Londonderry girls basketball, unified basketball, named runners-up

CARL RUSSO/Staff photoCourtney Shay and the Londonderry girls basketball team were named state runners-up.

In the record books, the Londonderry girls basketball team will go down as Division 1 runners-up for the 2019-20 season.

Londonderry came into the tournament ranked as the No. 10 seed, but had made a surprise run to the state semifinal before the NHIAA cancelled the remainder of the winter season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Led by seniors Courtney Shay and Colleen Furlong, among many others, the Lancers (13-8) upset archrival Pinkerton in the fist round before stunning No. 2 Merrimack in the quarters.

The Lancers were set to play No. 6 Goffsotwn in the state semis before the tournament was called off.

On Monday, the NHIAA’s Executive Council unanimously voted that, in each division for the sports that were unable to complete the season, the title of co-champions were to be awarded to the highest-seeded teams from each side of the respective tournament brackets. All other teams that were remaining would be recognized as a runner-up.

“While most wish the tournaments could have been concluded in their normal fashion, this compromise solution takes into account the regular season and a team’s progress through the tournament prior to the suspension of play,” the NHIAA released in a statement. “We hope that this solution will bring some closure to the NHIAA winter season.”

With hockey, Division 3 and 4 boys basketball and Division 2 girls basketball, only two teams remained when the tournaments were canceled. Division 1 girls basketball was in the semifinals, and both Division 1 and 2 boys basketball were just in the quarterfinals.

Here is the complete list of co-champions and runners-up:

HOCKEY

Division 1 Boys Co-champions: Concord and Bedford.

Division 1 Girls Co-champions: Concord and Berlin-Gorham.

Division 2 Co-champions: Keene and St. Thomas.

Division 3 Co-champions: Berlin-Gorham and Kennett.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Division 1 Co-champions: Bishop Guertin and Goffstown.

Division 1 Runners-up: Bedford and Londonderry.

Division 2 Co-champions: Lebanon and Spaulding.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Division 1 Co-champions: Exeter and Portsmouth.

Division 1 Runners-up: Nashua South, Salem, Keene, Alvirne, Nashua North, Merrimack.

Division 2 Co-champions: ConVal and Bow.

Division 2 Runners-up: Oyster River, Hollis Brookline, Hanover, Kennett, Pelham, Lebanon.

Division 3 Co-champions: Gilford and Mascenic.

Division 4 Co-champions: Littleton and Newmarket.

UNIFIED BASKETBALL

Co-champions: Berlin and Exeter.

Runners-up: Londonderry and Dover.

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