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Local Roundup: MRA Girls Remain Perfect in League

  • Mount Royal Academy's Sophie LaRose (3) goes in for a layup contested by Lin-Wood Public School's Alyvia Drapeau (11) on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, during a game between Mount Royal and Lin-Wood in Sunapee, N.H. Mount Royal won, 40-35. (Valley News - Charles Hatcher) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Mount Royal Academy's Alexis Matte (2) strips the ball from Lin-Wood Public School's Alyvia Drapeau (11)on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, during a game between Mount Royal and Lin-Wood in Sunapee, N.H. Mount Royal won, 40-35. (Valley News - Charles Hatcher) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • While attempting to pass the ball, Mount Royal Academy's Erin Diebold (20) takes an elbow to the face from Lin-Wood Public School's Alyvia Drapeau (11) on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, during a game between Mount Royal and Lin-Wood in Sunapee, N.H. Mount Royal won, 40-35. (Valley News - Charles Hatcher) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Mount Royal Academy's Amy Alterisio (4) attempts to dribble the ball around Lin-Wood Public School's Blake Drouin (21) on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, during a game between Mount Royal and Lin-Wood in Sunapee, N.H. Mount Royal won, 40-35. (Valley News - Charles Hatcher) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.



Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Sunapee — The top of the girls NHIAA Division IV basketball standings belongs to the upstart Mount Royal Knights. The second-year varsity team remained unbeaten in D-IV play after a 40-35 victory over visiting Lin-Wood on Monday night.

The Knights, playing with just six players, outscored the Lumberjacks, 13-2, in the third quarter to build a 16-point lead heading into the fourth. Mount Royal, led by Alexis Matte with 22 points, did enough to hold on for the win to improve to 6-0 in NHIAA play, 8-1 overall.

Despite being short on both experience and bench depth, the Royals are playing with a poise that is not surprising to coach Derek Tremblay.

“The shock value comes from the fact that this is only our second year at the varsity level. But the girls have put in the work and really want to do well,” Tremblay said. “The girls don’t think of themselves as an undefeated team. They wanted to close out the game better, and you see the desire to keep improving.”

Matte, a junior, added 13 rebounds. Jacinta Hogan chipped in with seven points and six boards. Sophie LaRose also had seven points. Mount Royal controlled momentum in the

early-going, building a 14-5 lead after the first quarter.

The Royals featured a zone defense designed to slow their opponents while minimizing any potential foul trouble, a hazard their lack of depth would be unable to survive on most nights.

“Boxing out is a little more challenging (due to being in zone); you have to make a conscious effort without having a player right next to you (as if playing a man defense). What you see is the other teams getting a lot of second-chance points,” Tremblay said. “We’re sneaking around right now, and we’ll see how we do against some hard teams coming up ahead of us.”

The Knights visit Newmarket on Friday and then host Hinsdale a week from Wednesday. Both opponents should provide a stiff test to the upstart Knights, who have proven up to virtually every examination thus far.

Rivendell 51, Chelsea 24

Orford — The Raptors turned to their defense to pull away after halftime against the Red Devils.

“Overall, we played a great second half, especially defensively,” Rivendell coach Hank Tenney said. “(Sienna) Carter and (Leah) Rutherford, especially in the second half, did a really nice job out there.”

Riley Thomson led the Raptors on the offensive end with 14 points. Rutherford added 11, including eight points in the first quarter to spark Rivendell’s early 12-2 run. Mikayla DeBois had 11 points, six rebounds and three assists. Carter pulled down nine boards, including five on the offensive end, and had four steals. Mikayla Stever had just three points but came up with six rebounds.

Rivendell (5-2) visits Cabot on Wednesday.

Sunapee 54, Nute 32

Milton, n.h. — Freshman Cari Peirce exploded for a career-high 21 points, helping the Lakers (4-3 league, 4-5 overall) break a five-game losing streak.

Sunapee erupted for 34 first-half points to win for the first time since a Dec. 15 rout of Derryfield. Peirce more than doubled her previous best, a 10-point effort in her first varsity game back on Dec. 5 against Wilton-Lyndeborough.

Kalleigh Durkee contributed 18 points for the Lakers, and Abby Pollari finished with nine, the latter a season high. Sunapee stays home to host Concord Christian on Thursday night.

Oxbow 40, Williamstown 26

Bradford, Vt. — The Olympians found the range on the offensive end to key a third-quarter rally over the Blue Devils.

Oxbow led by just three, 15-12, at halftime before outscoring Williamstown, 18-8, in the third quarter to take control.

“We didn’t do anything differently (in the third quarter) except make shots. It’s funny how that works,” Oxbow coach Barry Emerson said.

Kaysea Neil had 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Olympians. Mariah Shumway added 11 points while playing strong defense to hold Williamstown star Sierra Sweet to just two points.

Oxbow (3-4) visits Randolph on Saturday.

Boys Basketball

Thetford 84, South Royalton 42

South Royalton — The Panthers (4-1) scored 48 points in the first half to outpace the host Royals (0-3).

Dylan Thorburn led Thetford with 15 points and Eli Dunnet had 14 points. The pair combined for five of the Panthers’ nine buckets from 3-point land. Nick Moses added 13 points, Owen Deffner had nine and Carter Blain had eight points. The Panthers led, 48-23, at the break and then outscored the Royals 20-2 in the third quarter.

Troy Walker had a game-high 22 points to lead South Royalton, which plays host to Hazen on Thursday.

Thetford visits Woodstock on Saturday with a 4:30 p.m. tipoff.

Windsor 62, Green Mountain 47

Windsor — The Yellowjackets (5-1) spread the first-half scoring around as eight players contributed to a 31-9 halftime lead in their latest victory.

Ben Meagher scored eight of his 10 points in the opening 16 minutes as Windsor used defensive stops and successful offense to take early control. Seth Balch topped the Jacks’ scoresheet with 15 points, and Dakota Page chipped in nine. Hunter Grela finished with eight points.

Windsor visits Bellows Falls on Thursday night.

Mount Royal 71, Lin-Wood 44

Sunapee — The Knights (4-2 league, 4-4 overall) put four players in double figures, using a 24-point second quarter to pull away from the Lumberjacks.

Kolbe Bocko paced Mount Royal with 19 points, with Andrew Normandin (17), Louis Larosiliere (15) and Alex Normandin (12) providing plenty of backup. The Knights also clamped down on defense: Lin-Wood’s first-half points came from just three field goals along with 14 free throws.

Mount Royal visits Newmarket on Friday.

Sunapee 77, Nute 52

Milton, n.h. — Cade Robinson scored 25 points and Jordan Chappell added 18 as the Lakers (3-1 league, 4-3 overall) rolled on the road.

Zack Belisle hit a pair of 3-pointers and finished with 12 points for Sunapee. The Lakers poured 44 second-half points on the Nute defense after building a 13-point lead at the break.

The Lakers host Concord Christian on Thursday.

Boys Hockey

Lebanon-Stevens 4John Stark-Hopkinton 3 (ot)

Henniker, n.h. — Jack Sandmann’s game-winner 42 seconds into overtime lifted the Raiders (4-3) in a quality road victory.

The score was deadlocked, 2-2, after the first period and 3-3 after the second. Trey Chickering and Nate Chickering each scored in the first period; Nate Chickering and Aaron Damren had assists. Nat Chickering added his second of the game, on another assist by Damren, to force the tie through regulation.

Ian Garland assisted on Sandmann’s game winning goal. Goalie Andrew Friend stopped 23 shots to earn the win.

“We’ve got some injuries. It was a great effort by the guys to fight through adversity and get the job done. This is a really nice ‘W’ for us,” Lebanon-Stevens coach Jim Damren said.

The Raiders hit the road again on Thursday when they visit Oyster River.

Swimming

Hanover Races at CSC

New London — Hanover High’s Maggie Wenger produced two victories to highlight Friday’s eight-school NHIAA meet at Colby-Sawyer College’s Hogan Sports Center.

Wenger won the 100-yard freestyle in 57.60 seconds and the 100 backstroke in 1:07.25. Two other Marauders, freshmen Joceyln Hazen (200 free, 2:14.04) and Emma Dunbar (50 free, 27.01) also won, with Dunbar nipping Lebanon’s Hannah Budner at the wall by one one-hundredth of a second.Erik Hansen (100 back, 1:00.03) and Chris Rieseberg (200 individual medley, 2:17.07) won for Hanover in the boys meet.