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Woodstock Girls End Long Slide

Wasps Run to First Victory Since ’10

  • Connor Fegard of Woodstock tries to keep the ball in bounds after grappling with Dylan Rice of Hartford during their game in Woodstock Monday, December 23, 2013.<br/>(Valley News - James M. Patterson)

    Connor Fegard of Woodstock tries to keep the ball in bounds after grappling with Dylan Rice of Hartford during their game in Woodstock Monday, December 23, 2013.
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  • Cameron Gaudette of Hartford makes a break between Chris Townley of Woodstock, left, and Nehemiah Wood, right, during their game in Woodstock Monday, December 23, 2013.<br/>(Valley News - James M. Patterson)

    Cameron Gaudette of Hartford makes a break between Chris Townley of Woodstock, left, and Nehemiah Wood, right, during their game in Woodstock Monday, December 23, 2013.
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  • Connor Fegard of Woodstock tries to keep the ball in bounds after grappling with Dylan Rice of Hartford during their game in Woodstock Monday, December 23, 2013.<br/>(Valley News - James M. Patterson)
  • Cameron Gaudette of Hartford makes a break between Chris Townley of Woodstock, left, and Nehemiah Wood, right, during their game in Woodstock Monday, December 23, 2013.<br/>(Valley News - James M. Patterson)

Westminster, Vt. — A victory has been a long time coming for the Woodstock High girls basketball team, but this one seemed worth the wait. The Wasps nursed a big early lead on Monday night to beat host Bellows Falls, 46-35, snapping a 54-game losing streak dating back to 2010.

Woodstock stung early, leading 23-10 after the first quarter. The Wasps drilled three of their four 3-pointers in the early outburst, using good ball movement to create open shots. After the Terriers got within four points through three quarters, the Wasps did the job from the free-throw line in the final minutes to secure the long-awaited victory.

Mariah Luce (14 points) and Paitra Martin (11 points) led Woodstock.

“It’s good to get the first win under our belts,” Wasps coach Roger St. Hilaire said. “We just had to hold it together and take care of the ball, and we did. We had the lead and made our free throws in the end, which is what counted.”

Woodstock last won as a varsity program on Jan. 5, 2010 with a 53-21 home victory over Bellows Falls. The Wasps played at the junior varsity level last winter, going 12-1.

“Hopefully this will fuel us for the rest of the season,” St. Hilaire added.

Woodstock goes for two in a row when Green Mountain visits on Jan. 3.

Oxbow 41, Blue Mountain 27

Bradford, Vt. — The Olympians led 20-2 after the first quarter and coasted to improve to 3-0.

Mikayla Hodge (12 points) and Cassie Hutchinson (10 points) paced the Oxbow offense, while Savannah Fay had seven points.

The O’s visit Lake Region on Friday.

Merrimack Valley 74 Kearsarge 27

North Sutton — The Cougars fell down big early and couldn’t match up with the size of the Pride’s post players.

Mary Mullen (20 points) and Mason Kimball (19 points) led Merrimack Valley (3-0). Katlyn Kleckner had her first varisty points for Kearsarge, scoring four. Anna Cahill led the Cougars with nine points.

Kearsarge (2-4) is back in action on Thursday in the NHTI tournament in Concord.

Twin Valley 41 Sharon 18

Wilmington, Vt. — The Phoenix couldn’t quite matchup with host Twin Valley, dropping to 1-2.

Suzie Moses led Sharon with seven points. The Phoenix (1-2) visit Twinfield on Monday.

Northfield 48 South Royalton 24

Northfield, Vt. — The Marauders doubled up the Royals (1-2).

Jocelyn Hewitt led SoRo with eight points while Rachel Moore had six points. The Royals host Chelsea on Saturday.

Boys Basketball

Woodstock 64 Hartford 62 (ot)

Woodstock — Doug Avellino had a game-high 28 points as the Wasps edged the Hurricanes in an overtime thriller for their first win of the young season.

Connor Fegard added 22 points for Woodstock (1-2), and Nehemiah Wood pulled down 20 rebounds for the Wasps. Chris Townley added eight points and had a key play late in overtime.

With the Wasps up by a point with less than a minute to play, Townley picked up a loose ball and hurdled a defender before laying it in for a three-point lead.

“Wood was huge on the boards; he was difference in overtime, pulling down missed shots,” Woodstock coach Jeff Thomas said.

Cameron Gaudette led Hartford with 21 points, while Connor Brooks had 15 points and Branson Landon had 14. The Canes drained eight 3-pointers.

Hartford (1-2) visits Union-32 on Saturday. Woodstock hosts Poultney on Friday night.

Merrimack Valley 59 Kearsarge 34

Penacook, n.h. — The Pride used its size advantage to pull away from the Cougars (0-3).

Zach Mattos led Kearsarge with 14 points and Carter Noordsij had nine, including seven points from the charity stripe. Merrimack Valley led 24-17 at halftime and then hit the boards hard after the break to gain the final edge.

The Cougars are back in action on Thursday at the NHTI Holiday Tournament in Concord.

Boys Hockey

Hanover 3 Manchester Central 1

Manchester — The Marauders jumped in front of Central early at JFK Coliseum to earn their first win of the young season.

Tom Peters got Hanover on the board in the first period, scoring with assists to Shawn Cavallaro and Sam Carey. Ben Hartman then added a breakaway goal midway through the second period after stealing the puck near Hanover’s defensive blue line and taking it all the way down the ice for the goal. Jonathan Goff added a power-play goal late in the second with assists to Hartman and Ben Chaimberg.

Freshman goalie Luke Ratliff earned his first varsity victory with 18 saves. Coach Dick Dodds praised the play of Matthew Goff and Chaimberg, each of whom were plus-2 on the night.

Hanover (1-1) faces Concord in the opening day of the Bauer Manchester Hockey Classic on Thursday back at JFK.