High Schools: Engineers Edged by Littleton in Quarterfinals

  • Woodsville's Sam Thurston watches teammate Dee Martin take a foul shot late in the fourth quarter during Littleton at Woodsville girls basketball in Haverhill, N.H., on February 28, 2014. Littleton won, 40-38. (Valley News - Will Parson)

    Woodsville's Sam Thurston watches teammate Dee Martin take a foul shot late in the fourth quarter during Littleton at Woodsville girls basketball in Haverhill, N.H., on February 28, 2014. Littleton won, 40-38. (Valley News - Will Parson) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Woodsville's Dee Martin breaks away after a turnover to score two points and start a fourth quarter scoring drive during Littleton at Woodsville girls basketball in Haverhill, N.H., on February 28, 2014. Littleton won, 40-38. (Valley News - Will Parson)

    Woodsville's Dee Martin breaks away after a turnover to score two points and start a fourth quarter scoring drive during Littleton at Woodsville girls basketball in Haverhill, N.H., on February 28, 2014. Littleton won, 40-38. (Valley News - Will Parson) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Woodsville's Sam Thurston watches teammate Dee Martin take a foul shot late in the fourth quarter during Littleton at Woodsville girls basketball in Haverhill, N.H., on February 28, 2014. Littleton won, 40-38. (Valley News - Will Parson)
  • Woodsville's Dee Martin breaks away after a turnover to score two points and start a fourth quarter scoring drive during Littleton at Woodsville girls basketball in Haverhill, N.H., on February 28, 2014. Littleton won, 40-38. (Valley News - Will Parson)

Woodsville — After playing the Littleton Crusaders to a one-win, one-loss standstill in the regular season, the Woodsville Engineers might have expected a tight NHIAA Division IV girls basketball quarterfinal challenge on Friday night.

That they got. The win? That they didn’t.

Bianca Verret capped a final half-minute possession for fifth-ranked Littleton by driving to the basket for the game-winning hoop with 2.1 seconds to play as the fifth-seeded Crusaders nipped the fourth-ranked Engineers, 40-38, at the Woodsville Community Building. Fouled on the play, Verret missed the ensuing free throw, but Woodsville (17-3) — with no timeouts at its expense — couldn’t muster a final shot for the win or overtime.

That said, the Engineers made what could have been a lopsided loss into a tight contest. Woodsville trailed by 11 points in the third quarter and by 10 points with four minutes to play when Dee Martin and Sam Thurston keyed a furious rally that nearly netted a victory.

Martin scored six of her eight points in the fourth quarter as Woodsville outscored Littleton in the final stanza, 13-5. Thurston had a game-high nine points for the Engineers, adding six rebounds, five steals and four assists.

“It was kind of a collective effort,” Woodsville coach Jim Kinder said of the comeback.

Chrissy Valliant had eight points and point guard Tori Clough distributed five assists for the Engineers. Verret and Emma Bogardus paced the Crusaders (15-5) with nine points each.

Hanover 47 Manchester West 18

Hanover — Giving its leading scorer the night off and spreading the minutes around, the Marauders (16-2 league, 17-3 overall) received career highs from Delilah Stewart and Caroline Rodi in a win over the Blue Knights to close the regular season.

Stewart notched eight points and Rodi had five for Hanover, which will do no worse than share the top seed in NHIAA Division II with Milford, which was upset on Friday night by St. Thomas. With top scorer J.J. Daniell resting, Hanover’s Christine Croituro and Erica Hinck joined Stewart in team scoring honors with eight points each.

With the Hanover High gym occupied by Town Meeting voting, the Marauders’ D-II tournament opener will be played on Tuesday night at Dartmouth College’s Leede Arena .

Boys Basketball

Williamstown 68, Windsor 54

Williamstown, Vt. — The ninth-ranked Yellowjackets (12-10) saw their Vermont Division III quarterfinal upset bid against the top-ranked Blue Devils (21-0) fall to the wayside with a cold-shooting third quarter.

Windsor played well through the first half and led Williamstown for most of the stretch, taking a 30-26 lead into halftime. Jason Manwaring (21 points) and Hunter McLaughlin (20) powered the comeback for the home team. Tyson Boudro led Windsor with 16 points, followed by Nick Kapuscinski with 13, Russell Simonds with 11 and Mike Bradley with 10.

“We played pretty good defense and made a few shots, took the lead at the end of the second quarter,” Windsor coach Harry Ladue noted. “Then we didn’t score in the first four minutes of the third quarter, and that set the tone for the second half.”

The two-time defending state champion Blue Devils — who own a 48-game-winning streak — advance to the D-III semifinals at Barre Auditorium next week.

Mascoma 64, InterLakes 48

West Canaan — Andrew Cashe matched his season high with 16 points and provided the energy that sent the Royals (12-6, 13-7) into next week’s NHIAA Division III tournament with a modicum of momentum.

Mascoma coach Jim Barry started his seniors on senior night and the Royals negotiated a 14-14 tie after one quarter before turning on the jets with a 20-8 second period. Justin Marsh hit for 13 points and Kyle Kosiorek netted 11 for Mascoma, which has won four in a row and six of its last seven.

The Royals will likely open the tournament at home on Thursday night.

Stevens 59, Hillsboro-Deering 57

Hillsboro, n.h. — Ryan Tanguay secured the rebound of a missed Nate White free throw and banked home a shot with less than six seconds to play as the Cardinals (9-9, 10-10) clinched a first-round home game in next week’s NHIAA Division III tournament.

White drew a foul with 6.1 seconds to play and Stevens looking at a 57-55 deficit. The Hillcats threw the ball away on a desperation shot following Tanguay’s putback, and Parker Smith hit a late foul shot to secure the victory.

Tanguay netted a game-high 14 points for Stevens, with Smith and Jordan Haines contributing 11 apiece. The Cards expect to open the state tourney at Carr Gym on Tuesday night; they’ll learn their opponent on Monday morning.

Windham 63, Hanover 54

Windham, n.h. — The Marauders (11-7, 13-7) will hit the road as the ninth seed in the D-II tourney to one of four potential opponents after closing the regular season with a road loss on Friday night.

Hanover never led, falling into an 18-2 hole in the game’s first 5½ minutes, coach Tim Winslow reported. Rocco Linehan pumped in 20 points to lead the Marauders, with John Flory adding 15.

“We just couldn’t make any shots, and they really limited our second-chance opportunities on the boards,” Winslow added. “They did a nice job.”

Bishop Brady, Hollis Brookline, Kennett and Plymouth all tied for the final four first-round home games at 13-5, meaning a tiebreaker will beneeded to determine Hanover’s destination for next week’s tourney opener.

Newport 58, Kearsarge 50

Newport — The upstart Cougars (2-16, 3-17) gave the homestanding Tigers (15-3, 16-5) a test at Wheeler Gym before Newport walked off with the win in their mutual season finale.

Using an inverted triangle-and-two defense, Kearsarge surrendered 25 points to Newport standout Andrew Houde but contained the Tigers’ superb guard, Spencer Coronis, to a respectable 15 points. Then allowed the visitors to stay within three points (38-35) entering the final quarter, where Newport’s superior ability finally decided the game.

“It’s a tough way to go out, but in the locker room afterward they all spoke up and really appreciated how we all rallied together and showed no quit,” Kearsarge coach Nate Camp said. “It’s a nice ending for the season, as much as you hate going 2-16.”

Carter Noordsij led the Cougars with 12 points, followed by Nick Bailey with 11 and Trent Noordsij with eight.

Newport will earn a top-five seed in the D-III state tourney next week, meaning a bye from the first round and a home game in the second.

Wrestling

BF-Hartford at States

Bennington, Vt. — Seven wrestlers from the Bellows Falls-Hartford combined team got off to strong starts during the first night of the Vermont state championship at Mount Anthony Union High School.

Austin Viens ripped off a pair of wins at 113 pounds to reach the division semifinals, pinning Otter Valley’s Eric Manning and roaring past Essex’s Sergio Mendes, 14-1. Brendan Kendall did the same at 126 pounds, making his semifinal round with defeats of Essex’s Matt Turner and CVU’s Cooper Bouchard.

BF-H’s Steve Cerrone had a bye in the first round at 138 pounds, then made his semifinal with a pin of BFA-St. Albans’ Brandon Coolbeth. Nolan Viens had just one match in defense of his 145-pound crown, pinning Mill River’s Kade Timbers at 1:08 to make the divisional semis.

The Terriers added a fifth semifinalist in the form of Hartford senior Patrick Libuda, who beat Spaulding’s Kyle Cooke (7-0) and Rutland’s Ian Reilly (5-1) to advance. Kyle Record also made his semifinal, taking matches from St. Johnsbury’s Ryan Haff (fall, 4:56) and Spaulding’s Ian Strachan (fall, :54) at 182 pounds.

Bellows Falls-Hartford also put John Harris into the heavyweight (285 pounds) semifinals with a 27-second pin of Middlebury’s Benn Lussier following a first-round bye. Two other BF-H wrestlers, Jake Lober (225 pounds) and Brady Illingworth (160) won first round matches but were knocked to the consolation bracket with second-round losses.

The tournament wraps up today.

Girls Hockey

Hanover 6, Bishop Guertin 0

West Lebanon — Grace Tecca converted passes from Sarah Muller and Emily Acker for an all-senior finish to the Marauders’ scoring in their final Campion Rink game of the year.

Six different Hanover skaters dented the net, with Eliza Laycock, Kelly Brigham, Julie Montgomery, Muller and Matti Hartman joining Tecca in the goal-scoring department. Acker and Delia Nahabedian had two assists each, and Maddie Lyons, Sarah Wagner, Lilian Stout and Caroline Howell joined Hartman, Tecca and Muller in contributing single assists.

Katie Fenton produced a six-save shutout for Hanover, which has already clinched the top seed in next week’s state tournament and will have a bye into the tourney’s semifinal round. The Marauders (16-1, 18-2) close the schedule at Bishop Brady-Trinity at Concord’s Everett Arena tonight.