High School Roundup: Raptors Recover at South Royalton
South Royalton — The Rivendell Academy girls basketball team bounced back from a two-game losing streak, pinning a 54-33 road win on South Royalton on Thursday night.
A poor second half had doomed the Raptors Tuesday in a road loss at top-ranked Williamstown, but it wasn’t an issue Thursday as Rivendell outscored the Royals 29-17 in the second half.
“In (the Williamstown) game, we ran out of gas,” said Hank Tenney. “We played much better in the third quarter tonight.”
Hannah Rockwell led the way with 12 points and Corrie Lyndes had 11 for the Raptors, who evened off at 8-8. Point guard Megan Perkins hit two 3-pointers in the second half as part of her eight-point night.
The Royals were within nine points at halftime, trailing 25-16. Freshman Autumn Wing led South Royalton with 10 points, while Alexis Madore had seven and Jacqueline Fulcher six for the Royals (4-13).
Both teams are back at it Saturday, the Raptors hosting Springfield and the Royals playing at Whitcomb.
Woodstock 44 Black River 38
Woodstock — The Wasps overcame a slow start, outscoring the Presidents 39-25 over the last three quarters after trailing 13-5 after one.
Natausha Smallwood scored 13 points, Mariah Luce had eight and Madison Schulz scored seven for Woodstock (5-12).
Sophomore Paira Martin scored just two points on a pair of free throws for the Wasps, but she executed what Woodstock coach Roger St. Hillaire called, “the best defense of anyone (on the team) all year.”
Woodstock plays at Proctor on Tuesday.
U-32 38, Oxbow 35
East Montpelier, Vt. — The Olympians led 32-27 after three quarters but were outscored 11-3 in the fourth quarter as they lost to the Vermont Division I Raiders for the second time this year.
Oxbow had no field goals in the fourth quarter. The O’s held U-32’s Maddy Bennett to just five points, but Liz Ksepka had 12 for the Raiders. Mikayla Hodge had 16 points for Oxbow.
The O’s host Lyndon on Tuesday.
Springfield 52, Hartford 35
White River Junction — Chelsea McAllister scored 26 points for the Cosmos as the Hurricanes dropped to 2-14.
The Canes trailed by only a basket at halftime, 22-20.
“We came out flat in the second half and Springfield took advantage,” said Hartford coach Bill Soule.
Megan Newton scored 14 points for the Hurricanes, who play at Burr & Burton on Saturday.
Thetford 58, Lyndon 37
Lyndonville, Vt. — The Vermont Division III Panthers won their fourth straight road game against a D-II team.
“Lyndon’s a young team and they battled us hard,” said Thetford coach Eric Ward. “They reminded me of us a couple years ago.”
Five players contributed at least eight points for the Panthers, with Michaela Pomeroy scoring 14 points, Tara Pellerin getting 11, Ella Chapman netting 10, Shyann Josler getting nine and Jill Clark eight.
The Panthers (17-1) wrap up their home regular-season schedule with Montpelier on Tuesday.
Fair Haven 45, Windsor 16
Windsor — The undermanned Yellowjackets fell to 9-8.
Starters Elizabeth McCabe and Haley Wood were absent as the Jacks didn’t reach double digits in any quarter. Several others were overcoming illness, according to Windsor coach Bruce Mackay.
Ashleay Wilcox scored seven points for the Yellowjackets, who play at Springfield Monday .
Sunapee 92, Epping 69
Sunapee — Sunapee, beaten earlier in the season by Epping, evened the score in a big way with a win at Sherburne Gym.
James Fitzgerald had 32 points to lead the Lakers (10-2).
“They wanted to run with us and that kind of shocked me,” said Sunapee coach Ed Tenney.
The Lakers flexed their muscles early taking a 33-10 lead after the first eight minutes.
“We took 92 shots tonight and we usually try to take 75,” added Tenney.
Sharon 53, Twinfield 51
Sharon — The Phoenix overcame a seven-point deficit in the final four minutes of regulation to beat the Trojans.
“We switched from zone to man-to-man, got some turnovers and turned them into easy buckets,” said Phoenix coach Blake Fabrikant.
Sharon was just 8-of-21 from the free throw line.
Steve Davis (16 points), Jay Knoerlein (14) and Brandon Tracy (11) all reached double figures for the Phoenix, who improved to 10-3.
“Davis was our spark tonight,” Fabrikant said. “He provided the energy for us.”
Austin Oliver played well defensively off the bench for the Phoenix, which plays at Proctor on Tuesday.
Green Mtn. 51, Mid Vt. Christian 47
Chester, Vt. — The Eagles slipped to 8-9.
Mid Vermont trailed 29-18 at halftime but rallied for a 43-42 lead with 3:47 remaining. The Chieftains were 20-for-22 from the free throw line, making them down the stretch to help seal the win.
Austin Sayers scored 23 points for Mid Vermont, which plays at Rochester on Monday.
Hanover Boys Win
Bennington, n.h. — Conor Austin (1:23.64) and Christopher Stocke (1:23.79) took the first two spots as the Marauders captured a five-team meet hosted by Souhegan at Crotched Mountain.
Hanover placed four in the top 10 overall, with Nathan Roth (1:32.47) placing sixth and Mattson Rosenbaum (1:35.72) coming in seventh.
The Marauder girls were second, led by top-10 outings from Sophia Higgerson (sixth; 1:39.44) and Adeline Brendel (seventh; 1:41.05). Serena Higgerson (14th; 1:56.83) and Sarah Kohl (18th; 2:04.42) were in the top 20.
Boys team scores: 1. Hanover 388; 2. Souhegan 372; 4. Hollis-Brookline 360; 5. Windham 339; 6. Pembroke 319; 7. Con-Val 317; 8. Portsmouth 240; 9. Milford 87.
Girls team scores: 1. Souhegan 373; 2. Hanover 359; 3. Hollis-Brookline 352; 4. Portsmouth 350; 5. Windham 314; 6. Pembroke 308; 7. Milford 301.
Hanover Wins at Gunstock
Gilford, n.h. — Colin Pogue (fifth place; 14:58.9) and Tucker Cadow (sixth; 14:58.9) led Hanover to a win in an 18-team New Hampshire Division II meet at Gunstock Mountain.
Chris Powell (13th; 15:34), Sam Gurwitt (25th; 16:35), Maxwell Munafo (43rd) and Fletcher Passow (61st) also competed for the Marauders.
Lebanon’s boys were eighth, led by Kenny Weitzman’s seventh-place outing in 15:06. Ian Girdwood was 40th, David Albright was 59th, Zach Liebold was 60th and Eli Weitzman was 74th and Jake Jasinski was 78th for the Raiders.
Lebanon’s girls were fourth of 18 teams as Kelsey Atwater (19th; 19:36.8) and Emily Perryman (24th; 19:56.0) put forth top-25 showings. Brenna Peterson (31st), Grace Stott (40th), Caroline Wren (44th) and Micky Bish (48th) were in the top 50 for Lebanon.
Sarah Haedrich was 11th in 18:49.9 for eighth-place Hanover, with Katherine Torrey (43rd), Anna Merrins (79th), Juliette Dietz (84th) and Claire Snyder (93rd) also competing.
Ford Sayre had a number of competitors as well, including Adam Glueck (fourth, boys) and Sara Spencer (21st, girls).
The race includes more than 800 competitors and features high school athletes from public and prep schools as well as ski clubs.
“It’s a fun race because there are so many kids, and so many really good skiers,” said Lebanon coach Les Lawrence. “It’s a lot of fun to watch.”
The Raiders host a race Saturday at Plainfield Elementary School. It’ll be their first home race in three seasons because of a lack of snow the last two years.