Hartford Wins On the Line
White River Junction — Engaged in a taut battle with visiting Mount Anthony yesterday, the members of the Hartford High girls basketball team weren’t exactly whistling while they worked against the Patriots.
The game’s officials, on the other hand, had their whistles sounding off virtually to no end.
Hartford and Mount Anthony combined for 100 free throw attempts — converting 52 — in the Canes’ 60-57 squeaker victory.
Hartford senior Stephanie Grobe scored 14 of her game-high 20 points from the foul line as the Canes hit 31-of-62 attempts from the line to help improve to 12-3.
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen a team go to the line 62 times,” said Hartford coach Ed Kehoe. “We both have similarly aggressive styles. So it seemed like one team would either get a steal and then get fouled on the way to the hoop or just drive to the hoop (aggressively) and get fouled.
“It was an interesting game to watch, but I can’t imagine it was too fun to officiate.”
Heather Illingworth scored 12 points, Taylor Johnson had nine and Kelsey Kehoe scored nine for the Hurricanes, who won their sixth straight and scored their second-highest point total of the year.
Hartford led 49-35 after three quarters but shot just 11-for-23 from the line in the fourth to help the Patriots get back in it.
The Canes’ 50 percent showing from the line for the game was a good number for them, Kehoe said, but it might not be good enough to win a close game in the upcoming Vermont Division II state tournament.
Hartford is the defending champion and currently ranked fifth in the standings.
“We’ve actually been shooting better from the line the last four games and 50 percent is pretty good for us,” Kehoe said. “Obviously, we’d like to be better.”
Hartford hosts Otter Valley on Tuesday before going to Fair Haven on Friday in a regular-season finale that figures to have playoff-seeding implications for both teams.
Proctor 30, Rivendell 23
Proctor, Vt. — Playing without injured senior captains Stefanie DeSimone and Lacey Stever, the Raptors (13-4) played the second-place Phantoms (16-2) tough in defeat. DeSimone and Stever are both out with ankle injuries.
“The girls really stepped it up today without their senior captains,” said Rivendell coach Russ Wilcox. “Jennifer Dubois held (Carrisa) Elrick to six points, and she’s averaging about 20 per game.”
Williamstown 67 Whitcomb 65 (ot)
Bethel — The Hornets led the Blue Devils 44-35 after three quarters but couldn’t withstand a late Williamstown rally.
Williamstown, which plays in Division III, improved to 14-4 while the Hornets dipped to 13-6.
“I’m proud of the way the girls played tonight against a very good team,” said Whitcomb coach Dennis Wood.
Ashley Stearns scored 26 points and Nicole Begin had 13 for the Hornets, who got points from all six of their players.
A deeper Williamstown team went on a big run in the fourth, fueled by Carissa Carrier’s 11 points. She finished with 20, while Dani Jesmouth had 16 for the Blue Devils.
Whitcomb hosts Websterville on Tuesday.
Governor’s 41, KUA 34
Byfield, Mass. — The Wildcats slipped to 12-8.
Fiekah Fataar scored 20 points and had eight rebounds for the Kimball Union, which will find out its NEPSAC tournament first-round playoff opponent today.
Hanover 59, Souhegan 59
Hanover — The Marauders (10-8; 8-8 New Hampshire Division II) used an 18-4 run to overcome a second-half deficit against the Sabers.
John Flory had a team-high 17 points, including a pair of 3-pointers in the third quarter that sparked Hanover’s rally.
Cyrus Rothwell-Ferraris had 14 and Liam Gantrish 12 for Hanover, which outscored Souhegan 28-18 in the fourth quarter.
The Marauders host Goffstown tomorrow for senior night.
Woodstock 9, Burlington 1
South Burlington, Vt. — Ben Orr and Levi Vigh (assist) both had hat tricks as the Wasps improved to 8-11.
Conor Joyce had a goal and two assists, Brian Townley had a goal and an assist, Braden McCarthy had an assist and Nick Donaldson scored one goal for Woodstock.
Brady Stewart made 15 saves for the Wasps, who play at Burr & Burton on Wednesday.
KUA 5, Proctor Acad. 1
Meriden — Five different players scored goals and five had assists for the Wildcats, who prevailed in a Lakes Region League semifinal.
Nick Roberto, Casey Miller, Jonathan Charbonneau, Alex Carle and Gregg Burmaster all scored for Kimball Union, while Charbonneau, AJ Greer, Niko Ruffo, Jake Landry and Matt Michaud notched assists.
KUA hosts the league championship game today at 1 p.m. against rival Holderness, a 4-3 overtime winner over Tilton yesterday.
Lebanon 7, Keene 5
Keene, n.h. — Skating on the same line in their final high school game, all three Raider seniors had points as Lebanon (3-17; 3-15 N.H. Division II) ended the season on a high note.
Donncha Coyle had two goals and an assist and senior classmates Ryan White (goal, assist) and Mike Servant (assist) also contributed for the Raiders.
Tate Singleton and Brendan Kelley had a goal and an assist each, Tanner Simms had two assists and Ryan Damren, Greg Surgenor, Noah Gaudette and Jackson Whitaker all had one assist.
Ryan Dube (12 saves) and Chad Fazio (eight) split time in net for the Raiders.
Hanover 5, Exeter 4
West Lebanon — Sam Carey scored twice for the Marauders, including the game winner on the power play with 4:22 remaining, as Hanover finished the regular season 6-9-5 (6-8-4 N.H. D-I).
Joe Cravero (assist), Gavin Ratliff and Nick Bowen also scored for the Marauders, who led 4-2 in the second period before Exeter rallied.
Mike Yukica and Shawn Cavallaro each had a pair of assists — both helped set up Carey’s game winner — while Jin Kim, Ben Hartman and Gus Lyons also had helpers for Hanover.
James Montgomery made 17 saves for the Marauders, who now await their playoff seeding and news of their first-round opponent.
Kearsarge 9, Con-Val 3
Andover, n.h. — Tristan Rowe scored four goals and Matt Pickman had two goals, two assists for the Cougars, who concluded their second varsity season 4-14.
Sam Tucker and Shane Cashin had a goal and two assists each; Steven Ricker scored a lone goal and Kelsie Dalton had an assist for Kearsarge, which carried five girls on its roster.
Sarah Beattie made 21 saves in her second start of the season, while seniors Sam Tucker, Allie Folcik and Lauren Adie had strong final games.
“We have seven freshmen coming in and we hope they can continue to carry the program,” said Cougars coach Mark Cashin.
Brattleboro 5, Hartford 0
White River Junction — The Hurricanes fell to 11-8.
Mak Lyford and Teighan Meeker combined for 11 saves for the Canes, who finish the regular season Wednesday at Mount Mansfield.
Missisquoi 6, Hartford 1
Highgate, Vt. — The Thunderbirds took care of the Hurricanes.
Amanda Nelson scored the lone goal for Hartford, assisted by Courtney Murray, in the second period.
Erin Hudson made 31 saves for Hartford, which hosts South Burlington on Wednesday.