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March 17, 2014

Roche sinks game-winning shot, Fagula and Simpson go out champs

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Fagula said he certainly didn’t want to have to again answer questions about what his team could have done differently to win.

“Now I don’t have to do that,” he said. “I can just kind of ride off into the sunset. I loves Westerns.”

The title also marks the first for UNH-bound point guard Aliza Simpson, a senior, who had starred on the two previous runner-up teams for the Lancers. Simpson didn’t get a chance to will her team to victory against Bishop Guertin two years ago because she fouled out with 5:37 left.

Simpson finished last night with a game-high 16 points. She also collected two rebounds, made three steals and dished out six assists.

“She’s brought an energy and a work ethic that’s just hard to beat,” Fagula said about Simpson. “The other kids have just tried to keep up with it and I think that’s helped them. She’s made them better players as well as herself. And she’s such a great kid off the court.”

Simpson missed eight games this winter with a fracture below her kneecap but she still earned the Gatorade New Hampshire Player of the Year. She found out before yesterday’s game she also earned Division 1 Player of the Year and Miss New Hampshire Basketball.

“So I told her, ‘You’ve got the trifecta today, might as well go for the grand slam tonight,” Fagula said.

Simpson did connect for a massive grand slam.

Londonderry 57, Bedford 56

Division 1 Final

Londonderry (57): Noelle Lambert 0-0-0, Aliza Simpson 5-3-16, Liz Caron 2-0-5, Jackie Luckhardt 1-5-7, Taylor Collins 0-0-0, Kelsey Coffey 3-1-9, Jordan Marett 1-0-2, Tara Burke 1-0-2, Brittany Roche 3-0-7, Ashley Berube 1-0-2, Casey Evans 3-1-7. Totals 20-10-57

Bedford (56): Ali Glennon 3-5-11, Mckenzie Brown 5-3-13, Caroline Conrad 0-0-0, Brianna Purcell 3-1-8, Haley Driscoll 2-3-7, Rachel Collins 3-1-9, Nicole Tucci 1-4-6, Ali Glennon 0-0-0, Gabrielle Hunter 1-0-2. Totals 18-17-56

3-pointers: B — Collins 2; Purcell; L — Simpson 3, Coffey, Caron, Roche

Londonderry (21-3): 9 17 12 18 — 56

Bedford (21-1): 12 10 18 17 — 57

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