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Free Throws Send Mascoma Boys Past Bears

West Canaan — The Mascoma High boys basketball team got clutch free-throw shooting from point guard Adam Dutille last night to edge visiting Newfound, 61-57, during an NHIAA Division III game.

Tied 57-57 with nine seconds to play, the Royals inbounded and got the ball to Dutille, who was fouled, much to the dismay of Newfound’s coach. The Bears’ bench boss was vocal enough to draw a technical foul, meaning Dutille was awarded four shots from the charity stripe. He drained them all to secure the victory and his team got the ball afterwards for good meaure.

“He was taking it at them all night,’’ Mascoma coach Jim Barry said of the sophomore, who finished with 17 points on a 3-point shot and 14 free throws. The Royals made 22-of-35 free throw attempts.

Mascoma, which also received 18 points from Walt Hammond and 10 from Andrew Cashe, improved to 3-1 and visits Stevens on Friday.

Brattleboro 57
Hartford 41

Brattleboro Vt. — The Hurricanes trailed 21-4 after a quarter and made only 7-of-16 free throws in falling to 2-2. Josh Claflin had 10 points and Justin Devoid had eight for the visitors, who host Union-32 tomorrow.

``We didn’t get off the bus and dug ourselves too big a hole,’’ said coach Steve Landon. ``You can’t do that against a Division I team.’’

Mid Vermont Christian 46 Chelsea 41

Chelsea, Vt. — The Eagles staged a fourth- quarter rally to edge the Red Devils.

Austin Sayers led MVCS with 20 points and put the Eagles in front with a traditional three-point play in the last minute, converting his foul shot after a made basket to put his team in front, 44-41. James Horner added 14 points and Anthony LaPlaca had 10.

“The boys played really smart in the last few minutes once we got the lead, which is what we needed,” Eagles coach Brian Sayers said.

MVCS plays United Christian in the opener of the Steven Willey Memorial Tournament in Craftsbury on Friday night.

Lebanon 70, Souhegan 54

Lebanon — David Hampton’s 35-point effort featured 17 points in the third quarter to help the Raiders pull away from the visiting Sabers.

Lebanon (2-0) trailed 29-27 at halftime but outscored Souhegan 26-11 in the third quarter. Hampton poured in five 3-pointers and had eight points from the free-throw line. Dominick Morrill added 12 points on four 3-pointers of his own. Kalin Sou added a pair of threes as Lebanon finished with 11 buckets from downtown.

Senior center Dylan Drew added five points while pulling down 10 rebounds. The Raiders visit Pelham on Friday night.

Stevens 63, Franklin 39

Franklin, n.h. — The Cardinals used a 40-12 run during the second and third quarters to pull away from the Golden Tornadoes and improve to 3-0.

Billy Brooks led Stevens with 17 points. Jordan Haines added 15 points and Ryan Tanguay had 12. Donald Pellerin chipped in eight points.

The Cardinals host Mascoma on Friday.

Plymouth 49, Hanover 42

Plymouth, n.h. — The visiting Marauders fell to 0-2 in an NHIAA Division II clash.

Girls Basketball

Lebanon 71, Souhegan 45

Amherst, n.h. — The Raiders remained unbeaten behind 24 points from Moriah Morton.

Morton filled the stat sheet with her 11 field goals en route to game-high point total while adding nine assists and six rebounds. Emily Kehoe had 18 points, seven steals and six rebounds.

“Souhegan shot the ball extremely well, especially early,” said Lebanon coach Tim Kehoe, whose team is 4-0. The Raiders led 39-28 at halftime.

Raiders point guard Sam MacDonald added 10 points and six assists. Center Vanessa Fleury added eight points.

“We played really well tonight, kept our composure even though they were making shots,” Tim Kehoe said.

Next up for the Raiders is another tough game, as Pelham comes to town Friday.

Newfound 55, Mascoma 41

Bristol, n.h. — The Royals (4-2) were unable to match the speed of the Bears, who used a small lineup to outmaneuver the visitors.

Alex VanZandt had 16 points to lead the Royals, who were outscored 19-8 in the second quarter and then rallied after the break to outscore the Bears 23-22.

Mascoma hosts Stevens on Friday night.

Hanover 65, Plymouth 34

Hanover — JJ Daniell had 12 of the Marauders’ 24 second-quarter points and finished with 18 to lead her team. Christine Croituro had a career-high 11 points and Holly Scholosser had the same amount. Hanover (1-3) hosts Con-Val on Friday.

U-32 49, Hartford 44

East Montpelier, Vt. — The visiting Hurricanes (2-1) lost their first game of the winter after beating the Raiders, 26-23, during the teams’ season opener earlier this month.

Taylor Johnson had 12 points, Stephanie Grobe added eight and Kelsey Kehoe and Devon Day chipped in with seven apiece for the visitors. Hartford hosts Thetford on Dec. 29.

Chelsea 40
Mid Vermont Christian 16

Chelsea, VT. — With the Eagles in foul trouble for much of the game, the Red Devils pulled away in the fourth quarter.

Chelsea led 20-13 through three quarters. MVCS standout Phoebe Seale picked up her fourth foul before halftime and Morgan Riddle also found herself in foul trouble, ultimately fouling out in the fourth quarter.

Riddle had eight points for the Eagles, who are now off until January.

Fall Mountain 67
Newport 58

Newport — The host Tigers dropped to 2-3 in an NHIAA Division III contest.

Girls Hockey

Lebanon 11, Souhegan 0

West Lebanon — Chrissy Drake had five goals and three assists and notched her 100th career point on an assist 13 minutes into the first period.

Amelia Gage and Loren McEwan each had a pair of goals for Lebanon (3-0). Sabrina Huett and Micaela Schones also scored. Gage added a pair of assists while McEwan, Schones, Kyra Taylor and Lauren Goodell each had helpers.

Erika Moffitt (six saves) and Emily Courtemanche (two saves) split time in net for the Raiders, who host Saint Thomas-Dover tomorrow.

Hanover 9, Exeter 0

West Lebanon — Matti Hartman had a hat trick and three assists and Eliza Laycock had a goal and two assists in a rout of the visiting Blue Hawks. Caroline Howell had three assists and senior goaltender Kelly Gaudet, recovering from hip surgery, made her season debut, splitting time with Katie Fenton.

Julie Montgomery scored her first varsity goal for the Marauders, who improved to 3-1 overall and 2-0 in NHIAA play and host Bishop Guertin on Friday.