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Local Roundup: Royals Triumphantly End Losing Skid

  • Lebanon's Ryan Preston. (Valley News - Tris Wykes)

  • Mascoma's Caleb McAlister. (Valley News - Tris Wykes)



Friday, January 12, 2018

Franklin, n.h. — While head coach Jim Barry stayed home sick, his Mascoma High boys basketball team made someone else uncomfortable.

A high-intensity, high-energy performance saw the Royals pin a 60-49 loss on host Franklin on Friday night to end an eight-game losing streak. Although Franklin scorer Jaydn Torres got his offense on a 28-point night, Mascoma (2-5 league, 2-8 overall) succeeded in keeping the rest of the Golden Tornadoes (0-6) from making a major contribution.

Junior varsity coach Silas Ayres took over for Barry and liked what he saw from the varsity.

“Even though (Torres) scored 28, I thought we did a pretty good job defending him, as strange as that may sound,” Ayres said. “He was pretty much their only scorer.”

Dakota Decocq matched Torres point for point, finishing with a season-best 28 points of his own, aided by five 3-pointers. Caleb McAlister added nine points and “was a monster on the boards,” Ayres said. “It came down to the kids’ energy and enthusasim.”

Aidan O’Connell contributed eight points to the cause for Mascoma, which visits Newfound on Tuesday.

Stevens 59, Con-Val 57

Peterborough, n.h. — Joe Desilets drained a pair of free throws in the final minute to help the NHIAA D-III Cardinals beat the D-II Cougars.

The score was tied, 57-57, when Desilets came up with a steal and then took off for the Con-Val basket. He was fouled with 29 seconds to play and then made both free throws to put Stevens in front to stay.

Luke Come led the Cardinals with 21 points and nine rebounds. Derrick Stanhope added 10 points, Drew Grenier had eight and Desilets finished with seven points.

Stevens (4-6 overall, 3-5 NHIAA) visits Fall Mountain on Tuesday.

Lebanon 61, Plymouth 48

Plymouth, n.h. — The Raiders opened the game on a 13-5 run and held on to top the Bobcats.

Matt Eylander led the attack with 14 points. Hunter Bienvenu added 11 and Chris Nulty had 10. Ryan Preston came off the bench to hit a pair of 3-pointers in the second quarter on his way to a career-high 10 points. The Raiders built a big lead through three quarters, 44-25.

Lebanon (6-4 overall, 5-2 NHIAA) hosts Hollis Brookline on Friday night.

Souhegan 65, Hanover 48

Hanover — Andersen Geffard’s point play proved too much for the Marauders (1-2 league, 4-2 overall) to handle.

Geffard joined teammates Ryan Hickey and Max Leonard in producing 15-point nights for the Sabers.

Of a bigger concern to Hanover coach Tim Winslow, however, was Geffard’s ability to draw the Marauders’ defense his way.

“He did a lot of dribble-driving, and we struggled to contain the dribble-drive,” Winslow said. “They didn’t get a lot of shots from the outside. It was mostly 10 feet and in, and we struggled to contest those.”

Souhegan also went 15-for-21 from the free-throw line. Hanover’s Caleb Putnam led all scorers, pouring in 19 points in the loss.

Hanover hosts Kingswood on Wednesday.

Newmarket 61Mount Royal 43

Newmarket, n.h. — The Knights couldn’t stop a deep offensive attack by the Mules, dropping to 4-5 overall, 4-3 in NHIAA play.

Alex Normandin filled the statsheet for Mount Royal, finishing with 14 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and four steals. Andrew Normandin led the way with 16 points, and Kolbe Bocko added eight points.

Mount Royal hosts Hinsdale on Wednesday.

Sunapee 64, Colebrook 37

Colebrook, n.h. — The long trip north paid off for the Lakers (5-1, 6-3), who won their fourth game in a row.

Pittsfield pays Sunapee a visit on Tuesday night.

Newport-Mascenic Suspended

New Ipswich, n.h. — The Tigers were facing a 23-8 deficit after one quarter when game officials suspended, and then postponed, the contest because of condensation on the floor. The game will be completed at a to-be-determined date.

In the meantime, Newport preps for a visit from Windsor on Wednesday.

Girls Basketball

MVCS 65, Trinity Baptist 19

Quechee — The Eagles (4-0) remained unbeaten atop VPA Division IV with a by-the-book victory over their Williston, Vt., foes.

Mid Vermont Christian put four players in double figures. Sydney Goodwin led the way with 18 points, followed by Hayley Goodwin with 16, Rachel Seale with 12 and Rachel Horner-Richardson with 10. Horner-Richardson and fellow eighth-grader Hayley Goodwin both posted season and career highs.

Mid Vermont travels to Concord to face Trinity Christian School on Tuesday.

Lebanon 71, Plymouth 26

Lebanon — All nine Raiders scored in a blowout victory over the Bobcats.

Rebecca Wright led the way with 22 points for Lebanon. Megan Gradijan added 14 points, Izzy Peress had 10 and Izzy Fabry chipped in eight points. Lebanon led, 33-13, at halftime and then locked it up with 24 points in the third quarter.

“It was a great game. Everybody got in, and everybody scored. We shot the ball really well early,” Lebanon coach Tim Kehoe said.

The Raiders (10-2 overall, 8-1 NHIAA) visit Hollis Brookline on Friday night.

Mascoma 42, Franklin 37

West Canaan — Big games from Kayla Hammond and Michaela Dowd along with a good-enough team performance at the line made the difference for the Royals (3-5, 3-7).

Dowd ran the offense to the tune of a game-high 12 points, and Hammond had a big game inside with 11 points and eight rebounds. Dowd also contributed six rebounds and six steals for Mascoma, which went 9-for-16 from the line compared to a 1-for-4 night for the Golden Tornadoes.

“We attacked, and I was disappointed we didn’t make more free throws,” Mascoma coach Walt Hammond admitted. “The score was closer than it really should have been. I’m upset with the free-throw shooting, but we managed to spread them out. They play a 1-3-1 zone, and we kept attacking, got inside and scored.”

Bella Kondi and Lizz Pelton both finished with six points for the Royals, who host Newfound on Tuesday.

Hanover 39, Souhegan 38

Amherst, n.h. — Freshman Charlotte Johnson made a free throw with 4.5 seconds left to help the Marauders cap a comeback victory over the Sabers.

Hanover trailed, 18-13, at halftime and took the lead by scoring 18 points in the third quarter. The Marauders led by seven at one point in the fourth before the Sabers rallied back.

Hanover’s Bella Bardales made a pair of free throws with a minute left to give the visitors a 38-36 lead. Souhegan answered with a field goal to tie the score before Johnson was put on the line in the final seconds to drain the game-winner.

Bardales and Julia Golder each had 11 points. Maddie McCorkle added eight points. Hanover (6-3 overall, 5-1 NHIAA) visits Kingswood on Wednesday.

Colebrook 78, Sunapee 56

Colebrook, n.h. — The Lakers (5-4 league, 5-6 overall) had the effort, but the Mohawks had more offense in a NHIAA Division IV contest up north.

Kalleigh Durkee led the way for Sunapee with 20 points, backed by 12 from Cari Peirce.

Newmarket 23Mount Royal 22

Newmarket, n.h. — The Knights lost a heartbreaker, suffering their first NHIAA loss of the season.

“Their pressure (defense) got to us, and we had some poor execution on offense,” Mount Royal coach Derek Tremblay said. “We won the second half, but we got down early, which wasn’t helpful.”

Amy Alterisio (six points) and Alexis Matte (five) led the Knights offensively. Mount Royal finished 8-for-19 from the free-throw line, including missing a foul-shot attempt in the final minutes that would have knotted the score.

The Knights (8-2 overall, 6-1 NHIAA) host another of the top D-IV teams, Hinsdale, on Wednesday.

Twinfield 45South Royalton 44 (ot)

South Royalton — The Royals came up just short in an overtime thriller against the visiting Trojans.

Both teams were mired in foul trouble; each would have three players foul out. SoRo was an impressive 21-for-32 from the charity stripe to help keep things knotted up in the fourth quarter and overtime.

Hannah White led SoRo with 17 points, including 10 from the line. Kylie Hebard added seven points. Coach David Davis praised the play of Hailey Vesper and Blake Southworth, who each came off the bench in place of fouled-out players and played important minutes down the stretch.

“I have to give the bench credit; they came in and fought hard. It’s not easy to come into a game like that where tensions are high,” Davis said. “We fought until the last buzzer.”

SoRo (0-4) hosts Williamstown at 1 p.m. today.

Green Mountain 54Windsor 53

Chester, Vt. — The Yellowjackets dropped to 3-4 with a narrow loss to the Chieftains. Windsor takes on cross-river rival Newport on Tuesday.

Boys Hockey

KUA 3, Governor’s 2

Byfield, Mass. — With goalie Hugo Turcotte making key saves and captain Bryce Dolan contributing a goal and two assists, the Wildcats (14-3-1) grabbed a win away from home.

Jordan Harris, Arlo Merritt and Dolan scored to stake KUA to a 3-0 lead. Governor’s got on the board on a two-man power play, but Turcotte held firm the rest of the way, allowing an inconsequential tally just before the final buzzer.

Kyle Penney contributed an assist for Kimball Union.

St. Johnsbury 3, Hartford 0

Lyndon Center, Vt. — The Hurricanes dropped to 0-8-1 with the loss at Fenton Chester Arena.

Goalie Ross McFate made seven saves for Hartford, which visits Harwood on Wednesday.

Girls Hockey

Turcotte, France Second At Women’s Worlds

Katowice, Poland — Kimball Union freshman Lucie Turcotte and France came within a win of moving up the ladder of IIHF women’s hockey, losing the deciding game of the IIHF Group B U18 world championships to Denmark on Friday.

The Danes grabbed a 2-0 win over the French for a perfect 5-0-0 tournament, gaining promotion to Group A for the 2018-19 season. Denmark scored both goals in the opening period of Friday’s match and rode goalie Martine Terrida’s 22-save shutout to the championship.

France took second with a 4-1-0 record. The 14-year-old Turcotte, of Canaan, played in all five games, scoring goals against Australia in the tournament opener as well as a 5-2 defeat of China on Tuesday.