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High-Octane Panthers Run Past Raptors

Orford — Ian Weider led the showtime Thetford Panthers boys basketball team to a 58-51 victory at Rivendell last night.

Weider had seven of his 18 points in the Panthers’ 20-point second quarter as Thetford led 30-23 at the break and then held on in the second half. Aidan Cleaves added 12 points, Brandon Gray had 10 points and Erich Alberta chipped in with eight points.

“Ian was tough for us, a really efficient 18 points,” Thetford coach Justin Smith said. “It was a fast-paced game, we like to run and they like to run.”

The Panthers got into some foul trouble in the third quarter and Rivendell took advantage, scoring 21 points to close within three points heading into the fourth quarter, 47-44.

“We had a lot of bad possessions early, but then we settled down. Foul trouble hurt us, but we held on,” Smith said. “We need to be efficient offensively. Balanced scoring is big for us, and we had that tonight.”

Thetford pulled away in the fourth quarter, outscoring their hosts 11-7 to secure the victory and improve to 4-0 on the young season. Rivendell fell to 1-1 with the loss. Jack Steketee led the Raptors with 18 points while Luke Bell had eight.

The Panthers visit Williamstown tonight, and Rivendell visits Oxbow tomorrow.

Hanover 67, Con-Val 54

Hanover — The Marauders scored 24 points in the first quarter and led throughout the game in picking up win No. 1 on the season.

Liam Gantrish had 12 of his 16 points in the big first quarter. Cyrus Rothwell-Ferraris led the Marauders with 17 points. “He played his best game of the year and made some big shots,” Hanover coach Tim Winslow said.

John Flory added 12 points for the Marauders who play in the Connecticut River Shootout on Thursday. Hanover battles Hillsboro-Deering at 7:30 p.m. after Mascoma and Woodsville play at 6 p.m.

Hartford 55, Union-32 51

White River Junction — The Hurricanes did the job defensively against U-32 standout Ryan Booth and won to improve to 3-2.

“(Taylor) Potter and (Chris) Bateman did a nice job playing (Booth) tonight. He could score 50 on his own, he’s that good,” Hartford coach Steve Landon said. Booth finished with just 12 points for the Raiders.

Nick Fucci led the Canes with 14 points while Cameron Gaudette added 13 and Justin Devoid had eight. Hartford led 36-24 at halftime before U-32 rallied in the second half.

“Tonight we rebounded the ball and didn’t turn it over. That’s why we won. This group is just going to continue to get better,” Landon said.

Hartford visits Windsor next Friday.

Girls Basketball

Whitcomb 49
Concord (Vt.) 31

Concord, Vt. — The Hornets exploded for 22 points in the third quarter to win for the third straight time to start the season.

Nicole Begin had 20 points for Whitcomb, while Ashley Stearns, Lindsey LaPerle and Reba Hart each had seven. The Hornets solved the tight Concord zone in the third quarter by finding their spot-up shooters on the perimeter for open shots. Begin had 13 points in the frame to help Whitcomb pull away.

The Hornets visit South Royalton tomorrow afternoon.

Conant 50, Newport 27

Keene, n.h. — The Tigers (2-3) dropped the opener at the Keene State College Tournament.

Jen Kidder led the Newport effort with seven points and four rebounds. Alex Stefan added six points and six boards while Darien Hubert had five points and Stephanie Carl grabbed eight rebounds.

“We had some injuries, so we played some new girls. We went down there to have fun and try a few new things,” Newport coach Dave Muzzey said.

Chelsea 33, Sharon 13

Chelsea, Vt. — The Phoenix trailed just 11-8 at halftime but couldn’t keep the pace after the break.

Sharon (0-2) plays Leland & Gray in the opener of the Bellows Falls holiday tournament on Thursday.

Girls Hockey

St. Thomas-Dover 6 Lebanon 3

West Lebanon — The Raiders lost for the first time this season, surrendering two empty-net goals in the final minute of a close game.

Lebanon led 2-1 after the first period on goals from Sabrina Huett and Chrissy Drake. The Saints then scored twice in the second and scored a goal early in the third to take a 4-2 lead. Drake’s second goal of the night then briefly pulled the Raiders within one.

Micaela Schones, Kyra Taylor, Loren McEwan and Amelia Gage each had assists. Goalie Erika Moffitt stopped 10 shots.

“It was a good hockey game, back and forth the whole way. We know what we need to work on,” Lebanon coach Brad Shaw said.

The Raiders get a chance at revenge tomorrow when they visit the Saints; the puck drops at 4 p.m.

Gymnastics

Randolph-Whitcomb 95.75
U-32 88

Randolph — Whitcomb’s Theresa Claughton led the Randolph-Whitcomb co-op to a home victory over the Raiders.

Claughton took first place in the balance beam and on floor exercises while also claiming the all-around title. Claughton added second place finishes in the vault and uneven bars. Rose Earl, of Randolph, added a third place finish in both floor and all around.

“It was our first home meet and a good performance. I’m really proud of the girls,” Randolph-Whitcomb coach Felicia Dieffenbach said.

Women’s Basketball

Marquette 70
Dartmouth 52

Milwaukee, Wis. — The Big Green edged closer in the second half, but couldn’t overcome a cold-shooting first 20 minutes in falling to the Golden Eagles.

Faziah Steen and Abbey Schmitt each had 11 points for Dartmouth. Kamala Thompson pulled down five rebounds.

The Big Green shot just 21.4 percent in the first half (6-for-28) and trailed 29-15 at the break. Both teams enjoyed more efficient offensive play in the second half and a mini Dartmouth rally saw the visitors claw back to within 14 points before the Golden Eagles pulled away late.

Dartmouth hosts the Blue Sky Classic next week as Duquense, Delaware and Villanova will be in Hanover for the the 36th annual playing of the holiday tournament. The Big Green open against Duquense on Dec. 29 at 7 p.m.

Women’s Soccer

Big Green Seniors Honored

Kansas City, Kan. — Dartmouth seniors Aurelia Solomon and Emma Brush were each named to the Scholar All-East Region team with Solomon earning first-team honors while Brush was named to the second team.

Solomon was previously named third-team Academic All American while Brush was named to the Academic All-Ivy team for the second consecutive season. Solomon anchored the Big Green backfield, which limited opponents to 0.74 goals against on the season. Brush scored three game-winning goals this past season en route to leading the Big Green with seven goals and five assists.

Solomon and Brush led Dartmouth to a second-place finish in the Ivy League standings, its highest finish since the 2009 season.

Men’s Soccer

Dartmouth Men on Scholar All-East Team

Kansas City, Kan. — The Big Green’s Teo Larsson-Sax and Kevin Dzierzawski were each named to the Scholar All-East Region second team as announced by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Larsson-Sax, who also earned Academic All-Ivy honors, and Dzierzawski are earning the honor for the first time in their careers and make it the fifth consecutive season the Big Green have earned NSCAA Academic honors. Dartmouth also earned the NSCAA Team Academic Award for their efforts in the classroom.

The Big Green concluded the 2012 season at 9-7-0, 5-2-0 in the Ivy League, good for second place in the league standings.