HINSDALE, N.H. -- Skylar Bonnette puts a short grin on her face every time her Pacers basketball team steps onto the floor at The Stable. It’s a look of confidence. Like she knows something no one else knows.
There was one thing Bonnette knew for sure on the Hinsdale court Monday night against Newport, and that was how to hit 3-pointers.
Bonnette scored 19 points total, that included five shots from the outside and had four rebounds plus five steals to carry the lady Pacers to a 53-21 victory over Newport, to remain unbeaten in their sixth straight win.
"We were pretty hot from the 3-point line," said Pacers coach Terry Bonnette. "I’d like to see us get a little more inside but the outside shot was there so we took advantage of it. We haven’t been shooting all that great the last couple of games. Luckily, we’ve been hitting a lot of 3’s though."
Hinsdale scored 10 points in each of the first three quarters, then dumped another 23 points onto the board in the fourth.
Allison Scott, Bridget Bourne, and Bonnette moved the ball around to get in down low in the first period, but Newport clogged the middle forcing Hinsdale to shoot long.
They didn’t have a problem with that, and it wasn’t just Bonnette who did the work.
Scott made a few from beyond the arc in the second half and racked up 13 points total and Meghan Finnell splashed a trio of 3’s in the final quarter to score all of her points. Brianna Benjamen came through in the fourth too for the hosts, chipping in with five points, her game total.
Hinsdale was up 20-9 at the half. Both teams came out sluggish in the third, but the Pacers were able to hold the Tigers to just four points.
Newport is headed up by first-season coach Doug Beaupre, who used to be the physical education teacher at Hinsdale years ago.
The Tigers’ best quarter was also the fourth, as they scored eight with Brooke Beaulieu doing most of the damage. Teammate Stephanie Cari led Newport with 11 points, Beaulieu had seven, and Vanessa Ouveras showed poise on both ends of the court.
The Pacers defense was also relentless, with Kyra Rideout and Bourne attacking the boards while Skyler Leclaire caused trouble for the visitors underneath and around the key.
Bourne pulled down eight boards, Rideout grabbed six, and Leclaire had quick hands costing Newport three turnovers.
The Pacers will play at Derryfield on Friday at 6:30 p.m.
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