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March 5, 2010

Londonderry dominates fourth quarter to oust North

Lancers, Astros to square off in semis Tuesday

LONDONDERRY, N.H. — Courtney Morissette knows her Londonderry team didn't play that well yesterday in Class L quarterfinal contest against Nashua North.

"There was a couple travels here and there and we turned the ball over quite a lot but we really wanted to win," she said. "We really wanted to make it to the semifinals."

Morissette turned in a strong fourth quarter, scoring seven points, and helping her team outscore Nashua North 23-5 in the final period. With that, No. 3 Londonderry earned a berth in semifinals against No. 2 Pinkerton despite turning the ball over 20 times against Nashua North in an ugly game for both teams. The Lancers won 54-33.

The game is 6 p.m. Tuesday at Southern New Hampshire University.

The other semifinal will feature three-time defending champion Winnacunnet against Keene at 8 p.m.

"I'm not happy with how we played," Londonderry coach John Fagula said, but added: "Sometimes pretty or ugly doesn't matter. You've just got to get to the next game. I think we did enough things defensively to keep ourselves in the game."

Morissette got in some early foul trouble, committing two fouls in the first three minutes of the contest. That forced her to the bench for a good part of the first half.

Morissette, who will play basketball at Rhode Island College next year, was eager to return to the game because her future college coach was in the stands watching.

"That was pretty nerve-wracking," she said. "I wasn't sure if I was going to go back in."

Leading just 31-28 after three quarters, Morissette and junior Jaymi Uphold sparked the fourth-quarter rally.

Morissette did it with her strong shooting and rebounding and Uphold did it with her hustle against the sixth-seeded visitors.

Morissette, who finished with six rebounds, including five in the second half, scored the first basket of the fourth to give her team a five-point edge.

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