Lebanon Girls Rolling Along
Lebanon’s Emily Kehoe (5) finds herself trapped between Windham’s Bernadette Connors, left, and Kelsey Schiebel while trying to pass the basketball during yesterday afternoon’s 60-37 win over the Jaguars at Lang Metcalf Gym. (Valley News - Sarah Priestap) Purchase photo reprints »
Lebanon coach Tim Kehoe huddles with the team after the win, the Raiders’ 65th in a row at home. (Valley News - Sarah Priestap) Purchase photo reprints »
Lebanon’s Moriah Morton drives for a basket, leaving Windham’s Danielle Fischer in the dust during the Raiders’ girls basketball win yesterday afternoon. (Valley News - Sarah Priestap) Purchase photo reprints »
Lebanon — Through 11 games this season, the script has been the same for the Lebanon High girls basketball team. Mix a high-scoring offense with a stingy defense and you get an unbeaten start to the season without hardly breaking a sweat.
After disposing of No. 5-ranked Windham yesterday, 60-37, in a rare weekday afternoon contest, the Raiders stand at 9-0 atop N.H. Division II and 11-0 overall. It was Lebanon’s 65th consecutive victory on its home court, its last loss coming on Dec. 1, 2006, to Hanover.
The next game could go a long way to determining Lebanon’s eventual title aspirations. Waiting next on the Raiders’ road-trip dance card is No. 2-ranked Goffstown (8-1) on Friday.
“We’re playing all the top teams,” said Lebanon coach Tim Kehoe. “This next one should be a good test for us. Goffstown is strong and athletic.”
Windham came in at 6-1, but was hit by a Raider blitz in the first quarter as Lebanon ran out to a 20-6 advantage. “We played well, jumped on them early and took control of the game,” said Kehoe.
It was 32-13 at the break, putting to rest any anxiety over the outcome.
Moriah Morton led all scorers with 24 points, while Emily Kehoe chipped in with 14 in what was only the third home game of the season for Lebanon.
Hopkinton 52, Kearsarge 33
Hopkinton, n.h. — The Cougars fell to 1-9, but showed improvement over a previous loss to the same foe last month in a holiday tournament. Anna Cahill scored 12 points and Syd Bryk five for Kearsarge.
“We had a real lackluster effort against them last time,’’ said Cougars coach Kurt McCandless, whose eight-player team lost the teams’ first meeting, 49-22. “But we had a good first quarter tonight before we wore out. Endurance is a factor with the number of players we have.
“The girls are still upbeat and battling, but the season is a long road.’’
Kearsarge hosts Franklin tomorrow.
Lebanon 59, Windham 55
Windham, n.h. — David Hampton did his usual damage from the outside, but the encouraging sign for the Raiders (7-1 league, 8-2 overall) was the inside contribution from senior Dylan Drew in a matinee win over the upset-minded Jaguars (2-5).
Hampton scored Lebanon’s first two points on a layup, its final three on free throws and tossed in seven 3-pointers and another foul shot in between for a 27-point afternoon. Meanwhile, Drew hauled in 12 rebounds to go with five points, an important sign given the departure of senior Mat Cowles for the season for personal reasons.
“Dylan played a great game,” Lebanon coach Kieth Matte said. “He was just a warrior inside all game. He’s getting much better and better every single night.”
Nic Shepherd and Dominick Morrill contributed nine points each for Lebanon, which hosts Goffstown on Friday.
Otter Valley 46
Woodstock — Doug Avellino had 22 points, including a 10-for-10 performance at the free-throw line, to lead the Wasps (6-5), who played without leading scorer Connor Fegard, who was ill.
Avellino sank all six of his free throws during the final stanza, while teammate James Morgan held Otters’ standout Ryan Kelly (20 points) scoreless during that period.
Woodstock’s Bradley Lewis had 12 points and 10 rebounds and Reid Langona had 10 points and 13 rebounds. The Wasps host Poultney on Thursday.
MSJ 60, Hartford 54
Rutland — The Hurricanes (7-6) let an opportunity to upset the defending Vermont Division II champions slip as Jahnathan Mitchell scored all 21 of his points in the second half for the Mounties (9-1).
Aided by a season-high 18 points from Cameron Gaudette, Hartford built a 35-18 lead on their hosts. MSJ went long-distance for its rally, burying six of its eight 3-pointers in the second half.
“I feel like, tonight, my guys played well enough to win,” Hartford coach Steve Landon said. “I didn’t do good enough.”
Nate Sanborn led the Mounties with 22 points. Josh Claflin scored 17 points and Nick Fucci added nine for the Canes, who visit Rutland a week from tonight.
North Sutton, n.h. — The Cougars led 27-24 at halftime but fell to 2-7 despite 12 points from Peter Allen, 11 from Carter Noordsij and nine from Oliver Gallo. Danny Orlando took several charges while contributing dogged defense.
Kearsarge hosts Franklin tomorrow.
Colchester 6, Hartford 2
Burlington — The Hurricanes (3-7-1) scored a goal for only the second time in their last eight starts, yet still gave the Lakers (7-3-0) a tussle.
Haley Grigel and Meghan Boardman struck for Hartford, which trailed 4-1 entering the final period. Boardman’s first varsity goal halved the gap and Grigel banged a goalpost before Colchester scored twice late to pull away. Goalie Erin Hudson made 34 saves.
“We played a good, patient game,” Hartford coach Nelson Fogg said. “We put the puck in the net, which is something we’ve struggled to do this year. It never felt like it was out of reach.”
Hartford visits South Burlingotn on Saturday.
It’s Madness for
Big Green Quartet
Hanover — Four members of the Dartmouth baseball program landed on the preseason all-Ivy League team posted by the website College Sports Madness over the weekend.
Senior Ennis Coble and junior Dustin Selzer, both infielders, made the all-league first team. Two other Big Green regulars, sophomore pitcher Thomas Olson and junior infielder Jeff Keller, joined the second team.
Dartmouth, winner of the last five Red Rolfe Division titles, opens its season in Minneapolis on March 1, playing in the University of Minnesota’s Dairy Queen Classic at the Metrodome.