The Fall Mountain Regional and Conant High girls basketball programs both had outstanding seasons in Division III, leading to a pair of byes in the state tournament. Pairings were released Monday by the N.H. Interscholastic Athletic Association.
Monadnock Regional finished just under .500 with a 8-10 record and earned the No. 11 seed. It will travel to face No. 6 seeded Gilford on Wednesday night at 7.
Conant earned the No. 1 seed with a 18-0 record and will be waiting to face the winner of No. 8-seeded St. Thomas Aquinas vs. No. 9 Campbell. With its dominant season, defeating opponents by an average of 32.8 points per game, Conant will be the team to watch in the tournament as it seeks a championship.
Fall Mountain secured the No. 2 seed with a 15-3 record and will await the winner of No. 7 seeded Prospect Mountain and No. 10 Belmont. Two of Fall Mountain’s three losses were to Conant.
The preliminary round games will all be played Wednesday with the winners moving on to the quarterfinals Saturday at 7 p.m., at the home of the higher seed. The semifinals will be held at Keene State College Wednesday, March 4, and the final is Saturday, March 7, at Keene State.
Owls in tourney
After a tough loss Saturday that resulted in the Owls going from potentially finishing third to sixth, Keene State will travel to No. 3 Plymouth State University for a Little East Conference tournament quarterfinal game Tuesday at 7 p.m.
KSC won both regular season meetings, 89-70 in Plymouth on Jan. 7 and 83-77, in overtime, in Keene Feb. 5. The Owls blasted the Panthers with a 41-9 run to start the second half and were never threatened in the first meeting, but had to rebound to win in overtime after blowing a 17-point lead in the final 10 minutes of the second meeting about three weeks ago. The winner plays Thursday at No. 2 UMass-Dartmouth, which received a first-round bye.
The KSC women also play a quarterfinal game Tuesday, at Castleton State. The Owls, who have dropped four straight, lost both meetings in the regular season. They are seeded sixth and the winner goes on to meet No. 2 Rhode Island College Thursday.
— By Sentinel Staff