Local Roundup: Lebanon High Girls Push D-I’s Bedford to the Brink

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Manchester — Playing without two starting guards and facing the defending NHIAA Division I champion, the Lebanon High girls basketball team pushed Bedford to overtime Tuesday before succumbing in overtime, 41-38. Freshman Becky Wright, a 6-foot-2 freshman and post player, had 15 points and 18 rebounds during the Manchester Central holiday tournament contest.

“It was our best game of the season,” said Lebanon coach Tim Kehoe, whose team faces Con-Val at 5 p.m. today in the event’s consolation game. “Bedford’s undefeated but we controlled the tempo and commanded the boards. We had 23 more rebounds than they did.”

Lebanon (5-1) has lost starting guard Meredith Melendy for the season to a torn knee ligament.Another backcourt standout, Maddie Hastings, is out this week with an injured back. Josie Brown (six points), Leah Mayes and Zoe Soule handled the ball against Bedford. 

Girls BasketballPinkerton 66, Hanover 47

Salem, N.H. — Maddie McCorkle’s stellar freshman season continued as she led the Marauders with 12 points against a Division I opponent at the Coaches vs. Cancer Holiday Tournament at Salem High. 

“We were in the game until deep into the third quarter,” Hanover coach Dan O’Rourke said. “It was a much more physical game that we’re used to.”

Hanover, which trailed, 34-23, at halftime, also received 12 points from Diana Schwarz and eight from Julia Golder. The Marauders (2-2) face continue the tournament today against Hollis Brookline.

Thetford 60, Windsor 50

Windsor — The Panthers (3-1) avenged an earlier loss to the Yellowjackets (4-1). Emily Emerson scored 16 points and Dhalia Klarich and Danielle Robinson added 12 each for the visitors.

Windsor’s Ashleay Wilcox had 12 points and Anika Abrahamsen had nine. Olivia Rockwood chipped in with 11 points for the hosts. 

“We didn’t play real well and (Thetford) moved the ball around quite a bit,” said Yellowjackets coach Bruce Mackay, whose team next plays Tuesday at Springfield. “We had trouble making shots but we got within two points twice in the fourth quarter.”

Boys BasketballStevens 60, Hanover 56

Hanover — The Cardinals (4-0) scored 19 of the second quarter’s 29 points, with seven different players knocking down field goals during the stanza. Zach O’Brien and Noah Spaulding each had 18 points and Richard Bell had nine for Stevens. 

“We led with six minutes to go but they did a nice job of taking care of the ball and made some big shots,” said Hanover coach Tim Winslow, whose team received 15 points each from Benny Gantrish and Caleb Putnam. Charlie Adams had 10 points and Mike Staiger had eight for the hosts.

The Marauders (0-3) play Mascoma at 7 p.m. tonight in further tournament action. 

Sharon 46, West Rutland 39

West Rutland, Vt. — Despite its third slow start in as many games, the Phoenix improved to 2-1 with strong performances from siblings Harvey and Fisher Kelley during the fourth quarter.

“A lot of these guys were not on the floor last year,” Sharon coach Blake Fabrikant said. “It’s kind of a transition period for us. But we’re getting more confident. This was a quality win tonight.”

The Kelleys combined for 29 points. Sam Knoerlein added 12 points.

The Phoenix managed only four points in the first quarter, but outscored West Rutland 31-22 in the second half to secure the win. Fisher Kelley hit six of seven free throws down the stretch.

Sharon travels to Chelsea on Monday.

South Royalton 59Thetford 32

Thetford — Nick Howe scored 35 points and Dalton McDougall added six as the Royals hit on 31-of-42 free throws and scored 24 of the third quarter’s 33 points.

“It was a very tight first half, although not pretty by any stretch of the imagination,” South Royalton coach Pete Howe said. “Thetford is very athletic, but we took advantage of their intense man-to-man defense and just drove to the basket a lot.”

The Royals (3-0) are scheduled to visit Hazen on Friday night. Thetford (1-4), which committed 24 turnovers and received nine points from Connor Brown, hosts Rivendell on Thursday.

Lebanon 71, Dover 49

Manchester — Matt Eylander scored 23 points to lift the Raiders (3-0) at the Queen City tournament. Graham Chickering had 12 points, eight rebounds and six assists. 

Lebanon faces Bedford tonight during the tournament semifinals.

Woodsville 52, Franklin 42

Hanover — Sam Pushee scored 23 points and Cooper Davidson had 12 for the Engineers (5-0), who scored 20 of the fourth quarter’s 30 points after entering the period in a tie. Woodsville hit on 14-of-16 free throws during the final stanza.

Littleton 47, Mascoma 44

Hanover — Alex Schwarz’s 24 points weren’t enough to save the Royals at the Hanover tournament. Devin Duhaime had seven points for Mascoma (1-3), which faces Hanover tonight.

Rivendell 68, Oxbow 63

Orford — The host Raptors made only 14-of-31 free-throw shots but held on for their first victory. Freshman point guard Zach Gould, recently moved into the starting lineup, had 10 points, and his predecessor, Owen Pelletier, had 15 at his new home in the paint. 

“Owen can really jump,” said Rivendell coach Jeff Huntington, whose team received 14 points from Noah Martell. “I think he’ll adjust fine.”

Huntington said the Olympians’ second-half press caused his team to repeatedly turn the ball over and surrender a lead it had held at halftime. Ben Emerson had 17 points and Matt Towle had 14 for Oxbow. (2-2).

The Raptors (1-2) visit Thetford on Thursday and the Olympians travel to Blue Mountain on Friday.

Wells (Maine) 86 Newport 40

Keene, n.h. — The Tigers lost at the Keene holiday tournament and are 2-3.

Hinsdale 50, Sunapee 49

Keene, n.h. — The Lakers fell at the Keene holiday tournament and are 0-6.

Boys HockeyHanover 3, Trinity 0

Manchester — Grant Morhun’s first varsity goal opened the scoring during the second minute and stood up as the winning tally during a Manchester holiday tournament clash. The senior struck without an assist. 

Will Smith scored on a power play with an assist from Pat Logan and Jake Acker and Acker later scored off an Owen Steadheim pass, both during the second period. Luke Ratliff made 15 saves.

The Marauders (3-2) face Concord tonight to conclude division play and with a victory, would advance to the event’s title game.