Monadnock 47, Mascoma Valley 17 — The Huskies continued to play their brand of high-intensity defense, running out to a commanding 30-5 lead at halftime before Coach Curt Dutilley began to empty his bench.
“We played solid defense all night,” said Dutilley. “That’s who we want to be and what we want to be known for.”
Caitlin Stearns led the Huskies (2-0) with 10 points while Caitlyn Boucher, Gwen Simpson and Carly Ayotte each contributed nine. Boucher, a guard, added seven blocks.
Monadnock travels Tuesday to face Conant at 5 p.m., the first of a boys-girls double feature at the Jaffrey school, in a rematch of last season’s Division III semifinal.
Hinsdale 48, Moultonborough 15 — The defending state champs had their way with a young and rebuilding Moultonborough squad, taking a commanding 35-8 lead at the half.
Sophomore Angelina Nardolillo led the Pacers (2-0) with 16 points while fellow sophomore Delaney Wilcox had 12.
Hinsdale travels to play Mascenic Tuesday.
ConVal 45, Timberlane 24 — Senior captain Lindsey Carey and freshman Maddy Faber each scored 10 points to lead the Cougars to a run-away victory on opening night in Peterborough.
The Cougars led 25-6 at halftime.
Rachyl Parslow added eight points.
“I was happy with the defense,” said Coach Kevin Proctor. “We also did a good job of taking care of the ball. We usually shoot better, but we moved the ball around well.”
ConVal travels to Amherst to play Souhegan Tuesday.
Fall Mountain 54, Winnisquam 11 — The Wildcats kept up their early-season tear, running up a 29-5 lead at halftime en route to their third straight win.
Freshman guard Makenna Grillone led the way with 10 points while sophomore guards Sophie Bardis and Morgan Beauregard each had eight.
Senior Zoe Utton chipped in with four points, 11 rebounds and seven steals.
Fall Mountain (3-0) travels to Newport Tuesday.
Conant 78, Newport 31 — The Orioles opened the season in commanding fashion, with fours players scoring in double digits in Newport.
Jake Drew led the way with 19, including a 13-point opening half. He went 9-for-10 from the free throw line.
Peyton Springfield followed with 18 points, going 10-for-11 from the charity stripe. The Orioles were 29-of-36 from the line.
Anthony Gauthier chipped in with 13 points while Gavin Motuzas had 10, including one of the Orioles’ two three-pointers on the night.
Conant hosts Monadnock Tuesday night in Jaffrey at 6:30 p.m.
Mascoma Valley 38, Monadnock 36 — Two free throws with 0.2 seconds left handed the Huskies a season-opening loss on the road.
Monadnock got 12 points from senior Matt Dodd and sophomore Quinn Grover, but were without starters Jake Kidney (injury) and Tim Santaw (foul trouble) for most of the game.
The Huskies held Mascoma to three points in the first quarter and led 21-5 in the second. Monadnock turned the ball over 22 times while getting outscored 33-15 down the stretch.
“You can’t let losses like this set you back,” said Monadnock Coach Jim Hill. “We played really well at times. We played really poorly at times. I thought we panicked; guys were trying to do too much. All those little things add up.”
Monadnock travels to Jaffrey to play Conant Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.