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Local Roundup: Hanover Boys Stifle Mascoma for Title

  • Hartford forward Heather Illingworth (23) snatches the rebound while guarded by Thetford’s Elise Jackson, left, and Rozy Kidder (30) yesterday in White River Junction. (Valley News - Sarah Priestap)

    Hartford forward Heather Illingworth (23) snatches the rebound while guarded by Thetford’s Elise Jackson, left, and Rozy Kidder (30) yesterday in White River Junction. (Valley News - Sarah Priestap) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Thetford’s Rozy Kidder lunges for the ball against Hartford yesterday. (Valley News - Sarah Priestap)

    Thetford’s Rozy Kidder lunges for the ball against Hartford yesterday. (Valley News - Sarah Priestap) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Hartford forward Heather Illingworth (23) snatches the rebound while guarded by Thetford’s Elise Jackson, left, and Rozy Kidder (30) yesterday in White River Junction. (Valley News - Sarah Priestap)
  • Thetford’s Rozy Kidder lunges for the ball against Hartford yesterday. (Valley News - Sarah Priestap)

Hanover — After a brilliant offensive first half from tournament MVP Cyrus Rothwell-Ferraris, the Hanover boys basketball team turned to its defense to pull away from Mascoma in a 51-38 win in the Connecticut River Shootout final.

Rothwell-Ferraris scored 12 of his game-high 14 in the first two quarters and the Marauders held the Royals to just 14 second-half points.

Sizeable Mascoma forwards Cam Braley (nine points) and Walt Hammond (six) were shut out after combining for 15 points in the first half, with the Marauders leading 29-24 at the break.

The Royals’ Adam Dutille (12 points) hit a 3-pointer at the beginning of the fourth quarter to pull Mascoma within 40-33, but the Royals had just two field goals over the last 7 1/2 minutes.

“(Hammond and Braley) did a really nice job penetrating in the first half and their guards were able to get them passes inside,” said Hanover coach Tim Winslow. “We did a much better job making it hard for them to score in the second half.”

Hanover captain Ryan O’Rourke had three steals and six of his nine points in the second half, while Hanover junior Noah Huizenga contributed a team-high five offensive rebounds.

In the consolation game, Woodsville defeated Hanover’s jayvee team, 42-38.

Hanover (3-2; 1-2 New Hampshire Division II) gets back to league play Thursday at Bishop Brady, while the Royals (4-4; 3-2 N.H. D-III) are off until Jan. 11 against Belmont.

Woodsville plays at Pittsburg-Canaan on Jan. 8.

Newport 72, Mascenic 54

Keene, n.h. — Jared Stauffeneker’s 39 points weren’t enough for the Vikings against the Tigers in the divisional semifinals of the Keene State Holiday Tournament.

Newport sophomore Andrew Houde scored 25, Derrick Pare had 13 and Spencer Coronis and Peter Wacholtz each scored eight for the Tigers, which led by just six at halftime before outscoring Mascenic 40-28 in the second half.

The Tigers face Con-Val today in the white division final.

Montpelier 48, Oxbow 35

Bradford, Vt. — The Olympians fell to 0-4.

Jake Smith scored 17 and Cody Therrien added 10 for the Solons, while the O’s Andrew Lyman contributed eight and Caleb Lafaille and Matt Thomson seven apiece.

Oxbow plays rival Thetford on Thursday. The Panthers are coached by Oxbow grad and former Olympian Justin Smith.

Merrimack Valley 71 Kearsarge 26

Concord — The Cougars (1-4 New Hampshire Division III) fell to 1-6 overall in the consolation round of the NHTI Christmas tournament at New Hampshire Technical Institute.

Kearsarge resumes league play Friday at Bow.

Girls Basketball

Hartford 42, Thetford 25

White River Junction — Stephanie Grobe scored 18 for the Vermont Division II Hurricanes, who defeated their D-III neighbors, the Panthers.

The Canes (3-1) led by just a bucket at halftime, 21-19, but outscored Thetford 21-6 in the second half.

“We ran the offense well tonight and defensively we played really well,” said Hurricanes coach Ed Kehoe. “You do that (defensively), you give yourself a really good chance to win.”

Shyann Josler scored 14 points for the Panthers (4-1), who suffered their first loss while playing for the first time in eight days.

Taylor Johnson added nine points for the Hurricanes, who play at Windsor on Thursday.

Thetford hosts Randolph on Wednesday.

Hanover 62, St. Thomas 49

Durham, n.h. — Erica Hinck scored a career high 13 points and Holly Schlosser had 12 as the Marauders prevailed in the opening round of the Oyster River Holiday Tournament.

JJ Daniell added nine points and Lexie Hamilton eight for the Marauders, who trailed 32-31 at halftime before holding the Saints to just 17 second-half points.

St. Thomas hit all of its six 3-pointers in the first half.

“We just weren’t getting to their shooters, but we played much better in the second half,” said Marauders coach Dan O’Rourke.

Hanover plays host Oyster River in the tourney title game tonight at 6:30 p.m.

Northfield 38
S. Royalton 21

South Royalton — Meghan McMullen scored 26 points for the Marauders, who took advantage of poor shooting accuracy from the Royals.

“We just couldn’t land a lot of baskets,” said Royals coach Bob Gray. “Emily Berk (six points) probably got open more than anyone else. She missed a lot of good looks.”

Kim Lakin had a strong defensive game for South Royalton, which hosts Rivendell on Thursday.

Concord 56, Kearsarge 15

Concord — The Cougars suffered a lopsided loss in the consolation round of the NHTI tournament.

Anna Cahill scored eight points for Kearsarge (1-8; 1-6 N.H. D-III), which plays at home against Bow on Friday.

Boys Hockey

Rutland 11, Hartford 2

Rutland — The Hurricanes fell hard to the host Raiders in the championship game of the Rutland Holiday Tournament.

Jeremy McGlone and Nick Terino scored for the Hurricanes (3-2-0), with Will Gardner and John Lewis getting the assists.

The Canes used three goalies as Mak Lyford, Teighan Meeker and Jed Sass combined for 40 saves.

Hartford hosts Woodstock on Wednesday.

Burr & Burton 3 Woodstock 2

Rutland — The Bulldogs’ early third period goal snapped a 2-2 deadlock and they hung on against the Wasps in the consolation round of the Rutland Holiday Tournament.

Ben Orr and Will Gault scored for the Wasps, while Braden McCarthy, Conner McCarthy and Nick Donaldson tallied assists.

Brady Stewart made 24 saves for Woodstock, which was outshot 27-15.

Woodstock plays at Hartford on Wednesday.

Keene 3, Lebanon 1

Belmont (Mass.) 2
Lebanon 1

Salem, n.h. — The Raiders (1-5; 1-3 N.H. D-II) went 0-2 on the day in a pair of nonleague games at Salem Icenter.

Riley Sleeper scored versus the Blackbirds and Cam Broughton tallied against Belmont for Lebanon, which received assists on the day from Mike Servant, Ryan White and Ryan Damren.

Ryan Dube (21 saves against Keene) and Joe Grout (23 against Belmont) saw time in the Raider net.

Lebanon has a rematch with the Blackbirds on Wednesday at Campion Rink.

KUA 3, Nichols 1

Buffalo, n.y. — The Wildcats beat the hosts in day 2 of the Nichols Holiday tournament, improving to 3-0 in the tourney.

Nick Roberto, Gregg Burmaster and AJ Greer scored for KUA, with JD Dudek, Casey Miller, Matt Michaud and Jonathan Charbonneau all tallying assists.

The Cats (11-1-0 overall) play Brunswick this morning with a berth in the afternoon tournament championship game on the line.

Girls Hockey

Hanover 6
Bp. Brady-Trinity 0

Concord — Six players scored for the Marauders, who prevailed in their first-ever game against Bishop Brady-Trinity, one of two first-year teams.

Sarah Wagner, Caroline Howell and Eliza Laycock all had a goal and an assist, while Emma Malenka, Kelly Brigham and Grace Tecca scored one goal each for Hanover (5-1; 4-0 NHIAA).

Matti Hartman had two assists and Sarah Polidor, Emily Acker and Delia Nahabedian had one assist each for the Marauders, while goalies Kelly Gaudet (first two periods) and Katie Fenton each made six saves.

Hanover plays at Souhegan on Saturday.

Union-32 8, Woodstock 2

Middlebury, Vt. — The Wasps (0-6) fell to the Raiders in the consolation round of the Middlebury Holiday Tournament.

Delaney Little scored both goals for Woodstock, once unassisted and the other on feeds from Emma Astbury and Taylor Smith.

Erin Tortolano made 24 stops for the Wasps, who host North Country on Wednesday.

Track and Field

Raider Boys Fifth

Hanover — The Lebanon boys garnered three runner-up finishes while placing fifth of 20 teams at Dartmouth College’s Leverone Field House yesterday.

Teddy Bessette (1,500-meter run; 4:20.57), John Cioffredi (high jump; 6-04) and the Raiders’ 4x400 relay team (1:39.03) all placed second for Lebanon.

Oxbow’s Will Heathman (300 dash; 36.89) and Kearsarge’s Gabe Carter (long jump; 20.05) had wins while Thetford’s Ian Weider was second in the long jump and Hanover’s 4x200 relay team third.

On the girls’ side, Hanover’s Aidan Bardos took the 600 in 1:41.11, while Lebanon’s Natasha Goodwin won the high jump with a lunge of 5-02.

Windsor freshman Katey Comstock was third in the shot put with a heave of 31-0.7.

Boys team scores — 1. Mount Anthony 35, 2. Merrimack 32, 3. Londonderry 31, 4. Alvirne 27.5, 5. Lebanon 23, 6. St. Johnsbury 19, 7. Salem 18, 8. Nashua South 15, 9. Thetford 14.5, 10. Fair Haven and Monadnock 12.

Girls team scores — 1. Londonderry 70.5, 2. Mount Anthony 32, 3. Coe-Brown and Monadnock 27, 5. Hollis-Brookline 25, 6. Hanover 22.5, 7. Lebanon 19, 8. Manchester Central 18, 9. St. Johnsbury 15, 10. Salem 10.