Tuesday's HS roundup: Slover sparks late rally for Portsmouth girls basketball

Bella Slover, seen here in a game last season, sparked the Portsmouth High School girls basketball team to a 55-53 come-from-behind victory over previously undefeated Bedford on Tuesday.
Bella Slover, seen here in a game last season, sparked the Portsmouth High School girls basketball team to a 55-53 come-from-behind victory over previously undefeated Bedford on Tuesday.

BEDFORD - Senior Bella Slover hit a pair of 3-pointers in the final 33 seconds to tie the game, and then stole the ball with 7 seconds left leading to a Savannah Emery layup to give the Portsmouth High School girls basketball team a come-from-behind 55-53 Division I win over Bedford.

Bedford is now 9-1 on the season, while Portsmouth is 7-1.

The Clippers trailed by eight with 5 minutes to play, but came up with big defensive stops in the final minutes to give themselves a chance.

Portsmouth’s Maddie MacCannell led all scorers with 19 points. Emery and Margaret Montplaisir each had eight points, while Mackenzie Lombardi and Avery Romps both had seven.

Lana McCarthy led Bedford with 16 points, while Kate Allard had 13.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Exeter 58 

Nashua South 51 

NASHUA – Senior Emma Smith had 16 points and seven rebounds, leading Exeter to this Division I win.

Senior Rachel Ludwig added 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Blue Hawks, while Ari Pompeo had four points and 11 rebounds.

Newmarket 20 

Epping 17 

EPPING – Lena Nicholson’s eight points led Newmarket to this Division IV win.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Nashua South 59 

Exeter 57 

EXETER – Zac Castonguay’s off-balance 15-footer at the buzzer gave Nashua South this Division I win.

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Castonguay led all scorers with 25 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter.

Evan Pafford led Exeter with 20 points, while Ryan Luper had 11 and Kooper Marier had nine.

Bedford 83 

Portsmouth 54 

PORTSMOUTH - Portsmouth's Matthew Minckler scored 22 points and Jackson Jones scored 10 points for the Clippers in this Division I loss at Stone Gymnasium.

Bedford's Luke Soden scored a game-high 39 points.

Waynflete 57

Traip Academy 46

PORTLAND, Maine - Traip Academy's Ben Hawkes had a game-high 24 points in this Class C South loss.

Coaches are asked to email game summaries to sports@seacoastonline.com.

This article originally appeared on Portsmouth Herald: Slover, Emery lead Portsmouth girls basketball past Nashua South nhiaa