HINSDALE, N.H. — The horse mascot made an appearance at The Stable on Friday evening, but the Hinsdale coaches ended up riding Skyler Leclair and Kyle Rideout instead.
Leclair scored 19 points to lead the Lady Pacers to a 36-21 win over Concord Christian in the opener and then Rideout went off for 20 points in Hinsdale's 64-48 decision over the Kingsmen in the varsity boys contest.
"We have some shooters, so I don't mind us taking so many 3-pointers," said Hinsdale girls coach Terry Bonnette.
The Lady Pacers drained seven shots from beyond the arc and improved to 7-3 overall.
Junior Skyler Leclair, who started for her school's 2014 state championship team, was feeling it right from the start. The floor general splashed four trifectas, made three free throws, hit a layup, and wowed the crowd by diving into the paint and throwing a one-hander off the glass and in.
"She's a spitfire," said one Hinsdale fan of Leclair, after watching the point guard make an athletic steal along the sideline and later cover a large area when her team played its patented 2-3 zone.
Mariah Nichols and Gabrial Leclair each buried a 3 to help Hinsdale to a 21-9 halftime lead. And the visitors weren't able to get any closer.
With super fan Mikey Batts cheering them on, the hosts got steals from Samantha Lynch and Skyler Leclair in the second half. And they also got layups from Gabrial Leclair (2), Jacqueline Atkins and "the Spitfire."
"Offensively, we're not looking for each other enough. We took some quick shots when we didn't need to and we're not boxing out," noted coach Bonnette.
Kara Jarvis hit a pair of treys and a couple of layups, all in the second half, to lead the visitors.
The 7-3 Pacers will host Mascenic on Tuesday night at 7.
HINSDALE SCORING >> Skyler Leclair 19 points, Gabrial Leclair 7, Mariah Nichols 6, Jacqueline Atkins 2, Kelsey Spindler 2.
In the second half of the doubleheader, the Hinsdale boys sped the game up with full-court pressure and simply wore the Kingsmen out.
"I thought our pressure was good, we rebounded well for a change and our man defense was good," Hinsdale boys coach Eric Boyd told the Reformer.
Center Kyle Rideout paced the winners with 20 points. Senior guard Matt Boggio, who has a chance to reach the 1,000-point milestone this season, followed with 15.
Hinsdale's up-tempo style had the fans and the cheerleaders interested from the opening tip.
"Let's get a little bit rowdy," chanted the girls with pom-poms as the Pacers created chaos. Matt Boggio and Ryan Boggio each splashed a couple of trifectas to give the hosts a 16-13 lead in the first eight minutes.
And it seemed like Rideout could deliver down low whenever he wanted to, with a big size advantage over the Kingsmen. He scored on a couple of powerful post moves in the first quarter and added eight more points over the next eight minutes, helping put the Pacers ahead 35-20 at halftime.
But it was a play he started in the third quarter that turned heads inside The Stable. The senior center ripped down a defensive rebound and outletted to Cameron Morales, who passed ahead to Dan O'melia for an easy layup.
The Pacers, who used a 15-0 run in the third frame to put the game away, got solid minutes from super subs Zach Lepisto, Josh Webster and Caleb Steever. Lepisto scored four consecutive points, on a steal and layup and then two free throws, and the other two played in-your-face defense atop Hinsdale's 2-3 zone.
"It was nice to see everyone getting a chance to play. I love that," said coach Boyd. "We shared the ball well."
The 3-7 Pacers will play at Mascenic on Tuesday at 7 p.m. and then host Nute on Friday evening.
HINSDALE SCORING >> Kyle Rideout 20 points, Matt Boggio 15, Ryan Boggio 8, Zachery Mitchell 6, Dan O'melia 5, Zach Lepisto 4, Josh Webster 2, Pete McCosker 2, Nate O'melia 2.