Cardinals Outlast Jacks
Windsor’s Tanner Tibbits shoots while Stevens’ Trey Dansereau attempts to block last night in Windsor. (Valley News - Sarah Priestap) Purchase photo reprints »
Stevens’ Nate White attempts a free throw last night. (Valley News - Sarah Priestap) Purchase photo reprints »
Windsor — The latest episode of the rivalry between the Stevens and Windsor High boys basketball teams saw the Cardinals cross the Connecticut River to beat the host Yellowjackets 65-60 last night.
Neither team was able to gain a big edge all night as Stevens led by no more than eight and clung to a three-point lead with a minute to go. The Cardinals closed with 21 points in the fourth quarter to close out the victory.
Ryan Tanguay led Stevens with 16 points, while Logan Batchelder added 13, Billy Brooks 10 and Jordan Haines nine. The Cardinals drained 8 of 12 shots from the free throw line in the fourth quarter to slam the door on the Jacks.
Luke TanCreti and Tanner Tibbits each had 14 points for Windsor (1-6), while Nick Kapuscinski had nine points.
The Jacks visit Burr & Burton on Friday night. Stevens (4-1) will host Winnisquam tomorrow night.
Thetford 55, Union-32 42
East Montpelier, Vt. — The relentless team speed of the Panthers finally paid dividend in the fourth quarter as Thetford ran the Raiders off the court, outscoring the hosts 23-7 in the frame to claim victory.
“We really wore them down, we’ve been trying all year to play fast and tonight we wore them down big time,” Thetford coach Justin Smith said. “It’s our best defensive effort of the year.”
Brandon Gray led the Panthers with 16 points, while Dominic Chatot added 11, Eric Alberta nine and Aiden Cleaves eight. Hard work on the defensive end helped Thetford limit U-32 to a 16-for-77 performance from the field. Smith praised Ian Weider (six points) for his work defensively.
The Panthers (7-1) host Rivendell on Saturday.
Thetford 47, Peoples 31
Thetford — Playing their second game without starting center Ella Chapman, who is out for the season with an injury, the Panthers clawed their way to a 30-17 lead at the break in cruising to victory over Peoples.
“We’ve had to change some things around,” Thetford coach Eric Ward said regarding adjustments made without Chapman anchoring the inside. “Our offense will come along as the season goes on. I think good things are going to happen eventually.”
Shyann Josler led the Thetford attack with 13 points. Maggie Pomeroy set the tone defensively, according to Ward, and also managed to fill the statsheet on the offensive end with 11 points, 10 steals and five assists. Maggie Kinder added nine points and Tara Pellerin had eight.
The Panthers (6-1) visit Oxbow tomorrow night in a rematch of a semifinal game from last season’s Vermont Division III tournament, won by Oxbow, 44-39, on March 15, 2012.
Oxbow 52, Lyndon 43
Bradford, Vt. — The Olympians leapt from the starting gates, scoring 16 points in the first quarter to beat visiting Lyndon and improve to 2-4.
Malaina Wright led the Oxbow attack with 17 points. Savannah Fay added 12 points while Cassie Hutchinson had 10. Mikayla Hodge had just three points, but controlled play down low with 14 rebounds and nine blocked shots.
Whitcomb 54, Sharon 19
Sharon — The Hornets (5-1) continued their strong start to the season with a blowout victory over the host Phoenix (0-6).
Whitcomb’s Ashley Stearns led all scorers with 16 points. Reba Hart added 12 points, while Mackenzie Delia had nine. The Hornets exploded in the second half, stretching a 14-8 lead at the break with 40 points in the final 16 minutes.
Suzie Moses had six points for Sharon.
“I thought we were played really well, but then we got into foul trouble in the second half. (Whitcomb) is very well orchestrated, they know where everyone’s going to be and they play very well together,” Sharon coach Brian Allard said.
Bishop Brady 48 Kearsarge 21
North Sutton — The Cougars trailed 24-11 at halftime and were never able to keep pace with the Giants.
Anna Cahill had 10 points for Kearsarge (1-8), which is off until Jan. 21 when it visits Hopkinton.
South Royalton 25
South Royalton — The Royals got off to a slow start as Alyssa Whitney (20 points) led Hazen to the victory.
Hayley Hudson led SoRo with seven points. Whitney scored 16 of her points in the first half before Jackie Fulcher and the Royals’ defense worked to limit her to four points after the break.
South Royalton hosts Chelsea tomorrow night.
West Lebanon — The Marauders got a pair of second-period goals to beat their visitors from the north, improving to 7-1 overall, 6-0 in NHIAA league play.
Matti Hartman scored the first goal, converting on a feed from Emily Acker. Acker then scored with an assist to Eliza Laycock. Goalie Kelly Gaudet stopped 14 saves for the shutout as Hanover outshot Berlin-Gorham 41-14.
The Marauders visit Bishop Guertin on Saturday.
Hanover Girls Win
Plymouth — The Marauder girls edged Lebanon to claim the title in a multi-team meet at Plymouth.
Kelsie Atwater took first place for the Raider girls, though, racing around the course in 18 minutes, 26 seconds. Teammates Sarah Berman (10th), Hallie Bergwall (11th) and Liz Peterson (25th) rounded out the scoring for second-place Lebanon.
Hanover placed four racers in the top 12 with Alexi Kim leading the way in sixth and Helen Tosteston right behind in seventh. Claire Snyder took ninth and Sarah Hadrick was 12th for the Marauders.
The Marauders also edged Lebanon in the boys race, claiming second place to the Raiders’ third. Chris Powell led the Hanover contingent with a third pace finish. Sam Gurwit took ninth, Tucker Cadow was 13th and Max Munafo was 30th.
Kenny Weitzman finished seventh for Lebanon, with teammates Lincoln Crutchfield (12th), Ian Girdwood (17th) and Zach Liebold (18th) rounding out the Raiders team score.
Boys Team Scores: Kennett 384, Hanover 359, Lebanon 355.
Girls Team Scores: Hanover 370, Lebanon 362, Kingswood 353.
Burr & Burton Tops Woodstock
Pomfret, Vt. — The host Wasps were edged at home in a meet featuring three of the top teams in a southern Vermont district meet.
Hartford’s Mariah Palmer, skiing as an independent, won the girls race to claim her first ever individual title. Palmer won with a combined time of 1 minute, 1.69 seconds in a pair of slalom runs at Suicide Six. Woodstock placed four skiers in the top 10 with Haley Noble leading the way in third with a time of 1:03.01 followed by Holli Olson at seventh, Kathleen Sheppard at eighth and Kate Miller at 10th.
The Wasps then had four racers in the top 11 of the boys race, led by Sawyer Mattsson in third along with Jake Kelly (seventh), Alex King (eighth) and Taylor Lessard (11th).
Boys Team Scores: Burr & Burton 20, Rutland 28, Woodstock 29.
Girls Team Scores: Burr & Burton 20, Woodstock 24, Rutland 44.