Stever Fever: Rivendell Senior Bags 1,000
Rivendell senior Lacey Stever opens her arms to teammate Stefanie DeSimone after scoring her 1,000th point for the Raptors on a free throw against Blue Mountain last night in Orford. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Purchase photo reprints »
Kevin and Lori Stever congratulate their daughter, Rivendell senior Lacey Stever, after she scored her 1,000th point during last night’s game against Blue Mountain in Orford. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Purchase photo reprints »
Orford — The inevitability of time marching forward provides few guarantees, but Lacey Stever scoring 1,000 points for the Rivendell girls basketball team has been a near certainty almost since she burst onto the scene as a freshman three seasons ago.
The milestone points finally came in the Raptors’ 49-21 victory over Blue Mountain last night in front of the home crowd.
Stever was fouled early in the second quarter sitting on eight points for the night, and 999 for her career, and the ensuing free throw pushed her into quadruple digits.
“From a coaching standpoint, it was great to see her score 1,000. She does it the right way. She rebounds, assists, plays team basketball and make her shots when it matters,” Rivendell coach Russ Wilcox said.
Stever was presented with the game ball, and had an impromptu photo session with her parents to mark the occasion. “There was never a doubt she would get 1,000. I think she takes more pride in her defense now. She sets a great example. The best thing I can say is that she’s always been a great leader and scorer, but she’s a great kid too,” Wilcox added. The Rivendell coach also works with the third and fourth grade girls in Lyme and commented that Stever made sure to give the younger girls hugs as part of the celebration.
The Raptors dominated the game from the start, taking a 15-3 lead after the first quarter. Megan Winagle added 10 points for Rivendell, which improved to 9-2.
“When Lacey started as a freshman, it was about scoring. Now it’s about defense and winning, that’s what it’s all about,” Wilcox said.
The Raptors are off until Wednesday, when they have a rematch with Blue Mountain in Wells River.
Whitcomb 60, Cabot 23
Bethel — The Hornets improved to 9-4 with a dominant win over the visiting Huskies.
Freshman standout Lindsey LaPerle had a game high 18 points for Whitcomb while Ashley Stearns added 12 points and Nicole Begin had 11. Mackenzie Delia chipped in with a season-high 10 points and was credited by coach Dennis Wood for her good all around game after a strong rebounding and defensive effort.
The Hornets let 34-9 at halftime and were never threatened. Whitcomb visits Websterville tomorrow.
South Royalton 45
Sharon — The Royals (4-7) turned a 10-point lead at halftime into a comfortable victory with a renewed focus minimizing turnovers.
Freshman Rachel Moore led SoRo with a career-high 10 points. Jackie Fulcher added nine, Cheryl Flint had eight and Emily Berk had seven points.
“We were throwing the ball away. We focused on controlling the ball and taking care of the boards, working hard on defense,” South Royalton coach Chuck Howe said.
Suzie Moses had seven points for Sharon (1-11).
Both teams return to action on Monday as the Royals visit Twinfield and the Phoenix host Rochester.
Thetford 47 (ot)
Thetford — The Panthers’ third consecutive overtime battle with the Solons ended with Thetford on the short end despite staging a valiant fourth quarter comeback.
Shyann Josler had seven points for the Panthers but fouled out with just over five minutes left to play in the game and her team trailing 39-29.
Playing without one of their team leaders, the Panthers rallied to tie the score at 45-45 on Lydia Leirschuh’s 3-pointer with 12 seconds to play.
“We could have folded when Shyann went out of the game,” Thetford coach Eric Ward said. “The girls showed what heart they have. If they play like the rest of the year, we’ll be fine. It’s a tough loss but I was very happy with the way we played the game.”
Rozzlyn Kidder led the Panthers with 15 points while Michaela Pomeroy had 14 points. Leirschuh finished with seven points and pulled down 13 rebounds. Thetford visits Harwood on Saturday.
Randolph 50, Lyndon 45
Randolph — The Galloping Ghosts held on late to beat the Vikings.
Randolph led 44-24 after the third quarter and then Lyndon stormed almost all the way back in the final eight minutes. Kelsey Jacobs and Mariah Rilling each had 12 points for the Ghosts, who visit Green Mountain on Tuesday.
Lamoille 47, Oxbow 37
Bradford, Vt. — The Lancers stuck out to a 12-5 lead through the first quarter and then held on to beat the Olympians (3-9).
Mikayla Hodge had 17 points for Oxbow, who visits Montpelier on Monday.
West Rutland 66
Mid Vermont Christian 24
Quechee — The Eagles (6-8) were overmatched by the talented Golden Horde.
Phoebe Seale (16 points) and Anna Seale (eight points) provided most of the scoring for MVCS, which hosts Trinity on Monday night.
Whitcomb 56, Cabot 41
Bethel — The Hornets won for the first time this season in high fashion, outscoring the Huskies in each quarter on the way to a 15-point victory.
“It was good to get our first win. We scored well and finally have everyone healthy, which will help,” Whitcomb coach Rick Rhynhart said.
Stephen Davis played an “outstanding game,” according to Rhynhart, and finished with 18 points for the Hornets. Matt Kill added 10 points while Cody Schuman and Caleb Chase each had nine points. The Hornets led 32-26 at halftime and then outscored the Huskies 13-8 in the third quarter to take a more comfortable lead into the fourth.
“Now we look like we’re back on track, hopefully things are going in the right direction,” Rhynhart added. The Hornets visit Websterville tomorrow.
Mid Vermont Christian 64 Black River 47
Quechee — Austin Sayers had 31 points for the Eagles, who kept rolling with their seventh straight victory.
Sayers had two of the Eagles’ five 3-pointers. Anthony LaPlaca added 13 points and James Horner chipped in with seven. MVCS (12-4) hosts Trinity on Monday night.
Mill River 61, Windsor 44
Clarendon, Vt. — The Yellowjackets trailed 15-0 after four minutes and weren’t able to dig all the way out of the early deficit.
Tanner Tibbits had 14 points for Windsor (4-9), while Luke TanCreti and Nick Kapuscinski each had seven points. The Jacks visit Stevens on Tuesday night.
Exeter 5, Hanover 2
Exeter, n.h. — The Marauders (6-7-2 overall, 5-5-2 league) weren’t able to keep pace with the Blue Hawks.
Sam Carey and Shawn Cavallaro each scored for Hanover. Joe Cravero added a pair of assists while Carey and Cavallaro had one helper apiece. James Montgomery started in net and stopped seven shots, Kyle Healy relieved and stopped six. The Marauders host Trinity on Wednesday.
KUA 4, NMH 0
Northfield, Mass. — Kimball Union Academy (21-1-0) blanked Northfield Mount Hermon on Wednesday.
Nick Roberto scored twice, while Gregg Burmaster and Doyle Somerby added one apiece. Alex Carle had two assists and Somerby and Casey Miller had one apiece. KUA scored one in the first period, one in the second and two shorthanded goals in the third.
The Wildcats host Bridgton Academy today.