Lebanon Grad Leads Girls Hoop All-Stars
Essex Junction, Vt. — Led by Lebanon High graduate Moriah Morton, New Hampshire rallied from a 13-point first-half deficit to defeat Vermont 61-59 in the Girls Twin State Make-a-Wish Basketball Classic at Essex High school on Saturday.
The Dartmouth College-bound guard racked up 17 of her game-high 27 points after the intermission break.
Morton’s 3-point play with 4:29 left in regulation gave New Hampshire its first lead — 51-50 — since it scored the game’s first two points. Down the stretch, Morton also sank the decisive free throws and pulled down a key offensive rebound to seal New Hampshire’s victory.
Hartford’s Stephanie Grobe led Vermont with nine points, followed by Northfield’s Mehgan McMullen (eight), Montpelier’s Annie Jones (eight) and Rutland’s Maresa Bowen (seven).
Dina Pitsas, of Milford, aided Morton’s big effort with 16 points. Lebanon’s Emily Kehoe added eight points.
Vermont 89, N.H. 84
Essex Junction, Vt. — With balanced scoring inside and outside, Vermont pushed out to a double-digit lead early against a bigger New Hampshire side.
Vermont’s lead swelled to nearly 20 and was 77-61 with under nine minutes to play before New Hampshire struck for a comeback bid. The deficit whittled to two points, but Matt St. Amour (18 points) nailed a pair of free throws in the closing seconds and Essex’s Tommy Carton hauled down a big offensive rebound to secure the Vermont win.
St. Amour also had a team-high eight rebounds while Rice’s Marcus Willingham contributed 13 points and six rebounds. Mount St. Joseph’s Matt Sanborn and Carton each tallied a dozen points, Tipson added 11 and Ryan Kelley of Otter Valley chipped in nine.
Newmarket’s Christian Hawkins led New Hampshire with 14 points. PJ Flaum of Hollis-Brookline added a dozen points and Springfield (11) and Bishop Guertin’s Jeff Lunn (10) also reached double figures.
The classic will move to New Hampshire next summer. A date and time will be determined, Gary Noyes, a member of the New Hampshire Basketball Coaches Organization, said.
Material from the Burlington Free Press was used in this report.
Vermont 4, N.H. 0
Burlington — Four different players scored as Vermont shut out New Hampshire in the girls’ Make-a-Wish Hockey Classic.
Julia Hudson, Jenna Lancour, Gretchen Tarrant and Aly Hardy scored for Vermont, which leads the all-time series 8-5-3.
Vermont goalies Shanley Howrigan and Brittany Pelkey combined for 11 saves, and New Hampshire had Kelcey Crawford (18 saves) and Jess Pitroff (16 saves) in net.
N.H. 4, Vermont 0
Burlington — New Hampshire blanked Vermont in the boys’ Make-a-Wish Hockey Classic despite being outshot 38-19.
Ethan Pollock, Trevor Malmgren, Kyle Valliere and Kurt Mitchell scored for the Granite State, which leads the series, 13-7-1.
New Hampshire goalies Ryan Slatky (21 saves) and Brett Glendye (17 saves) held off a furious Vermont attack, while Vermont’s counterparts were Zack Stewart (eight saves) and Lukas Caldwell (seven).
Lebanon-Wilson Tire 2 Darkside/Woodstock 0
Woodstock — Sam MacDonald had a goal and an assist as Lebano-Wilson Tire (5-2-1) shut out Darkside/Woodstock.
Madison Leonard had a goal and Emma Forman an assist for Lebanon. Kassidee Rogers was in goal.