Morrison Nearly Grand, Phoenix More So
Sharon’s Trenton Morrison (10) flies past Mid Vermont Christian’s Anthony LaPlaca (1) and James King, right, on a drive to the basket last night. (Valley News - Sarah Priestap) Purchase photo reprints »
Mid Vermont Christian’s Eric Lee (2) guards Sharon Academy’s Brandon Tracy, left, on an inbounds pass during the Phoenix’s boys basketball win over the Eagles last night.(Valley News - Sarah Priestap) Purchase photo reprints »
Quechee — Sharon Academy and Mid Vermont Christian staged a back-and-forth finish to their boys basketball game last night, the visiting Phoenix prevailing 52-45 in a Vermont Division IV matchup.
“It was frenetic and wild,’’ said Sharon coach Blake Fabrikant. “At one point, I had to call a time out and remind our guys that we still had the lead, because it felt like we had been overtaken.”
Sharon, which improved to 5-3, led by 11 points with slightly fewer than three minutes to play before the Eagles cut the deficit to four with a minute remaining.
Senior guard Trenton Morrison and freshman forward Jay Knoerlein each had 18 points for the victors. The former needs 20 points for 1,000 in his high school career.
Sharon, which won five games last season, got five points and eight blocks from center Brandon Tracy in his first game back from a fractured sinus. His team hosts Concord on Saturday.
Austin Seale led Mid Vermont with 28 points while James Horner had nine points and Joe Zhou added eight. The Eagles fell to 5-4 and host Chelsea tomorrow.
Colebrook 67, Woodsville 51
Woodsville — Turnovers cost the Engineers (1-5 league, 1-6 overall) a shot at an upset, as the Mohawks turned Woodsville miscues into key third-quarter points.
The outside-inside combination of Jake Shearer and Jordan Bedard nearly outscored the Engineers on their own. Shearer hit four 3-pointers en route to a game-high 28 points, and Bedard finished with 18 for Colebrook.
“In the third period, we committed a lot of turnovers; it was the only quarter where we really committed a lot of turnovers,” Woodsville coach Jamie Walker said. “They like to play full-court, and if they turn you over, they are usually going 2-on-1 or 3-on-2 the other way.”
Joe Abrahamsen scored 17 points and Kevin Briggs threw in 10 for the Engineers, who visit Rivendell on Thursday.
Bellows Falls 40
Woodstock — Conor Fegard and Doug Avellino each scored 14 points and the Wasps improved to 5-4. Nehemiah Wood had 10 points and 10 rebounds, seven of those boards in the second half. The lanky sophomore also absorbed two charges.
Woodstock plays at Windsor on Thursday.
Twinfield 65, Oxbow 53
Plainfield, Vt. — The Olympians (1-8) made a run at the Trojans late in the third quarter and early in the fourth, but the O’s got away from their game plan as Twinfield pulled away.
The visitors succeeded in working the ball inside, scoring enough points to turn a 50-39 deficit after three into a four-point game in the final stanza. David Cobling helped the Trojans prevail with a game-high 28 points.
“We got away from what we wanted to do offensively,” Oxbow coach Rich Thornton said. “We have to keep playing to be successful, and we got away from going inside.”
Andrew Lyman (14 points), Caleb Lafaille (12) and Lucas Wheeler (11) led the way for Oxbow, which is off until a visit to Randolph next Tuesday.
Burr & Burton 50, Hartford 47
Manchester, Vt. — The Hurricanes received 13 points from Cameron Gaudette and 11 from Josh Claflin, but couldn’t convert down the stretch, falling to 6-5.
“We had possessions to win or tie but we turned it over,’’ said Hartford coach Steve Landon. “But we came to play against one of the teams to beat in our division.
“This was probably the best we’ve played all year. There are no moral victories, but if we play like this the rest of the way, we’ll be all right.’’
The Bulldogs’ Weston Muench scored eight of his 14 points in the fourth quarter, helping to overcome a 38-35 deficit. Hartford hosts Fair Haven on Friday.
Woodsville — With Woodsville coach Jim Kinder resting Tiarra Beatrice in the third quarter to save energy for the fourth, the Mohawks’ Josie Brunault converted a series of turnover-fed baskets to help the visitors eke out a tight win over the Engineers (6-3 league, 8-3 overall).
Beatrice (15 points) and Chrissy Valliant (14) led Woodsville to a 31-21 lead at the half, but Brunault’s individual excellence turned the tide for Colebrook (6-3). The guard finished with 33 points.
“We gave up some quick points without (Beatrice) in the game,” Kinder said. “Most of Josie’s points came off steals, easy bunnies and layups mostly. She’s tenacious, quick, smart; she just played an excellent game.”
Valliant completed a double-double for the Engineers with 21 rebounds. Sam Thurston nearly did the same, grabbing 12 boards to go with eight points.
Woodsville visits Rivendell on Thursday.
White River Junction — The Hurricanes improved to 6-2 behind 25 points from Chelsea Dow and 17 from Taylor Johnson, who canned five shots from beyond the 3-point arc.
Springfield fell to 4-4. Hartford, which also received 10 points from Stephanie Grobe, hosts Rutland on Thursday.