Local Roundup: Sharon Continues Bounce-Back Season
Thetford's Jordan Eastman fouls Rivendell's Kolin Huntington in the middle of a lay up attempt during their game in Orford, N.H. on January 15, 2014. Rivendell won the game 57-44. (Valley News - Elijah Nouvelage)
Rivendell's Lukas Bell dribbles around Thetford's Kipling Haviland-Hack during their game in Orford, N.H. on January 15, 2014. Rivendell won the game 57-44. (Valley News - Elijah Nouvelage)
Sharon — Shut out in the second quarter and down big at the break to Concord (Vt.), the host Sharon Academy girls basketball team flipped a switch to rally for a 32-29 victory.
The Wildcats led 20-6 at the break after blanking the Phoenix in the second quarter, 10-0. Coach Brian Allard spurred his team on by returning to basics, stressing effort and fundamentals during the halftime break. Sharon rallied to outscore the Wildcats 26-9 in the second half.
“We just weren’t executing and finishing,” Allard said. “We talked about picking up our intensity on defense. We forced a lot of turnovers into instant offense and took it one trip down the floor at a time.”
Suzie Moses led Sharon with 14 points while Mallory Lloyd added 10 points. The win improves the Phoenix to 3-5 on the season. This already eclipses last season’s win total as Sharon struggled to a 2-19 record in 2012-13.
“I’m very proud of the girls tonight with how they came back to really focus in the second half and pull this one out,” Allard added.
The Phoenix face a stern test on Friday night with a visit from Williamstown.
Whitcomb 53 Mid Vermont 35
Quechee — The Hornets got 22 points by Lindsey LaPerle and used a strong defensive effort to beat the Eagles.
Phoebe Parrish added 15 points for the Hornets, including three 3-pointers in a sharp-shooting first-half effort as Whitcomb led 31-15 at the break. Ashley Stearns added 12 points.
Eighth-grader Rachel Seale led MVCS with 16 points followed by 10 points from Phoebe Seale. “
They played really good defense on (Phoebe Seale) and put a lot of pressure on us. Rachel ended up having a good game,” Eagles coach Perry Seale said.
The Hornets (6-2) visit Concord (Vt.) on Friday; the Eagles (7-2) visit Chelsea on Saturday.
Lebanon 52 Merrimack Valley 48 (ot)
Lebanon — The Raiders rallied in the fourth quarter to force overtime and then stole the victory, improving to 8-2 overall, 5-2 in NHIAA play.
Heather King led the Lebanon attack with 26 points, draining a trio of 3-pointers. Samantha MacDonald added 12 points while Vanessa Fleury had eight points. Lebanon outscored the Pride 12-6 in the fourth quarter to force overtime.
“We stepped up. We hung together and stepped up, it’s a total team victory, everybody worked hard,” Lebanon coach Rob Marsh said.
Marsh praised the defensive play of Kendra MacDonald, saying she was the star of the night.
The Raiders host Manchester West on Friday night.
Tilton 56, KUA 30
Tilton, n.h. — Tilton defeated KUA (6-3) to snap the Wildcats’ four-game winning streak.
Abby Kelly led the Wildcats with 12 points, all scored in the second half, while Taylor Ong chipped in with eight points and eight rebounds.
Kaitie Sanders pulled down a career-high 12 rebounds for KUA.
Rivendell 57, Thetford 44
Orford — The Raptors improved to 5-0 while the Panthers slipped to 1-7. Senior forward Nate Eastman hit four 3-pointers as part of a game-high 22 points for Rivendell in the second meeting of the season between the area rivals. The Raptors also won their season opener at Thetford, 53-40.
Cole Stever and Josh Marshall added 11 points each for Rivendell, which outscored the Panthers 21-9 in the third quarter after leading by seven at halftime.
Jordan Eastman scored 15 points and Brandon Gray had 11 for the Panthers, who play at Montpelier on Saturday.
The Raptors are back home on Saturday, entertaining Cabot.
Lebanon 74 Merrimack Valley 53
Penacook, n.h. — The Raiders picked up a quality road win over the Pride, improving to 5-1 in NHIAA play, 6-2 overall.
Dom Morrill led a balanced scoring effort by the Raiders with 14 points. Nic Shepherd added 13 points while KJ Matte and Austin Pelletier each had 12 points. Lebanon led 41-27 at halftime.
The Raiders visit Bishop Brady on Friday.
Sharon 76, Concord 22
Sharon — The Phoenix continue to rack up the points, improving to 5-1.
Andy Bando-Hess led 11 scorers with 12 points for Sharon. James Tracy and Steve Davis each had 11 points. Jay Knoerlein added nine points while Ben Hayslett and Cotey Anderegg each chipped in with eight points. Coach Blake Fabrikant praised Hayslett’s play off the bench as the senior guard provided a spark all night.
Sharon hosts back-to-back D-III state champion Williamstown tonight.
Newport 69, Kearsarge 35
North Sutton — The Tigers nearly doubled up the Cougars led by 28 points for Andrew Houde.
Spencer Coronis added 15 points while Zach Whalen had eight points for Newport (6-2 overall, 5-0 NHIAA). Newport led 38-18 at halftime.
“This was our best effort on both ends of the floor. We came out and made shots early and defended well from the beginning,” Tigers coach Steve Lavolpicelo said.
Carter Noordsij led Kearsarge with 11 points. Junior forward Eric Morin had two points, his first career varsity points.
Newport visits Hillsboro-Deering on Friday. Kearsarge (1-8 overall, 0-7 NHIAA) hosts Fall Mountain on Jan. 25.
Rochester 56 Mid Vermont 49
Quechee — Pavin Parrish had 31 points to lead Rochester over the Eagles (7-3).
Mid Vermont led most of the way, holding a 47-41 lead through three quarters before scoring just two points in the fourth quarter. Austin Sayers had 28 for MVCS while Thomas Weiler had 13.
“We just didn’t execute on offense (in the fourth quarter). We held the lead pretty much the whole game. A couple turnovers, couple missed baskets,” Eagles coach Brian Sayers said.
MVCS visits Chelsea on Saturday.
KUA 82, Vt. Academy 69
Meriden — Malik Abu scored 16 of his game-high 28 points in the second half as Kimball Union (10-1) defeated Vermont Academy.
Abu pulled down 14 rebounds for the Wildcats, who led by one point late in the second half before they pulled away in the final two minutes.
Malcolm Brent scored 19 points for KUA, and teammate Oliver Tot had 13 points and eight assists. Crew Ainge and Duby Maduegbunam each had 11 points.
KUA visits Masters School on Friday.
Lebanon 3, Pembroke 0
Pembroke, n.h. — The Raiders dominated play, outshooting the Spartans 48-9, and managed to solve Pembroke goalie Nick Berube with three early goals.
Dylan Gaudette scored in the first period with assists to Tate Singleton and Nate Gariepy. Ryan Damren and Brendan Kelly added goals in the second period. Singleton and Gariepy each finished with two assists while Gaudette and TJ Barber each had one assist.
“The kids worked hard, they had a lot of chances. Their goalie had a great game,” Raiders coach Gary Smith said.
Goalie Joe Grout stopped nine shots for the Lebanon shutout. The Raiders (2-3-1) face Alvirne in Tyngsboro, Mass., on Saturday.
Deerfield Academy 5 Kimball Union 3
Meriden — The Wildcats suffered a rare loss, dropping to 13-4-3.
Nic Hamre, Brendan Riley and Billy Young scored for KUA, while Ben Finkelstein, Ben Shapiro, Alex Leblanc, AJ Greer and Jacob Paluch each picked up assists.
Former Hanover High star, UVM player and Los Angeles Kings draft pick Brendan Creagh coaches Deerfield. Creagh graduated from Hanover in 1988.
The Wildcats visit Brewster Academy on Friday.
Vermont Academy 1 Kimball Union 0
Saxtons River, Vt. — The Wildcats lost a heartbreaker as Vermont Academy broke a scoreless tie midway through the third period.
KUA killed a key power play in the first period and then couldn’t convert on their own power play chance in the second. Goalie Amelie Poirier played well in net for the Wildcats, who host Governor’s Academy on Friday at 6:30 p.m.
Lebanon 6 St. Thomas-Dover 3
Dover, n.h. — Micaela Schones had a hat trick to lead undefeated Lebanon to its fifth straight win on Tuesday.
Schones had three goals and as assist, while Emma Foreman also added a goal. Sam Roberts picked up an assist.
Emily Courtemanche recorded the victory in goal.
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Jackson, n.h. — Emily Perryman was Lebanon’s top finisher Tuesday with an 11th-place finish in a rainy nordic event at the Jackson Ski Touring Center, as Lebanon placed fifth in the 10-team meet.
Perryman toured the 5k route in a time of 24:44 behind winner Lilly Namie of Bow who finished in 21:46. Brenna Peterson also came in with a top-20 finish for Lebanon, taking 17th place with a time of 26:12.
Also finishing for Lebanon was Emma Greenough 26th (27:49), Caroline Wren tied for 27th (27:50); Grace Stott 29th (28:04), Rachel Berg 36th (29:11), Micky Bish 38th (29:35), Christine Jones 39th (29:38) and Olivia Balise 62nd (37:28).
Team Scores: Kingswood 372, Kennett 351, Bow 349, White Mountains 336, Lebanon 328.5, Fall Mountain 310.5, Kearsarge 308, Profile 296, Gilford 247, Belmont 136.
KUA Visits Holderness
Holderness, n.h. — Henry Vansant led the Kimball Union contingent over the nordic skiing track at Holderness, finishing 14th in 18 minutes, four seconds in the boys race.
Dan Hall added a 69th place finis,h while Ariel Silver was 76th out of 92 boys. Kelsey Pollard (35th) and Tori Pipas (36th) placed well for the KUA girls out of 74 skiers.
The Wildcats compete at St. Paul’s on Wednesday.
Vermont Tech 80 Fisher College 72
Randolph Center — Jamal Hughes led VTC with 38 points as the Green Knights improved to 4-9.
Andrew Scott added 16 points while South Royalton graduate Ryan Follensbee had 10 points.
VTC hosts Albany Pharmacy on Friday at 6 p.m.