The Campbell High School girls basketball team is one win away from an undefeated championship after hanging on for a 50-45 win over Newfound in the Division III semifinals on Tuesday.
It’s the fifth straight championship game appearance for the top-seeded Cougars (20-0), who finally won their first title last season. On Tuesday, Campbell got 17 points and 17 rebounds from Rebecca Arnone and Liz Pettis had 16 points and 10 rebounds. Arnone eclipsed the 1,000 rebound mark during the game, making her just the second player in New Hampshire girls basketball history with 1,000 points and 1,000 boards.
Jordan Phinney scored 22 points to lead No. 5 Newfound, which finished the season with an 18-3 record.
The Cougars will go for their second straight title on Saturday against No. 3 White Mountains, which knocked off No. 2 Bow 36-29 in the other semifinal. Bryanna Bennett led White Mountains with 15 points and 17 rebounds.
Division II prelims
No. 1 Hollis Brookline (18-1) advanced to the quarterfinals by beating No. 16 Oyster River 54-25. The Cavaliers will host No. 9 Windham (14-5), after the Jaguard knocked off No. 8 Bedford (14-5) 54-41, on Friday at 7 p.m.
No. 6 Souhegan (15-4) also advanced, defeating No. 11 Kennett 77-35. The Sabers will go on the road Friday to face No. 3 Merrimack Valley (16-3), which was a 64-41 winner over No. 14 Pelham.
No. 2 Lebanon (18-1) cruised past No. 15 Kingswood 62-19 and will host No. 7 Portsmouth (15-4) in the quarterfinals. The Clippers advanced by beating No. 10 Goffstown 55-34.
No. 4 Coe-Brown (16-3) will host No. 5 Kearsarge (15-4) in the other quarterfinal. Coe-Brown defeated No. 13 Hanover 48-26 while Kearsarge knocked off No. 12 Pembroke 71-45.
Campbell girls open DIII title defense with win over Newfound – Nashua Telegraph
Falcons’ final pursuit falls flat – Concord Monitor