Hopkinton Hands Tigers 1st Loss
Hartford boys basketball coach Steve Landon rallies his team between periods of last night’s 51-41 loss to Burr & Burton. (Valley News - Sarah Priestap) Purchase photo reprints »
Burr & Burton’s Connor Harrington, center, reaches to block a shot from Hartford’s Justin DeVoid (00) during the Bulldogs’ boys basketball win over the Hurricanes last night. (Valley News - Sarah Priestap) Purchase photo reprints »
Newport — Undefeated no more. The Newport high boys basketball team finally met its match last night as Hopkinton came into town, leapt out to an early lead and emerged with a 58-52 victory over the Tigers at Wheeler Gym.
Newport falls to 16-1 overall, 13-1 in league play, with its first loss of the season. Hopkinton led by 11 early in the second quarter before the Tigers staged a rally after halftime to lead 46-45 through three quarters. The Hawks (9-4) then made the key plays in the fourth to earn the win.
“We chipped away and had a great third quarter,” Newport coach Steve Lavolpicelo said.
The Tigers came out of halftime in a fury, outscoring Hopkinton 18-10 in the third quarter. Sophomore Andrew Houde led Newport with a game-high 24 points. Derrick Pare added nine points on a trifecta of 3-pointers, while Devin Wade had eight points.
Peter Wacholtz (six points) drew the task of slowing Hopkinton standout Steve Auger, who finished with just nine points.
The Tigers will now look to rebound from their first setback this season. “I think we can refocus and continue to stay the course,” Lavolpicelo said. “We’re looking to get better and improve, we know we have things to work on.”
Newport will now have nearly a week back at the drawing board in practice before visiting Sunapee on Monday night.
Burr & Burton 51, Hartford 41
White River Junction — The Hurricanes (8-8) were undone by a relentless, talented Bulldog team.
Hartford led 15-10 after the first quarter, but from then on Burr & Burton (13-3) had the edge. Josh Claflin led the Canes with 13 points, while Nick Fucci added nine and Justin Devoid had eight. Hartford lost at the Bulldogs by a score of 50-47 on Jan. 14 and came into this rematch effort with victory on the mind.
“They’re a very good team, very well-coached,” Hartford coach Steve Landon said. “They played a little better brand of basketball than us tonight. They ran their sets, did their thing, but we competed.”
Burr & Burton shot an impressive 21-for-25 from the free throw line to earn a big advantage over the hometown Canes, who had just eight points from the line. Hartford hosts Mill River on Thursday night.
West Canaan — The Royals (10-5 overall, 9-4 league) overcame a plodding effort by the Panthers’ defense to earn the victory.
Adam Dutille led Mascoma with 10 points. Walter Hammond added nine points, Justin Marsh had eight, and Kyle Kosiorek finished with seven points. The Royals led 22-17 at halftime and then outscored the Panthers 7-1 in the third quarter.
“We played with some patience,” Mascoma coach Jim Barry said. “They padded the zone and dared us to shoot from the outside. Once ahead in the second half, we were able to speed them up and spread the floor and make them guard us a little bit.”
The Royals visit Kearsarge on Friday night.
Mid Vt. Christian 46
Trinity Baptist 24
Quechee — The Eagles (13-4) had little trouble with visiting Trinity Baptist, jumping out to a 15-4 lead after the first quarter and never looking back.
Austin Sayers equaled the opponent’s total with 24 points, including a pair of 3-pointers. Anthony LaPlaca added 10 points, while Joe Zhou had six. MVCS travels to Concord (Vt.) on Monday.
Mid Vt. Christian 54
Trinity Baptist 27
Quechee — The Seale sisters each had 18 points as the Eagles ran up a season-high point total in beating Trinity.
Anna and Phoebe Seale shared scoring honors for MVCS (7-8). Anna Seale’s tally was a season high, as was the eight points from Cheyenne Jones. Morgan Riddle finished with six points. The Eagles led 30-8 at halftime.
“We did our business. They just all played solid; everybody scored,” Eagles coach Perry Seale said.
MVCS visits Concord (Vt.) on Monday.
Moultonborough, n.h. — The Royals clamped down defensively to earn a blowout victory over the host Panthers.
Erin Tevere led 10 different Mascoma scorers with nine points. Alex VanZandt and Lindsey Thompson each added eight points, while Kori Kosiorek had seven and Catie Kondi had six. The Royals built a 22-12 lead at halftime and then outscored the Panthers 11-5 in the third quarter to take a commanding lead.
Mascoma coach Mike Neily praised Tevere for her aggressive offensive play and Kondi for stepping up with a strong performance in a spot start at the power forward position. Mascoma hosts Kearsarge on Friday night.
Rochester 37, Sharon 34
Sharon — Three attempts at a game-tying 3-pointer in the final seconds fell by the wayside as the Phoenix fell to 1-12 despite an impressive showing against the Rockets.
Katherine Elder had 11 points and Suzie Moses had 10 for Sharon. The Phoenix rallied late by outscoring Rochester 8-5 in the fourth quarter. “It was back-and-forth the whole way,” Sharon coach Brian Allard said. “We dug back in the fourth quarter; we had our chances. The girls played hard; that’s all you ask for.”
Sharon hosts Twinfield tomorrow night.
Oxbow 54 (ot)
Montpelier — The Olympians (3-10) jumped out to an early lead, but fell in overtime to the Solons.
Oxbow led 15-6 through the first quarter before Montpelier rallied to cut the halftime lead to 23-22. The Solons outscored Oxbow 12-4 in overtime to earn the victory.
Mikayla Hodge had a game-high 21 points for the Olympians. Lauren Tomlinson added nine points, while Dilan Clements had seven. Oxbow visits Harwood on Thursday.
South Royalton 23
Plainfield, Vt. — The Royals (4-8) dug themselves a big early deficit that they weren’t able to climb out of.
Emily Berk had 10 points for South Royalton, who will visit Williamstown tomorrow night.
At Suicide Six
Pomfret — Home hill served the Wasps perfectly, especially for the boys, in a sweep of yesterday’s giant slalom at Suicide Six.
Woodstock posted a perfect score in the boys team race, snapping up the top four positions. Sawyer Mattsson won the two-run event in a combined time of 1 minutes, 24.67 seconds, with teammates Matt Frates (1:26.74), Jake Kelly (1:26.85) and Alex King (1:27.10) right behind. Frates’ runner-up finish was a career best.
The Wasps were nearly as strong in the girls race. Hailey Noble grabbed her first individual win of the season in 1:26.07, beating out Hartford’s Mariah Palmer (1:27.74). Jocelyn Werle (fourth, 1:29.29), Clancy Farrand (seventh, 1:30.15) and Kathleen Sheppard (eighth, 1:31.19) completed Woodstock’s scoring.
“That’s the first time that’s happened in my memory, both teams winning and taking full advantage of the home hill,” Woodstock coach Bill McCollom said of the individual and team sweeps. “It’s just the quirks of the hill, being steep and icy. It certainly gives the boys a significant home hill advantage. They know how to ski that terrain, and they did it to perfection.”
Charlotte Reining highlighted the day for Thetford, finishing 32nd in the girls GS. Racers hit Pico for a slalom on Thursday, then travel to Bromley a week from today for the Southern Vermont District championship.
Boys team scores: Woodstock 10, Burr & Burton 39, Rutland 40.
Girls team scores: Woodstock 15, Burr & Burton 23, Rutland 55, Thetford 78.