HINSDALE, N.H. -- Most of the talk in Hinsdale these days is about the death of the racetrack and the addition of the OTB.
The town’s varsity girls basketball team seems to be the safest bet.
Coming off of a perfect regular season, the Pacers opened up with a 47-23 victory over Concord Christian on Wednesday night at The Stable.
"Defensively, I thought we played pretty well. We didn’t have the intensity early on, but we were able to hold them to just one point in the second quarter," said Hinsdale coach Terry Bonnette.
Allison Scott had three early steals for the hosts. She was in the back of her team’s 2-3 zone along with forward Skyler Leclaire and center Bridget Bourne, with guards Skylar Bonnette and Brianna Benjamen applying the pressure up top.
Bonnette’s trifecta from the right wing and reserve Kyra Rideout’s three-point play were Hinsdale’s early highlights offensively. Bourne, who battled with Kendra Jarvis down low all game long, teamed up with Megan Finnell for a pretty give-and-go.
"Go blue. Go white. Go team. Fight, fight," chanted the excited cheerleaders. Super fan Mikey Batts could also be heard screaming encouragement.
Scott often forced the issue, setting up Benjamen and Bourne in transition. She also hit a couple of jumpers before the Pacers took a 29-7 lead to the break.
Scott, Bonnette and Bourne did all of the third-quarter scoring for Hinsdale, which opened up a 42-11 advantage. A pretty half hook in the lane by Bourne turned some heads, while Bonnette and Scott each set the other up.
Over the final eight minutes, Hinsdale’s Kathryn Fecto had a steal and also made a shot from beyond the arc. Katelyn Towle contributed with a putback.
Scott (12 points), Bourne (11) and Bonnette (10) paced the 1-0 Pacers, who will host Wilton on Friday at 7.
Shane Covey can be reached at scovey@ reformer.com or by calling 802-254-2311 ext. 163.