NHIAA Girls' Basketball: Campbell tops Fall Mountain for second D-III championship
MANCHESTER - It was early in the second quarter of Saturday's Division III championship game, and things seemed to be going well for the Fall Mountain Regional of Langdon girls' basketball team. That's when Campbell of Litchfield started to apply full-court pressure defense that changed the complexion of the contest.
Fourth-seeded Fall Mountain had a seven-point lead when third-seeded Campbell began to press, but the Cougars outscored the Wildcats by 23 the rest of the way and claimed the title by registering a 57-41 victory.
It was the second title in four years for the Cougars, who completed their season with a 20-2 record.
"We decided it was time to let the dogs out, as we call it," Campbell coach Robert Allan said. "We saw we were getting beat down low in the post. We had to get them running up and down the court.
"We decided we were going to throw it out there at a random time and see if we could win a state championship."
Fall Mountain had an 18-11 lead two minutes into the second quarter, but Campbell's press sparked a 12-0 run that gave the Cougars a lead they wouldn't relinquish. Campbell led 25-22 at halftime and took control by outscoring the Wildcats 17-6 in the third.Fall Mountain center Peighton Alhberg was dominant early. She scored eight points in the first quarter, but sat for most of the second quarter with two fouls. She didn't score again until there was 5:38 to play.
"They made us throw the ball away a lot," Fall Mountain guard Bailey Roberts said. "We lost focus and got away from our game plan. I think it was just the nerves that got to us."
Campbell's depth was on display as well, as three Cougars scored in double figures. Freshman Hannah Fabiano scored a game-high 14 points in 13 minutes. Kylee Julia added 12 and Hannah Neild finished with 11. Campbell's Alexandria Trevains finished with six points and a game-high six rebounds.
Ahlberg led Fall Mountain with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Josie Holt tossed in eight, and Roberts and Bethany Aumand each had seven.
The Wildcats, who were seeking their first state championship since 1983, completed their season with a 19-3 record.
"(Allan) did his homework on us," Fall Mountain coach Jon Aumand said. "We had trouble breaking their press. They did a great job with it. We made our mistakes."
Fall Mountain was within nine points in the fourth, but three Wildcats - Aumand, Morgan Ferland and Roberts - fouled out in the final 4:15.
"We know when to turn the pressure on," Campbell captain Brianna Hardy said. "I'm proud of all of us."