North girls roll for ninth win
NASHUA – Dan Wyborney was impressed with the one-two combination of Taylor Choate and Ali Nelson Tuesday night. Unfortunately for the Nashua High School South girls basketball head coach, the duo wasn’t wearing purple.
Nelson missed one shot she took on the night, a first-quarter free throw off a layup and a foul, as she finished with a game-high 19 points in the Titans’ 56-32 victory to earn a split of the boys/girls doubleheader at North.
The South boys won the early game 53-44.
The late game was all North (9-3), as junior varsity coach Derrick Peaster recorded his first win as a varsity coach while patrolling the sideline in place of Ricky Oliver, who missed the game for personal reasons. Oliver, according to Peaster, would have been thrilled watching Nelson’s performance.
“Ali had a breakout game tonight,” said Peaster, who has been coaching sub-varsity for eight years at North. “That was a huge night for her. Taylor found her with some nice passes down low three or four times and Ali finished. She was like 100 percent from the floor tonight. I don’t think she missed anything. That was a great
Trailing 18-5 after the first quarter, South (1-12) got a little offense going – taking advantage of what Peaster called “lazy defense” to close the gap before North bounce back and finished the half up 30-13.
Despite a strong first-half effort by Mallory McCabe, who scored five of her team-high 12 in the first two quarters, the Panthers weren’t able to keep the determined Titans’ sophomore from hitting her shots.
Nelson scored 15 of her game-high offensive production in the opening half.
“They got dribble penetration,” said Wyborney of North’s offense. “When you let that happen, they are going to kill you inside. We needed to keep them outside. Force them to take perimeter shots. We got lazy and stopped working on D. They took advantage of that. Mixed with a couple of missed shots in the stretch from the first into the second quarter and they capitalized.”
NASHUA SOUTH (32)
Mallory McCabe 4-3-12, Jocelyn Chaput 4-1-10, Keila Bridge 1-3-5, Abigail Hearn-Gordy 1-0-2, Yaidelice Hernandez 1-0-2, Daija Gianitsis 0-1-1. Totals: 11-8-32.
NASHUA NORTH (56)
Ali Nelson 9-1-19, Dezi Okorie 4-4-12, Sara Cordova 4-2-11, Taylor Choate 3-0-6, Emily Kendall 1-1-3, Abigail Streeter 1-0-2, Brittany Desroche 1-0-2, Catherine McInerney 0-1-1. Totals: 23-9-56.
SOUTH (1-12) 5 8 16 3 – 32
NORTH (9-3) 18 12 14 12 – 56
3-pointers: NS – Chaput, McCabe; NN – Cordova. Next: South visits Exeter on Friday, while North visits Manchester Memorial on Saturday.