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South Royalton Rallies, Ends Long Losing Streak

South Royalton — If you’re going to snap a nine-game losing streak, you may as well do it in style. Scoring 23 points in the fourth quarter for a comeback victory certainly fits the bill — that’s just what the South Royalton boys basketball team did, beating visiting Chelsea 55-53 yesterday afternoon.

The Royals (3-11) and Red Devils were tightly matched all afternoon, with SoRo trailing 35-32 through three quarters. The hometown Royals did the job in the fourth quarter, going 7-for-11 from the free throw line in the final eight minutes alone, to claim the sought-after win.

“We shot the ball pretty well,” South Royalton coach Jeff Moreno said. “We needed to rise up and we did, our team defense was great all day.”

Ian Kinnarney led nine different South Royalton scorers with 11 points. Alex Berk and Matthew Fifield each added 10 points while Hunter Brock had seven. Fifield had a pair of 3-pointers, including one in the fourth quarter that Moreno called “huge,” that helped the Royals earn a small amount of breathing room over Chelsea.

Wyatt Kay led Chelsea with 14 points while Brandon Poulin and Cody Hosmer each had 12 points. “Poulin shot the ball very well, every time we started to pull away he had an answer,” Moreno said.

South Royalton won for the first time since a 61-35 win over Whitcomb on Jan. 9. SoRo now looks forward to tomorrow’s game at the Hornets in search of back-to-back victories.

Sharon 76, Whitcomb 38

Bethel — Thousand-point scorer Trenton Morrison almost couldn’t miss for the Sharon boys, draining four 3-pointers in the first quarter alone on his way to 31 points in a blowout victory over the Hornets.

The Phoenix led 19-5 after the first quarter. Morrison finished with seven buckets from downtown, including six in the first half. Tanner James chipped in with eight points while dishing out 11 assists for Sharon. Ben Gross added nine points while Cotey Anderegg and Jay Knoerline had eight apiece.

Stephen Davis added 11 points while Caleb Chase and Matt Kill each had nine.

Tomorrow night, the Hornets (1-14) play host to South Royalton while Sharon (8-6) hosts Trinity Baptist.

Thetford 49, Randolph 39

Randolph — The Panthers exploded in the third quarter to take the lead for good against the pesky Galloping Ghosts.

Thetford trailed 24-17 at halftime, then outscored the Ghosts 21-3 in the third quarter to retake command of the game.

“Even though we were down at halftime, it wasn’t a matter of what we were doing, it was the way we were doing things,” Thetford coach Justin Smith said. “It thought we came out (after halftime) with good energy and good leadership. It would have been easy to stay frustrated, but we didn’t.”

Brandon Gray had 16 points for the Panthers, while Aiden Cleaves added nine and Ian Weider had eight. Dylan Jacobs led Randolph with nine points.

Thetford (12-4) visits Oxbow on Tuesday night, while Randolph hosts Harwood.

Harwood 52, Oxbow 40

Moretown, Vt. — The Highlanders used a big second quarter to hand the Olympians a defeat.

Caleb Lafaille had a game-high 16 points for Oxbow (4-13). Lucas Wheeler added nine points while Andrew Lyman had eight.

“It was one of those games where we didn’t come out of the gate well, didn’t have any energy,” Oxbow coach Rich Thornton said. “We made a small run at the end, but didn’t have enough to sustain it.”

The O’s host Thetford on Tuesday.

Girls Basketball

South Royalton 33 Rochester 27

South Royalton — The Royals helped cap a successful day of breast cancer awareness with a victory over the Rockets.

“It was our ‘pink game’ for breast cancer,” SoRo coach Chuck Howe said. “It was a great turnout, we had a full gym and it was just a great time.”

Hayley Hudson led the Royals with 12 points while playing a good game controlling the boards, according to Howe, while Kim Lakin added eight. The Royals led 17-10 at halftime and then held on as Rochester staged a comeback after the break.

The Royals have worked alongside Chelsea high to raise money for breast cancer research by selling pink T-shirts. South Royalton also will have a ‘free throws for cancer’ fundraiser this Friday as each player will shoot 100 free throws, with all funds raised by sponsors to go to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center.

The Royals (5-9) host Williamstown on Tuesday night.

Thetford 37, Randolph 34

Randolph — Shyann Josler scored 11 points and Tara Pellerin 10 as Thetford (12-3) held off upset-minded Randolph (3-11) at a packed gym.

“We win, but we have to keep working at it,” Thetford coach Eric Ward said.

The Panthers trailed 19-17 at halftime and were tied 30-all after three.

Brooke Jacques led Randolph with 15 points, and teammate Brittany LaFreniere eight.

Randolph visits Lamoille tomorrow, when Thetford greets Harwood.

Boys Hockey

Brattleboro 4
Woodstock 2

Brattleboro, Vt. — The Wasps (7-9) came out on the short end of a battle at the Colonels.

Woodstock led 2-1 early in the third period with Will Gault and Ben Orr each scoring goals. Brattleboro then scored three goals on the power play as untimely penalties proved too much to overcome for the Wasps.

“It was a hard fought game, a tough game. The kids busted their butts; this is one they deserved to win with the work they put in,” Woodstock coach Charlie Hancock said.

Gault, Connor McCarthy and Hunter Schmell had assists. Goalie Brady Stewart stopped 23 shots for the Wasps.

Girls Hockey

Essex 2, Hartford 0

Essex Junction, Vt. — The Hurricanes were shutout and stand at 3-12-1. Erin Hudson made 30 saves in net for Hartford, whivh plays at BFA-St. Albans on Wednesday night.

Gymnastics

Randolph Ties St. J

Saint Johnsbury — Randolph and Saint Johnsbury tied after four events at 113-113, with the Galloping Ghosts claiming three individual titles in one of their strongest performances of the season.

Teresa Claughton won the vault for the Ghosts, finishing with an 8.6. Claughton added a third place finish in the uneven bars and then tied for first with St. J’s Mariah Adam in the balance beam. Randolph’s Morgan Smith took second in the floor exercise while Rose Earl was fourth in the balance beam.

Randolph hosts South Burlington and Union-32 on Tuesday afternoon.