Tigers Claim A Title

Keene, n.h. — Andrew Houde scored 22 points and earned most valuable player honors as the Newport High boys basketball team won the White division of the Zero Gravity Holiday Tournament at Keene State College with a 59-49 win over ConVal yesterday.

The Tigers (6-0) completed a 3-0 run through the tourney with wins over Division III rivals Hinsdale and Mascenic before taking on the challenge of the D-II Cougars. Newport also picked up big performances from Peter Wacholtz and Spencer Coronis on the way to a welcomed success.

“It’s a huge confidence builder,” Newport coach Steve Lavolpicelo said. “ConVal is a much bigger school than us, in a higher division. The speed of the game was a little bit faster than we’re used to in the first half, and we really adjusted in the second half and rose to the challenge.”

Coronis earned a spot on the all-tournament team with 11 points. Wacholtz, meanwhile, poured in 14 points on 6-for-8 shooting, adding two free throws in three tries and finishing a double-double performance with 11 rebounds.

“He’s been having some big games for us,” Lavolpicelo said of Wacholtz. “He’s all heart. Every 50-50 ball is his. He plays so hard. He was our defensive stopper, he rebounded and he finished and played really well.”

Taylor Doyle paced the Cougars with 18 points.

Newport resumes D-III play by hosting archrival Stevens on Friday night.

Saunders (N.Y.) 56
Lebanon 54

Keene, n.h. — Senior guard David Hampton earned a spot on the all-tournament squad with a team-best 18 points as the Raiders (3-3) ended the Zero Gravity Holiday Tournament at Keene State College with a narrow loss to a New York City-based foe.

Hampton sank four of Lebanon’s nine 3-pointers, helping the Raiders hold a 47-36 lead entering the fourth quarter. That’s when Saunders rallied behind the 23-point effort of Rahbir Hamman and the 17-point performance of Derrick Selder to take the come-from-behind victory.

“We just fell apart; we threw the ball away,” Lebanon coach Kieth Matte said. “We didn’t execute our press breaker. We went into the this game trying to play fast, and we looked great for three quarters and just didn’t play well in the fourth. It’s simple to say we ran out of gas — that’s a cliche — but we just ran out of mental gas.”

Mat Cowles added 10 points for Lebanon, which beat Plymouth on Friday and took a forfeit loss to Conant on Saturday, opting not to make the journey to KSC through a snowstorm.

The Raiders return to NHIAA Division II play when they host John Stark on Friday night.

Hopkinton 50, Kearsarge 15
Merr. Valley 71, Kearsarge 24

Concord — Missing two top players to the holiday, the Cougars dropped two contests over the weekend at the NHTI Holiday Tournament at New Hampshire Technical Institute.

Friday’s opener saw Hopkinton roll out to a 26-9 advantage en route to victory. Casey Laughinghouse led Kearsarge with five points, and freshman Zach Mattos scored the first two points of his varsity career for the Cougars.

MV jumped out in similar fashion on Saturday, grabbing a 14-0 lead after one quarter. Carter Noordsij led Kearsarge with six points, and sophomore Francis Carpenter netted his first two varsity points.

Kearsarge returns to in-state play on Friday at Bow.

Girls Basketball

Hanover 53, Oyster River 38

Durham, n.h. — Lexi Hamilton posted a game-high 13 points, including a trio of 3-pointers, to earn most valuable player honors and lead the Marauders (4-3) to the title of the Oyster River Holiday Tournament.

Hanover extended its win streak to four games, riding defense all the way. The Marauders silenced Portsmouth and St. Thomas, holding each to less than 35 points, then gave the Bobcats only nine in the first half of last night’s victory.

“The last four games, what’s been really impressive has been our defense,” Hanover coach Dan O’Rourke said. “After the Lebanon game (a 59-34 loss on on Dec. 15), the last 2½ weeks we’ve done nothing but defense in practice. It’s starting to pay off.”

Eileen Daley finished an impressive tournament with eight points for Hanover. “The entire tournament she played very well all-around,” O’Rourke added. “She rebounded well, she ran the floor well and overall she played very well-balanced games.”

Erica Hinck finished with 10 points for Hanover, which also picked up eight points from captain Safiya Walker. The Marauders host Manchester West in a 5:30 p.m. game on Friday.

Lebanon 63, Trinity 45

Manchester — Using their usual defense-to-offense transition game as a foundation, Lebanon closed the Queen City Classic at Manchester Central High School with a win over Trinity.

Moriah Morton came close to a double-double for the Raiders, scoring a team-high 20 points and adding nine assists. Emily Kehoe followed with 18 points, and Heather King notched 11, including Lebanon’s only 3-pointer. The Raiders built a 37-18 halftime lead and used much of the game to experiment with schemes for later in the season.

“We were a little rusty to start with,” said Lebanon coach Tim Kehoe, whose team had their scheduled Saturday game postponed by snow.

“We finally got a run in and scored most of our baskets off our defense. Sam (MacDonald) and Emily pushed the ball well. We had a lot of creativity on the offensive end.”

MacDonald finished with six assists and two steals for Lebanon, which visits John Stark on Friday night.

Woodsville 43, Mascenic 23

Meredith, n.h. — With nine players contributing to the offense, the Engineers (6-1) completed a two-win visit to the InterLakes Holiday Jamboree with a win over the Vikings.

Erica Belyea posted a game-high 11 points for Woodsville, which also received six from Chrissy Valliant.

“This has been a great jamboree for us,” Woodsville coach Jim Kinder said.

“They were all teams we haven’t seen, all Division III teams, so that gave us a taste of kids comparable to us and we were still competitive. We were able to come out with a couple of wins. We treated this very much like a preseason scrimmage, knowing we are heading into a tough area of our season.”

Woodsville picks up action with a trip to Littleton on Friday.

Women’s Basketball

Villanova 60, Dartmouth 37

Hanover — Laura Sweeny scored a game-high 22 points as the Wildcats (10-2) handed the Big Green (1-11) a defeat in the consolation game of the Blue Sky Classic tournament at Leede Arena.

Villanova’s defense limited Dartmouth to 28.9 percent shooting from the floor, preventing the hosts from managing any sort of consistent offense through the length of the game.

Sophomore guard Milica Toskovic had a team-best nine points for Dartmouth, adding seven rebounds, and freshman forward Lakin Roland led the Big Green on the boards with a career-best nine caroms.

The Big Green returns to action on Thursday when it hosts Holy Cross to close a three-game homestand.

Men’s Basketball

WPI 66, Colby-Sawyer 44

Worcester, Mass. — Freshman Zach Karalis came off the bench for game highs of 14 points and five assists to lead Worcester Polytechnic past the Chargers (2-7).

The Engineers set a program record for wins to start a season with the victory, improving to 11-0 overall. The result also extended WPI’s ongoing win streak to 13 games, dating back to last year’s ECAC tournament.

Mike Dias pace Colby-Sawyer, which trailed from start to finish, with 11 points and seven rebounds. The Chargers return to North Atlantic Conference play with home games against Maine Maritime on Friday and Husson on Saturday.