Short-Handed Raptors Still Find a Way to Win
Orford — Playing the majority of the game without senior leaders Lacey Stever and Stefanie DeSimone, the Rivendell girls basketball team nonetheless held on to beat visiting Williamstown 39-38 last night.
DeSimone was out for the game because of an ankle injury suffered last week. The Raptors then lost Stever just three minutes into this game with an ankle injury of her own. Without two of its most experienced players, Rivendell stepped up and led 23-14 at halftime before the Blue Devils mounted a late charge.
With the game tied at 38 and with 0.8 seconds to play, Rivendell inbounded the ball. Megan Winagle broke free to take the inbounds pass and was immediately fouled. With no time left on the clock, Winagle sunk her first free-throw attempt to give the Raptors the walk-off victory.
“The rest of the kids really stepped up,” Rivendell coach Russ Wilcox said. “Any night we play well without Stefanie is great, then to lose Lacey and win, you’ve got to feel good. All of our young kids stepped up and played great defense.”
Wilcox credited freshman guard Jennifer DeBois for her play on both ends of the floor. DeBois finished with six points and seven rebounds, and played a large part in holding Williamstown standout Dani Jesmonth to just 10 points. Tao Ameden led Rivendell with 11 points ,while Hannah Rockwell had eight. Winagle finished with four points.
The Blue Devils beat a full-strength Rivendell team 48-38 in Williamstown on Valentine’s Day. The Raptors improved to 13-3, while the Blue Devils fell to 12-4. Rivendell visits Proctor on Saturday.
Lebanon 66, Kingswood 26
Lebanon — The Raiders had everything working in their regular season finale, storming to a 54-11 lead through the first half to close the regular season at 20-0 overall, 18-0 in New Hampshire D-II.
The victory gave Lebanon its seventh consecutive 20-win season, and secures the No. 1 overall seed in the upcoming D-II tournament. Senior Moriah Morton celebrated her final regular season game with 16 points in the first quarter on her way to 21 in the game. Emily Kehoe, the undefeated Raiders’ only other senior, had 18 points. Junior Heather King added nine points.
The Raiders begin their postseason run at home on Tuesday in the preliminary round.
Windsor 52, Chelsea 13
Windsor — The Jacks played their most dominant game of the season to improve to 7-10.
Mariah Marsh came off the bench for Windsor and had a game-high 10 points. Ashlee Dimick added nine points while Nikki Kibling and Lindsey Clark each had seven points.
“It was good to get everybody a lot of playing time tonight,” Windsor coach Bruce Mackay said.
The Jacks host Brattleboro on Saturday.
Blue Mountain 44
South Royalton 36
South Royalton — The Royals (5-12) surrendered 17 points in the second quarter and couldn’t dig out of that hole against the Bucks.
Kim Lakin led SoRo with 14 points while Emily Berk had 10. The Royals visit Craftsbury tomorrow night.
New Hampton 51, KUA 47
New Hampton, n.h. — The Wildcats squandered a late lead as New Hampton rallied in front of the home crowd.
KUA led 25-24 at halftime and led until the whole way until five minutes left to play. Fiekah Fataar filled the stat sheet for the Wildcat with 22 points, 14 rebounds and four steals. Shannon Walsh added 17 points and 13 boards. KUA closes the regular season at the Governor’s Academy in Byfield, Mass. on Saturday.
Vermont Academy 74
Meriden — The Wildcats fell to Vermont Academy for the second time this season.
Malik Abu had 27 points for KUA, Devin Gilligan had 15 and Devon Thomas had 13. The Wildcats opened the second quarter on an 8-0 run to close within a point at 34-33, but Vermont Academy quickly answered and then held KUA at bay in the second half.
The Wildcats host Marianapolis tomorrow night in their regular-season finale.
S’worth/Coe-Brown 4 Lebanon 2
West Lebanon — The Raiders fell in their home finale despite a strong performance by goalie Joe Grout.
Tate Singleton scored in the second period on the power play for his first career varsity goal. Ryan White and Ryan Damren assisted. Donncha Coyle then scored in the third period off assists from Tanner Simms and Brendan Kelly.
Grout stopped 22 shots, and Lebanon coach Gary Smith credited the goalie for keeping the Raiders close. Lebanon (2-15-0) closes the season at Keene on Saturday.
Laconia-Winnisquam 6 Kearsarge 5
Laconia, n.h. — The Cougars staged a late rally, but untimely third-period penalties proved too much to overcome.
Matt Pickman and Tristan Rowe each had two goals for Kearsarge (3-14). Ryan Beattie also scored, while Shayne Cashin had a pair of assists and Will AuFranc had one helper. Goalie Nate Thompson stopped 35 shots. Kearsarge played a man-down for eight minutes in the third period after committing four penalties.
Coach Mark Cashin praised defender Lauren Adie with a strong game. The Cougars host Con-Val on Saturday at 2 p.m. to conclude their regular season.
Hanover 7, Concord 2
Concord — Grace Tecca and Kelly Brigham each had two goals as the Marauders concluded their regular season unbeaten in league play at 18-0, and 19-1 overall.
Matti Hartman began the scoring with a goal off an assist from Eliza Laycock early in the first period. Margeaux Baker then scored a power play goal and Brigham had her first to give Hanover a 3-1 lead after the first period.
The Marauders then scored four goals in the second period as Tecca had a pair, Laycock and Brigham each had one score. Hartman, Caroline Howell and Emily Acker each had two assists. Sarah Wagner and Sarah Muller also had assists.
With starting goalie Kelly Gaudet out for the year with an injury, Katie Fenton made another start and played two strong periods as Hanover led 7-1. Goalie Emily Gougelet then made her varsity hockey debut in the third period, playing well in her first action, according to coach John Dodds.
“I thought it was a good team victory with contributions from all lines and the defense. It was a good solid hockey game,” Dodds added.
Hanover gets a first-round bye and will begin postseason action at home on March 5.
KUA 5, New Hampton 0
Meriden — The Wildcats played a dominant game to win on senior night.
Senior captain Caroline Longpre capped the scoring with a slap shot past the visiting goalie on a feed from Hannah Madden in the third period. Morgan Walsh and Michaela Igo each added a goal and an assist. Madden and Haley Pollock also scored. Goalie Amelie Poirier was strong in net for the Cougars again. KUA closes the regular season with a visit to Vermont Academy on Saturday; the puck drops at 2:30 p.m.
For State Meet
White River Junction — The Hartford-Bellows Fall co-op team will participate in the VPA state meet tomorrow and Saturday at Vergennes Union High School.
Earlier this month, Hartford’s Austin Viens (113 pounds) , Nolan Viens (145 pounds) and Steve Cerrone (132 pounds) all grabbed first place hardware at the Mt. Mansfield Jason Lowell invitational tournament as BFH earned a first-place trophy. Patrick Labuda (138 pounds) has also had a strong season for Hartford.