The Sunapee girls basketball isn’t expected to face much competition among Division IV opponents during its regular season schedule. So with non-divisional Newport in town Monday night, things had the makings to be relatively close.
The night began with the unveiling of the championship banner from last year’s historic tournament run in which the Lakers finished an impressive 22-0.
And while the Division III Tigers had high hopes of making things a little more difficult on their opponent last night, Sunapee had no part of it, shooting its way to a 15-point advantage at the end of the first quarter and an eventual 72-41 victory.
The Lakers benefited from a well-balanced offense that excels both in the paint and beyond, as well as some precision passing from senior point guard Lexie Hamilton.
Sunapee also used its speed to its advantage, turning numerous Tigers turnovers into easy points in transition. Newport played well in sports despite suffering its second loss of the young season, and saw more solid play from sophomore Anna Pysz.
Junior Katie Frederick led the Lakers with 18 points including this nice finish on a pass from Sydney Clark, while Clark chipped in with 12. Faith Larpenter also had a big night for the home team, who improved to 3-0 on the year.