Royals Find the Right Balance
Oxbow’s Caleb Lafaille and Randolph’s Ross Caswell, back, scrap over a loose ball during their game in Bradford, Vt., last night. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Purchase photo reprints »
Randolph’s Dylan Jacobs looks to shoot over Oxbow’s Jordan Fornwalt, left, and Jonny Ratel, right. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Purchase photo reprints »
West Canaan — After back-to-back losses last week dropped the Mascoma girls basketball team to near the middle of the pack in the New Hampshire Division III race, the Royals regrouped, knowing they’d need do to better in order to secure a home playoff game in the upcoming state tournament.
If balanced scoring is any indication, Mascoma is on the right track.
Eleven Royals scored last night — including seven players with at least five points — as Mascoma took care of visiting Kearsarge, 58-20.
Kori Kosiorek led the way with 11 points, while Alex Van Zandt scored nine and Jenny Gilmore, Kayla Larocque and Lindsay Thompson all had six. Amanda Guerin and Dani Jones scored five points each.
“The girls spread it around pretty well tonight, which is something you always like to see,” said Mascoma coach Mike Neily, whose team improved to 11-5 in league play and sat in eighth place in the league standings. “We did a good job running our offensive sets and had some good production off the bench.”
It was a season-high point total for Gilmore, Neily noted, while Megan Crate and Kayla Larocque were each a strong rebounding presence.
Mascoma (11-6 overall) led 31-10 at halftime.
Anna Cahill matched Kosiorek with a game-high 11 points for the Cougars (1-17; 1-15), who host Newport on Wednesday.
Mascoma plays at Inter-Lakes on Tuesday.
Lebanon 61, Goffstown 36
Lebanon — Samantha MacDonald scored a career high 18 points as the Raiders (16-0, 14-0 N.H. D-II) stayed unbeaten with their second home win in as many nights.
Moriah Morton added 14 points and Emily Kehoe had 13 with seven steals for the Raiders, who had strong performances on the boards from Heather King (13) and Vanessa Fleury (eight). The Raiders host John Stark on Tuesday.
Oxbow 52, Harwood 49
Moretown, Vt. — Mikayla Hodge scored 26 points as the Olympians improved to 4-10.
Dilan Clements scored eight points in her first start of the season, having fully recovered from a knee injury recently.
Savannah Fay added six for the O’s, who visit Lyndon on Monday.
Hopkinton 44, Newport 32
Hopkinton, n.h. — The Tigers jumped out to a 14-5 lead before succumbing to a strong night from Hopkinton’s Sabrey Montore (21 points), who sank five 3-pointers.
Jen Kidder scored 13 points for Newport (5-13, 4-11 N.H. D-III), which hosts Sunapee on Monday.
Otter Valley 59 (ot)
Brandon, Vt. — Dougie Avellino’s 3-pointer with three seconds left in regulation forced overtime, where the Wasps built a quick lead and hung on for the win.
Woodstock improved to 8-7.
Avellino finished with 25 points, Connor Fegard had 17 points and Reid Langona scored eight for the Wasps, who led 44-36 after three quarters before the Otters rallied to grab a late-fourth-quarter lead.
The Wasps host Poultney on Wednesday.
Lebanon 67, Goffstown 53
Goffstown, n.h. — David Hampton scored 30 points as the Raiders (11-4; 10-3 N.H. D-II) avenged an earlier loss to Goffstown.
Dominick Morrill had nine points and 13 rebounds and Nic Shepherd scored nine points for Lebanon, which plays at John Stark on Tuesday.
Oxbow 53, Randolph 52
Bradford, Vt. — The Olympians (4-12) upset the Galloping Ghosts (9-7) to establish their first winning streak of the season.
Oxbow’s Caleb Lafaille scored 18 points, including a jump shot with two seconds left to put Oxbow ahead 53-52.
The Ghosts’ desperation heave at the buzzer fell short.
Lafaille also hit a big 3-pointer earlier to tie the game, 53-52.
“Caleb wants the ball at the end of the game, and he came up big for us,” Oxbow coach Rich Thornton said.
The O’s play at Harwood tomorrow.
Mascoma 61, Kearsarge 47
North Sutton, n.h. — It was hardly a glorious family reunion for Kearsarge coach Nate Camp, as Mascoma’s Adam Dutille — Camp’s cousin — scored 15 of his game-high 29 points in the fourth quarter in the Royals (10-4) battled back from a four-point deficit in the fourth quarter. Mascoma outscored Kearsarge (4-11) 23-5 in the final period.
“We couldn’t make shots, and that’s too bad,” Camp said. “Mascoma played great defense. That was a career night for Dutille. I tip my hat to him. It speaks volumes of his shooting ability. I thought our defense and rebounding was solid for three quarters.”
Walter Hammond added 12 points for Mascoma.
Kearsarge’s Ollie Gallo, who injured his shoulder in Wednesday night’s loss to Hopkinton, scored 15 points and had seven rebounds. Teammate Dan Orlando pulled down eight rebounds and Casey Laughinghouse.
Mill River 37, Hartford 35
White River Junction — The Hurricanes slipped to 8-9.
Cameron Gaudette and Nick Fucci scored 10 apiece for the Canes, who led 21-12 at halftime.
“We just let the game get away from us in the second half,” said Hartford coach Steve Landon.
The Hurricanes visit Fair Haven on Monday.
Chelsea 46, Whitcomb 37
Chelsea — The Hornets slipped to 1-13.
Caleb Chase scored 12, Brian Schumann had nine and Jake Davis scored six for the Hornets, who host Sharon tomorrow.
Fair Haven 50, Windsor 48
Windsor — The Yellowjackets slipped to 5-10 in the narrow loss to the Slaters.
Luke TanCreti scored 14 points and Tanner Tibbits had 10 for the Jacks, who hosts Burr & Burton on Monday.
South Royalton 40
South Royalton — The Royals fell to 2-12. Ian Kinnarney scored 12 points for the Royals, who host Chelsea tomorrow.
Lakes Region Title
Gilford, n.h. — Kimball Union Academy’s girls bested 11 other teams to take the Lakes Region championship on Wednesday at Gunstock Mountain. The KUA boys took second.
KUA’s Carly Jefferson won the race, followed by teammates Alicia Fairbrothers (fourth), Kayla Jacobs (fifth), Katie Decker (eighth) Justine Rouleau (10th).
The Wildcats’ Dan Scherding took the boys race, followed by Karl Menzel (eighth). Teammates Reilly Decker and Sam Durst were not far behind.
Pair of Deuces
Mendon, Vt. — Woodstock senior Jocelyn Werle had a combined slalom time of 1:15.47 for her first career win, helping the Wasps place second to Burr & Burton at a three-team slalom race at Pico Mountain.
Woodstock’s boys also placed second, like the girls in front of host Rutland but behind the Bulldogs.
Hartford’s Mariah Palmer placed third in the girls race, followed by Woodstock’s Holly Olsen (fifth; 1:17.71), Lizzy Miller (seventh; 1:20.97), Amelia Sheppard (10th; 1:25.53), Claire Martin (11th; 1:27.38) and Clancy Ferrand (12th; 1:29.33).
Woodstock placed five in the top eight, led by Sawyer Mattsson’s third-place time of 1:10.91. Matt Frates (fifth; 1:12.84), Jake Kelly (sixth; 1:13.14), Alex King (seventh; 1:14.12) and Charlie Kelly (eighth; 1:14.61) followed.
The Wasps compete in the Southern Vermont District Championships on Tuesday at Peru, Vt.’s Bromley Mountain.
Boys team scores: 1. Burr & Burton 16, 2. Woodstock 21, 3. Rutland 48.
Girls team scores: 1. Burr & Burton 18, 2. Woodstock 20, 3. Rutland 48.
Women’s College Hoop
Dartmouth Games Rescheduled
Hanover — Dartmouth’s game with Columbia, originally scheduled for tonight, has been moved to tomorrow night at 6 because of impending inclement weather throughout New England. Dartmouth’s contest with Cornell, originally scheduled for tomorrow, will be played on Sunday at 2 p.m.
The National Girls and Women’s in Sports pregame meet-and-greet with Big Green female athletes originally scheduled for the Columbia game will still take place tomorrow.
The meet and greet will now take place at 5:30 p.m. in the Leede Arena lobby. All pre-registered teams are still welcome to attend the game, but because of the weather, Dartmouth will honor free admission for any pre-registered teams at the Feb. 22 game versus Yale.
Dartmouth Shuffles Slate
Hanover — Because of today’s anticipated storm, the start time for today’s game against Brown has been moved up to 5 p.m. from 7 p.m.
The game scheduled for tomorrow against Yale has been pushed to Sunday, with puck drop scheduled for 2 p.m.
The National Girls and Women in Sports Celebration scheduled for tomorrow’s game will happen Sunday at 2 p.m. The pre-game meet and greet with female Big Green athletes will now take place in the Thompson Arena concourse between 1 and 2 p.m.
All pre-registered teams are still welcome to attend the game, but because of weather conditions, Dartmouth we will honor free admission for pre-registered teams at the Feb. 23 game against St. Lawrence at 4 p.m.