Cougars Earn First Win
Kearsarge Nips Bow to Take Tourney Consolation Game
Thetford Academy's Shyann Josler shoots a lay up over Blue Mountain's Jordan Farquharson during their match in Thetford, Vt., on December 27, 2013. Thetford won 54-14.(Valley News - Elijah Nouvelage) Purchase photo reprints »
Thetford Academy's Michaela Pomeroy, left, drives past Blue Mountain's Shelby Peters during their match in Thetford, Vt., on December 27, 2013. Thetford won 54-14.(Valley News - Elijah Nouvelage) Purchase photo reprints »
Thetford Academy's Ella Chapman pulls down a rebound, beating out Blue Mountain's Jordan Farquharson during their match in Thetford, Vt., on December 27, 2013. Thetford won 54-14.(Valley News - Elijah Nouvelage) Purchase photo reprints »
Concord — What’s good for one is good for the other.
Sophomore Trent Noordsij hit a pull-up jumper from the baseline in the final two minutes of regulation to send the Kearsarge High boys basketball team to its first win of the season, beating Bow 42-41 on Friday in the consolation round of the Capital Area Holiday Tournament at New Hampshire Technical Institute. The win countered a 55-54 loss the Cougars sustained to the Falcons to open the season earlier this month.
Kearsarge (1-4 overall, 0-3 league) thought it had its first victory when it used a 6-0 run to build a 40-34 lead early in the fourth quarter. The Falcons used their own six-point run to tie the contest back up, but they had no answer after Noordsij ’s jump shot.
“It felt good; that’s a team we lost to at the beginning of the season,” Kearsarge coach Nate Camp said. “So it’s encouraging to know the kids are battle-tested to win a game down the stretch.”
Carter Noordsij paced the Cougars with 14 points, with James Bromwell adding 12, Zach Mattos eight and Trent Noordsij seven. The Cougars are off until a Jan. 7 encounter with Sanborn.
Lebanon 65, Campbell 44
Keene, n.h. — The Raiders’ explosive second quarter paved the way for a win in the opener of the Zero Gravity Invitational, hosted by Keene State College.
Kalin Sou had 11 of the 27 points Lebanon scored in the second stanza, finishing with 19 on the night. The Raiders led 33-11 at halftime. Martin Gradijan and Kieth Matte each added 10 points while Austin Pelletier had seven points.
“We played fast and and eventually got them into our game and we were able to score,” Lebanon coach Kieth Matte, father of the younger Matte, said.
The Raiders (2-1 overall, 1-1 league) play tonight at 7 against Conant in day two of the tournament.
Smithfield (R.I.) 65, Newport 41
Keene, n.h. — The Rhode Islanders put three players in double figures to hold down the Tigers (2-1) in the opening round of the Zero Gravity Invitational at Keene State College.
Connor Connole and Joseph Delricci paced the way for Smithfield with 12 points apiece and Nathan Patenaude added 10, more than enough to counter the game-high 23 points from Newport’s Andrew Houde. Spencer Coronis added eight points for the Tigers.
“We played them tough through the first half; we stayed with them the first quarter and most of the second,” Newport coach Steve Lavolpicelo said. “They wore us down from there with their depth and pressure.”
Newport meets Plymouth in the tournament’s second round at 2:30 p.m. today.
West Rutland 53, Whitcomb 20
West Rutland, Vt. — The Hornets (1-3) stayed with their hosts through three quarters before a lack offense did them in.
Joey Callahan converted five 3-pointers for a game-high 15 points to lead the Golden Horde. Bradford Allen provided the bulk of Whitcomb’s offense, scoring 12 points.
The Hornets visit Chelsea on Thursday.
Lebanon 63 Man. Memorial 41
Manchester — Senior forward Heather King had 32 points, 16 rebounds and four steals and Vanessa Fleury added four points and nine rebounds as the Raiders (2-2) triumphed at the Manchester Central holiday tournament.
Lebanon faces Hollis-Brookline at 5:30 p.m. today in further tournament action.
Oxbow 68, Lake Region 61
Orleans, Vt. — Oxbow coach Barry Emerson wasn’t fully sure what the Olympians (4-0) did, but it certainly worked in erasing an 11-point first-half deficit in a win over the Rangers.
Mikayla Hodge led the scoring with 23 points for Oxbow, while Savannah Fay notched 16 Cassie Hutchinson chipped in 11 of her own. But it was the team play that ultimately turned the tide for the visitors.
“I’m not sure exactly what we did that was so special,” Emerson confessed. “We took our press off and played them half-court man (in the second half), and we seemed to be better at defending them.”
Megan Menard scored 16 points and Tyra Urie finished with 15 to lead Lake Region.
Oxbow goes to Rivendell on Monday.
Stevens 34, Derryfield 31
Epping, n.h. — The Cardinals won a thriller as Morgan Busby made a game-winning bucket with less than 30 seconds to go in the opening game of the Epping Holiday Tournament.
Coach Ross Dole praised the play of Madelyn Whipple (two points), who came down with numerous loose balls in the second half and added five rebounds and a few key steals.
Whipple fed a cutting Busby (seven points) for the go-ahead basket late oin the game. Alyson Lizotte then sank a late free throw to put the Cardinals up 34-31.
Alexis Melcher led Stevens with 12 points. The Cardinals face Raymond today in Epping.
Thetford 54 Blue Mountain 14
Thetford — The Panthers kept their momentum in beating the visiting Bucks, improving to 5-0 on the season.
Shyann Josler (15 points) and Michaela Pomeroy (14 points) led the attack for Thetford. Jill Clark led seven other scorers with six points.
Thetford plays its first Capital Division foe on Monday with a visit from Division II Harwood.
Mascoma 52, Nute 42
Farmington, n.h. — Alex VanZandt had 12 points, Dani Jones had 10 and Tyler Reeder added nine as the Royals improved to 3-2 with a win at Farmington High’s Mike Lee Holiday Bash.
Mascoma plays Kennett at 5:30 p.m. today and needs to win to advance to Sunday play.
York (Maine) 43 Hanover 41
York, Maine — The Marauders staged a huge second-half comeback but were thwarted by a buzzer-beater in the championship game of the York Wildcat Invitational.
Hanover trailed by 18 points with eight minutes to play and rallied to knot the score at 41-41 with 12 seconds left. Cathleen Beliveau capped a great second half with a game-tying lay-up in the final seconds and finished with six points.
Coach Dan O’Rourke credited Beliveau for providing a late spark for the charging Marauders.
JJ Daniell led Hanover with 15 points. Christine Croituro and Holly Schlosser each added six points. The Marauders (3-1 overall, 2-0 league) visit Plymouth on Friday.
West Rutland 58, Whitcomb 40
Bethel — The Raiche sisters, all three of them, combined for 32 points as the Golden Horde pulled away from the Hornets (2-1).
Freshman Brooke Raiche scored 17 points for West Rutland, with senior twins Morgan (11) and Taylor (four) picked up the rest of the slack. Phoebe Parrish paced Whitcomb with a game-high 25 points, followed by 11 from Lindsey LaPerle.
The Hornets visit Williamstown on Friday night.
Bow 41, Kearsarge 31
Concord — The Cougars again played the Falcons tough, but dropped the finale of the NHTI Christmas Classic.
Anna Cahill led Kearsarge with 11 points and drilled a pair of 3-pointers while Devi Kraushaar added nine points. Kearsarge dropped a 40-29 decision to the Falcons in North Sutton on Dec. 12.
The Cougars (2-6 overall, 2-4 league) host Bishop Brady on Jan. 7.
Belmont (Mass.) 2, Lebanon 1
Salem, n.h. — It was just one of those days.
The Raiders (2-2) outshot Belmont by a 43-17 count, and controlled play in each period. But despite it all, it was Belmont who skated off with the victory.
“It was just the combination of a hot goalie and the fact that we just couldn’t hit the back of the net,” said Lebanon goalie Gary Smith. “We played very well overall ... we just couldn’t score.”
Belmont, despite taking only five shots in the first period, took a 1-0 lead on an odd-man rush. That advantage held up until the third period when sophomore Nick Haidari scored off a pass from Riley Sleeper around 10 minutes into the period.
With the clock winding down, Lebanon was pressing around the Belmont net looking for the tiebreaker when the puck popped out into the offensive zone.
Belmont quickly took control on a 2-on-1 rush, and, with 14 seconds left, put in the game winner.
Joe Grout had 16 saves in the Lebanon net. The Raiders play Ludlow (Mass.) today at 1 p.m.
Hanover 10 Manchester Memorial 1
Manchester — The Marauders (3-1) surrendered the game’s first goal in the fifth minute, but answered 10 seconds later on a Shawn Cavallaro tally, then swamped the defending NHIAA Division I champions on the second day of the Manchester holiday tournament.
Kordell Lindsay scored twice and added two assists and Tom Peters, Ben Acker, Gus Lyons, Jonathan Goff, Ben Carson-Turner, Jordan Levin and Matthew Leskovar also scored, the latter two notching their first varsity goals. Peters, Ben Hartman, Jonathan Goff and Ben Chaimberg each had two assists.
Memorial fell to 3-2. Hanover, which received 19 saves from Luke Ratliff, plays Bedford during the tournament’s third day at 4 p.m. Saturday.
Hartford 7 Burr & Burton 2
Rutland, Vt. — John Borchert had two goals and two assists as the Hurricanes (2-2-1) won in the opener of the Barry Van Gerbig Tournament.
Andrew Atkinson added two goals and one helper for Hartford, while Nate Lemieux had a goal and an assist. Riley Horan also scored and freshman Jordy Allard scored his first career varsity goal. Cam Lemieux and Jeff Lyford also had assists.
Mak Lyford and Teighan Meeker combined to make 15 saves in goal for Hartford, which plays either Woodstock or Rutland today.
Hanover 6 Beekmantown (N.Y.) 0
West Lebanon — Julie Montgomery, Eliza Laycock and Matti Hartman scored in the second period to break open a one-goal game and send the Marauders (2-0) to a win before they head out to the Schwan Cup in Minnesota on Sunday.
Laycock and Hartman finished with two goals apiece, to which Hartman also added an assist. Sarah Wagner scored Hanover’s final goal, while Lillian Stout, Emma Malenka and Caroline Howell earned assists. Goalies Katie Fenton and Emily Gougelet combined on a 15-save shutout.
“They were a little bit off today; they lost some seniors least year that were all good players,” Hanover coach John Dodds said of Beekmantown, which visited Campion Rink for the first time. “It was pretty tight in the first period, no doubt about it.”
Hanover opens Schwan Cup play at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, Minn., on Monday against Henry Sibley (Minn.).