Raptors Rap Phoenix
Rivendell Boys Roll to Boost Record to 10-1
Sharon sophomore Tanner James jumps up to shoot against Rivendell last night in Sharon. Rivendell won, 66-48.(Valley News - Libby March) Purchase photo reprints »
Rivendell’s Jack Steketee (24) takes a shot against Sharon last night. (Valley News - Libby March) Purchase photo reprints »
Sharon — After a pesky first quarter effort by host Sharon Academy, the Rivendell Academy boys basketball team played two dominant quarters to beat the Phoenix 66-48 last night.
Eleven different Raptors dented the scoresheet as Rivendell seemed to send wave after wave at the Sharon defense. Tim Stimson had 17 points for the Raptors. Nathaniel Eastman added 11 points, Josh Marshall had eight and Kolin Huntington chipped in with seven points.
Rivendell led 15-13 after the first quarter and then outscored Sharon 45-23 over the next 16 minutes.
“We hung with them early, they played a great game,” Phoenix coach Blake Fabrikant said. “We had some trouble with their athleticism.”
Sharon leading scorer Trenton Morrison was the obvious focal point of the Rivendell defense. Morrison was mostly prevented from attacking the basket, as the Raptors were content to force him to shoot from outside. Morrison did answer with six 3-pointers to still finish with a game-high 20 points. Jay Knoerline added 12 points for the Phoenix.
“They did a good job of ball denial on Trenton, kept him from getting out on the fast break,” Fabrikant added. “I was really proud of the way we played, we had great energy tonight. If it wasn’t for a couple stretches in the second and third quarters it would have been a really close game.”
Rivendell has won nine straight games and improved to 10-1.
“They bring guys off the bench and it’s like they don’t miss a beat. They’re a very deep, very talented team,” Fabrikant said.
The Raptors are back in action tomorrow night when they host Williamstown. Sharon falls to 7-5 and will next play on Wednesday at Blue Mountain.
Lamoille 57 (ot)
Thetford — The Lancers rallied in the fourth quarter to force overtime, but the Panthers outscored Lamoille 14-6 in the extra frame to escape with the victory.
Aidan Cleaves led Thetford with 20 points, Brandon Gray had 15 points and Dominic Chatot added 13. The Panthers led 38-28 after three quarters before Lamoille exploded for 23 points in the fourth to tie things up at 51-51 through regulation.
“I felt like we executed really well tonight, but we just didn’t make many shots,” Thetford coach Justin Smith said.
The Panthers shot 23-for-72 from the floor and gained an advantage by outscoring the Lancers 19-6 from the free throw line. “We tend to put pressure on teams by dribbling at them and putting (the ball) into the post,” Smith said.
Thetford (10-3) hosts Union-32 on Saturday.
Stevens 64, Hopkinton 62
Hopkinton, n.h. — The Cardinals withstood a late charge by the Hawks and won to improve to 8-4 on the season.
Ryan Tanguay led Stevens with 26 points, including four 3-pointers. Billy Brooks added 17 points while Jordan Haines chipped in with seven. Stevens took a 51-39 lead through three quarters before Hopkinton staged a late rally.
The Cardinals face undefeated Newport in Claremont tonight.
Mascoma 65, Newfound 55
Bristol, n.h. — The Royals (8-5 overall, 7-4 league) edged the Bears as Adam Dutille led a balanced scoring attack with 17 points.
Justin Marsh added 13 points, Walter Hammond had 10 and Cam Braley had eight for Mascoma.
Williamstown 90, S. Royalton 34
South Royalton — The Blue Devils beat SoRo (2-9). Ian Kinnarney had 10 points for the Royals, who host Blue Mountain tomorrow.
KUA 76 (2 ot)
Holderness, n.h. — The Bulls’ Roland Nyama’s scored 41 points to lead Holderness to a marathon win over KUA.
The Wildcats led 35-30 at halftime. Danny Eiber drained a 3-pointer at the buzzer for KUA to force overtime and then Crew Ainge converted a pair of free throws at the end of the first overtime to tie the score at 72-72. Malik Abu led KUA with 22 points, Devon Thomas had 17 and Ainge finished with 15.
Newfound 52, Mascoma 41
West Canaan — The Royals dug themselves an early hole and were never able to climb all the way out against the Bears.
Mascoma trailed 17-5 after the first quarter. On multiple occasions in the second half, they were able to get to within five points. Lindsey Thompson led the Royals with 13 points. Catie Kondi and Kori Kosiorek each had seven points.
“It was a tale of two halves. We were a little slow coming out and just as soon as we got back in, they’d go on a little run,” Mascoma coach Mike Neily said.
The Royals (9-4) visit Fall Mountain tomorrow night.
KUA 41, Deerfield 31
Deerfield, Mass. — The Wildcats opened the game on a 21-4 run and then held on for the victory.
Shannon Walsh led KUA with 12 points, Fiekah Fataar added 10 and Jill Clark had eight.
Woodstock 4, Peoples 1
Morrisville, Vt. — The surging Wasps won their fourth game in the last five to move within one game of .500 at 6-7-0.
Nick Donaldson led the attack with a goal and two assists for Woodstock. Conner McCarthy added a goal and an assist while Alistair Bones and Conor Joyce each scored. Will Gault added a pair of assists and Brian Townley had one helper. Goalie Ben Orr stopped 12 shots for the victory.
“It’s a good effort, just a lot of effort from the boys again,” Woodstock coach Charlie Hancock said. “They played hard for each other, it’s good to see.”
The Wasps host rival Hartford on Saturday night at Union Arena.
Hollis-Brookline 6 Kearsarge 5
Andover, n.h. — Matt Pickman scored three goals to lead the Cougars, who staged a late comeback that fell just short.
Ryan Beattie added a goal and an assist for Kearsarge (3-8). Tristan Rowe also scored while Ally Folcik and Shayne Cashin each had two assists and Steven Ricker had one helper. Goalie Nate Thompson stopped 30 shots. The Cougars trailed 5-3 after two periods and then scored late to give themselves a chance to score a last minute game-tying goal.
Northfield 7, Hartford 3
Northfield, Vt. — Jeff Lyford had two goals for the Hurricanes (7-6), who were no match for the Marauders.
Brandon Gardner added a goal and an assist while Andrew Atkinson had a pair of assists. Goalies Mak Lyford and Teighan Meeker combined for 18 saves. The Canes visit Woodstock on Saturday.
Colchester 4, Hartford 3
White River Junction — The Lakers scored twice in the final four minutes to stun the host Hurricanes (3-9-1).
Meghan Boardman and Allyson Mullen each scored in the first period to stake Hartford to an early lead. Mullen added another goal in the second as the Canes led 3-2 heading into the third. Caroline Miller and Jenna Yee each had assists.
Goalie Beth Potter stopped 30 shots to keep Hartford in front for most of the game. “She just stood on her head in the third period to keep us in the game,” Hurricanes coach Nelson Fogg said.
KUA 5, Kent’s Hill 2
Meriden — The Wildcats leapt out of the gates with Michaela Igo scoring four goals to lead KUA.
Caroline Longpre also scored. Morgan Walsh assisted on Igo’s first goal, feeding the puck to the high slot before Igo neatly deposited the puck in the back of the net. Walsh added another assist later while Maya Karosas also had a pair of helpers. Goalie Amelie Poirier stopped 21 shots for KUA.
Hanover Strong at Home
Hanover — The Marauder girls beat a field of six on their home track while the Hanover boys took second behind Kennett.
Helen Tosteson led six Marauders who finished in the top 12 of the girls race, taking sixth with a time of 21 minutes, 57 seconds. Kay Torrey added an eighth-place finish, Clare Snyder was ninth, Alexi Kim took 10th and Liza Goss was 11th with Sarah Haedrich in 12th.
Kelsie Atwater was fifth for the Lebanon girls, clocking in at 21:17. Hallie Bergwall (16th), Sarah Berman (20th) and Brenna Peterson (23rd) rounded out the Raiders’ scoring effort.
David Albright was third in the boys race for the Lebanon boys, finishing in 18:09. Teammate Lincoln Crutchfield took 12th, Ian Girdwood was 17th and Joe Flanagan took 29th.
Chris Powell (fourth in 18:10) and Tucker Cadow (sixth, 18:23) led the Hanover boys. Galen Richardson added a 14th place showing ,while Fletcher Passow was 18th and Max Munafo took 20th.
Boys team scores: Kennett 388, Hanover 367, Lebanon 355, Souhegan 337, Kingswood 334, Con-Val 164, Merrimack 91.
Girls team scores: Hanover 371, Kingswood 362, Con-Val 359, Souhegan 351, Lebanon 344, Kennett 270.