Local Roundup: Panthers Remain Perfect, Top U-32

  • Thetford's Shyann Josler grapples with U-32's Krista Towne for the rebound during the U-32 at Thetford Academy girls basketball game in Thetford, Vt., on Jan. 13, 2013.  <br/>Valley News - Sarah Priestap

    Thetford's Shyann Josler grapples with U-32's Krista Towne for the rebound during the U-32 at Thetford Academy girls basketball game in Thetford, Vt., on Jan. 13, 2013.
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  • Thetford's Michaela Pomeroy high fives her teammates as she is announced in the starting lineup before the U-32 at Thetford Academy girls basketball game in Thetford, Vt., on Jan. 13, 2013.  <br/>Valley News - Sarah Priestap

    Thetford's Michaela Pomeroy high fives her teammates as she is announced in the starting lineup before the U-32 at Thetford Academy girls basketball game in Thetford, Vt., on Jan. 13, 2013.
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  • Thetford's Shyann Josler charges toward the net during the U-32 at Thetford Academy girls basketball game in Thetford, Vt., on Jan. 13, 2013.  <br/>Valley News - Sarah Priestap

    Thetford's Shyann Josler charges toward the net during the U-32 at Thetford Academy girls basketball game in Thetford, Vt., on Jan. 13, 2013.
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  • Thetford's Shyann Josler grapples with U-32's Krista Towne for the rebound during the U-32 at Thetford Academy girls basketball game in Thetford, Vt., on Jan. 13, 2013.  <br/>Valley News - Sarah Priestap
  • Thetford's Michaela Pomeroy high fives her teammates as she is announced in the starting lineup before the U-32 at Thetford Academy girls basketball game in Thetford, Vt., on Jan. 13, 2013.  <br/>Valley News - Sarah Priestap
  • Thetford's Shyann Josler charges toward the net during the U-32 at Thetford Academy girls basketball game in Thetford, Vt., on Jan. 13, 2013.  <br/>Valley News - Sarah Priestap

Thetford — Thetford Academy girls basketball coach Eric Ward sees the Panthers’ ongoing stretch of games as the biggest test his squad will face this winter. With Division I U-32 in town, the Panthers passed their latest examination on Monday night, recording a 38-28 victory to maintain their undefeated ways.

With the offense in hit-and-miss mode, Thetford (9-0) relied on its defense and kept the Raiders (7-3) right at TA’s per-game points-allowed average for the season. Senior Tara Pellerin starred on defense for the Panthers, helping to hold one of U-32’s top scoring threats under wraps. On a night in which no one hit for double figures, Shyann Josler led TA with nine points and Jill Clark hit two 3-pointers en route to an eight-point performance.

“This is a barometer to see where we are,” Ward said. “We didn’t shoot very well tonight; it was our offensive production of the season. We had a lot of looks and stuff, but the balls weren’t going in the first time. It was good to play a possession-by-possession game.”

Michaela Pomeroy also aided Pellerin on the defensive end of the floor, Ward said. “Our defense this year is great,” he added. “Our offense may come and go, but the girls are playing steady defense.”

The victory kept TA within percentage points of first place in Vermont Division III pending a 5:30 p.m. date at Rivendell today.

Sharon 40 Websterville Baptist 32

Websterville, Vt. — The Phoenix (2-5) built a big enough lead and handled the basketball well enough to break a four-game losing streak.

Behind a game-high 23 points from Suzie Moses, Sharon built a 38-20 lead entering the fourth quarter. When Moses fouled out, TSA went to a stall offense and held on for the victory.

“Finally taking care of the ball tonight was a big thing for us,” Sharon coach Brian Allard said. “We stopped the turnovers of the last couple of weeks. Our offense was really in sync tonight.”

Becca Collins led Websterville with 14 points. Abby Hurwitz threw in eight points for the Phoenix, which hosts Concord on Wednesday.

Lebanon 41, Souhegan 37

Lebanon — The Raiders (7-2 overall, 4-2 league) emerged in this latest battle with the Sabers, knocking Souhegan from the ranks of the unbeaten.

Heather King and Vanessa Fleury each had 10 points to pace the Lebanon attack. Kendra MacDonald added eight points while Samantha MacDonald had seven. The Raiders led 27-15 at halftime and survived a fourth quarter charge by the Sabers.

“This was a great challenge and we stepped up and met it. We’re moving on nicely,” Lebanon coach Rob Marsh said.

The Raiders host Merrimack Valley on Wednesday.

Whitcomb 57 Arlington 54

Rochester, Vt. — Kaili Walton picked up the slack with Whitcomb leading scorer Phoebe Parrish sitting out with foul trouble, and Ashley Stearns hit a pair of late free throws as the Hornets (5-2) prevailed at the Rochester School for the second straight game.

Lindsey LaPerle led Whitcomb with 18 points, and Stearns finished with 16 when she hit two foul shots with 15 seconds left to boost Whitcomb to a three-point lead. The Hornets then pressured Arlington enough to prevent a last-ditch 3-point attempt and left with another victory.

“Kaili did a great job,” Whitcomb coach Dennis Wood said of Walton, who scored all six of her points in the third quarter.

Nicole Begin also netted nine points for the Hornets, who visit Mid Vermont Christian on Wednesday.

MVCS 44 South Royalton 32

Quechee — Even with Rachel and Phoebe Seale both battling fouls in the second half, the Eagles (7-1) managed to fend off the determined Royals (1-7).

Full-court defensive pressure helped MVCS build a 26-20 halftime lead. Anna and Phoebe Seale both finished with a game-high 14 points for the Eagles, while Rachel Seale netted 12.

Jacqueline Fulcher paced South Royalton with 11 points, and sophomore Summer Spaulding added seven.

MVCS hosts Whitcomb on Wednesday. The Royals also return Wednesday, visiting Green Mountain.

Hinsdale 53, Newport 21

Hinsdale, N.H. — The Tigers slowed the potent Pacers attack for much of the night, but fell to 3-3 with the loss.

Stephanie Carl led Newport with 11 points while Brooke Beaulieu added seven points. The Pacers exploded for 20 points in the fourth quarter and had 11 3-pointers on the night.

“Our defense was great. We played hard tonight, they’ve been scoring a ton of points. We took good shots, they just didn’t fall,” Newport co-coach Doug Beaupre said.

The Tigers host Hillsboro-Deering on Friday.

Otter Valley 61 Windsor 42

Windsor — The Jacks (5-3) couldn’t keep pace with the Otters in the second half.

Annie Nelson led the hometown attack with 11 points while Katey Comstock had 10 points. Ashleay Wilcox and Maddie Morse each chipped in with eight points.

Windsor trailed just 25-17 at halftime and then surrendered 36 points after the break. The Jacks host Springield on Thursday.

Boys Basketball

Lebanon 79, Souhegan 49

Amherst, n.h. — With Austin Whaley delivering a career-high 20 points, the Raiders (4-1 league, 5-2 overall) made quick work of the school that knocked them out of the NHIAA Division II semifinals last spring.

Whaley knocked down two of Lebanon’s eight 3-pointers and was part of a 32-point second quarter that put the visitors in complete control. K.J. Matte, Dom Morrill and Nic Shepherd all hit for 10 points and Kalin Sou finished with nine for the Raiders.

“We’re in hey-let’s-everybody-get-better mode,” said Lebanon coach Kieth Matte, who downplayed any revenge sentiment.

“We came out and played very well from the bat. Every night, it’s someone different.”

Lebanon continues a four-game road trip at Merrimack Valley on Wednesday.

Stevens 74, Kearsarge 66

North Sutton — Nate White had 22 points as the Cardinals edged the Cougars with a big fourth-quarter effort.

Jordan Haines added 20 points for Stevens (3-3 overall, 2-2 league) while Dorian Boldin chipped in with 14 points. Ryan Tanguay added 11. The Cardinals trailed 18-6 after the first quarter and then found their range offensively, scoring at least 20 in each of the final three stanzas.

Carter Noordsij led all scorers with 27 points for Kearsarge. Nick Bailey added 12 while Logan Mayville had 11 and James Bromwell had nine. Bromwell added 14 rebounds while Noordsij pulled down eight boards.

Stevens visits Winnisquam on Thursday while Kearsarge (1-7 overall, 0-6 league) host rival Newport on Wednesday.

Windsor 72 Bellows Falls 53

Westminster, Vt. — The Jacks (5-3) had 42 points in the first half to distance themselves from the host Terriers.

Sophomore Mike Bradley led Windsor with 29 points while Tyson Boudro added 20 points with four 3-pointers. Nick Kapuscinski chipped in with 10 points. The Jacks host Stevens on Wednesday.

Newport 64, Hinsdale 30

Newport — The Tigers (5-2 overall, 4-0 league) clamped down defensively to lead to instant offense in beating the Pacers.

Andrew Houde had 28 points for Newport with a trio of 3-pointers. Spencer Coronis and Zach Whalen each added eight points. “We struggled from the perimeter, but we turned them over and scored in transition pretty easily,” Newport coach Steve Lavolpicelo said.

The Tigers visit Kearsarge on Wednesday night.

Sharon 87 Websterville Baptist 37

Websterville, Vt. — The Phoenix (4-1) scored early and often as 10 players dented the scoresheet.

Ando Bando-Hess led the attack with 19 points. Steve Davis added 12 points followed by Jay Knoerlein, Brandon Tracy and Tanner James with 11 apeice.

Sharon led 45-20 at halftime and looks forward to a visit from Concord on Wednesday.

Rivendell 92, Richford 20

Orford — Luke Bell had 27 points as the Raptors (4-0) had little trouble with visiting Richford.

Bell filled the statsheet all night, adding eight assists and seven rebounds. Scott Calhoun added 13 points while Nate Eastman had 11 and Shamus Payton had 10. Kolin Huntington added nine points and a team-high eight rebounds.

Rivendell hosts Thetford on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.