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Local Roundup: Marauders Thump MV

Hanover Boys Cruise to Third Straight Victory

  • John Flory of Hanover tries to block a last ditch pass by a Merrimack Valley opponent during Hanover's win at home on Thursday, January 23, 2014.<br/>(Valley News - James M. Patterson)

    John Flory of Hanover tries to block a last ditch pass by a Merrimack Valley opponent during Hanover's win at home on Thursday, January 23, 2014.
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  • Rocco Linehan passes to his Hanover teammate Chris Washington during their game against Merrimack Valley in Hanover, N.H. on Thursday, January 23, 2014. <br/>(Valley News - James M. Patterson)

    Rocco Linehan passes to his Hanover teammate Chris Washington during their game against Merrimack Valley in Hanover, N.H. on Thursday, January 23, 2014.
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  • John Flory of Hanover tries to block a last ditch pass by a Merrimack Valley opponent during Hanover's win at home on Thursday, January 23, 2014.<br/>(Valley News - James M. Patterson)
  • Rocco Linehan passes to his Hanover teammate Chris Washington during their game against Merrimack Valley in Hanover, N.H. on Thursday, January 23, 2014. <br/>(Valley News - James M. Patterson)

Hanover — Rocco Linehan scored 10 of the Hanover High boys basketball team’s 16 first-quarter points, John Flory scored nine of his 11 in the second half and the Marauders won their third game in a row with a 60-39 decision over Merrimack Valley on Thursday night.

Linehan finished with a season-high 22 points for Hanover, leading the team in scoring for the second straight game.

“He he’s been playing really well, and he was the key,” said Marauders coach Tim Winslow. “He jump-started us in the first quarter, scored 10 quick points and then (Ben) Lynch scored four quick ones off the bench.”

After leading 33-17 at halftime, Flory helped Hanover keep pace by scoring from both the outside and by attacking the basket in the second half.

“It was a complete effort,” added Winslow, whose team stands at 4-3 in New Hampshire Division II play. “We’re starting to play better each day, practicing real well and it’s starting to show in games.”

Hanover (6-3 overall) next plays at Coe-Brown on Tuesday.

Girls Basketball

Mid Vermont 29, Chelsea 26

Quechee — The Eagles (9-3) enjoyed a complete effort in beating the Red Devils for the second time in three games.

Phoebe Seale led the way with 10 points, Abby Seale had seven and Rachel Carson six, while Mid Vermont’s defense held Chelsea to 10 first-half points.

“It was totally balanced, everyone stepped it up tonight,” said Eagles coach Perry Seale.

Mid Vermont shot 5-for-6 from the line in the final quarter, including a pair each from Emma Bryan and Phoebe Seale.

The Eagles host Concord on Monday.

Williamstown 53, Rivendell 42

Orford — The Raptors (5-5) trailed by just five at halftime before being outscored 14-3 in the third quarter.

The Blue Devils snapped Rivendell’s three-game win streak.

“That bad third quarter really hurt us. ... But overall, we did a nice job,” said Rivendell coach Hank Tenney. “Against a team like that, it’s full pressure the whole game.”

Megan Winagle finished with six points and nine rebounds and Nicole Wurtz and Megan Perkins had seven and seven each for the Raptors, who visit Twin Valley on Saturday.

U-32 53, Thetford 40

East Montpelier, Vt. — The Vermont Division III Panthers (11-1) lost their first game of the season to the D-I Raiders.

Maddy Bennett scored 16 points and Liz Ksepka had 12 for Union-32, while Shyann Josler and Michaela Pomeroy led the way for the Panthers with 10 and nine points, respectively.

Thetford hosts rival Oxbow on Saturday at 5:30 to start a girls-boy doubleheader.

Proctor 64, Woodstock 15

Woodstock — The Wasps fell to 3-8 against the defending Vermont Division IV champions. Freshman Mariah Luce (eight points) sank a pair of 3-pointers for Woodstock, which hosts Arlington on Saturday.

Oxbow 57, Montpelier 9

Montpelier — The Olympians improved to 11-1.

Mikayla Hodge scored 18, Amanda Wheeler had scored eight and Laura Tomlinson scored seven for the O’s, who play at rival Thetford, also 11-1, on Saturday.

Twinfield 45, S. Royalton 36

Plainfield, Vt. — The Royals (3-8) had a strong showing in the loss to the Trojans.

South Royalton played Twinfield much closer after losing at home by 19 in their first meeting.

“This is our third quality game in a row,” said South Royalton coach Jim Hewitt.

Freshman Autumn Wing scored 11 points and Rachel Moore had eight for the Royals, who host Whitcomb on Saturday to cap a day of basketball to benefit Norris Cotton Cancer Center. Elementary school games will be played from 9 a.m. to noon before the South Royalton boys team takes on Rochester at 2 and the Royals’ girls and Hornets square off at 3:30.

Hartford 43, Otter Valley 39

White River Junction — The Hurricanes (2-8) snapped a five-game losing streak.

Taylor Johnson scored all of her team-high 10 points in the second half, while Karianna Willette (nine points) hit 4-of-6 free throws in the fourth quarter.

“We played four quarters tonight, whereas that’s been our nemesis lately,” said Hartford coach Bill Soule.

Megan Newton also scored nine for the Canes, who received a 3-pointer from Hanna Hausler to put them ahead to stay with three and change to play.

Hartford plays at North Country tonight.

Sharon 36, Blue Mtn. 28

Sharon — Suzie Moses scored 18 points for the Phoenix, who avenged a 20-point loss in Wells River earlier this season.

“It was a big turnaround for us,” said Sharon coach Brian Allard. “It was the first game where we played to our full potential.”

Sharon (4-7) will have another test at Rivendell on Wednesday.