Raider Girls Storm Toward D-II Semifinals
Lebanon — Back in the familiar territory of Lang Metcalf Gym for last night’s New Hampshire Division II quarterfinal matchup with Coe-Brown, the Lebanon High girls basketball team earned a trip back to ... Well, more familiar territory.
The top-ranked, unbeaten Raiders shellacked the No. 8 Bears, 61-28, for their 73rd consecutive home win. It propels them to the D-II semifinals for the seventh consecutive season. Lebanon (22-0; 20-0 league) takes on No. 4 Milford at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Southern New Hampshire University Field House, where it will try to clinch its fifth championship game appearance since 2007.
Samantha MacDonald scored 14 of her 16 points in the first half, Emily Kehoe had 16 and Moriah Morton had 14 for the Raiders, who haven’t lost at home since December 2006 against Hanover.
“It’s important to win at home and defend it if you get a home seed,” said Tim Kehoe, the Raiders’ 25th year coach. “Most of the good teams out there play better when they’re at home. It’s much harder (for opponents) to beat good teams on their home court.”
Lebanon proved that early last night against the Bears (9-11 league), jumping out to a 15-2 lead and going on a 16-0 run in the second quarter after Coe-Brown scored the first two baskets of the period.
Lebanon got help from its bench during the rally, with Morton out with her third foul and center Vanessa Fleury sidelined with a bloody nose.
“We did a really good job running our lanes and playing great defense against a pretty darn good Coe-Brown team,” Kehoe said. “Girls like (Claudia) Boutin and Jennie Laramie came off the bench and played really inspired basketball.”
KUA 48, Proctor Acad. 44
Meriden — The No. 2 Wildcats advanced to tomorrow’s NEPSAC championship game with the the semifinal win over No. 3 Proctor yesterday.
The Cats will square off against top-seeded Beaver Country Day tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Windsor, Conn.’s Loomis Chaffee School.
Sophomore Shannon Walsh scored 20 points while senior Fiekah Fataar had 12 points and 14 rebounds last night for Kimball Union (15-8), which will make its ninth title game appearance in 15 seasons.
Fair Haven 36
Fair Haven, Vt. — The Hurricanes outscored the Slaters 20-3 in the fourth quarter to finish the regular season 17-3.
Junior Taylor Johnson scored a career-high 24 points, including 10 in the decisive final period.
“We just had a huge fourth quarter,” said Hartford coach Ed Kehoe, whose team has won eight in a row. “Devon Day scored all five of her points and Johnson continued to carry us.”
Stephanie Grobe scored 12 points for Hartford, which awaits Monday’s VPA seedings and pairings.
Rivendell 44, Twinfield 32
Orford — Sophomore Tao Ameden scored a career high 18 points as the Raptors finished the regular season 16-4 and clinched the No. 4 seed in Vermont Division III.
Injured leading scorer Lacey Stever, a senior, played only the first four seconds of the contest as the Raptors celebrated senior night. She is expected to miss at least the first round of the playoffs.
Stefanie DeSimone, who has also missed time recently with an injury, scored six points.
Ameden hit 8-of-9 free throws for the Raptors, who will be at home for the first round of the playoffs next week.
Windsor 45, Mill River 43
North Clarendon, Vt. — Haley Wood drove the length of the court through traffic for the winning basket with 26 seconds left for the Yellowjackets, who finished the regular season 8-12.
Windsor led by 12 at halftime but the Minutemen came back, taking the lead early in the fourth quarter.
The Jacks’ defense forced an off-balance shot with 1.2 seconds left to hang on for the win.
Nikki Kibling scored 13 points and Ashlee Dimick had nine for Windsor.
CVU 4, Hartford 3 (2 OT)
White River Junction — The Redhawks’ Molly Dunphy completed a hat trick 55 seconds into the second overtime as No. 9 Champlain Valley advanced past the No. 8 Hurricanes.
Hartford senior Haley Grigel also had a hat trick, with Elizabeth Bergeron registering a pair of assists and Courtney Murray and Alexandra Fogg getting one helper each.
Beth Potter made 22 saves for the Canes, who finished the season 4-15-1.
It was the final game for seniors Potter, Bergeron, Ossia Dwyer, Allyse Mullen, Grigel and Fogg.
“They did a great job keeping us positive and upbeat this season,” said Hartford coach Nelson Fogg.