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Franklin, N.H. — The Kearsarge boys basketball team erupted out of the starting gates at Franklin last night, jumping out to a big lead early and then holding on for a 47-37 victory at the Golden Tornadoes.

Carter Noordsij had 13 points for the Cougars and also added four rebounds, four steals and three assists. Casey Laughinghouse added nine points and nine rebounds, while Peter Allen had 11 points and a pair of steals and Ollie Gallo had eight points, five steals and three assists.

“Our defense was the key,” Kearsarge coach Nate Camp said. “We were able to turn them over with our defensive pressure, which led to breakaways for us.”

The Cougars led 15-4 after the first quarter and then battled back and forth for the duration to secure their third win of the season, improving to 3-7.

“Anytime you win on the road, it builds a lot of character,” Camp added. The Cougars have now won two of their last three games, and will cap a busy week of three games when Winnisquam visits North Sutton tomorrow night.

KUA 75, Holderness 65

Meriden — The Wildcats overcome an inspired effort by Holderness to earn the victory and move to 13-3 on the season.

Malik Abu led the way with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Devon Thomas added 18 points while dishing out 10 assists. Duby Maduegbunham added 12 points and 12 boards, while Devin Galligan had 10 points. KUA visits Brewster Academy tomorrow night.

Girls Basketball

Franklin 45, Kearsarge 39

North Sutton — Anna Cahill had 16 points to lead the Cougars (1-10), who could not overcome a scoreless second quarter in falling to Franklin.

Cahill drained four 3-pointers and had three consecutive buckets from downtown during the third quarter to help Kearsarge get back into the game. The Cougars were outscored 12-0 in the second quarter and trailed 19-12 at halftime. Katie Lindh added nine points, including seven in the fourth quarter.

“The effort is there, but our inexperience still shows,” Kearsarge coach Kurt McCandless said. “It’s a tough loss, but sooner or later we’ll break through. Just have to put a full game together.”

Kearsarge visits Winnisquam tomorrow night.

KUA 57, Northfield Mt. Hermon 48

Meriden — The Wildcats earned an impressive victory over the Class A Hoggers.

NMH came out of the gates quickly before KUA countered by switching to a man-to-man defense. Shannon Walsh scored nine points in the first half as the Wildcats rallied to trail just 29-27 at halftime. Fiekah Fataar finished with a game-high 19 points for KUA and Walsh finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

The Wildcats (6-4) face a tough schedule with three road games next week at Deerfield, Holderness and Brooks.

Rivendell 58, Sharon 17

Orford — The Raptors distanced themselves from the visiting Phoenix and improved to 7-2.

Lacey Stever had 24 points for Rivendell while Stefanie DeSimone added 14. Jennifer DeBois had eight points and Tao Ameden had seven. Suzie Moses had seven points to lead Sharon.

“Our defensive pressure was too much for Sharon, but they played hard for all four quarters,” Rivendell coach Russ Wilcox said.

The Raptors visit Twinfield on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. Sharon (1-8) visits Williamstown tomorrow night.

Boys Hockey

Woodstock 3, Harwood 2 (OT)

Woodstock — Will Gault’s power-play goal with 12 seconds to play in overtime capped the Wasps’ comeback from a two-goal deficit and earned Woodstock (5-6) their third straight victory.

Harwood took a 2-0 lead with a pair of goals in the second period. Levi Vigh and Connor McCarthy then scored to knot the score at 2-2, McCarthy’s equalizer came just over two minutes into the third period. Conor Joyce added a pair of assists while Vigh had one helper.

Goalie Brady Stewart stopped 24 shots for the victory. The shorthanded Wasps were down to six skaters by the third period, not that they let that fact prevent them from staging an impressive comeback.

“The effort was outstanding. They dug down and they really worked it. It was a well-fought game,” Woodstock coach Charlie Hancock said. “In the overtime, it could have gone either way.”

The Wasps visit Northfield on Saturday.

Burr and Burton 2, Hartford 0

White River Junction — The Hurricanes dropped to 6-5 on the season with a shutout loss to the visiting Bulldogs.

Teighan Meeker stopped 22 shots in goal for the Canes, who host Burlington on Saturday.

Girls Hockey

Harwood 6, Woodstock 0

Moretown, Vt. — Wasps’ goalie Erin Tortolano stopped 31 shots, but Woodstock fell to an experienced Highlanders team.

“They’re a very good team,” Woodstock coach Jeff Sailer said. “The girls worked hard and did a lot of good things.”

The Wasps (0-11) play the next two in the comfort of Union Arena as Brattleboro visits on Saturday and Rutland comes to town on Wednesday.

Snowboarding

Woodstock Girls Take Second

Ludlow, Vt. — The Woodstock girls finished in second place as a team on Tuesday in Okemo, with Olivia Clement taking first place as an individual with a time of 1 minute, 28.37 seconds.

Woodstock’s Indi Bjornsson took fifth, Jackie Davenport was 12th and Carlie Weinberg was 14th. The Wasps finished close behind the winning Burr and Burton team.

Austin Cawley-Edwards took eighth overall for the Woodstock box, followed by Steve Baumann in 18th, Brandon Filiault in 30th, Jake Newbury in 31st and Nick Majeski, who finished 35th.

Woodstock hosts a giant slalom event at Suicide Six on Monday at 1 p.m.