Raiders Hold Off Coe-Brown
Lebanon's John Cioffredi looks to pass during Coe-Brown at Lebanon boys basketball in Lebanon, N.H., on February 7, 2014. Lebanon won, 66-58. (Valley News - Will Parson) Purchase photo reprints »
Lebanon's Dominick Morrill charges hard against Coe-Brown's Nicholas Rolser during Coe-Brown at Lebanon boys basketball in Lebanon, N.H., on February 7, 2014. Lebanon won, 66-58. (Valley News - Will Parson) Purchase photo reprints »
Lebanon — Geared up for a tough matchup with visiting Coe-Brown, the Lebanon High boys basketball team started quickly on Friday night and won 66-58 in front of the home Lang Metcalf Gymnasium crowd.
The Raiders (11-4 overall, 10-3 NHIAA Division II) had a trio of sharpshooters with three 3-pointers apiece and opened an 18-11 lead after the first quarter. The Bears (7-4) battled back in the second quarter, but Lebanon held narrow edges in the third and fourth to pick up the win.
Dom Morrill (23 points), K.J. Matte (17) and Kalin Sou (10) each drained three buckets from downtown for the Raiders. John Cioffredi added eight points.
“Coe-Brown is a very good team; they came in and played well tonight,” Lebanon coach Kieth Matte said. “We shot the ball well tonight, which was huge.”
The Raiders have now won four of their last five games and eight of their last 10. Up next for Lebanon is a date against the rival Marauders in Hanover on Tuesday night.
Kearsarge 58, Newfound 45
North Sutton — James Bromwell had 19 points and nine rebounds as the Cougars pulled away in the fourth quarter for a big home victory.
Trent Noordsij added 12 points while Carter Noordsij had 10 points; each Noordsij brother had six assists. Matt Roy chipped in with nine points.
The Cougars won each quarter, including a 20-13 advantage in the fourth. Kearsarge was 7-for-8 from the free throw line in the final stanza to prevent any comeback attempt.
“We executed tonight, took care of the ball,” Kearsarge coach Nate Camp said. “We were really unselfish, did a great job finding the open guy tonight. It’s a good win.”
The Cougars (3-11 overall, 2-10 NHIAA) host Hopkinton on Wednesday.
Rivendell 67, Sharon 44
Orford — With Josh Marshall leading three teammates in double figures with 15 points, the Raptors (10-1) held off a concerted challenge from the Phoenix (10-4).
Luke Bell followed with 13 points and Nate Eastman contributed 12 for Rivendell, which held Sharon to single-digit scoring in the middle periods.
“It was just good, hard work,” Rivendell coach Jeff Huntington said. “They’re playing hard. They know the season’s coming to an end. We hadn’t played in a while and had a lot of energy.”
Steve Davis and Tanner James paced Sharon with 12 points each, with Jay Knoerlein adding 11. The Phoenix visits Twinfield on Tuesday, and Rivendell turns around to host Woodsville tonight.
Hanover 70, Con-Val 41
Peterborough, n.h. — The Marauders got great contributions off the bench in a runaway second quarter to beat the Cougars.
Tim O’Rourke and Jules Evans came off the bench and combined for 12 points in Hanover’s 26-point second quarter to give the visitors a 36-14 lead at halftime. John Flory finished with 12 points, O’Rourke had 11, Matt Robertson had 10 and Evans finished with eight points.
“Tim and Jules gave us instant energy, and we went from there,” Marauders coach Tim Winslow said.
Hanover (9-4 overall, 7-4 NHIAA D-II) hosts Lebanon on Tuesday night.
Woodstock 59, Leland & Gray 46
Townshend, Vt. — An adjustment on defense helped Woodstock (9-6) hold the Rebels (4-11) to just two points in the fourth quarter, enabling the Wasps to rally for a Marble Valley League win.
Connor Fegard took a star turn for the visitors, dropping a game-high 30 points for the Wasps. Doug Avellino produced 16 points, but it was the defense that earned the plaudits after Leland & Gray opened a 14-5 lead after one quarter.
“We switched our defense up a little bit, and we rebounded excellent,” Woodstock assistant coach Tom Avellino said. “We tightened up the defense, held them to one shot and played smart basketball, too.”
Dylan McDonough added eight points for the Wasps, who visit Windsor on Sunday for a makeup contest at 3:30 p.m.
Windsor 47, Hartford 42
Windsor — The Yellowjackets (10-5) tuned up for Sunday’s date with rival Woodstock with a strong first quarter to hold off the Hurricanes (4-10).
Windsor led the whole way, with Tyson Boudro (14 points) and Ethan Hill (11) topping the Jacks’ attack. The hosts led 11-3 after one period, a cushion they nursed the rest of the night.
Hartford’s Cameron Gaudette led all scorers with 17 points, with Kiefer Harrelson adding eight. The Hurricanes piled 20 points into the fourth quarter, but they couldn’t turn the late effort into a win.
While the Yellowjackets prepare for Woodstock, Hartford is off until a trip to Brattleboro on Monday.
Craftsbury 41, Whitcomb 33
Bethel — The Hornets (3-11) played the Chargers (13-3) well until the visitors used fourth-quarter free throws to avoid a potential Vermont Division IV upset.
Harrison Allen had a big night for Whitcomb, scoring a season-high 11 points to pace the hosts. Brian Schumann anchored the Hornets’ efforts on the boards, while Bradford Allen (eight points) and Zak Gillette (six) played key roles on offense.
“They just kind of outplayed us in the fourth quarter,” Whitcomb coach David Fisher said. “We were in the game all the way through.”
The Hornets head to the Northeast Kingdom on Tuesday to meet Concord.
Fall Mountain 56, Mascoma 41
Langdon, n.h. — The Royals (7-6) dropped a tough matchup with the Wildcats.
Justin Marsh and Matt Quow each had nine points for the Royals, while Andrew Cashe and Alex Schwarz each had five points.
Mascoma visits Kearsarge on Friday.
Williamstown 105, S. Royalton 32
Williamstown, Vt. — With Hunter McLaughlin delivering 40 points, the Blue Devils (14-0) maintained their hold on first place in Vermont Division III, beating the Royals (4-11).
Keanan Thompson topped the South Royalton scoresheet with 10, followed by six from Hunter brock. “I love to play the best team in the state,” Royals coach Pete Howe said. “The boys didn’t quit, and I’m proud of that fact.”
South Royalton is back in action this afternoon, visiting Blue Mountain.
Harwood 59, Oxbow 44
Moretown, Vt. — An intentional foul called on the Olympians (4-9) in the closing moments of the game opened the door for two Harwood free throws and an ensuing basket that sent the visitors to a hard-luck loss.
Oxbow stayed with the Highlanders (6-9) by travelling the long-distance route. Owner of just one 3-pointer on the season, the Olympians’ Nick Daigle buried four of his team’s seven trifectas en route to a season-high 14 points to lead the way.
“The way we played, the intensity we play with, I can’t fault it a bit,” Oxbow coach Mike Maxwell said. “To come out and hit seven 3s tonight is unbelievable, because I don’t think we’ve hit more than two in any other ballgame.”
Hunter Torrey and Matthew Thomson both posted 11-point nights for the O’s; Torrey’s tally was also a season high. Oxbow turned right around and visits Lyndon this afternoon.
Whitcomb 77, Cabot 31
Cabot, Vt. — The Hornets (11-5) made themselves at home on the road, caging the Huskies (3-12) behind a season-best 26 points from Phoebe Parrish.
Whitcomb buried its hosts 25-3 by the first-quarter buzzer and was never seriously challenged. Lindsey LaPerle poured in 21 points, Ashley Stearns finished with seven, and Brianna Hillier and Nicole Begin produced matching seven-point efforts for the Hornets, who have won two straight.
Whitcomb hosts archrival South Royalton this afternoon.
Lebanon 62, Coe-Brown 38
Northwood, n.h. — Point guard Samantha MacDonald flirted with a triple-double as Lebanon (14-3 overall, 11-3 NHIAA) ran away from the host Bears.
MacDonald finished with 17 points, 11 rebounds and six assists to pace the Raiders. “She’s the battery; she’s the one that makes us go,” Lebanon coach Rob Marsh said. “Everyone complemented each other tonight; we were very unselfish.”
Heather King led the Raiders with 21 points while Vanessa Fleury added 10 points. Lebanon trailed 8-2 in the early going and rallied from there to lead 17-11 after the first quarter.
The Raiders look forward to a visit to Hanover on Wednesday night.
Newport 49, Stevens 27
Claremont — The Tigers (7-6) turned up their defensive intensity to pull away from the Cardinals (2-13) in the second half.
Stephanie Carl had 14 points to pace Newport, while Kirsten Kibbey had 10 points and Renee Magoon had nine points. The Tigers led 20-16 at halftime and then outscored Stevens 29-11 after the break.
Morgan Busby had 12 points for the Cardinals.
Newport hosts Hopkinton on Friday night.
Fall Mountain 54, Mascoma 42
West Canaan — The Royals (8-7) had just three points in the fourth quarter as the Wildcats pulled away for the win.
Amanda Guerin led Mascoma with 10 points, while Kialah Reeder had eight. Mascoma trailed just 43-39 through three quarters but was outscored 13-4 from the free-throw line on the night.
The Royals visit Kearsarge on Friday.
Newfound 72, Kearsarge 31
Bristol, n.h. — The Cougars (2-11) couldn’t keep pace with the top team in NHIAA D-III.
Freshman Devi Kraushaar again led Kearsarge, finishing with 16 points. Karissa Bony led Newfound (14-1) with 24 points.
The Cougars visit Hopkinton on Tuesday night.
Williamstown 72, Sharon 35
Williamstown, Vt. — The Phoenix (5-11) ran into the buzzsaw that is the undefeated, Vermont Division III-leading Blue Devils (15-0) on Thursday night.
Suzie Moses led Sharon with 16 points, her first double-digit tally since Jan. 23. Mallory Lloyd added 10 points.
TSA hosts Chelsea on Monday night.
Woodstock 5, Stowe 3
Stowe, Vt. — Haven Lantz picked a good time to score his first two goals of the year, the latter serving as the game-winner as the Wasps (12-3-2) held off a determined Raider rally at Stowe Arena, a win that propelled Woodstock to first place in Vermont Division II.
Lantz’s first goal helped Woodstock build a 3-0 lead entering the final period, but the Wasps’ penalty-plagued ways opened the door for Stowe (11-4-1) to twice close within a goal.
Lantz ended the first rally with his second goal of the day for a 4-2 lead, and Will Gault hit an empty net to clinch the victory after the Raiders again closed to within a goal. Nick Donaldson and Dylan Kuhn also scored for Woodstock, with Donaldson, Kevan O’Connell, Connor McCarthy, Ben Orr and Dan Robinson all contributing an assist.
Connor Black backstopped the win with 25 saves. Woodstock goes to Missisquoi on Wednesday.
Hanover 9, Con-Val 0
West Lebanon — The Marauders surrendered just two shots on goal, improving to 9-2 overall, 7-1 in NHIAA.
Margeaux Baker had two goals and an assist while Eliza Laycock had a goal and three helpers to pace the Hanover attack. Maddie Lyons, Ella Williams, Delia Nahabedian, Mahler Meyerrose and Sarah Wagner each had a goal and one assist. Emily Acker also scored.
Matti Hartman added three helpers while Caroline Howell had two assists. Sarah Muller, Emma Malenka and Kelly Brigham each had one helper. Goalie Emily Gougelet made two saves.
Hanover battles Lebanon today at 5:30 p.m. at Campion Rink.
Kennett Sweeps; Raider Boys Second
Conway, n.h. — The Kennett Eagles’ depth held sway on its home Mount Cranmore slope in a three-school meet, although Lebanon shared second with Plymouth in the boys’ races.
Will Patch and Lucas Jameson had the big days for Lebanon. Patch took third in the slalom in a two-run time of 1 minute, 14.83 seconds, leading Max Moorhead, Jameson and Jeff Purdy in a 3-5-9-11 finish. Jameson took 11th (1:09.64) for Lebanon’s best result in the GS, with Purdy (13th), Moorhead (14th) and Purdy (20th) completing the scoring.
Emily Perryman led a 6-11-20-21 finish for Lebanon in the slalom with a team-best time of 1 minute, 9.88 seconds over two runs. Perryman was also the Raiders’ top skier in the GS with a third-place time of 1:24.40, while teammate Brooke Whitaker took ninth (1:28.28). Brooke Farwell (16th) and Marina Liot (21st) completed Lebanon’s GS scoring, and Whitaker (11th), Farwell (20th) and Liot (21st) followed Perryman’s lead in the slalom.
Boys team scores: Kennett 784, Lebanon 742, Plymouth 742.
Girls team scores: Kennett 782, Plymouth 745, Lebanon 741.