Royals Battle Back
Fourth-Quarter Rally Sends Mascoma Boys Past Fall Mtn.
Lebanon’s Jennifer Laramie keeps the pressure on Coe-Brown’s Haley Ruth during Lebanon’s win last night. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Purchase photo reprints »
Lebanon’s Emily Kehoe shoots from under the basket while guarded by Coe-Brown’s Brier Brooks, right, during Lebanon’s win last night. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Purchase photo reprints »
Lebanon’s Emily Kehoe shoots from under the basket while guarded by Coe-Brown’s Brier Brooks, right, during Lebanon’s win earlier this season. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Purchase photo reprints »
West Canaan — Trailing much of the night, the Mascoma High boys basketball team used 21 points from Adam Dutille and key play from Cam Braley for a 42-37 come-from-behind win over upset-minded Fall Mountain last night.
The Royals (8-4 league, 9-5 overall) outscored the Wildcats (2-9 league) 12-7 in the final quarter to finally gain control. Walt Hammond contributed 10 points to Mascoma’s cause, while Braley finished with nine.
“It was definitely close the entire game,” Mascoma coach Jim Berry noted. “Adam Dutille really carried us tonight offensively. Cam Braley played a good all-around game tonight, on scoring and rebounds.”
The Royals host Moultonborough on Monday.
Lebanon 62, Coe-Brown 55
Northwood, n.h. — With Kalin Sou scoring a career-high 18 points and accounting for three of his team’s 10 3-pointers, the Raiders (8-3 league, 9-4 overall) bounced back with a solid win over the No. 2 team in N.H. Division II.
Playing for the first time since a loss to No. 1 Pembroke on Tuesday, Lebanon rode Sou’s play in the second quarter to take a 36-20 lead into the half. Sou scored eight points in the stanza, and the guard later went 4-for-4 from the foul line in the fourth quarter to help seal the victory.
“We needed Kalin to step up and make plays, and he did tonight,” Lebanon coach Kieth Matte said. “We needed him to do that, and that’s what he did.”
With Coe-Brown (8-3) holding leading scorer David Hampton to 10 points, about half his season average, Lebanon picked up key contributions from Dominick Morrill (10 points), Austin Whaley (seven) and Dylan Drew (seven). The Raiders host Hanover on Tuesday.
Hartford 58, Springfield 37
White River Junction — The Hurricanes (8-7) received scoring from nearly the entire roster to slip back above the .500 mark.
Hartford coach Steve Landon was able to get 13 players on the floor at various points of the game, and 12 contributed at least two points. Cam Gaudette led the way with nine points, and Nick Fucci and Justin DeVoid each finished with eight. The Canes also picked up key efforts off the bench from Dylan Rice and Branson Landon on a night when the hosts didn’t need a big scorer to lead the way.
Hartford expects a test in its next contest, a home date with Burr & Burton on Monday night.
Montpelier 57, Oxbow 55
Montpelier — The host Solons (4-10) withstood a concerted rally from the Olympians (2-12), who rallied from a 17-point deficit in the fourth quarter but came up short.
Lucas Wheeler’s runner in the lane with 35 seconds to go enabled Oxbow to gain a 55-55 tie. The O’s then fouled Montpelier’s Josh Smith, who capped a 25-point night with a pair of free throws with 21 seconds to play. Following a timeout with 12 ticks on the clock, the Olympians worked the basketball for an open shot that rimmed out as the buzzer sounded.
“We don’t quit; we battle to the end,” Oxbow coach Rich Thornton said. “This season, we have been one of the unluckiest teams. We haven’t gotten the breaks. We’re playing some of our best basketball right now. I just tell the kids we’ve got to battle to the end.”
Andrew Lyman paced Oxbow with 18 points, while Wheeler joined Caleb Lafaille with nine points apiece. The O’s host Randolph on Tuesday.
Williamstown 68 Rivendell 49
Orford — The powerhouse Blue Devils (14-0) rang up 28 second-quarter points to hand the Raptors (10-2) just their second loss of the Vermont Division III season.
“The second quarter killed us,” said Rivendell coach Tim Dyke, whose squad trailed 40-25 at the half largely on Williamstown’s big period. “We got into foul trouble in the second quarter. They shot extremely well.”
Nathaniel Eastman led the way for Rivendell with 15 points, followed by 14 from Josh Marshall. Jack Steketee also finished with eight for the Raptors, who visit Williamstown for a rematch on Tuesday.
Profile 50, Woodsville 45
Woodsville — The Patriots (10-2) built a big enough lead to withstand the Engineers’ fourth-quarter comeback attempt.
Profile built a 43-31 lead through three periods. Woodsville (4-8) had the deficit down to five points with 10 seconds to play, but could get no closer.
Joe Abrahamsen scored 15 points to lead the Engineers, who also received 10 points each from Jaret Bemis and Tom D’Angelo. Woodsville hosts Blue Mountain on Monday.
Blue Mountain 61
S. Royalton 40
South Royalton — The Royals (2-10) stayed with the Bucks (6-5) for a quarter before the visitors pulled away for a Central Vermont League victory.
“That seems to be what’s been happening to us lately,” said South Royalton coach Jeff Moreno, whose charges held a 16-13 lead after one period. “They switched to a zone defense, and we didn’t answer.”
Ian Kinnarney led the Royals with 15 points, backed by a season-high 11 from Alex Berk. The Royals meet two-time defending Vermont Division IV state champs Twinfield on Tuesday.
Leland & Gray 63 Woodstock 49
Townshend, Vt. — A 24-9 third quarter powered the Rebels over the Wasps (6-7).
Doug Avellino and Reid Langona combined on six 3-pointers for Woodstock. Avellino topped the scoresheet with 18 points, Langona finished with 15 and Connor Fegard had 14.
The Wasps are back on the road on Monday, visiting Bellows Falls.
Lyndon 53, Randolph 36
Randolph — The Vikings used their size to topple the Galloping Ghosts (9-5).
The turning point proved to be the second quarter, when Randolph couldn’t get the basketball to fall. Lyndon built a 28-15 lead at the break and nursed it the rest of the night.
Ross Caswell had 13 points and Jacob Sprague contributed eight for the Ghosts, who visit Union-32 on Tuesday.
Bristol, n.h. — A 7-for-20 performance from the free-throw line ended up biting the Cougars (4-9).
After struggling through three quarters, Kearsarge nearly pulled out the win with a 19-point final period. The visitors were down by 13 points entering the final stanza and got the deficit down to two points, “but we didn’t make enough free throws down the stretch,” coach Nate Camp lamented.
Oliver Gallo scored 15 points for Kearsarge, including seven in the final period, and senior Tim Berube scored all six of his points in the fourth quarter to power the near-miss comeback for the Cougars, who go to Hopkinton on Wednesday.
Lebanon 69, Coe-Brown 34
Lebanon — The visiting Bears kept Lebanon senior Moriah Morton from topping the career 1,000-point plateau, but the Raiders (12-0 league, 14-0 overall) had more than enough from other sources to cruise at Lang Metcalf Gym.
Emily Kehoe topped the Lebanon ledger with 19 points, and Heather King followed with 17. Morton still scored 16 — leaving her 10 shy of a grand — but she did convert 12 shots from the free-throw line, part of a 29-for-37 performance at the stripe for the Raiders.
“They tried to take (Morton) out of the game, but we have so many players who can step up and play well and hit shots,” Lebanon coach Tim Kehoe said. “We played another solid game tonight.”
Lebanon, which had 18 assists on its 20 field goals, hosts Hanover on Wednesday.
Hanover 40, Con-Val 26
Peterborough, n.h. — The Marauders (8-4 league, 11-4 overall) continued their march up the N.H. Division II ladder with their fourth straight win and their 10th in 11 games since an 0-3 start to the season.
The Cougars successfully slowed Hanover’s transition game through one quarter, but the home team couldn’t sustain the effort. With Lexie Hamilton potting three of her four 3-pointers, the Marauders outscored their hosts 17-5 in the second quarter and led the rest of the way.
Eileen Daley’s defensive play against Con-Val’s top scorer and Safiya Walker’s play on the boards also set the table for Hanover’s latest victory.
“They were in an extended zone on defense, and they used a four-corners offense to try and keep the score down and slow the game down,” Hanover coach Dan O’Rourke said. “We got a nice run going in the second quarter.”
Hamilton had a team-high 15 points for the Marauders, who received seven points from Erica Hinck.
Woodsville 41, Profile 20
Woodsville — Playing just 48 hours after seeing a 17-point lead evaporate in a 69-65 loss at Colebrook on Wednesday, the Engineers (11-5 league, 13-5 overall) all but silenced the visiting Patriots.
Profile managed just six field goals on the night, none in the second quarter. Woodsville spread the offense around, with Erica Belyea potting eight points, Chrissy Valliant adding seven and six other Engineers contributing a minimum of four.
Woodsville is off until hosting Littleton, the third-ranked team in N.H. Division IV, on Friday.
KUA 47, Holderness 24
Holderness, n.h. — Fiekah Fataar scored 18 points as Kimball Union (8-4) won its sixth straight game.
The visitors had built only a 22-15 lead at halftime, but Miranda Judd, Kaitie Sanders and Chloe Tyler provided a much-needed spark in the second half. Stellar defense by Shannon Walsh helped KUA pull away. Walsh added 13 points.
KUA is back on the road today as the Cats travel to North Andover, Mass., to take on Brooks School.
Stevens 52, Newport 45
Newport — The Cardinals (2-12 league, 3-13 overall) broke a seven-game losing streak with a Wheeler Gym win over the host Tigers (4-10, 5-12). Both of Stevens’ wins have come at Newport’s expense.
The Cards host Windsor on Wednesday. The Tigers have the week off before visiting Hopkinton on Friday.
Fall Mountain 45 Mascoma 38
Langdon, n.h. — The Wildcats (7-6), one week after a two-point loss to the Royals (9-5), gained a measure of payback in a physical contest that saw the two schools combine on 67 free-throw attempts.
Fall Mountain outscored Mascoma in the second half, 31-16, largely because of foul trouble for the Royals. Three different Mascoma players ended up fouling out, and the Royals further hurt themselves by shooting 10-for-31 from the stripe.
Lindsey Thompson paced Mascoma with nine points. Alex VanZandt added eight for the Royals, who visit Moultonborough on Monday night.
North Sutton, n.h. — The Bears had too many weapons for the Cougars (1-13).
“We were so close tonight; the girls did a lot of good things offensively,” Kearsarge coach Kurt McCandless said. “The ball just didn’t drop. They were tough to stop; they’re a fast and quick team.”
Anna Cahill paced the Cougars with 12 points. Kearsarge entertains Hopkinton on Tuesday.
Burr & Burton 39 Hartford 36 (ot)
Manchester, Vt. — Hartford (9-3) lost an overtime squeaker to Burr and Burton on Thursday. The Hurricanes were 15-for-31 from the free throw line.
Stephanie Grobe scored 14 points for Hartford, which visits Brattleboro today.
KUA 3, Bridgton 0
Meriden — Jonathan Charbonneau’s two first-period goals were all the Wildcats (22-1-0) would need for their latest victory.
Jack Doherty netted a third-period insurance strike for Kimball Union, which rode Eric Bogart’s shutout goaltending to the win. Niko Rufo, Alex Carle and Gregg Burmaster all had assists for the Wildcats, who host Holderness this afternoon.
Hanover Edges Lebanon
Newbury, n.h. — Despite not picking up an individual victory, the Marauders had the depth to pull past Lebanon and five other schools in a slalom-giant slalom meet at Mount Sunapee.
The Hanover boys put their four scoring skiers into the top six spots in the GS and the top seven in the slalom. Milford’s Ben Lambert won the GS in a two-run time of 53.99 seconds, just ahead of Hanover’s Christopher Stocken (54.33) and Nate Spitz (55.10). Lambert completed a sweep by taking the slalom in 57.67 second, but Spitz (58.26), Zachary Estes (58.42) and Stocken (58.70) followed to set the stage for the Marauders’ team victory.
Sunapee’s Will Austin took sixth in the slalom (1:02.42), while Lebanon’s top performance came from eighth-place Kenny Weitzman (1:03.51). Will Patch (57.10 and Weitzman (57.39) finished 8-9 for Lebanon in the slalom, right behind Austin (56.86).
The Raiders’ Emily Perryman had a strong day on the girls’ side of the racing, winning the GS in 1:08.62 and taking second (57.85) behind Derryfield’s Cameron Huftalen (56.91) in the slalom. As with the boys, the Marauders used depth to win the team title: Elizabeth Brighton (1:00.87), Abigail Jacobs (1:02.21) and Adeline Brendel (1:02.32) went 4-5-6 to set the table in the slalom, and Brighton led a 3-6-7-8 Marauder run in the GS with a time of 1:10.26.
Ava Wehde skied to a third-place finish in the GS for Lebanon (1:00.82). Sunapee’s Kristy Sullivan took fifth in the slalom (1:13.62) and eighth in the GS (1:03.11) to lead the host Lakers.
Girls team scores: Hanover 757, Lebanon 740, Sunapee 721, Kearsarge 680, Milford 652, Derryfield 386, Newport 80.
Boys team scores: Hanover 776, Lebanon 724, Derryfield 709, Milford 706, Kearsarge 673, Sunapee 660, Newport 227.