Canes Hold Off Wasps
Woodstock’s James Morgan, right, comes up empty as Hartford’s Nick Fucci grabs a rebound. (Valley News - Sarah Priestap) Purchase photo reprints »
Woodstock guard Doug Avellino (5) pushes aside Hartford’s Cameron Gaudette (2) as the Wasps’ Bradley Lewis (15) watches during the first quarter of the Hurricanes’ 60-55 boys basketball win last night. (Valley News - Sarah Priestap) Purchase photo reprints »
White River Junction — They played their hearts out, perhaps enough to win. And that was the winning coach talking about the opposition.
At night’s end, however, Hartford High boys basketball coach Steve Landon could smile, having seen his Hurricanes hold on for a 60-55 win over Woodstock at Hartford High School. Key 3-pointers from Chris Bateman and Cameron Gaudette helped Hartford (5-3) stave off a fourth-quarter rally from the Wasps (3-4), who never quit despite facing a 10-point deficit entering the final period of play.
Connor Fegard’s second 22-point effort in as many games nearly turned the tide for the visitors.
“The Woodstock kids played unbelievable,” Landon said. “Their effort tonight,. especially from that Connor kid … I’ve seen them play twice, and they played unbelievable.
“I felt like those guys may have played hard than us, so when you walk off and my own team wins, I’m happy. But at the same time, I felt like Woodstock played good enough to win.”
Fegard had plenty of help in the comeback effort, with Doug Avellino contributing 12 points and Reid Langona knocking down 11.
Hartford received contributions from throughout the lineup. Bateman led the Canes with 13 points, Nick Fucci followed with 12, Justin Devoid patrolled the paint for 11 and three other Hartford players chipped in at least six points.
“Bateman and Gaudette hit some big 3s against their zone, and we built a bit of a lead in the third quarter,” said Landon, whose squad took a 47-37 cushion into the final eight minutes. “We just held on. The Woodstock guys played until the end. I told my guys that was the way it would go, and it did.”
Hartford travels to Hanover tomorrow. Woodstock goes to Twin Valley on Friday.
South Royalton 59, Northfield 47
South Royalton — David Ballou scored eight of his team-high 14 points in the fourth quarter to give the Royals and interim head coach Jeff Moreno their first win of the season.
Ballou’s contributions came at a key time for South Royalton (1-3). Unable to adjust to the officiating, the hosts committed 28 fouls and saw three regulars — Ian Kinnarney, Hunter Brock and Nate Moore — foul out, putting Ballou in the rare role of point guard late.
“He came through in the clutch,” Moreno said of Ballou. “We won by 12, but it was a two-point game with two minutes to go. We had a big lead, squandered it, they had all of the momentum and we buckled down and started playing good basketball.”
Kinnarney finished with 11 points and Keanan Thompson added eight for the Royals, who host Whitcomb tommorrow.
MVCS 39, Concord 30
Quechee — The visitors forged a 25-25 tie with two minutes remaining in the third quarter before MVCS embarked on an 11-0 run to pull away. The Eagles (4-3) received 17 points from Austin Sayers and James King added eight. MVCS plays Saturday at Websterville.
Sharon 67, Cabot 31
Sharon — Trenton Morrison had 25 points and drained a quartet of 3-point shots to lead the Phoenix (4-2). Freshman Jay Knoerlein had 16 points and 16 rebounds for Sharon, which also received 18 points from Tanner James. The Phoenix visit two-time defending Vermont Division IV champion Twinfield tomorrow.
Hinsdale, n.h. — Andrew Houde dropped in 17 points to help the Tigers remain undefeated at 8-0. Spencer Coronis added nine points and Zach Whalen eight for Newport, which led 23-10 after a quarter and hosts Kearsarge tomorrow.
Hartford 43 (ot)
Hanover — Hartford’s Heather Illingworth hit a bank shot from the paint to force overtime, but the Marauders scored eight of the extra stanza’s nine points and improved to 6-3. Stephanie Grobe led the Hurricanes (4-2) with 15 points and JJ Daniell, Holly Schlosser and Erica Hinck each had 10 points for Hanover.
“The difference was our defense and our rebounding in the second half,’’ said Hanover coach Dan O’Rourke. “In the first half, Hartford was clearly the aggressor.’’
The visitors forged a 17-12 rebounding edge during the first half and led 24-19 at intermission. Hanover turned the tables in the second half, however, grabbing 14 boards to Hartford’s eight.
Marauders guard Lexie Hamilton gave her team its first lead of the game in the fourth quarter, knocking down a 3-point shot for a 37-35 score. Hanover visits John Stark on Friday.
MVCS 40, Black River 28
Quechee — The Eagles (2-4) received 19 points from junior center Phoebe Seale and 17 from her sister, freshman point guard Anna Seale. MVCS led 18-5 after a quarter and plays Thursday at Rochester.
Hinsdale 58, Newport 29
Newport — The Pacers doubled up the Tigers (2-5 league, 3-7 overall), handing Newport its seconds straight defeat.
The Tigers visit Hillsboro-Deering on Friday night.