Sharon Girls Pull an Upset on Twinfield
Sharon — With the team getting healthy off the court, the Sharon girls basketball team is showing signs of improvement on the floor. The Phoenix stunned visiting Twinfield last night, winning by a score of 29-26 in front of the home faithful.
Suzie Moses led Sharon with 15 points. The Phoenix improved to 2-12, while the Trojans fell to 8-6.
“I’m very proud of the team, it’s a great team effort,” Sharon coach Brian Allard said. “The kids are getting rid of the flu, we played up to our ability tonight for sure. This was just a fun game from beginning to end.”
The Phoenix led 11-4 after the first quarter and maintained a 25-17 lead through three quarters before surviving a late charge by the Trojans in the fourth. Eliza Putnam added six points for Sharon.
“We’re working on a new offense and it seems to work really well for us,” Allard said. “Everything came together tonight, I said if we stick together we’d get a significant win and that was tonight.”
Sharon’s other win this season was a 49-26 victory at Mid Vermont Christian on Jan. 14.
KUA 47, Berwick 37
Meriden — KUA (9-6) raced out to a 14-2 lead early and then held on to beat the Bulldogs.
Fiekah Fataar led the Wildcats with 16 points, while Shannon Walsh added 11. Fataar scored on three straight possessions late in the game to keep a charging Berwick team at bay.
Rivendell 56, Blue Mtn. 31
Wells River, Vt. — The Raptors (10-2) had little trouble with the host Bucks.
Stefanie DeSimone led Rivendell with 14 points and 14 rebounds, drawing praise from Raptors coach Russ Wilcox for her strong play on both ends of the floor. Lacey Stever also had 13 points while Jennifer DeBois added seven points.
Rivendell visits Cabot tomorrow.
South Royalton 23
Williamstown, Vt. — The Blue Devils exploded for 22 points in the fourth quarter to pull away from the Royals (4-9).
Kim Lakin had 10 points to pace the Royals while Emily Berk added eight. SoRo trailed 15-4 after the first quarter, but kept pace through the next two before Williamstown heated up.
KUA 72, Tilton 71
Tilton, n.h. — Devin Gilligan’s return from a three-game absence provided a spark as KUA rallied in the second half for an important road victory in a Class AA matchup.
Gilligan finished with 19 points while Malik Abu had 26 points while pulling down 12 rebounds. KUA trailed 40-27 at halftime and did not lead until a basket with 50 seconds to play put the Wildcats in front, 70-69. After a Tilton basket put the hosts back in front by a point, Abu sealed the victory by hitting two free throws with 4.6 seconds left on the clock.
KUA (15-5) visits Kent’s Hill on Saturday.
Hopkinton, n.h. — The Cougars (4-10) had a chance to tie the game as time wore down, but lost to the Hawks.
Peter Allen led Kearsarge with 21 points and eight rebounds. The Cougars outrebounded Hopkinton 42-31 and pulled down 22 offensive boards. Post players Dan Orlando and Casey Laughinghouse also had strong games rebounding, according to coach Nate Camp.
Carter Noordsij added 10 points for the Cougars.
“I thought we really outplayed them tonight,” Camp added. “I thought we outworked them, the guys played amazingly well.”
The Cougars held the ball, down three points with 20 seconds to play but Hopkinton forced a turnover that led to two points before Kearsarge could attempt a game-tying 3-pointer.
Lebanon 2 (ot)
Rochester, N.H. — A season of close calls continued as the Raiders (2-10) lost their third straight game in overtime and now have six one-goal losses this season.
Mike Servant scored in the first period for Lebanon with assists to Donncha Coyle and Nate Kriplin. Ryan White then scored in the second period to briefly put the Raiders in front, 2-1. Tate Singleton and Greg Surgenor had assists. Goalie Joe Grout stopped 30 shots.
“The kids played hard tonight. Both teams played well and deserved to win, unfortunately it wasn’t our night,” Lebanon coach Gary Smith said.
The Raiders host Winnacunnet on senior night this Saturday.
Trinity 3, Hanover 2
West Lebanon — The Marauders and Pioneers put on a show with a late Trinity goal proving the difference.
Ben Carson-Turner and Nick Mullen scored for the Marauders (5-6-2) while Mullen, Andrew Huizenga and Nick Bowen each had assists. The Pioneers (11-3) scored the game-winner late in the third period.
“We played a hard, intense game, on of our best of the year,” Hanover coach Dick Dodds said. “We just need to take that next step. We had them on the ropes, just couldn’t put them away.”
Goalie James Montgomery stopped 19 shots for the Marauders.
Mt. Mansfield 1
Woodstock — Conor Joyce’s power play goal in the third period lifted the Wasps (7-8) over the Cougars.
Joyce finished with a pair of goals while Will Gault also scored. Hunter Schmell and Connor McCarthy each had a pair of assists. Ben Orr stopped 20 shots in net for Woodstock, which visits Brattleboro on Saturday.
Souhegan 12, Kearsarge 4
Andover, N.H. — Matt Pickman had a natural hat trick in the second period for Kearsarge (3-10).
Tristan Rowe added a goal and an assist while Shayne Cashin and Kelsie Dalton also had helpers. With the starting and backup goalies out of action, center Will Aufranc started in net and saved 35 of the 47 shots he faced. Aufranc minds the net for the Cougars lacrosse team, so the position wasn’t completely unfamiliar.
Kearsarge plays at Berlin-Gorham on Saturday night.
Phillips Andover 4 Kimball Union 3 (ot)
Andover, Mass. — The Wildcats lost a heartbreaker to fall to 23-2 on the season.
Alex Carle, Jonathan Charbonneau and Gregg Burmaster scored for KUA. Doyle Somerby added a pair of assists while Burmaster, Niko Rufo and AJ Greer also had helpers.
Lebanon 9, Souhegan 0
Hudson, n.h. — The Raiders outshot their hosts 45-5 while improving to 10-3-1.
Amelia Gage led Lebanon with five points on a goal and four assists. Loren McEwan added three goals, Chrissy Drake had two goals and an assist while Sabrina Huett had a goal and an assist. Natalie Carter and Karli Swenson also scored while Sierra Rogers, Emma Forman and Lauren Goodell also assisted.
Goalie Emily Courtemanche stopped five shots for the shutout. Lebanon visits Trinity-Bishop Brady on Saturday night.
Burr & Burton 4 Hartford 1
White River Junction — The Hurricanes (3-11-1) played a strong game against the Bulldogs.
Courtney Murray had the what coach Nelson Fogg called “the prettiest goal we’ve scored all year,” to tie the game at 1-1. Alexandra Fogg found Haley Grigel behind the net, Grigel then found Murray in front of the net where she capped the play by beating the Burr & Burton goalie.
Beth Potter stopped 16 shots for the Canes, who visit Essex on Saturday.
Exeter 4, KUA 1
Exeter, n.h. — The Wildcats weren’t able to overcome three untimely penalties in the first period led to Exeter taking a 2-0 lead on power play goals
Caroline Longpre scored for KUA, with assists on the play from Hannah Madden and Morgan Walsh. Amelie Poirier was busy in goal for the Wildcats, stopping 40 shots. KUA hosts Williston on Saturday at 4:15 p.m.
Hanover Wins Pre-States
Andover, n.h. — The Marauders edged Plymouth and a host of others to claim the title at prestates, hosted by Proctor Academy.
Asher Brown was first overall for Hanover while Parker Gardner took third. Brown and Gardner tied for the longest individual jumps of the meet at 34 meters. Carl Keating added a 10th place finish, Jack Pattison was 12th and Al Tariot was 13th. Lydia Vogt took third for the Hanover girls and a had a jump of 23.5 meters.
Team Scores: 1. Hanover 377.5, 2. Plymouth 371, 3. Kennett 358, 4. Hopkinton 350.5, 5. Concord 325.5, 6. Proctor Acad. 158, 7. Bishop Brady 99, 8. Sunapee 84.5, 9. Derryfield 76.