Local Roundup: Spartans Hold Off Lebanon
Pembroke, n.h. — A matchup of the top two boys basketball teams in NHIAA Division II didn’t go Lebanon High’s way Tuesday, but coach Kieth Matte said his troops put up a strong fight during a rough-and-tumble clash.
Despite getting a team-high 17 points from K.J. Matte, the second-ranked Raiders dropped a 58-50 decision to No. 1 Pembroke. Matte’s total was one off his season high.
“It was closer than the score indicates,” Kieth Matte said. “The game was extremely physical, and you could do just about whatever you wanted to do out there. We gave up four to six inches at four of the five positions, so it was tough to get points inside. We needed to shoot and transition well, and that didn’t happen.”
Lebanon fell to 9-3 in the league (10-4 overall), two of its losses coming to the Spartans (11-1). The Raiders led, 13-9, after a quarter but trailed 26-23 at halftime and were outscored 10-0 to begin the third quarter. The visitors pulled within four points with a minute remaining.
Gage Young had eight points for Lebanon, which hosts Coe-Brown on Friday.
Mascoma 70, Newfound 43
West Canaan — All 12 Royals scored in a result that lifted their record to 8-6.
Andrew Cashe had 16 points and Justin Marsh and Walt Hammond each had 10. High-scoring Kyle Kosiorek had six points, but coach Jim Barry said that was more a result of his team’s fast-break success.
“We had a lot more transition points and Kyle is usually on the back of the break, where Andrew and Justin are on the front,” the coach said. “Those guys are both quick, strong finishers, so they really benefit when we get down the court in a hurry.”
Mascoma visits Fall Mountain on Friday.
Whitcomb 49, Cabot 16
Bethel — Senior Bradford Allen paced his team with 23 points and sophomore Spencer Taylor chipped in with 10.
The Hornets (3-10) host Craftsbury on Friday.
Hanover 60, Con-Val 35
Peterborough, n.h. — The Marauders (8-2 league, 9-3 overall) broke out of a two-game funk as Lexie Hamilton’s transition-fed passing and J.J. Daniell’s shooting powered a solid win.
Daniell produced a game-high 21 points for Hanover, while Hamilton dished out 14 assists as the Marauders produced plenty of fast-break hoops. After dropping the game’s first three points, the visitors went on a 12-0 run and spent the rest of the night extended a double-digit lead.
Cathleen Beliveau, in just her sixth appearance of the winter, netted a season-high 10 points for Hanover, and Christine Croituro added eight. Hanover stages a rematch with the Cougars (4-7) on Saturday.
KUA 60, Berwick Academy 42
South Berwick, Maine — The Wildcats received eight consecutive points form Taylor Ong late in the first half and improved to 10-4. Ong finished with 24 points and 12 rebounds, Abby Kelly had 16 points, Miranda Judd had 12 points and four steals and Shannon Walsh had six points and 12 rebounds.
KUA visits Cushing Academy on Saturday.
Lebanon 48, Pembroke 40
Lebanon — Heather King capitalized on a collapsing Pembroke defense for a game-high 19 points as the Raiders (10-3 league, 13-3 overall) held off the Spartans (8-5).
Point guard Samantha MacDonald had a big game for Lebanon, scoring 14 points and drawing defenders her way on drives into the paint. That left King open for her points, and Lebanon’s defense did the rest.
Vanessa Fleury added eight points for Lebanon, which meets Coe-Brown on Friday.
Oxbow 46, Lamoille 39
Hyde Park, Vt. — Mikaylah Hodge had 16 points to boost the Olympians’ record to 14-2. Savannah Fay added eight points for Oxbow, which visits U32 on Thursday.
Thetford 52, Randolph 21
Thetford — The Panthers (16-1) spread the scoring around the entire roster, bolting to a 33-10 lead and winning for the 16th time in 17 starts.
No one Thetford player hit for double figures as the hosts showed their versatility instead. Michaela Pomeroy and Jill Clark led the way with nine points each, and Shyann Josler added six.
Randolph’s Kelsey Jacobs led all scorers with 11 points.
The Panthers visit Lyndon on Thursday, while the Galloping Ghosts (6-9) head to Harwood on Thursday.
Whitcomb 68, Concord 18
Rochester , Vt. — Lindsey LaPerle scored 22 points and Ashley Stearns added 16 as the Hornets improved to 10-5. The Hornets, who led 18-3 after a quarter, visit Cabot on Friday.
Blue Mountain 61 South Royalton 35
Wells River, Vt. — The Bucks made 25-of-31 free throws and pulled away after leading by only six points during the fourth quarter. Rachel Moore had 13 points and Autumn Wing had eight for the Royals (4-12), who host Rivendell on Thursday.
Mill River 44, Hartford 38
North Clarendon, Vt. — Megan Newton had eight points and Taylor Johnson added six but the Hurricanes slumped to 2-13.
“We were down seven points at halftime and played a great third quarter,” said Hartford coach Bill Soule. “We led by one in the fourth but down the stretch we didn’t take care of the ball.”
Hartford hosts Springfield on Thursday.
Newfound 54, Mascoma 37
Bristol, n.h. — The Royals (8-6 league, 9-7 overall) succumbed to the shooting of Newfound’s Carissa Bony, who netted nearly half of the Bears’ baskets and led all scorers with 21 points.
With Bony sticking two 3-pointers among her 10 field goals, the hosts jumped to leads of 18-9 after one quarter and 34-14 by halftime. “Bony is a player; she can shoot if you leave her alone,” Mascoma coach Mike Neily admitted. “We worked on our defense the last couple of nights to get ready for her, but anytime you left her alone, she’d bang it.”
Lindsey Thompson paced Mascoma with 16 points. The Royals host Fall Mountain on Friday.
Sharon 45, Twinfield 43 (ot)
Sharon — The Phoenix avenged an earlier 19-point loss against Twinfield by tightening up their defensive effort in the second half.
Mallory Lloyd scored 22 points for Sharon, including a basket with under 30 seconds to play to force overtime. Sharon built a three-point lead in the extra period and hung on to improve to 5-10.
The Phoenix trailed at halftime, 25-16.
The Phoenix play at unbeaten, top-ranked Williamstown on Thursday.
Mount St. Joseph 54 Woodstock 20
Rutland — The Wasps were held to a season-low in points as the Mounties (16-0) stayed undefeated.
Freshman Madison Schulz scored seven points and Natausha Smallwood had six for the Woodstock, which scored just five points in the second half.
The Wasps (4-12) host Black River on Thursday.
Williamstown 90, Rivendell 55
Williamstown, Vt. — The Raptors fell to 7-8 against the unbeaten, top-ranked Blue Devils.
Hannah Rockwell scored 17 points and Tao Ameden contributed 12 for the Raptors.
Rivendell hosts Sharon on Friday.
Lebanon 7, Exeter 0
Exeter, n.h. — Michaela Schones had a hat trick, Loren McEwen had two goals and two assists and Kyra Taylor and Izzy Walker each scored once for the Raiders (8-2). Emma Forman had three assists, Karli Swensen had one and goaltenders Erika Moffitt and Emily Courtemanche made a combined eight saves. Lebanon hosts Hanover on Saturday.
Hanover 10, St. Thomas-Dover 2
Dover, n.h. — Matti Hartman scored four times at Dover Arena as the Marauders (6-1 league, 8-2 overall) cruised past the Saints.
Hartman added an assist for a five-point night, while Eliza Laycock posted two goals and two assists and Kelly Brigham handed out four assists. Sarah Muller, Julie Montgomery and Caroline Howell also scored for Hanover, as did freshman Maddie Lyons, who produced her first varsity tally.
Emily Acker (two), Ella Williams and Grace Tecca also added assists, and goaltenders Katie Fenton and Emily Gougelet combined on 10 saves. The Marauders are scheduled to host Con-Val Wednesday at Campion Arena.
Pelham-Windham 7, Lebanon 1
West Lebanon — The Raiders (3-8-1) tried staying with the Wolfpack (9-3-0), but the absence of four skaters to illness or injury finally tapped Lebanon’s gas tank.
Brendan Kelly provided Lebanon’s only goal at the 7:28 mark of the second period, a power-play strike set up by Dylan Gaudette and Nate Gariepy.
“We struggled to get a good start going in the first period, and it was only 4-1 going into the third period,” Lebanon coach Gary Smith said. “You could tell toward the end that injuries and sickness hit home with us.”
Goalies Joe Grout and Ryan Dube combined for 22 saves for the Raiders, who visit Timberlane on Saturday.
Stevens 42, Hanover 38
Claremont — Tyler Erickson scored 30 points for the Cardinals (2-1), who claimed the first meeting of Upper Valley schools in the short history of the NHIAA’s unified basketball program.
Thomas Smith contributed six points for first-year Stevens, which made the most of its homecourt Carr Gymnasium edge. Walter Mosenthal led the Marauders (1-2) with 14 points, and Mary Thomas finished with 10.
The Cards return to action Monday at Merrimack Valley. Hanover plays its final two games at home, with Concord paying a visit next Tuesday.
Woodstock Sweeps GS
Killington, Vt. — The Wasps put three girls in the top five and three boys in the top 10 to dominate a giant slalom meet at Killington.
Nikki Sardelli won the girls race in a two-run time of 1 minute, 11.76 seconds. Teammates Olivia Clement (third; 1:38.38) and Sawyer Cawley-Edwards (fifth; 1:24.23) were right behind, and Karli Weinberg took 11th place for Woodstock in the meet held on the resort’s steep Highline trail.
Woodstock also claimed the win in the boys race with Alex Sheppard posting a meet-best time of 1:04.05, more than six seconds ahead of Black River runner-up Topher Ciufo. Evan Bloch took ninth and Spencer Eckert was 10th for the Wasps, who visit Stowe for a slopestyle event on Friday.
St. Joseph’s 66, Vermont Tech 62
Randolph — The Green Knights fell to 7-14 despite Jamal Hughes and Andrew Scott each scoring 17 points and South Royalton High graduate Ryan Follensbee scoring nine. Vermont Tech hosts Eastern Maine on Friday.