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Local Roundup: Second Quarter Key for Thetford Academy

  • Thetford Academy's Cody McCusker upfakes Harwood's Riley Abair during the Harwood at Thetford Academy boys basketball game in Thetford, Vt.,  on Feb. 10, 2014. <br/>Valley News - Sarah Priestap

    Thetford Academy's Cody McCusker upfakes Harwood's Riley Abair during the Harwood at Thetford Academy boys basketball game in Thetford, Vt., on Feb. 10, 2014.
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  • Thetford's Kipling Haviland-Hack kicks the rebound away from Harwood's Dominic Moreno during the Harwood at Thetford Academy boys basketball game in Thetford, Vt., on Feb. 10, 2014. <br/>Valley News - Sarah Priestap

    Thetford's Kipling Haviland-Hack kicks the rebound away from Harwood's Dominic Moreno during the Harwood at Thetford Academy boys basketball game in Thetford, Vt., on Feb. 10, 2014.
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  • Thetford Academy's Cody McCusker upfakes Harwood's Riley Abair during the Harwood at Thetford Academy boys basketball game in Thetford, Vt.,  on Feb. 10, 2014. <br/>Valley News - Sarah Priestap
  • Thetford's Kipling Haviland-Hack kicks the rebound away from Harwood's Dominic Moreno during the Harwood at Thetford Academy boys basketball game in Thetford, Vt., on Feb. 10, 2014. <br/>Valley News - Sarah Priestap

Thetford — All the pieces clicked together in the second quarter for the host Thetford boys basketball team. Down by four after the first quarter, the Panthers erupted for 23 points in the second en route to beating Harwood 60-47 last night.

Jordan Eastman led Thetford with 16 points and Brandon Gray had three 3-pointers on his way to 13 points. Matt Perry added 11 points while Kip Haviland-Hack chipped in with eight points. The Panthers led 34-26 at halftime.

“It was a good team effort, we spread the scoring around and played good team defense,” Thetford coach Blendon Salls said.

The Panthers had previously topped the Highlanders, 66-57, in Moretown on Jan. 22. The win is the sixth in the last eight games for Thetford (7-9) following a 1-7 start to the season. Next up is a visit to Oxbow on Wednesday night.

Hopkinton 45, Newport 41

Hopkinton, n.h. — Employing four players 6-foot-3 and taller, the Hawks (12-1) held the Tigers (12-2) and scoring ace Andrew Houde to season scoring lows to swap places with Newport in the NHIAA Division III standings.

Spencer Coronis carried the visitors with 23 points with Hopkinton concenrating its efforts on holding Houde to nine, his first single-digit scoring night of the year. Gabe Nichols powered the Hawks with 16 points as the hosts moved past Newport into second place in the division, just behind 12-1 Conant.

“They were able to cover a lot of ground with their size and length,” Newport coach Steve Lavolpicelo said. “They were anxious to help off everybody except Spencer and Andrew. With their size, they were able to be effective and still cover the guy they left.”

Newport has the week off, but will return to a test: The Tigers will host Sunapee — the only other team to beat them in NHIAA play — at Wheeler Gym on Feb. 18.

Williamstown 72 Rivendell 53

Williamstown, Vt. — The two-time defending state champion Blue Devils held off a challenge from the Raptors (11-2). Luke Bell had 16 points for Rivendell while Josh Marshall had 13 and Nate Eastman had seven. Williamstown won each quarter, including a tone-setting 20-11 advantage after the first eight minutes.

“They’re very good and very disciplined,” Rivendell coach Jeff Huntington said. “We’re good enough to beat them, just have to make a few changes.”

The Raptors host Blue Mountain tonight.

Brattleboro 51 Hartford 25

Brattleboro, Vt. — The Colonels clamped down on the Hurricanes (4-11), taking a 19-3 lead after the first quarter.

“Brattleboro is one of the best teams in (Vermont) Division I and it shows,” Canes coach Steve Landon said.

Dylan Gaudette had seven points for Hartford, which hosts Fair Haven on Wednesday night.

Rochester 76, MVCS 55

Rochester, Vt. — The Eagles closed within two points with 20 seconds left in the third quarter, but it was all Rockets from then on.

MVCS (8-10) plays host to Websterville on Thursday night.

Girls Basketball

Sharon 38, Chelsea 33

Sharon — The Phoenix rose in the second half to spurn the Red Devils.

Trailing 18-10 at the break, Sharon turned to its pressure defense to create instant offense over the final 16 minutes of action. The Phoenix outscored the visitors 28-15 to close out the victory.

Suzie Moses led Sharon with 13 points while Mallory Lloyd had nine and Mollie Faccio had six. “It was our pressure defense in the second half,” coach Brian Allard said. “We didn’t play very well offensively early, but when we pick up our defensive intensity it brings our offense up.”

Sharon (6-11) hosts South Royalton on Wednesday.

Whitcomb 53, MVCS 34

Rochester, Vt. — The Hornets (13-5) wore down the short-on-numbers Eagles (12-5) with pressure throughout the game.

Lindsey LaPerle had the big night for Whitcomb, scoring a game-high 19 points. “She had one her best games of the year,” said Whitcomb coach Dennis Wood, whose team also picked up 15 points from Ashley Stearns and nine from Phoebe Parrish. “She ran the offense well and had some nice drives to the hoop.”

Anna Seale led Mid Vermont with 14 points. The Hornets’ defense kept the Eagles’ Phoebe Seale (seven points) and Rachel Seale (nine points) most of the night.

The Hornets visit Craftsbury on Wednesday. MVCS closes its home schedule against Websterville Baptist on Thursday.

Woodsville 37 Blue Mountain 36

Wells River, Vt. — The Engineers (13-1) kept their string of narrow victories going.

Lottie Page provided a spark, coming off the bench in a low-scoring battle to lead Woodsville with eight points. Tori Clough and Chrissy Valliant each added seven points. Maggie Kinder pulled down eight rebounds while Clough added five assists and four steals.

“It was a great battle, a very physical game,” Woodsville coach Jim Kinder said.

The Engineers visit rival Littleton on Wednesday night.

Hanover 50, John Stark 17

Hanover — After pressing their way to a 24-3 after one quarter, the Marauders (10-2 league, 11-3 overall) worked on set offenses and half-court defenses the rest of the night in preparation for two key NHIAA Division II showdowns later this week.

Eileen Daley and Lexie Hamilton led the way for Hanover with 10 points, and J.J. Daniell contributed nine. From there, Marauder coach Dan O’Rourke practiced plans that will go into work against Lebanon on Wednesday and at Souhegan on Friday. “Our next two games will have a lot to do with where we’re going to be seeded,” he said.

The rematch with the Raiders — Hanover won the initial bout in the Jim Wechsler Cup game in December — is set for a 7 p.m. tap-off at Hanover High on Wednesday.

Girls Hockey

Hartford 3, Rice 2 (ot)

South Burlington, Vt. — Sophomore Meghan Boardman made her 13th goal of the season a lucky one, knocking home assists from Amanda Nelson and Caroline Miller with 45 seconds left in overtime as the Hurricanes (7-9) picked up a key Vermont Lake Division win over the Green Knights (7-9) at Cairns Arena, earning a temporary tie for fourth place in the league.

Miller and Morgan Steadman scored in regulation for Hartford, which avenged a 6-3 loss to Rice from back in late December. Courtney Murray earned two assists, Boardman added one and Erin Hudston grabbed the win in goal with 18 saves.

The Canes return home on Wednesday to tackle Burr & Burton.

Hanover 7 St. Thomas-Dover 0

West Lebanon — The Marauders capped a stretch of four games in four days with a dominant effort, improving to 12-2 overall, 10-1 in NHIAA.

Matti Hartman led the attack with two goals and an assist while Eliza Laycock also had two goals. Kelly Brigham had a goal and two assists while Sarah Wagner scored and had one helper. Ella Williams also scored. Margeux Baker and Caroline Howell added assists. Goalie Emily Gougelet had six saves.

“I was impressed with our energy given this is four days in a row. We have a well-earned day off now,” Marauders coach John Dodds said.

Hanover surrendered just one goal in the four-game stretch, outscoring its opponents 22-1. The Marauders return to the ice with a visit from Bishop Brady-Trinity on Thursday.