Marauders Warm to Task
Pelham, n.h. — Playing their third game in four days requiring a road trip of at least 90 minutes, the Hanover High girls basketball team was bound to hit a wall. They did yesterday.
Then, three quarters later, they blew right through it.
J.J. Daniell scored 13 of her team-high 15 points in the fourth period to help the Marauders (11-5 league, 14-5 overall) to a 50-46 win over Pelham yesterday. Hanover scored just eight first-half points — including a single free throw in the second quarter — and just 25 after 24 minutes, but doubled their tally through the play of Daniell, Eileen Daley and others in a victory that keeps the Marauders in the discussion for a first-round state tournament home game.
Hanover outscored the Pythons 14-5 over the final three minutes to overcome its slow start. Lexie Hamilton and Molly Cornell turned steals into baskets for a 40-40 tie, and the Marauders’ full-court press helped keep Pelham in the rear-view mirror.
Daley scored 11 of her 12 points in the second half for Hanover, which trailed 15-8 at the break and 27-25 going into the fourth quarter. Daley added 10 rebounds for a double-double; captain Safiya Walker also had 10 boards for the Marauders.
Hamilton and Holly Schlosser also had nine points each for Hanover, which holds its senior night game against John Stark on Monday.
KUA 56, St. Paul’s 40
KUA 39, Groton 30 (ot)
Groton, Mass. — The Wildcats followed Friday’s home-finale win over St. Paul’s by toughing out a close victory over Class B Groton yesterday.
Shannon Walsh forced overtime with a late free throw, then added seven points in the extra session to help Kimball Union pull away. Rebecca DeTurk and Jill Clark had key shots late in the game, and Gretchen Schissel keyed the rebounding effort. Walsh led with 14 points, and Fiekah Fataar added 10.
Seniors Schissel, DeTurk, Fataar and Dee Rodriguez played their final regular-season home games in Friday’s win. Walsh finished with 20 points and Fataar had 15, but KUA lost freshman Miranda Judd for the season with a first-half wrist injury.
Oxbow 43, Randolph 27
Bradford, Vt. — Mikayla Hodge’s huge afternoon served as the catalyst for the Olympians (5-11).
Hodge scored 14 points and snagged 20 rebounds to lead the O’s, who never trailed after outscoring the Galloping Ghosts in the second period, 12-9. “She was dominant on the boards at both ends,” Oxbow coach Felicia Kingsbury said. “We did a fairly good job on (Randolph’s) Brooke Jacques (four points); she fouled out, and without her they struggle.”
Dilan Clements threw in eight points and Lauren Tomlinson had six for Oxbow, which goes to Thetford on Monday.
Whitcomb 30, Chelsea 23
Bethel — In a rugged game, the Whitcomb girls defended their home court and raised their season record to 12-5.
A 19-13 lead at the half held up in the second half as the Hornets won for the fourth time in five games.
Ashley LaPerle led the scoring for Whitcomb with 14 points.
The Hornets host Concord Monday in a critical Division IV matchup. Concord is currently in third place while the Hornets are in fifth. A Whitcomb victory would go a long way to boosting the Hornets’ homecourt chances.
Mid Vt. Christian 46
United Christian 35
Newport, Vt. — The Eagles rallied to even off at 9-9.
United jumped out to a 17-4 lead before a Mid Vermont timeout.
After that, the Eagles took control. Phoebe Seale scored 22 points and Anna Seale 15.
“We talked about how we weren’t playing our game and we needed to step up,” said Mid Vermont coach Perry Seale. “The girls were much more focused after the timeout.”
Woodstock — Nehemiah Wood did his usual damage on the boards, but his damage to D.J. Jennings’ inside game played a key role in the Wasps’ win over the Eagles.
Wood limited Arlington’s big man to 12 points, with 10 of them coming in the fourth quarter after the Wasps (10-8) had control of the game. Wood also led Woodstock with 13 rebounds.
Arlington did close the gap to six points in the fourth quarter, but a jumper from Connor Fegard (team-high 22 points) brought a return to normalcy. Reid Langona hit for 17 points for the Wasps, and Dougie Avellino threw in a double-double of 13 points and 13 assists.
Rivendell 62, Sharon 32
Orford — The Raptors improved to 14-3 while the Phoenix slipped to 10-8.
Jack Steketee scored 15 points and Nate Eastman had 12 for Rivendell, while Jay Knoerlein led the Phoenix with 11.
Mid Vt. Christian 45
United Christian 40
Newport, Vt. — The Phoenix broke open a tight contest with a 17-point third quarter to close the regular season with a road victory and a 15-5 record.
“We just played our game; good execution on offense and good defense,” said Mid Vermont’s Brian Sayers. “We had the lead all the way, steadily increasing it until they hit a few 3-pointers in the final minutes.”
Mid-Vermont was up by 14 points with three minutes to play before United Christian started finding the range from beyond the arc, closing to within five points at one time. A 3-pointer at the buzzer set the final score.
As he has all season, Austin Sayers led the way for Mid-Vermont with 32 points, including a pair of 3-pointers.
KUA 74, Brimmer & May 62
Boston — All five starters hit for double figures as the Wildcats (17-5) conquered Brimmer.
Malik Abu led the way with 20 points, followed by Devon Thomas (16), Danny Eiber (12), Duby Maduegbunam (11) and Devin Gilligan (10). Down early, Kimball Union settled down after five minutes and worked its way to a 33-26 halftime edge.
Hartford 6, CVU 1
White River Junction — Alexandra Fogg and Haley Grigel had four points apiece as the Hurricanes stormed past visiting CVU to snap an 8-game losing streak.
Fogg had three goals and an assist, while Grigel picked up four assists to help raise Hartford’s record to 4-13-1.
Caroline Miller — with an assist to Allyson Mullin — opened the scoring. Fogg scored the next two goals with Grigel assisting on both and Liz Bergeron assisting once as well.
Mullen scored on a power play in the middle period with Grigel and Amanda Nelson picking up assists. In the third period, Courtney Murray scored from Fogg and Nelson before Fogg’s hat trick closed the scoring with an assist to Grigel.
Beth Potter had eight saves for Hartford.
Berlin, n.h. — The first-place Marauders improved to 18-1 and stayed a perfect 17-0 in NHIAA play.
Grace Tecca, Sarah Wagner and Emily Acker notched goals for Hanover, while Kelly Brigham, Caroline Howell, Emma Malenka and Tecca had assists.
Katie Fenton stop 14 Mountaineer shots for Hanover, which finishes the regular season Wednesday at Concord.
Bow 2, Lebanon 0
Hooksett, n.h. — A 40-save outing by junior goaltender Joe Grout and stellar play from the defense couldn’t prevent the Raiders (2-13) from dropping a tight contest to the Falcons, but it also couldn’t keep Lebanon coach Gary Smith from feeling a sense of progress.
“We played a very good game,” Smith said. “Maybe something clicked tonight.”
Donncha Coyle had Lebanon’s best scoring chance, clanging a goalpost with seven minutes to play in the game.
Manchester Central 9
Manchester — On a day in which positives were hard to find, the Marauders (5-8-2 league, 6-9-3 overall) received good two-way games from Joe Cravero, Sam Carey and Shawn Cavallaro in a lopsided loss at JFK Coliseum.
Cravero had Hanover’s lone goal on a Carey assist. The threesome also finished the day with positive plus-minus ratings, no mean feat in such a one-sided contest.
Kyle Healy made 21 saves for the Marauders.
Union-32 6, Woodstock 0
Woodstock — The top team in Vermont Division II, Union-32 limited the Wasps (7-11-0) to just six shots on goal and rode a two-goal, one-assist performance from Cole Mugford to a win at Union Arena.
The Raiders used a three-goal second period to break open a 1-0 game at the first intermission. The visitors also converted on three power plays and forced 32 saves from Woodstock netminder Brady Stewart.
Hartford Tops Windsor
White River Junction — The Canes closed out their regular season with a victory over Windsor one week before the scheduled state tournament.
Hartford topped the Jacks, 175-136 and 178-0135 in the finals, held at the Upper Valley Lanes and Games.
Jillian Bushor led the way with scores of 195 and 190, followed by Ben Currier (143, 157), Jordan Schaal (149, 141) and Colin Drake (149,117).
Ashlee Bly was Windsor’s top bowler with a 164-129 pair in the finals.
To reach the final round, Windsor got past Essex in the best-of-three format, 140-122, 128-146 and 158-129.
The Vermont state team championship will be held here next Saturday, with the individual championships to be held on March 2.