Mid Vermont Christian Girls Do Plenty With a Half-Dozen
Mid Vermont Christian’s Anna Seale (5) grabs the rebound in front of Sharon Academy’s Suzie Moses (10) during last night’s girls basketball game in Quechee. (Valley News - Sarah Priestap) Purchase photo reprints »
Mid Vermont’s Phoebe Seale (24) balances a rebound under pressure from Sharon’s Abby Hurwitz (3). (Valley News - Sarah Priestap) Purchase photo reprints »
Sharon — The Mid Vermont Christian girls basketball team dresses only six players for games this winter. Last night, however, the Eagles’ hale-and-hearty half-dozen managed a 39-31 road victory over Sharon Academy.
The Eagles, who lost to that same foe, 49-26, two weeks ago, turned the tables behind 24 points from junior center Phoebe Seale.
“She’s been shooting the lights out,’’ said Perry Seale, Phoebe’s father and the MVCS coach. “I’ve got a young team and we’re starting an eighth-grader and two freshmen, but I couldn’t be more proud of them for how they stepped up tonight.’’
Also excelling for the visitors was senior shooting guard Morgan Riddle, who scored 10 points for the second consecutive game. Freshman point guard Anna Seale had five points and distributed the ball well, her father said.
Sharon coach Brian Allard said his team has been wracked by flu and also played without forward Cassie Lee. The senior, who is often the Phoenix’s first player off the bench, is out with a health issue.
“That should take nothing away from Mid Vermont,’’ said Allard, whose team committed 23 turnovers. “It was one of those games that no one should have to lose. I went over to their locker room afterwards to congratulate them on how hard they played.’’
A crucial factor was foul shooting. Sharon (1-10) made only three of 10 attempts from the charity stripe, while Phoebe Seale hit eight of 15 and her team nine of 18.
Mid Vermont, which improved to 6-7, hosts West Rutland on Thursday. Sharon hosts South Royalton the same night.
Woodsville 46, Lisbon 28
Woodsville — Tori Clough had 15 points and Tiarra Beatrice added 10 to lift the Engineers to 12-4 overall and 10-4 in NHIAA Division IV play.
“We were determined to limit Lisbon’s looks at the basket,’’ said Woodsville coach Jim Kinder, whose team led 11-3 after a quarter. “That always converts to points at the other end.’’
Dee Martin had eight points and Erica Belyea had six for the Engineers, who travel to face division-leading Colbrook tomorrow.
The Mohawks won the teams’ first meeting this season by two points.
Thetford 49, Lyndon 35
Lyndonville, Vt. — Shyann Josler had 14 points, five steals and four assists and Rozy Kidder had 11 points and 10 rebounds as the Division III Panthers took down the Division II Vikings and improved to 10-2.
Kidder scored eight points in the third quarter for Thetford, which hosts Montpelier on Thursday.
Union-32 35, Oxbow 26
Bradford, Vt. — Mikayla Hodge had eight points and 12 rebounds but the Olympians fell to 3-8. Oxbow, which was outscored 11-0 during the second quarter, hosts Lamoille on Thursday.
Lisbon 60 (ot)
Woodsville — The visiting Panthers missed two shots during the fourth quarter’s final 15 seconds, and Woodsville’s Tom D’Angelo sank a pair of free throws late in overtime to close the scoring. D’Angelo scored 13 of his 21 points during the final two stanzas.
Joe Abrahamsen, Woodsville’s starting center, scored 13 points but fouled out midway through the fourth quarter. Stepping in and playing standout defense was Michael Lloyd. Kevin Briggs added 12 points for the Engineers (4-6), who visit Colebrook tomorrow.
MVCS 56, Sharon 54
Sharon — Anthony LaPlaca dribbled into the lane before kicking the ball out to Peter Li, who sank a 17-foot shot from the corner with 5 seconds remaining to give the visiting Eagles the victory. Mid Vermont had trailed nearly the entire game before that deciding shot, and had lost the teams’ first meeting of the season, 52-45.
Trenton Morrison had 28 points for the hosts, including a quartet of 3-point baskets. Teammate Tanner James had 17 points, while Austin Sayers led MVCS with 23 points and James Horner added nine for the visitors, who improved to 11-4. The Phoenix fell to 7-4.
Mid Vermont made 10 of 22 free throws, while Sharon made two of four. The Eagles host Black River on Thursday.
South Royalton 54
Plainfield, Vt. — The Royals were outscored by 21 points during the second quarter and fell to 2-9 with a loss to the two-time defending Vermont Division IV champions. Keanan Thompson had 16 points for South Royalton, which hosts Williamstown tomorrow.