them stayed focused and practiced hard.
    Right out of the gate the boys scored and applied pressure on defense causing many turnovers from the Pittsfield team. The Crusaders enjoyed a 14-4 lead at the end of the first quarter and a 26-4 lead at halftime. While talking at halftime, the boys knew that they would have to keep up the pressure and score many baskets so they didn’t get over confident and let the lead slip away.
    In the third quarter the Crusaders wanted to get the younger boys to score. Although the shots weren’t falling in the third, the fourth quarter was a different story. Scoring just 6 points in the third quarter, the Crusaders were able to score 14 points, even getting the younger kids to score. The Crusaders improve to 4-0 with the win by a final of 48-14!
    Drew Hosmer played his best game of the season scoring 8 points and pulling down 11 rebounds. Jalen Reese had another great game scoring 14 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. Cole Bertholet was able to score his second basket of the season, grabbed 4 rebounds and played outstanding defense while he battled a few injuries he sustained in the opening quarters. The Crusaders next game is Friday January 13th at 5:30 here at HTS! Make sure you come out and support us for “Sticker Night”

 

 

December 20, 2016

Varsity Girls

With the first game getting rescheduled, the 7/8th grade Girls and Boys teams were forced to wait a little longer to play. Finally, on Monday the teams could play and traveled down to Chichester to take on the fighting Rams.

The girls were first to take the floor and wanted to have a quick start. A basket by Olivia DeMatos and an outside shot by Drea Campo and the girls were up 4-0 in the first two minutes. Unfortunately, that’s all the girls could put up in the beginning quarter. Foul trouble and transition defense propelled Chichester to get the lead and keep it, leading 6-4 at the end of the first quarter.

As the second quarter began, again the Lady Crusaders were in foul trouble again with 3 players committing 3 fouls before halftime and were forced to sit on the bench. As the quarter went on Mrs. Greenwood was looking for someone to step up. Insert Amelia Hosmer. Amelia played her best game of the season grabbing 7 rebounds and scoring 6 points.

The girls played a much tougher second half, grabbing rebounds, scoring baskets, and playing resilient defense. As the game went on, the girls battled but came up just short falling to Chichester.

The girls next game is against the same Chichester team, this time at HTS on Friday January 6th at 4pm. Come join us for “Make a Sign Night”. Make a sign cheering us on and the best sign will win a prize!

Varsity Boys

Following the girls game, it was time for the boys to take the floor. Mr. Greenwood knew going in that Chichester would be the team beat and the Crusaders would have to put up a tough fight. The game began and right away the Rams broke out to a 12-0 lead. Mr. Greenwood quickly decided that the boys needed a goal to reach.

The game progressed and the boys started to make their shots. Sadly, Chichester’s lead had grown and the Crusaders were not able to cut into the deficit, falling 40-28. Alex Ludwig turned in a big game scoring 12 points and pulling down 23 rebounds. Adam Barton played well scoring 4 points and grabbing 4 rebounds.

The boys next game is against the same Chichester team, this time at HTS on Friday January 6th at 4pm. Come join us for “Make a Sign Night”. Make a sign cheering us on and the best sign will win a prize!

December 13, 2016

JV Girls

The Christmas joy was out on Tuesday when both the 5/6th grade teams took the floor. Christmas decorations were up and there were many people dressed in their ugly sweaters. Tis the season for HTS Basketball!

The girls took the floor ready for their game to begin as they welcomed back Amelia and Ava Hosmer from vacation. Right from the start the Lady Crusaders broke out to a commanding 8-2 lead and never looked back. Ella Dion (14 points) was on fire again making great plays as the point guard, and putting in every basket. The presence of Elizabeth Sedgley and Amelia Homer underneath really gave Concord Christian trouble getting to the basket as the two combined to block 9 shots.

The girls went into halftime with a 16-4 edge and wanted to keep the pressure up on defense. Mrs. Greenwood wanted the girls to score more in transition and run the floor better and the girls responded, scoring 12 points in the third quarter to the Kingsman’s 4.

Headed into the 4th quarter, Mrs. Greenwood put her younger girls in to try and get everyone to score. Although they didn’t, they played tough defense and had lots of fun.

The girls next game is Friday December 16th at Pittsfield with the game following the boys game. Hope to see you there cheering us on!

JV Boys 

Following the girls game, the boys team took the floor and everyone could tell they wanted this win badly. They knew this would be a tough team to beat and they were fully focused on getting every loose ball, every rebound and second chance point.

As the game began the boys took their time, and worked the ball around. They had great opportunities at the basket, finished them and played outstanding defense. As the end of the first quarter buzzer sounded, it was HTS on top 10-2.

The second quarter began and just like the first, the boys came to fight. Grabbing rebounds, making shots and hustling all over the floor. The halftime buzzer sounded and the boys enjoyed an 18-6 lead. Mr. Greenwood stressed defense and really wanted to focus on closing the middle in the second half.

Once again the boys took it to heart and only allowed 2 points in the third quarter. The boys also welcomed back Drew Hosmer from vacation as he scored all 6 points in the third quarter to build a 26-12 lead going into the final quarter.

In the fourth quarter we wanted to get our 4th graders to score. Although we were only able to get Mark to score, Cole played well on defense and played one of his best games so far.

“We had a strategy of taking away their best player and we stuck to it all night. I am so proud of how they played tonight” said Mr. Greenwood following the win that put the Crusaders season at 3-0 right now.

Their next game is Friday at Pittsfield where they will try to go 4-0! Game time is 4pm

 

December 9, 2016

JV Boys vs. Chichester

Last Friday the Crusaders took on a tough Chichester Rams team and had to fight till the very end. The Crusaders started out with 8 straight points before going 0-10 to end the first quarter. Taking an 8-2 lead into the second quarter, HTS felt they were in good position to head into halftime with the lead. Little did they know, Chichester had a different thought. Mid-way through the second quarter, again HTS could not buy a basket. As the boys took their 3 point lead into halftime, there was quiet hmm in the locker room. “Guys we just have to keep our heads up. Eventually they will start falling but we can’t give up like we are doing right now.” Said Mr. Greenwood at halftime.

Coming out of the half, the boys drove to the basket more, got fouled, but still couldn’t get all their shots to go in. As the quarter was winding down, Isaiah Reese took the ball from the opposite end, sprinted down and put up a floater that just beat the buzzer to give the Crusaders the lead going into the final quarter, 26-21. That basket going through the rim is what the boy’s needed to see as they outscored the Rams, 14-6 in the fourth and went on to win 40-27.

“We tried to force to many attacks and we got burned on the transition.” Lack of rest, start time wasn’t the same, whatever you want to call it, we were just exhausted today” said Mr. Greenwood. The Crusaders were led by Jalen Reese who had a monster game with 20 points and 18 rebounds.

The Crusaders next game is Tuesday, December 13th at HTS. It is our Christmas Night, so come with your ugly sweater on!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016
    It was a magical night on Tuesday as the 5/6th grade HTS basketball teams opened up their seasons against the Spartans from Gilmanton. In front of a packed gym, the cheerleaders were excited to show off their new uniforms and cheers, while the basketball teams were eager to begin their games.
    The girls team were first to take the floor and as the first quarter began, the Lady Crusaders started to fight and get every loose ball. Every shot was going in for the girls as they raced out to a 6-4 lead at the end of the first quarter. As the second quarter began, Mrs. Greenwood wanted to see the same fight and toughness she saw in the first quarter. The girls proved they were going to be tough to beat this year as they took the lead into halftime 12-6.
    During halftime, Mrs. Greenwood told the girls she liked their intensity but they needed to be tougher if they wanted to win the game. They responded, outscoring Gilmanton 20-6 in the second half to seal the victory by a score of 32-12. Leading the way for the Lady Crusaders were Ella Dion with 16 points and Elizabeth Sedgley with 9 points and 10 rebounds. The girls next game is a match up against the Kingsmen of Concord Christian Tuesday, December 13th at 4pm in the HTS gym. It’s our Christmas night so be sure to come dressed up in your festive clothing. A prize will be awarded to the Crusader fan wearing their best “ugly” sweater. Come cheer us on!
    Following the girls game, the boys team took the floor. Heading into this season Mr. Greenwood told the boys he wanted to score and score a lot. He wanted tough defense and to prevent the other teams from scoring. Well Tuesdaynight, the boys really took all that to heart and played as best they could to begin the season 1-0 with a 43-15 win over Gilmanton.
    The boys started off fast, racing out to a 6 point lead in the opening minutes and never looking back, ending the first quarter on a 12-0 to lead 18-6. As the second quarter began, Mr. Greenwood stressed tough defense and quicker on offense. As the Crusaders headed into halftime, the boys led 29-7, with half the team having scored already.
    During the half, the boys talked about keeping the defensive pressure up and now trying to get everyone to score in the game.
    As the third quarter began, the boys began communicating and were focused on defense. “We changed our strategy in the second half, mainly so we could get everyone to score. Although our offense was slower, our defense didn’t change as the boys stayed alert and kept up the communication.
    In the fourth quarter, we were able to get everyone to score and end the game with an exclamation point! Some great performances were turned in from Jalen Reese with 16 points and 18 rebounds, and Mark Langlitz with 4 points and 6 assists in his first HTS basketball game.
The boys take on Chichester, Friday the 9th at 4pm in the HTS gym. Hope to see you there cheering us on!

 

Varsity Girls Scrimmage vs. Alton

To start out the season the Varsity Girls had a scrimmage against Alton on Tuesday. With 2 girls missing, the girls were a little outnumbered from the go.

The first quarter started off with Alton taking full control going up 10-0 to begin the game. The second quarter the girls started to gain momentum and relax a little bit, out scoring Alton 8-4 in the quarter to get a little closer at halftime down 14-8.

At halftime Mrs. Greenwood gave the girls a goal and told them to reach that goal by the end of the game. The third quarter was a bit tough with Alton putting more pressure on the ball, but the Lady Crusaders are fighters and did their best to fight through. Going into the final quarter, Alton was up 22-11. Again Mrs. Greenwood reminded the girls of their goal and wanted to achieve it.

In the end, the final score was 30-15 Alton on top, but the girls reached their goal of scoring 15 points. “With two of our players missing today, we just wanted to put as many points on the board as we could. Our defense was spot on, forcing them into many turnovers, and getting a lot of stops. I’m proud of them!” said Mrs. Greenwood following the game. “We will get better as the season progresses.”

Turning in great performances were Lexi Dinsmoor, Kate Merola and Amelia Hosmer

The next game for the Lady Crusaders is an away game against Pittsfield.

Varsity Boys Scrimmage vs. Alton

During the first week of the season, Mr. Greenwood put the boys through a tough boot camp, with lots of running, strength work and skill work. They will be playing quick this year with an up tempo style offense and getting as many points as they can.

Once the game started, that fast paced offense came out gunning. A quick three pointer by Isaiah Reese, two free throws by Alex Ludwig and the Crusaders scored a quick 5 points. Unfortunately Alton was playing the same way, grabbing more rebounds and loose balls to lead at the end of the first quarter, 10-5.

The second quarter was another fast paced quarter, with the Crusaders lacking a little on defense allowing Alton to score twelve points to the Crusaders six.

At halftime Mr. Greenwood stressed tough defense and wanted to make sure the boys could play strong. Coming out of halftime, the boys proved they could, allowing Alton to score just eight points and winning the rebounding battle. The Crusaders got back to their fast paced offense again, scoring eight points as well. Right before the end of the quarter, Jalen Reese went down with a sprained ankle and would be out for the rest of the game.

In the fourth quarter, Mr. Greenwood wanted the boys to keep playing tough defense while fighting for the loose balls. Even with only allowing three points, the Crusaders could only put two points on the board, falling to Alton 33-21. “We will watch the film and learn from our mistakes. We will be more prepared for our next game” said Mr. Greenwood after the game. Strong performances were turned in by Robbie Merola six points, Alex Ludwig grabbing 16 rebounds and Isaiah Reese with tough defense.