Hurricanes Rally Past Fair Haven
White River Junction — Golf tournaments aren’t won with big first rounds. This also applies to basketball games: The best at the end usually win.
After 24 minutes of lackluster play resulted in an 11-point deficit, the Hartford High girls basketball reeled off 16 straight fourth-quarter points to overtake and overcome Fair Haven last night, 34-31. The victory left the Hurricanes at 11-3 on the season, exactly where they were through 14 games last winter, when they eventually won their first Vermont Division II state championship.
Sophomore Chelsea Dow, back from a four-game injury absence, scored six of her team-high 10 points in the final period, putting Hartford ahead to stay at 30-29 on a Stephanie Grobe-fed layup with 1:03 to play. Kelsey Kehoe had all six of her points in the fourth stanza, and Grobe finished with nine points.
“I think we just got tougher,” first-year Hartford coach Ed Kehoe said. “I kind of blew up at (the players) going into the fourth quarter and said, ‘This is not us. Win or lose, you have to play harder.’ I think the kids just responded.
“The kids played a hard fourth quarter. (Fair Haven’s) a good team; I don’t think we can start like that against good teams like that and get away with it often.”
Buoyed by the play of seniors Jennifer Genier (12 points) and Hunter Pedro (10 points), the Slaters (12-3) — who entered the night ranked fourth in D-II — held a 29-18 lead through three quarters. Fair Haven dominated Hartford on the glass, holding a 29-14 edge at the time (36-20 for the game) and building its scoreboard advantage on a 9-0 run in the second period and eight straight points from Pedro in the third.
Hartford turned up the pressure to open the fourth, and the visitors responded by turning over the basketball. Ten of the Hurricanes’ 16 final-period points came on baskets or foul shots following Slater giveaways.
Grobe opened the final stanza with a 16-foot jumper, with Kehoe adding two runners and Dow netting a layup to bring the Canes to within 29-26. Two Kehoe free throws cut the gap to one with 1:16 to play. Following a Hartford timeout, Grobe forced a turnover from Pedro, tossing a pass half the length of the floor to Dow for the easy conversion.
A Taylor Johnson basket and two Dow foul shots upped Hartford’s lead to 34-29. Genier hit a late jumper for Fair Haven, which saw Elizabeth Fyles’ last-second 3-point try hit the back rim.
Of Hartford’s three defeats, only one has come to a Division II opponent. The Hurricanes, who were ranked sixth in the division at the start of the night, entertain archrival Windsor on Friday.
Rivendell 42, Sharon 20
Sharon — The Raptors pulled away late from a hard-working Phoenix team.
Lacey Stever had 17 points and Stefanie DeSimone had eight to lead Rivendell (12-2). Suzie Moses had nine points for Sharon (2-13). The Raptors led 27-18 after three quarters before outscoring Sharon 13-2 in the fourth.
“We played extremely well defensively, we didn’t let them fast break on us as much as the first time around and that kept us in the game,” Sharon coach Brian Allard said. The Raptors beat Sharon 58-17 on Jan. 22 in Orford. “Fundamentally, we are really coming around. I think this was a moral victory for us to be in a game with a team as good as Rivendell.”
MVCS 47, Trinity 22
Quechee — Phoebe Seale scored 28 points as Mid Vermont Christian (8-9) upended Trinity in final home game of the regular season.
On a night when they honored its lone senior, Morgan Riddle, the Eagles led 10-2 after one quarter and 24-8 at the half.
“We’ve got six players, and they play with all their heart every game,” MVCS coach Perry Seale said. “They did a fine job tonight. We shot the lights out.”
Mascoma 38, Inter-Lakes 27
Meredith, n.h. — The Royals (12-5) overcame a slow start to beat the host Lakers.
Kori Kosiorek led Mascoma with 11 points while Alex VanZandt had nine. “We were a little slow early, a little rusty after no practice time due to the storm,” Mascoma coach Mike Neily said. “We played pretty well, it’s a good road win for us.”
Lebanon 70, John Stark 35
Lebanon — The Raiders doubled up the Generals to remain undefeated at 17-0 overall, 15-0 in New Hampshire Division II.
Emily Kehoe led the Raiders with 21 points while Moriah Morton had 18 and Heather King had 14 points. Lebanon led 41-18 at halftime and will visit Con-Val on Friday.
Williamstown 66, South Royalton 17
South Royalton — The Blue Devils showed why they are one of the best teams in Vermont D-III by humbling the overmatched D-IV Royals (5-10).
Sophomore Dani Jesmonth had 20 points to lead Williamstown.
Mascoma 48, Inter Lakes 42
West Canaan — Todd Buckwold earned a spot start for the Royals and responded with 10 points to lead Mascoma (12-5 overall, 11-4 league).
Buckwold drew praise from coach Jim Barry for his play on both ends of the floor, controlling the boards and playing stout defense. Adam Dutille also had 10 points while Justin Marsh had eight. Ethan Neily provided a spark of the bench and finished with four points for the Royals.
Mid Vermont 67, Trinity 35
Quechee — Austin Sayers scored 23 points as Mid Vermont Christian (14-5) rolled past Trinity Baptist a night after a tough loss to Concord.
James Horner added 17 points and Joe Zhou 10 for the Eagles, who outscored Trinity 23-7 in the second quarter after a 12-all first period.
Lebanon 46, John Stark 37
Weare, n.h. — David Hampton scored 14 points and Dom Morrill added 13 points and nine rebounds as Lebanon (11-3) held off John Stark.
“They (John Stark) hung right in there throughout. It was in doubt until we made our free throws,” Lebanon coach Kieth Matte said.
Matte credited Dylan Drew with a strong game, although he went scoreless. Drew held Zach Grattan, Stark’s 6-foot-9 center, to 12 points, including only three field goals.
Hanover 70, Bishop Brady 60
Hanover — Cyrus Rothwell-Ferraris had 26 points to lead the Marauders (6-8 overall, 4-8 league) over the Giants.
“Cyrus was our guy tonight, he had 11 points in the first quarter and did a really nice job taking advantage of what they gave him,” Hanover coach Tim Winslow said.
John Flory provided staunch defense while adding 15 points for the Marauders. Liam Gantrish added 12 while Rocco Linehan added eight points off the bench and pulled down three offensive rebounds. Ryan O’Rourke also had eight points.
Randolph 50, Harwood 47
Randolph — The Galloping Ghosts (10-8) held on in the final minute for the victory over the Highlanders.
Ross Caswell led Randolph with 12 points. Levi West added 10 while Dylan Jacobs had nine, Jacob Sprague had nine and Ben Jickling had eight. Jacobs’ layup in the final minute gave the Ghosts a 3-point lead. Randolph hosts Lamoille on Tuesday.
Lebanon 5, Berlin-Gorham 1
West Lebanon — Lebanon (11-3-1) scored three first-period goals and never looked back in a win over Berlin-Gorham.
“We hadn’t been on the ice for six days due to the weather, so it was nice to see the girls come out and have a strong start,” Raiders coach Brad Shaw said. “We were afraid they might come out a little flat, but they came out and had a really good tempo.”
Amelia Gage had two goals and an assist for Lebanon, while teammates Lauren McEwen, Mikayla Schones and Sabrina Hewitt each had a goal and an assist. Chrissy Drake had two assists and Emma Forman and Karli Swenson one apiece.
Erika Moffitt had 19 saves in net for Lebanon, which out-shot Berlin-Gorhan 29-20. The Raiders greet Concord for Senior Night on Saturday.
Hanover 8, St. Thomas-Dover 0
Dover, n.h. — Sarah Wagner had two goals and two assists as Hanover (15-0 NHIAA, 16-1 overall) blanked St. Thomas-Dover.
Sarah Muller scored twice for the Marauders, while Eliza Laycock, Caroline Howell, Kelly Brigham and Julie Montgomery scored once. Matti Hartman had four assists for Hanover, while Brigham and Margot Baker had two apiece. Montgomery, Emily Acker, and Sarah Polidor had one apiece.
Katie Fenton made 10 saves for Hanover.
Hanover Boys Second at States
North Conway, n.h. — The Hanover boys took second out of 14 teams in the New Hampshire Division II state meet in the fresh powder at Cranmore Mountain Resort.
Christopher Stocken led the Marauders with a fourth place finish out 72 boys in the slalom with a combined time of 78.11 seconds. Stocken finished eighth in the giant slalom with a time of 92.75 seconds to claim a spot in the Meet of Champions. Nathan Roth also qualified for the MoC on the strength of a seventh place finish in the slalom.
Zach Estes added an 11th place finish in the GS for Hanover and a 20th place finish in the slalom. Conor Austin was 13th in GS and then 18th in slalom. Mattson Rosenbaum had a very strong showing in the slalom, taking 11th, while also finishing 21st in GS.
“Both courses proved to very challenging, given all the new snow and 30 miles per hour wind gusts during the giant slalom race. The Hanover boys skied their best and gave it their all,” Hanover coach Gabi Formankova said. Formankova noted that both Estes and Rosenbaum missed qualifying for MoC by one place. “That is very close in a very competitive field. We’re happy with the result, it was a great day overall.
Lebanon took fourth place as a team with a pair of 16th place finishes by Lucas Jameson (94.45 seconds in GS) and Kenny Weitzman (84.13 seconds in slalom). Weitzman added a 23rd place finish in GS while Jameson took 26th in slalom. Will Patch finished 19th in GS, ahead of teammate Max Moorhead in 28th. Galen Moynihan added a 22nd place finish in slalom while Patch took 33rd.
Danny Nash of Kennett won the giant slalom in 86.69 seconds while Ben Lambert of Milford took the slalom title with a time of 74.38 seconds.
Team Scores: 1. Kennett 766, 2. Hanover 719.5, 3. Plymouth 680, 4. Lebanon 635, 5. Milford 601.
Woodstock Takes Second
Peru, Vt. — The Wasps boys and girls teams each took second place in at the Southern Vermont District Championships at Bromley Mountain.
The Woodstock girls were tied with eventual winner Burr & Burton after the giant slalom portion of the event, but the Bulldogs pulled just in front with a very strong performance in slalom to claim the title. Hartford’s Mariah Palmer, competing as an individual, took first in the giant slalom at 56.10 seconds.
The Wasps then claimed four of the next eight spots in the GS with Jocelyn Werle in third with a time of 57:15 followed by Haley Noble in fourth at 57:64. Sam Harrington was eighth and Clancy Farrand took ninth. Thetford’s Izzy Kotlowitz added a 25th place finish.
Noble then took second in slalom with a time of one minute, 23.58 seconds. Teammate Holli Olson took sixth, Harrington was seventh followed by the Sheppard sisters with Amelia taking 11th and Kathleen finishing 15th.
The Woodstock boys rallied past Rutland to take second place behind the Bulldogs. Sawyer Mattson led the Wasps with a fourth place finish in giant slalom followed by a fifth place finish in slalom. Jake Kelly had a strong day, taking ninth in GS before claiming a team-high finish of fourth in slalom. Taylor Lessard added a 12th place finish in GS while Alex King (10th) and Gordon MacMaster (11th) were strong in slalom. Josh Graber (25th) and Gannon Walsh (26th) led the Thetford boys.
Girls Team Scores: 1. Burr & Burton 36, 2. Woodstock 43, 3. Rutland 96. Boys Team Scores: 1. Burr & Burton 32, 2. Woodstock 67, 3. Rutland 68.
Noble Leads Woodsville Girls
Lincoln, n.h. — Louisa Noble finished near the top of the field in both the giant slalom and slalom races to lead the fifth-place Woodsville girls at the N.H. D-IV state championships at Loon Mountain.
Noble tied for eighth in the GS with a combined time 58.46 seconds took 11th in slalom with a time of 60.69 seconds. Teammate Nara Burgess was 12th in slalom and 20th in GS while Katie Bazzell was 13th in GS and 19th in slalom. Julia Bowman took 24th in both events.
Makayla Merritt led the Newport girls, taking 44th in the GS and 45th in the slalom. Teammate Daniele Lewis was one behind in each event, taking 45th and 46th.
Team Scores: 1. Profile 722, 2. Lin-Wood 707.5, 3. Hopkinton 704, 5. Woodsville 679.5, 10. Newport 258.