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Newport Girls Turn Tides on Kearsarge in Close OT Finish

It was a wild night at Kearsarge Regional High School Thursday night as the school’s girls basketball team looked like it had a win over Newport all but in the bags.

The Cougars headed into the contest with losses in each of their last three games, and despite a strong opponent in a .500 Newport team, it was Kearsarge who shot its way to a 12-1 lead by the end of the first quarter.

As usual, it was the play of junior Devi Kraushaar who helped the home team pull away early, as the junior netted 12 points including several mid-range jumpers. Sydney Bryk also played well for the Cougars with 10 points to complement a pair of assists.

But it was Newport who proved most surprising when all was said in done, utilizing a solid final quarter to force overtime and clinch an eventual 50-47 victory. Still, overtime almost didn’t even happen as a pair of potential game-winning shots over the game’s final second refused to fall despite the groans of the crowd.

Anna Pysz provided the majority of the Tigers’ offense with a game-high 20 points, including a nice steal, turned layup.

Stephanie Carl added eight huge points for the visiting team, while Alexis Hurd added seven. Coach Bill Warken’s team is now 6-5 on the year, while Kearsarge fell to 3-8.

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