Hampton’s 29 Leads Lebanon

Lebanon — David Hampton took matters into his own hot hand last ngiht. With his Lebanon boys basketball team clinging to a 16-15 lead after one quarter, Hampton scored 17 points in the second quarter — a total of 23 in the first half — to lead the Raiders past Merrimack Valley, 65-41.

With the victory, Lebanon, 14-3 clinches a top 3 berth in next week’s N.H. Division II playoffs. The Raiders close the regular season Thursday at No. 1 Pemborke, the last team to beat Lebanon — seven games ago.

Hampton his 9 3-pointers to finish with a game-high 29 points.

On senior night, Hampton was joined by classmates Vin Guerin, Dylan Cox and Dylan Drew,

Hanover 52, Gofstown 49

Hanover —Trailing by three points with under two minutes to play, the Marauders got tough on defernse and coverted critical free throws to squeeze past visiting Goffstown and keep hopes alive for a first round home game in the upcoming playoffs.

Following the Goffstown basket, Hnaovber made a hoop and immediately got a turnover. John Flory hit a pair of free throws on the ensduing play, and Cyrus Rothwell-Ferraris added two more to put the Marauders ahead to stay and raise their record to 9-8. Hanover travels to Hollis-Brookline Thursdfay to close the regular season.

Rothwell-Ferraris and Flory were the big guns all night with 17 and 16 points respectively.

Girls Basketball

Thetford 44, Lyndon 21

Thetford — The Panthers put on a defensive clinic last night, entertaining the home crowd with a decision over visiting Lyndon.

Thetford (15-4) held Lyndon to single figures in each quarter, while building a 20-point lead in the second half.

Erica Gray and Michaela Pomeroy put the defensive clamps on Lyndon’s top two scorers, with Shyann Josler taking care of the offense with 16 points.

Lyndon tried to hold the ball to slow down the Panthers, but the plan backfired when Lyndon was unable to convert on offense.

Montpelier 53, Randolph 49

Randolph — The Ghosts were as cold in the first half as they were hot in the second. But they could not overcome the early deficit in falling to 4-15.

Trailing, 27-14 at the break, Randolph 39 points in the second half paced by 17 points from Rilling.

Union-32 51, Oxbow 15

East Montpelier — The Olympians just couldn’t get started last night, ending any hope of victory by trailing, 19-0 after the first eight minutes.

Defensive pressure by the Red Raiders was the root of the problem for Oxbow, which fell to 6-13.

Dilan Clements led the team with six points.

Rivendell 57, Cabot 18

Cabot — This one was over early as the Raptors raced out to a 17-0 lead in the first quarter, allowing coach Russ Wilcox to air out the bench.

Megan Winagle and Tao Ameden with 14 points each, picked up the scoring slack for injured starters Lacey Stever and Stefanie DeSimone. Jennifer Debois also had 11 for Rivendell.

The Raptors host South Royalton tonight in the Pink Game,

Raiders in Meet of Champions

Gunstock — Lebanon brought six skiers to the New Hampshire Meet of Champions, going up against the top individual nordic skiers in the state.

Ken Weitzman had the best finish for the Raiders, taking eighth place in the skate competition. He was followed by Lincoln Crutchfield (12th), Joe Flanagan (24th) and Ian Girdwood (25th).

In the boys classic race, Flanagan was Lebanon’s top finisher in 12th place. He was followed by Girdwood (14th), Crutchfield (22nd) and Weitzman (26th).

In the girls race, Kelsie Atwater was 13th in the classical and 17th in the skate, while Hallie Bergwall was 25th in the skate and 28th in the classic.