Local Roundup: Raptors Bedevil Blue Devils

  • Rivendell's Jenna Gibert. (Valley News - Tris Wykes)

  • Sunapee's Will Austin. (Valley News - Tris Wykes)

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Williamstown, Vt. — Defense paved the way for the Rivendell Academy girls basketball team in a 50-38 victory over Williamstown on Friday night.

The Raptors’ main focus coming in was slowing Williamstown leading scorer Jayme Ducharme. Sophomore Jenna Gilbert led the visitors in holding Ducharme to just eight points while matching the potent Blue Devils’ star with eight points of her own.

“I’m really proud of the way she played D for us. To score eight points and play that kind of defense, that’s pretty good,” Rivendell coach Hank Tenney said.

The Raptors won each quarter, including a 16-7 edge in the second to lead 27-17 at halftime. Freshman speedster Mikayla Stever attacked the basket all night, as reflected by her 11 free-throw attempts, and finished with 11 points. Riley Thomson led Rivendell with 17 points, including 14 in the first half, and eight rebounds. Mikayla DeBois added 11 points and nine rebounds.

The win is the first in four seasons for the Raptors at the perennially powerful Blue Devils’ gym. Rivendell (6-2) looks to keep up the momentum at Blue Mountain on Tuesday night.

Thetford 65, Oxbow 42

Thetford — Oxbow High coach Barry Emerson is no fan of a defeat, but seeing someone he knows so well deliver it on Thetford’s behalf made it easier to take.

Emily Emerson — the Olympian coach’s niece — erupted for a season-high 19 points as the Panthers (6-3) powered to the win. Playing for only the second time in two weeks and hosting their first game in three, Thetford employed lessons learned over a long run of practices to good effect.

“They played well,” Barry Emerson said. “I hate to lose, but it’s nice to see (Emily) have a good night.”

Thetford coach Eric Ward has been tweaking the Panthers’ defensive schemes in hopes of getting his team back to its preferred transition ways. With Danielle Robinson (13 points), Regan Covey (nine) and Izzy Wilmott (nine, all on 3-pointers) adding their input, TA got what it sought.

“We’ve had two weeks to work on some things and change things around defensively,” Ward said. “When we get up and down the floor, we’re a lot better team.”

TA goes to U-32 on Wednesday.

Oxbow, which picked up eight points from Sara Walker and Mariah Shumway along with seven form Kayleigh Trojanowski, visits Montpelier on Wednesday.

Lebanon 55Hollis Brookline 38

Lebanon — This contest between two of the top teams in New Hampshire Division II turned for the Raiders thanks to a strong defensive effort following a first-quarter run by the Cavaliers.

The visitors led, 17-11, after the first quarter but were held to 21 points the rest of the way. Lebanon coach Tim Kehoe praised the rebounding effort led by the trio of Rebecca Wright, Joslin Wainwright and Maddie Hastings.

Hastings filled the stat sheet all night, finishing with nine points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. Anna Wolke led the Raiders with 15 points. Wainwright had 14 points, and Wright had 13.

“This is a great win for us. It’s good to have these games. We weathered the storm early and kept at it. This was the best basketball we’ve played all year by far,” Kehoe said.

Lebanon (10-1 overall, 8-0 NHIAA) hosts Goffstown on Monday.

KUA 70, Holderness 49

Meriden — Taylor Soule scored 20 points and had a big afternoon on the boards as the Wildcats (7-6) kept the Bulls under wraps.

Ella Bankert netted 16 points and Hana Caloras added 10 for KUA. The Wildcats host Northfield Mount Hermon on Wednesday.

MVCS 30, Trinity Christian 22

Concord — After falling behind, 12-4, after one quarter, the Eagles (4-4) held their hosts to just 10 points the rest of the way for a come-from-behind win.

“We came out slow, like we kind of usually do, but they were making all their jumpers and we didn’t,” Mid Vermont Christian coach Chris Goodwin said. “But our jumpers started going in in the second half.”

Rachel Seale (14 points) and Danyelle Goodwin (eight) led the comeback effort for MVCS. The Eagles visit Black River on Monday.

South Royalton 34Whitcomb-Rochester 27

South Royalton — Playing as they preached in practice, the Royals edged the Mountaineers in a defensive battle.

“We’ve worked really hard at cutting down our turnovers and not committing so many fouls. We came out and played like we’ve practiced. The girls executed plays offensively and defensively,” South Royalton coach Dave Davis said.

Grace Pease led the Royals with 11 points. Emma Hudson added eight and Kylie Hebard had six. Pease and Hebard had strong nights at the free-throw line, combining to go 9-for-12. SoRo (5-4) visits Sharon on Tuesday.

Hayley Mears had seven points to lead Whitchester (2-7).

Sunapee 66, Woodsville 27

Woodsville — The Lakers (9-0) remained unbeaten following an early outburst to defeat the Engineers.

Sydney Clark led Sunapee with 19 points. Katie Frederick added 13 and Faith Larpenter had 10. Larpenter, a senior, now sits six points away from 1,000 in her career. Mary Grzanna added eight points.

“I’m really proud of our girls. We seem to be clicking on all cylinders. We’re able to change defenses consistently, we’re executing offensively and the girls are sharing the ball well,” Sunapee coach Tim LaTorra said. “You really have to credit Woodsville. Coach (Russ) Wilcox is doing a great job up there. They played hard irrespective of the score, and that’s all you can ask for.”

Lily Kinder led the Engineers with 10 points. Woodsville hosts Gorham on Tuesday.

Sunapee hosts Mascenic on Monday night.

Stevens 57, Winnisquam 27

Claremont — Freshman Alexis Aiken broke through for a game-high 21 points for the Cardinals (4-5), who broke a five-game losing streak in fine fashion.

Stevens scored 34 points in the middle periods to run away from the Bears. Fellow freshman Sydney Miller contributed 12 points and Tess Whitney added six for the Cards, who received scoring from nine of the 11 players who took to the floor.

Stevens stays home on Monday to host archrival Newport.

Berlin 49, Mascoma 36

West Canaan — The Royals went cold from the floor in the middle two quarters and fell to the Mountaineers.

Justine Martin (10 points) and Sydney Thompson (eight points) led Mascoma. The Royals led, 10-9, after the first quarter but scored just eight points over the next 16 minutes as Berlin took control.

Mascoma (2-9) visits Fall Mountain on Tuesday.

Chelsea 49, Sharon 31

Chelsea — The Phoenix (1-6) were hanging close with the Red Devils until the hosts outscored Sharon, 17-5, in the fourth quarter.

Jocelyn Johnson had three buckets from beyond the 3-point arc and finished with 11 points for Sharon. Grace Dorman added eight points, and Mallory Lloyd had six. Jasmin Johnson played well in a spot start, according to coach Gregg Nalette.

The Phoenix host South Royalton on Tuesday night.

Boys Basketball

Woodsville 69, Sunapee 29

Woodsville — Sam Pushee and Garrett Olsen contributed to a 24-point first quarter with eight points apiece, and the Engineers (8-1 league, 9-2 overall) rolled over the Lakers (2-6, 2-9).

Olsen shared game-high scoring honors with teammate Cooper Davidson, each posting 18-point totals, to go with 12 from Pushee and 11 from Eric Thornton. Woodsville used man-to-man defense to slow Sunapee.

“We moved the ball well on offense and got some open shots,” Woodsville coach Jamie Walker said.

Isaiah Gorman scored seven points to lead Sunapee, which hosts Hinsdale on Tuesday. Woodsville travels to Rivendell on Monday.

Stevens 62, Winnisquam 57

Claremont — Zach O’Brien exploded for a season-best 28 points to help the Cardinals (6-2, 9-2) build an unassailable advantage.

Not that the Bears didn’t try to erase it. Stevens built a nine-point cushion late in regulation and withstood a desperation scoring barrage from the visitors that cut the gap to two before late free throws locked down the win. The Cardinals went 9-for-14 from the line in the fourth quarter and 19-for-25 for the night.

Noah Spaulding and Nick O’Brien had 12-point nights to support Zach O’Brien’s big outing. The Cards visit Newport on Monday.

Windsor 70
Bellows Falls 59

Westminster, Vt. — Seth Balch had a hot hand all night to help the Yellowjackets (3-7) top the Terriers.

Balch drained six 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 28 points for the Jacks. Windsor took control in the third quarter, outscoring Bellows Falls, 27-10, to lead by 18 heading into the fourth. Adam Stapleton added 16 points, Dakota Page had 10 and Ben Meagher had nine points for the Jacks.

Windsor hosts Leland & Gray on Tuesday night.

Woodstock 70, Springfield 31

Woodstock — The Wasps (5-5) ran away early, building a 38-9 lead at halftime to beat the Cosmos.

Caleb Webb led Woodstock with 22 points, Jack Arthur added 18 and Brendon Schwartz had 10. The Wasps look to get over .500 when they host Bellows Falls on Tuesday.

Mascoma 55, Berlin 52

Berlin, n.h. — Alex Schwarz continued to dominate on the offensive end, this time with 39 points to help the Royals beat the Mountaineers.

Schwarz had three 3-pointers and collected 14 points from the free-throw line. The outburst came after a 52-point effort while crossing the 1,000-point plateau for his career in Tuesday’s 73-57 victory over Newfound. Schwarz is now averaging 26.9 points per game this season.

Neither team ever had a lead of more than four points in this back-and-forth battle. Mascoma rallied in the fourth quarter, outscoring the hosts, 19-13, to get the win. Dakota Decocq added seven points for the Royals (4-7 overall, 4-4 NHIAA), who host Fall Mountain on Tuesday.

Trinity Christian 45MVCS 26

Concord — As has occurred on occasion throughout the season, the Eagles’ six-player roster ran out of steam in the second half after a solid first half.

Josh King scored 13 points and Nathan Twarog added eight for Mid Vermont Christian, which rallied from a 15-4 deficit after one quarter to close within 19-15 by the half. Trinith Christian outscored MVCS in the third quarter, 14-4, to take control.

The Eagles (1-5) head to Black River on Monday.

Con-Val 54, Hanover 48

Peterborough, n.h. — Cam Buffum buried a 3-pointer with 41 seconds left to put the Cougars ahead to stay and deny the Marauders (1-5, 2-7).

Down 25-20 at the half, Hanover used a 15-2 run to take a lead that nearly lasted the rest of the game. Con-Val completed its comeback with the game’s final 11 points, reversing a 48-43 Marauder advantage.

“We really played well in the third quarter, played with a lot of energy and did a nice job,” Hanover coach Tim Winslow said. “We just struggled down the stretch.”

Buffum finished with a game-high 18 points for the hosts.

Hanover picked up 15 points from Benny Gantrish, 10 from Martin Paulsen and eight from Charlie Adams. Merrimack Valley meets the Marauders on Tuesday.

Profile 64, Mount Royal 58

Franconia, n.h. — The Knights (4-5) succumbed to a slow start, nearly eliminating a double-digit halftime disadvantage with a big fourth quarter.

“It was a lack of mental focus; we just came out slow,” Mount Royal coach Matt McMenaman said. “I don’t think it was anything in particular. We just came out flat.”

Alex Normandin had 20 points, Andrew Norman followed with 14, Kealan Vasquez netted 11 and Gus LaRose dropped in eight for the Knights, who head back north to Lin-Wood on Monday.

Hollis Brookline 61 Lebanon 51

Hollis, n.h. — Hunter Bienvenu drilled four 3-pointers on a career-high 15-point night, but the Raiders (5-1, 8-1) dropped their first game of the season to the Cavaliers.

Lebanon trailed late, 55-51, and forced the Cavs to convert six free throws to get away. Bienvenu’s big night backed an 18-point effort from senior Ryan Milliken.

“They’re a big team,” Lebanon coach Kieth Matte said. “On the road against a good team and you don’t shoot well, you usually don’t win.”

Nick Fothergill sank four of his team’s six 3-pointers on an 18-point night to lead the Cavs (5-1).

Graham Chickering added 10 points for Lebanon, which visits Goffstown on Monday night.

Boys Hockey

KUA 6, Brewster 1

Meriden — A four-goal first period set the stage for the Wildcats’ latest victory.

Thomas Samuelsen sandwiched two goals around scores from Bobby Young and Andranik Armstrong to put Kimball Union in the driver’s seat. Alex Heinritz and Mike Lombardi closed out KUA’s account, and Sean Dynan and Kyle Konin combined for the win in goal.

The Wildcats improved to 20-3-1 on the season heading into this afternoon’s home game with Quebec’s Stanstead College.

Alpine Skiing

Sunapee Boys Win

Henniker, n.h. — Will Austin took first to help the Lakers’ boys edge Derryfield at Pats Peak in a dual slalom race.

Austin won the individual title with a combined time of 50.87 seconds for Sunapee. Virgile Bissonette-Blais took sixth in 59.32 followed by teammates Andrew Sarnevitz (seventh), Alex Whitehouse (ninth) and Connor Fleury (10th).

Hunter Bahara led fourth-place Newport in 19th at 1:16.11. The Tigers also had Justin Armstrong in 25th and Aiden Almstrong in 26th.

Ellie Frederick led the Sunapee girls to a third place showing with a second place finish in 56.92 seconds. Silvia Dalton was eighth in 1:04.93. The Lakers also had strong showings by Robyn Salvitti (12th), Bethie Coverdale (14th) and Eve Robida (15th).

Boys team scores: 1. Sunapee 381, 2. Derryfield 377, 3. Hopkinton 273, 4. Newport 256, 5. Moultonborough 173.

Girls team scores: 1. Derryfield 380, 2. Hopkinton 376, 3. Sunapee 369, 4. Moultonborough 173.

Kearsarge Sweeps

Newbury, n.h. — Kearsarge swept the boys and girls races at a seven-school dual giant slalom meet at Mount Sunapee Resort on Thursday.

The Cougars’ Justin Norris won the boys individual title with a two-run combined time of 44.73 seconds. The Cougars’ Brie Von Beren took the girls title in 48.48.

Lucas Roper led the third-place Lebanon boys by placing 13th (49.93). Teammate Logan French took 14th (50.19). The Raiders again clumped consecutive finishes to round out the scoring with John Moorhead (23rd), Lasse Bisp (24th) and John Brennan (25th).

The Lebanon girls took fourth overall, led by Jessie Hastings in 10th (54.87). The Raiders also had Baylee Chase in 16th (59.18), Lindsay Anikis in 18th (59.54) and Madison Hunt in 20th (1:01.22).

Boys team scores: 1. Kearsarge 386, 2. Gilford 369, 3. Lebanon 352, 4. White Mountains 340, 5. Newfound 336, 6. St. Thomas 327, 7. Hillsboro-Deering 312.

Girls team scores: 1. Kearsarge 388, 2. St. Thomas 359, 2. White Mountains 359, 4. Lebanon 350, 5. Newfound 318, 6. Hillsboro-Deering 240, 7. Gilford 186.