Local Roundup: Cardinals Upset Orioles
Chrissy Merritt, of Newport, reaches for a rebound during Newport's 36 - 27 win over Kearsarge in Newport, N.H. Thursday, February 20, 2014.
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Claremont — Jordan Haines played cleanup in a big way for the Stevens High boys basketball team Thursday night.
The senior guard scooped up his own miss and hit the follow-up off the glass for two with four seconds left in overtime for the game-winning shot in the Cardinals’ 65-63 upset of Conant at Carr Gymnasium.
The perennial power Orioles (13-2 N.H. D-III) suffered just their second league loss of the season while the Cards improved to 7-10 and 6-9 in league play.
“It was definitely a big win for us,” said Stevens coach Scott MacNamee. “We’re hoping it can be a springboard for us with the playoffs coming up.”
Ryan Tanguay led all scorers with 27 points, while Nate White finished with 14 and Haines 12 for the Cards.
Stevens led by two at the end of regulation before a turnover led to Conant forcing overtime. But Tanguay and Haines scored for the Cardinals in OT while Stevens’ defense held the Orioles to one basket.
Stevens is right back at it tonight, hosting Kearsarge.
Windsor 65, Fair Haven 51
Windsor — Yellowjackets senior forward Ethan Hill helped hold the Slaters’ leading scorer, Alex Fontaine, to nine while scoring 13 of his own to help Windsor improve to 11-8.
“Night in and night out, we ask him to guard the other team’s best player, and he had a superb night,” Windsor coach Harry Ladue said. “He kept their best guy to single digits and got into double digits himself, so that’s always nice to see.”
Hill had plenty of help on the offensive end, with Mike Bradley (15 points), Tyson Boudro (14) and Nick Kapuscinski (11) also reaching double figures and Russell Simonds scoring eight.
The Jacks close the regular season tonight at home against undefeated Marble Valley League rival Burr & Burton (19-0).
Sharon 58, Blue Mtn. 41
Sharon — The Phoenix improved to 13-5.
Sharon led by just two points after one quarter, then began a half-court trap defense that stymied the Bucks.
Tanner James and Jay Knoerlein scored 16 points each for the Phoenix, while Cam Morrison came off the bench to score all seven of his points in the second quarter in place of foul-troubled Brandon Tracy.
Sharon wraps up the regular season Saturday at Chelsea.
Mascoma 67, Winnisquam 64
West Canaan — Royals junior Walt Hammond scored a career-best 24 points as the Royals improved to 11-7 (10-6 N.H. D-III).
Andrew Cashe added 14 points while doing what Mascoma coach Jim Barry called a “fantastic job” guarding Bears point guard Christian Serrano.
Alex Schwarz (10 points) went 4-for-4 from the free throw line to help ice the game for the Royals, who host Kearsarge on Monday in their next-to-last regular season game.
Thetford 47, Lamoille 46
Thetford — Jordan Eastman (19 points) sank a layup with 20 seconds left, then contested a last-gasp jumper by Lamoille as the Panthers held on for the win.
Senior Cody McCusker scored a career-best 12 points on senior night as Thetford finished the regular season 9-11.
The Panthers now await their first-round opponent and seeding in the upcoming VPA D-III tournament.
Craftsbury 47, S. Royalton 44
South Royalton — The Chargers’ Austin Masi sank a 35-foot bank shot at the buzzer, sending the Royals (4-16) packing. South Royalton needed a win to keep its hopes alive for the upcoming VPA Division IV tournament.
“Our boys played with a lot of heart and effort,” said first-year Royals coach Pete Howe. “They didn’t quit. It’s a tough way to go out.”
Orford — The starting time for Saturday’s boys basketball game with Rivendell hosting Oxbow has been changed. The jayvee game will now begin at 5 p.m. followed by the varsity game around 6:30. Prior to the varsity game the seniors will be honored.
Mascoma 54, Winnisquam 42
Bristol, n.h. — The Royals finished the regular season 10-10, 9-9 in New Hampshire Division-III.
Kialah Reeder scored 10 points and Lindsey Thompson contributed nine for Mascoma, which now awaits word of its seeding and first-round playoff opponent.
Newport 36, Kearsarge 27
Newport — Kyrstin Kibbey and Stephanie Carl scored 14 points each as the Tigers improved to 9-11, 8-9 in New Hampshire Division III.
Devi Kraushaar led the Cougars (4-13 league) with a game-high 15.
Both teams are back at it tonight, Newport traveling to Monadnock and Kearsarge hosting Stevens.
Twin Valley 68, Sharon 28
Wilimington, Vt. — The Phoenix (9-11) wrapped up its regular season with a loss to the Wildcats.
Sharon awaits its first-round opponent and seeding in the VA Division IV tournament.
Hanover 34, Hopkinton 24
Hanover — Hanover (3-2) wrapped up the first winning regular season in program history with a win over Hopkinton.
Hanover’s Brandon Gile scored 18 points in a game in which everyone who played scored at least one basket, and teammate Kate Enneper led a strong defensive effort.
Women’s College Hoop
Colby-Sawyer 64, Lyndon St. 40
New London — Ashley Fruzzetti scored a game-high 17 points to lead Colby-Sawyer (15-9, 14-3 NAC) past Lyndon State (3-19, 3-14). The Chargers will travel to Johnson on Saturday for a regular season finale that tips off at 1 p.m.
Men’s College Hoop
Colby-Sawyer 91, Lyndon St. 87
New London — Colby-Sawyer (13-10, 12-5 NAC) used an 18-0 run in the span of 3:27 late in the second half to come from behind for a victory over Lyndon State (11-13, 11-6).
The Chargers, who sit in third place in the standings, will conclude the regular season on Saturday at Johnson.