Local Roundup: Yellowjackets Pull Away From Hurricanes
After following Maddie Morse of Windsor down the court on a break away, Paige Kehoe of Hartford, left, makes an attempt to block during their game in White River Junction, Vt., Thursday, January 30 , 2014. Windsor won 57 - 45.
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Heather Illingworth of Hartford reaches to receive a long pass during the Hurricanes' game with Windsor in White River Junction, Vt., Thursday, January 30 , 2014. Windsor won 57 - 45.
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White River Junction — Tied up at halftime, the visiting Windsor High girls basketball team overcame the cold-shooting Hartford Hurricanes on Thursday to win, 57-45.
Annie Nelson had 13 points for Windsor, while Maddy Morse also had 13 coming off the bench, providing a spark with nine points in the first quarter. Elizabeth McCabe added 10 points while Katey Comstock had seven. The Jacks outscored Hartford 29-17 in the second half.
“(Morse) kept us in the game in the first period,” Windsor coach Bruce Mackay said.
Megan Newton led Hartford with 16 points, while Taylor Johnson had 11 points and Heather Illingworth 10. The Canes led 20-17 after the first quarter and then had a hard time finding offense for the duration.
“It was a typical Windsor-Hartford battle,” Canes coach Bill Soule said. “We got great looks at the hoop and just didn’t convert. The effort was there as usual for us, we just didn’t get the results.”
Both teams return to action on Saturday as Windsor (9-5) visits Fair Haven, while Hartford (2-11) hosts Mill River.
Oxbow 54, Harwood 40
Bradford, Vt. — The Olympians outscored the Highlanders 22-9 in the fourth quarter, improving to 13-2.
Mikayla Hodge led Oxbow with 17 points, while Cassie Hutchinson had nine points and Amanda Wheeler eight.
“We woke up and started getting turnovers off our pressure,” O’s coach Barry Emerson said about the fourth quarter charge. “We were a little bit flat until a certain point and we started clicking.”
The Olympians trek north to face Lamoille on Tuesday night.
Woodstock 42 Poultney 39
Woodstock — The Wasps got a much needed win, using a strong third quarter to edge the Blue Devils.
Mariah Luce and Natausha Smallwood each had 10 points to lead Woodstock, while Paitra Martin had seven points. The Jacks trailed 18-17 at halftime before outscoring Poultney 12-6 in the third quarter.
The Wasps (4-10) host Green Mountain on Monday.
Randolph 45 Montpelier 23
Randolph — The Galloping Ghosts pulled away in the fourth quarter for the win, improving to 5-8.
Kelsey Jacobs led Randolph with 19 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter alone. Brittney Lafreniere added 10 points. The Ghosts outscored Montpelier 22-6 in the final eight minutes.
Randolph hosts Harwood on Saturday.
Craftsbury 49 Mid Vermont Christian 34
Quechee — The Chargers used a suffocating defense to defeat the Eagles (10-4).
Rachel Seale led MVCS with 12 points, followed by Phoebe Seale with 11 and Anna Seale with seven. The Eagles trailed 23-16 at halftime and couldn’t quite claw back after the break. The Chargers held a 10-1 advantage in points from the free- throw line.
“The girls played really hard. They played us in a full-court press and we kept breaking it. We just missed a handful of shots,” Eagles coach Perry Seale said.
MVCS visits Sharon tonight.
Rivendell 81 Blue Mountain 25
Wells River, Vt. — The Raptors (9-1) led 40-6 at halftime in cruising over the Bucks.
Nate Eastman had 23 points, including three 3-pointers, to pace the potent Rivendell attack. Scott Calhoun added 18 points while Luke Bell had 11 and Kolin Huntington had nine.
The Raptors visit Williamstown on Wednesday.
Sharon 64, S. Royalton 37
South Royalton — The Phoenix (8-3) led 10-2 after the first quarter and used a breakout game from Tanner James to beat the Royals (3-10).
James finished with a season-high 18 points while dishing out six assists and recording six steals.
“He had a slow start to the season, but he’s picking it up. He was the catalyst for us tonight, he put us on his back,” Sharon coach Blake Fabrikant said.
Steve Davis added 14 points for Sharon while Jay Knoerlein had 11. William Wuttke led the Royals eight points while Jake Kinnarney had seven points.
The Phoenix visit MVCS on Monday.
Windsor 66, MSJ 61
Rutland — The Jacks held off the Mounties’ late charge, earning a quality road win to improve to 9-4.
Tyson Boudro and Mike Bradley each had 19 points to lead Windsor. Ethan Hill added 11 points while Nick Kapuscinski had eight points. Coach Harry Ladue praised his team’s ability to match clutch free throws late in the game with outcome in doubt as a key to the victory.
Windsor visits Mill River on Monday.
Craftsbury 72 Mid Vermont Christian 57
Quechee — Freshman Austin Masi had 49 points to lead the Chargers over the Eagles (8-7).
Austin Sayers had 27 points for MVCS. Connor Dorr added nine points and Joe Zhou chipped in with eight points. The Chargers pulled away in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Eagles 24-13.
MVCS hosts Sharon on Monday.
Lebanon 4, Alvirne 3 (ot)
Tyngsboro, Mass. — Ryan Damren drilled a game-winner in overtime to lift the resilient Raiders over the Broncos.
Damren’s goal came at 3:06 mark of overtime, capping a nice play that saw Nate Gariepy dig the puck out of the corner, feed it to Tate Singleton who found Damren for a topshelf backhander to end the game.
Lebanon led 3-1 after the first period only to see the Broncos get a power play goal in the third and the equalizer with less than two minutes to play.
“We’ve struggled lately with leads and playing not to lose,” Lebanon coach Gary Smith said. “Tonight, instead of hanging our heads, the kids stayed positive and went out there to win. They kicked it into an extra gear and really wanted it tonight.”
Singleton finished with two goals while Gariepy also scored. Damren, Dylan Gaudette, Sam Lawrence and Cam Broughton added assists. Goalie Joe Grout stopped 26 shots.
Lebanon (3-6-1) visits Goffstown on Friday night.
Woodstock Second At Okemo
Ludlow, Vt. — The Wasps boys and girls teams each finished second out of four teams in a giant slalom event at Okemo.
Ian Clark led the boys, finishing second overall behind Rutland’s Andy Kenosh. Woodstock also had Jake Kelly in seventh, Michael Hirschbuhl in eighth and Andrew Borden in 10th. The Thetford boys were paced by Josh Braber in 15th followed by Jacob Gaffney (26th), Gannon Walsh (30th) and Rafael Orleck-Jet (31st).
Hartford’s Mariah Palmer took second in the girls race, competing as an individual. Rutland completed the clean sweep of individual winners with Jessie McNeill placing first.
Holly Olson led the Woodstock girls, finishing in fourth, followed by Clancy Farrand (eighth), Kathleen Sheppard (ninth) and Amelia Sheppard (11th). Thetford had Izzy Kotlowitz (28th), Charlotte Reining (30th), Maggie Pomeroy (32nd) and Emma Glazer (35th).
Woodstock is back in action on Monday at Pico in the slalom.
Boys Team Scores: Burr & Burton 18, Woodstock 27, Rutland 60, Thetford 99.
Girls Team Scores: Burr & Burton 17, Woodstock 32, Rutland 34, Thetford 121.
Men’s College Hoop
Dartmouth Forward Honored
Hanover — Dartmouth sophomore Connor Boehm was one of six players named to the Capital One Academic All-District Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Boehm, a 6-7 forward from Winnetka, Ill., sports a 3.60 grade-point average and is second on the Big Green with 11.1 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. A career 50.1 percent shooter, he leads the Ivy League in field goal percentage (.563), ranks 10th in rebounding and 16th in scoring.
Dartmouth returns to the court this weekend in search of its first Ivy League win of the year when it hosts Penn (4-11, 1-0 Ivy) tonight and Princeton (12-3, 0-1 Ivy) on Saturday.