Whitcomb Girls Continue Their Hot Start
Whitcomb’s Nicole Begin (right) keeps a bead on South Royalton’s Ellen Manby yesterday in South Royalton. Whitcomb won, 67-37. (Valley News - Ryan Dorgan) Purchase photo reprints »
Whitcomb’s Lindsay LaPerle takes an open layup against South Royalton yesterday. Whitcomb won, 67-37, to improve to 4-0. (Valley News - Ryan Dorgan) Purchase photo reprints »
Whitcomb’s Nicole Begin, right, looks to pass to a teammate as South Royalton’s Emily Berk defends. (Valley News - Ryan Dorgan) Purchase photo reprints »
South Royalton — The Whitcomb High girls basketball team is undefeated and showing no signs of slowing down. Yesterday, the Hornets trailed early before blitzing nearby rival South Royalton, 67-37, on the Royals’ court. Nicole Begin had 17 points, Reba Hart had 16 and Lindsay LaPerle had 14 for the visitors, who also received 12 from Ashley Stearns and six from Cambry Zullick.
“We’re not going to shoot that well every game, but it was really pretty to watch,” said Whitcomb coach Dennis Wood, who estimated his 4-0 team sank more than 40 percent of its field-goal attempts. “We play a really nice, unselfish offense and that’s got to be our hallmark. Ashley averaged double figures in points last year, but now teams can’t pay attention just to her.”
Begin, who scored 20 points in the Hornets’ last outing, is a junior swing player who’s transitioning to more time on the wing as LaPerle, a freshman, earns increased action at point guard. Hart is a shooting guard and Stearns is a forward, as is Zulluck, a senior who’s her team’s best rebounding option.
South Royalton (1-1) was led by Ellen Manby, who had 12 points. Kim Lakin added eight and Emily Berk chipped in with five.
“They just shot really well,” said South Royalton coach Robert Gray, whose team led 10-9 after a quarter, but trailed 31-19 at halftime. “We’d score and they’d score again. We couldn’t catch up.”
South Royalton hosts Northfield on Saturday while Whitcomb is off until it hosts Craftsbury on Jan. 2.
Sharon 87, Websterville 44
Websterville, Vt. — Trenton Morrison had 41 points, 26 in the first half, and the Phoenix improved to 3-0.
“We’re off to a pretty hot start,” said Sharon coach Blake Fabrikant, whose team next plays Jan. 2 against visiting Blue Mountain. Websterville “beat us by 62 points last year. They graduated some integral players, but it still felt good to get a little retribution.”
Brandon Tracy had 14 points and 16 rebounds for Sharon, which also got nine points from Jay Knorlein.
Mid Vermont 42, Cabot 36
Craftsbury, Vt. — The Eagles (3-2) prevailed behind 22 points from Austin Sayers and nine from James Horner in the consolation game of the Stephen Willey Tournament. Mid Vermont led 22-11 at halftime and is next in action Jan. 4 against visiting Green Mountain.
Rivendell 45, Oxbow 42
Bradford, Vt. — Nate Eastman scored 20 points, Josh Marshall had nine and Jack Steketee and Luke Bell each had five as the Raptors (2-1) rolled to victory on the road. Oxbow was led by Andrew Lyman, who had 18 points. Lucas Wheeler chipped in six and Jonny Ratel five.
“The guys gave us blood and guts today,” Oxbow coach Rich Thornton said. “I know all most people do is look at the record, but I see a lot of potential with our guys. Games like this are only going to make us better.”
The Olympians, who trailed 24-17 at the half and 35-31 after three quarters, fell to 0-3. Rivendell next plays Jan. 2 at South Royalton.
“All the kids know each other and it was clean but very physical,” said Rivendell coach Tim Dyke, whose squad next plays Jan. 2 at South Royalton. “Nothing was very smooth today, but one (team) held on long enough to win.”
Hartford 7, St. Johnsbury 4
St. Johnsbury, Vt. — Jeff Lyford poured in four goals and Brandon Gardner, John Borchert and John Lewis also scored for the Hurricanes (2-1). Andrew Atkinson had three assists and Will Gardner had two, while Teaghan Meeker made 22 saves. Hartford, which led 2-1 after a period and 4-3 after two, faces Burr & Burton at the Rutland holiday tournament on Thursday.
Spaulding 4, Lebanon 2
Rochester, n.h. — Dylan Gaudette and Tanner Simms scored for the visitors, who fell to 1-3 despite 25 saves from Joe Grout. The Red Raiders are 4-0. Lebanon faces Berlin on Saturday at the Salem (N.H.) holiday tournament.
Salem 3, Hanover 2 (ot)
Salem, n.h. — The Blue Devils scored as the third period expired and again three minutes into the extra stanza, dropping the Marauders to 1-2-1. Hanover goaltender Kyle Healy made 21 saves in his first start of the season.
The visitors went up 2-0 during the second period on a pair of goals by Kordell Lindsay, the first unassisted and the second set up by Nate Choukas and Nick Bowen. Salem scored its first goal with seven minutes remaining in the third period. Hanover next plays Wednesday when it faces Spaulding at the Manchester (N.H.) holiday tournament.
Kearsarge 4, Portsmouth 2
Exeter, n.h. — The Cougars, who were 1-17 last winter and didn’t earn their lone victory until February, rode a Tristan Rowe hat trick and 34 saves from Nate Thompson. Will AuFranc had a goal and two assists and Steve Ricker also set up a goal. Portsmouth held a 36-16 shot advantage. Kearsarge (1-3) is at Con-Val on Jan. 2.
Rutland 7, Woodstock 1
Rutland — The Wasps, playing with only nine skaters and goaltender Erin Tortolano, trailed 6-0 but got a third-period goal from Hannah Tobey, assisted by Emma Astbury. Totolano stopped 26 shots for Woodstock (0-4), which has been outscored 35-3 and faces Stowe on Friday at the Middlebury (Vt.) holiday tournament.
Spaulding 7, Hartford 0
Barre, Vt. — Beth Potter stopped 34 shots for the Hurricanes (2-1-1), who trailed 1-0 after a period and 4-0 after two stanzas. Hartford travels to Colchester on Saturday.
Lebanon 6, St Thomas 0
Dover, n.h. — Chrissy Drake and Amelia Gage each scored twice and Lauren McEwen and Karli Swenson added single tallies as the Raiders improved to 4-1. Drake added three assists, Gage had two and goaltender Erika Moffitt made 14 saves. Lebanon visits Berlin-Gorham on Jan. 2.
Dartmouth Hosts H.S. Meet
Hanover — The Woodstock, Lebanon and Hanover girls teams finished first, second and third yesterday during an open meet at Dartmouth’s Leverone Field House.
The Wasps got event victories from Kathryn Bassette (55 meter hurdles, pole vault, triple jump), Elizabeth Bassette (long jump) and Claire Spangler (1,000 meters). The Raiders had Natasha Goodwin (high jump) and Mo Moran (weight throw) post victories and Hanover got the same from Sophia Lubrano (300 meters) and Lindsey White (shot put).
On the boys side, Kearsarge won the team competition and got event victories from Reed Bell (300 meters, high jump, long jump), Alex Akpan (weight throw) and Jeff Kozikowski (55 meter hurdles). Hanover enjoyed a triumph from Timothy Alibozek (55 meters), while C.J. Gosselin (shot put) was victorious for Stevens.
Hanover’s Konrad Mitchell was second in the 300 meters and Windsor’s Roger Barraby was second in the 55 meter hurdles.
Men’s College Hoop
Bryant 79, Dartmouth 66
Smithfield, r.i. — Frankie Dobbs scored 19 points and Bryant used a strong second half to beat struggling Dartmouth.
Corey Maynard finished with 15 points for the Bulldogs (6-4). Alex Francis pitched in with 13 points, Dyami Starks had 12 and Joe O’Shea added 10. Dobbs also had seven assists.
With the score tied at 31-all, Bryant went on a 13-0 run that was capped by Shane McLaughlin’s three-point play with 12:46 left in the game.
Dobbs and Francis each scored four points during the spurt.
Maynard made a layup with 8:20 remaining to give the Bulldogs a 58-38 lead — their largest of the game. In the second half, Bryant shot 73.9 percent (17 of 23) from the floor and made 19 of its 20 free throws.
Connor Boehm scored 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Big Green (2-8), which has lost five straight games. The freshman also grabbed nine rebounds. The Big Green’s leading scorer, sophomore Gabas Maldunas, was held scoreless in 19 minutes of action.