Raptors Pull Away in Opener
Orford — The Rivendell Academy boys basketball team survived an early scare to beat Stowe 73-47 in front of the home fans last night in the opener of the Vermont Division III playoffs.
The Raptors trailed 13-12 after the first quarter and pulled away with 45 points in the second half. Luke Bell led the Raptors with 20 points, while Josh Marshall and Jack Steketee each had 11. Cole Stever and Nate Eastman each chipped in with eight points.
“If we play better defense, our offense plays better. That was the story today,” Rivendell coach Tim Dyke said.
After a strong first quarter by the upset-minded Raiders, the Raptors came back to out-score Stowe 16-6 in the second quarter to setup an explosive second half.
“We’re deep and we can wear people out. It was a good game played by all of our kids, a very good team effort,” Dyke added.
The No. 4 seed Raptors (17-4) host Enosburg in the quarterfinals tomorrow at 2 p.m. The two teams did not play in the regular season.
Campbell 54, Stevens 40
Litchfield, n.h. — The Cougars pulled away in the fourth quarter to defeat the Cardinals in the opener of the New Hampshire D-III playoffs.
Billy Brooks and Jordan Haines each had 11 points for Stevens, while Logan Batchelder and Ryan Tanguay each had eight. The Cardinals outscored Campbell 16-10 in the third quarter and trailed 33-30 heading into the fourth.
West Rutland 80, Sharon 62
West Rutland, Vt. — The Phoenix saw their season come to a close in the first round of the Vermont Division IV playoffs despite a 31-point effort by senior leader Trenton Morrison.
Morrison, the leading scorer in Sharon school history, knocked down six 3-pointers. Teammate Tanner James added five buckets from downtown for 15 points as the Phoenix combatted the 1-3-1 zone of the Golden Horde with outside shooting.
“Trenton was unbelievable, some of his 3s were incredible. It’s a stellar way for him to end his career,” Sharon coach Blake Fabrikant said.
The Phoenix return four starters next season with three sophomores and a freshman from this season coming back.
“It’s tough losing a player of Trenton’s caliber, we’re going to miss his scoring,” Fabrikant said.
Sharon closed the season with an 11-10 record after finishing 5-16 last season.
Pembroke 56, Lebanon 49
Pembroke, n.h. — Despite the loss, the Raiders (14-4) gave the undefeated Spartans (20-0) something to think about in their regular season finale.
Nic Shepherd (14 points) and Dylan Drew (11 points) each had career highs to lead the Raiders. David Hampton was held to eight points by the Spartan defense. The Raiders showed marked improvement since Pembroke beat host Lebanon, 66-43, on Jan 29.
“We played them tight, the game was close. It’s a good showing by our kids,” Lebanon coach Kieth Matte said. The Raiders earned a top-3 seed in the upcoming New Hampshire D-II playoffs starting next week.
Hollis-Brookline 52, Hanover 50
Hollis, N.H. — The Marauders ended their regular season with a tough loss at the Cavaliers, who rallied for 20 points in the fourth quarter to steal the victory.
John Flory led Hanover with 17 points while Liam Gantrish added 15 and Cyrus Rothwell-Ferraris had 11. The Marauders close the regular season at 11-9 overall, 9-9 in league play.
BFA-Fairfax 70, Windsor 53
Fairfax, Vt. — The Yellowjackets (7-14) closed their regular season with a loss at the Bullets.
Tyson Boudro led Windsor with 15 points, while Chris Wehner had 20 for BFA.
South Royalton 53, Sharon 30
South Royalton — The Royals (6-14) drained their first five field goal attempts and had little trouble with the visiting Phoenix on senior night.
SoRo led 19-6 after the first quarter and 29-10 at halftime. Emily Berk led the Royals with 23 points, while senior co-captain Kim Lakin added 12. Ellen Manby, the other captain, had a strong game rebounding according to coach Chuck Howe. The Royals have four seniors as Berk, Lakin, Manby and Cheryl Flint will all graduate.
Eliza Putnam had 10 points for Sharon.
Randolph 54, Lyndon 46
Lyndon, Vt. — The Galloping Ghosts closed their regular season with a victory after storming out to a 24-12 lead at halftime.
Brittney Lafreniere had 16 points for the Ghosts while Kelsey Jacobs added 15 and Mariah Rilling had 10 points. Randolph now looks forward to the postseason.
Oxbow 38, Lamoille 30
Orleans, Vt. — The Olympains (7-13) closed the regular season in winning fashion.
Mikayla Hodge led Oxbow with 12 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks. Lauren Tomlinson and Savannah Fay each had six points. The Olympians trailed 8-2 after the first quarter and then outscored the Lancers 36-22 over the next three. Oxbow now looks forward to the playoffs, starting next week.
Montpelier 47, Thetford 39
Montpelier — The Panthers (15-5) ended their successful regular season on a down note after suffering through a rare spell of cold shooting.
Michaela Pomeroy had 17 points and Shyann Josler had 11 for Thetford, while sisters Erika and Kayley Gray each had five points. The Panthers shot just 20 percent from the floor, according to coach Eric Ward, and were 6-for-19 from the free throw line. Montpelier (12-8) shot 13-for-16 from the line.
Thetford will likely still have a top-four seed in the playoffs, starting next week.
Bishop Guertin 2, Hanover 1
Nashua, n.h. — The Marauders lost a playoff battle to the Cardinals, as neither team was able to mount any consistent offensive pressure in the opener of the New Hampshire Division I playoffs.
The Cardinals scored five minutes into the second period, but Hanover answered just 30 seconds later on a goal by Nick Mullen, assisted by Sam Carey and Joe Cravero. Bishop Guertin then scored the game-winner with just under three minutes to play in the second period.
Goalie James Montgomery (30 saves) and the Hanover defense drew praise from coach Dick Dodds. “It was a typical playoff game with great defense. We had a couple of intense flurries, but just didn’t get any puck-luck,” he said.
Montgomery was pulled in the final minutes and Hanover did get five shots on goal with the man advantage, but the clock ticked down before an equalizer could be found.
“I’m really proud of the way the kids responded and battled to the very end. They did our school proud,” Dodds added.
Dartmouth 11, UNH 10
Hanover — Freshman Jaclyn Leto scored with 5.8 seconds left in regulation to give 12th-ranked Dartmouth (2-0) a win over New Hampshire (0-3) in the Big Green’s home opener. The win was Dartmouth’s 16th straight regular season victory at Scully-Fahey Field. dating back three seasons.
Dartmouth’s Liz Calby with four goals and two assists for a career-high six points. Teammate Courtney Bennett scored three times and assisted on another, with all four points coming in the opening frame. Bennett also added four draw controls.
Big Green goalie Kristen Giovanniello stopped three shots to record her 25th career win against 10 losses. UNH split time between starter Kathleen O’Keefe (six saves) and Taylor Hurwitz (two).
The Wildcats’ offense ran through Laura Puccia and her four goals. The Green held a 26-17 advantage in shots.
Dartmouth coach Patton is now 20-1 in home openers in her Dartmouth coaching career, including eight against UNH.
Dartmouth Women Break Records
Princeton, n.j. — The Big Green opened the Ivy League Championships by setting five school records on the first day of action. Dartmouth is in fifth place with 244 points.
Host Princeton is leading with 473.5 points, while Harvard is second place with 412 points. Yale (324) and Columbia (313) round out the top five.
Dartmouth opened the finals with a school record in the 200 free relay. The quartet of Kendese Nangle, Mary Van Metre, Siobhan Hengemuhle and Charlotte Kamai teamed for a time of 1:32.48. Danielle Kerr set a school record in the 500 free with a time of 4:50.59.
Rebecca Butler took runner-up honors in the C-final in the 200 IM, setting another school record with a 2:04.15. Nangle bested her school record in the 50 free with a time of 22.94 seconds, good for sixth place and 24 points for the Big Green team score.
The Big Green closed the first day with a record-setting 400-medley relay. Nangle, Charlotte Williams, Emily Holt and Kamai teamed to place sixth with a time of 3:44.30, more than three seconds faster than the previous school record set at this meet last season.