Local roundup: Lebanon defense helps boys basketball escape with OT win over Laconia

Published: 12/14/2021 10:50:12 AM
Modified: 12/14/2021 12:13:56 PM

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LEBANON — Lebanon High senior guard Braeden Falzarano played ever minute of his team’s game against the Laconia on Monday, helping the Raiders pull out the 64-57 overtime win.

Lebanon head coach Kieth Matte said it was the first time in his 23 years coaching the Raiders that a player had been on the floor for an entire contest.

“Laconia is an excellent team and we are happy to get the win,” Matte said.

Laconia led by four points at the end of the first quarter, and the second and third quarters ended with the game tied.

Lebanon stepped up defensively in overtime, holding the visitors to four points.

Falzarano led Lebanon (1-1) in scoring with 20 points. Senior Cole Fabry scored 17 points, and senior forward NyeotiPunni added 11.

Matte praised his team’s defense, including Punni, senior forward C.J. Childs and sophomore guard Nick Brill.

Lebanon hits the road on Wednesday to take on Merrimack Valley.

Pembroke 53, Hanover 50

HANOVER — Hanover (0-2) narrowly missed evening its record in its home opener.

HHS led by four at halftime, and the game was tied going into the fourth quarter.

Senior guard Max Galbraith led Hanover in scoring with 17 points. He hit four 3-pointers in the second quarter and five total. Senior forward Kevin Pillsbury also finished in double figures with 14 points.

Hanover will hit the road Thursday to face Bow.

Richford 58, Mid Vermont Christian 57

RICHFORD, Vt. — MVCS (1-1) came agonizingly close Monday at Richford.

“Foul trouble early sidelined one of our best players, and we got in a hole early,” Eagles head coach Erva Barnes said. “Down nine at half and 16 at one point in the third quarter, we stormed back to take a one-point lead in the third. It was close the rest of the way through.”

MVCS will host Northfield on Thursday.

Fair Haven 56, Windsor 47

WINDSOR — Windsor (0-1) fell at home on opening night Monday.

The game was tied at 27 at halftime, but a seven-point third quarter doomed the Yellowjackets.

Senior forward Austin Gauld scored 14 points to lead Windsor in scoring. Senior guard Caleb Buchanan chipped in eight.

The Yellowjackets are back in action on Saturday at Burr & Burton.

Girls Basketball

Mid Vermont Christian 44, Poultney 32

POULTNEY, Vt — MVCS (1-0) rode a a monster night from senior guar Hayley Goodwin to victory Monday.

Goodwin scored 33 points, 22 of which came in the first half, to give MVCS a comfortable 28-15 lead at halftime. She also grabbed 11 rebounds and made nine steals, both team-highs.

Poultney made a run in the fourth quarter to climb back into the game, but the Eagles withstood the momentum shift.

MVCS senior guard Rachel Horner-Richardson hauled in nine boards and four steals.

Head coach Chris Goodwin said his team played a solid first three quarters, considering it was its first game of the season.

“I was happy with how we played, boxing out, rebounding, and taking care of the ball,” Goodwin said. “I think we got a little gassed in the fourth quarter and started to make some mental errors. (Junior guard) Skye (Whitcomb) hit a big 3 with two minutes left to stop their run and put the game away. We will need to get more help for Hayley at the offensive end, and I think our girls will be able to do that as the season moves along.”

The Eagles host White River Valley on Thursday.

Woodstock 45, Mill River 18

CLARENDON, Vt. — Woodstock (1-0) took control of the game in the first quarter and never looked back.

The Wasps went up 16-4 in the opening period to establish a comfortable lead that grew from there.

Sophomore guard/forward Mikala Myers led Woodstock with 16 points. Senior guard/forward Emma Tarleton also scored in double digits with 10. Junior guard/forward Norah Harper chipped in eight points.

First-year head coach Dennis Wood praised sophomore guard Hannah Watson’s defense. He was largely pleased with his team’s effort.

“A good start, but we still have a lot to work on,” Wood said.

The Wasps host Hartford on Friday.

St. Johnsbury 56, Hartford 33

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Hartford (0-1) kept it close in the first half, but St. Johnsbury pulled away in the second half.

After leading by four point at half time, St. Johnsbury scored 21 points in the third quarter. The Hurricanes were unable to keep pace.

Senior forward Beth Dobrich led Hartford in scoring with 10 points. Senior guard Grace Gardner added nine.

Hartford will hit the road on Friday to take on Woodstock.

Hanover 67, Pembroke 37

PEMBROKE, N.H. — Hanover (2-0) cruised to its second straight victory Monday, methodically extending its lead throughout the game.

Hanover was up by eight after the first quarter, then 12 at halftime. The game got out of hand in the fourth quarter when Hanover held Pembroke to just four points.

“Gritty road win against an up-and-coming Pembroke team,” Hanover head coach Dan O’Rourke said. “Credit goes to our deep bench.”

Junior guard Stella Galanes led Hanover with 27 points. She also made five assists. Senior center Jane Lackley grabbed a team-high eight rebounds in addition to scoring 10 points. Senior guard Melissa Whitmore contributed nine points, seven rebounds, and five blocks.

Hanover is back in action Friday at Timberlane.

Lyndon 55, Oxbow 29

BRADFORD, Vt. — The Olympians (0-2) fell behins to visiting Lyndon, 14-6, after the first quarter and the lead ballooned to 32-12 at halftime.

Emma Parkin led the Olympians with 14 points. Maggi Ellsworth added seven.

Oxbow’s next game is Thursday at home against Hazen.

Laconia 42, Lebanon 25

LACONIA, N.H. — Lebanon (0-2) struggled with shooting en route to a second straight loss to open the season.

The Raiders return home Wednesday to take on Merrimack Valley.

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