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Local roundup: TA girls hand Peoples a first defeat

Staff Reports
Published: 12/31/2021 11:52:02 AM
Modified: 12/31/2021 2:31:29 PM

THETFORD — Down by four points with about 3½ minutes to go, the Thetford Academy girls basketball team reeled off a game-ending 10-0 run to hand Peoples Academy a 33-27 defeat at Vaughan Gym on Thursday night, the Wolves’ first loss of the young season.

Kelsey Bogie hit a pair of three-pointers for the Panthers to turn a two-point deficit into a four-point lead, TA coach Eric Ward said. Whitney Lewis and Madi Mousley then combined to go 4-for-4 from the free-throw line late to clinch the victory.

Ward said after two losses in a row, the Panthers “tweaked” their defense, and his team did a great job putting those changes into effect against Peoples in a game that was close throughout.

“This was a total team effort. Very happy with the girls,” Ward said.

Mousley finished with 10 points. Bogie had six and Lewis seven.

Thetford (3-2) travels. to Montpelier on Tuesday.

Woodstock 45, MSJ 39 (OT)

WOODSTOCK — Mount St. Joseph tied the game in regulation on a putback at the buzzer, but the Wasps won the overtime session 6-0 to record the victory.

Lara Tarleton had 11 points, including four in overtime, and Emma Tarleton also had 11 for Woodstock. Mikala Myers added eight while holding MSJ’s top player to 11 points.

Woodstock led 20-12 at halftime before the Mounties came back in the second half.

“Woodstock had a significant height disadvantage but got monster games from forwards Lara Tarleton and Megan Tarelton against much bigger players,” said Woodstock coach Dennis Wood. “This was a significant win for Woodstock against a previously unbeaten team.”

Woodstock (3-2) travels to Springfield on Jan. 6

Oxbow 59, Randolph 23

RANDOLPH, Vt. — The Olympians got out to a fast start with a 16-2 first quarter and were up 32-5 at halftime.

Freshman Maggi Ellsworth led all scorers with 16 points, and junior Abigail Carson had nine. Eight other players also scored.

Oxbow (3-4) is home to Peoples Academy on Jan. 6.

Hartford 42, Bellows Falls 28

WESTMINSTER, Vt. — Hartford surrendered a 13-2 first quarter to the Terriers and went into the break down 16-15 before dominating the second half.

Seniors Elsie Davis and Beth Dobrich had 11 points each for the Hurricanes, and senior Grace Gardner added eight. Dobrich had nine points in the third quarter when Hartford took command and went up, 28-20.

Hartford (4-2) is at Mid Vermont Christian on Monday.

WRV 55, Mill River 29

NORTH CLARENDON, Vt. — White River Valley took an early lead and was up, 30-12, by halftime.

“A nice team effort tonight,” said WRV coach Tim Perreault. “Everyone was able to get good minutes tonight.”

Junior Jillian Barry led with 23 points, and sophomore Tanner Drury had 13. Ella Perreault pulled down 12 rebounds for the Wildcats.

White River (3-3) visits Green Mountain on Monday.

Boys basketball MVCS 38, Mount Royal 24

SUNAPEE — Mid Vermont Christian was able to adjust to a slower pace by Mount Royal and play tough man defense for the win.

Junior Roman Goeppner had 15 points and junior Joel Roberts had 13 for the Eagles.

Goeppner also had five steals and five blocks. Sophomore Abel Goodwin had eight points and six rebounds.

“They slowed the game down on us, preventing us from playing at the pace we wanted to,” said MVCS coach Erva Barnes. “Pressure man to man defense helped us push the pace and limit what they could do on offense.”

Mid Vermont (2-1) is at Northfield on Tuesday.

WRV 56, Sharon 15

SHARON — The Wildcats got 16 points from freshman Brayden Russ, 15 from senior Austin Tracy and 12 from Dominic Craven.

“We were a little shorthanded tonight but got contributions from everyone,” said WRV coach Mike Gaudette.

Sharon (0-4) is at Proctor on Jan. 11. White River Valley (3-1) plays a makeup game at home on Tuesday vs. Proctor.

Rivendell 49, Thetford 45

ORFORD — The Raptors (5-0) was able to fend off a furious comeback attempt by the Panthers (1-3).

Rivendell was ahead by double digits for much of the game but couldn’t quite pull away because of foul trouble, turnovers and a Thetford team that wouldn’t go down easily.

The Raptors led by 10 until the last few minutes of the game, when Thetford made a run at the free-throw line.

Raptors head coach Ross Convertino was impressed by Thetford’s energy and effort.

“Thetford is tough, scrappy and physical and they certainly fought every possession,” he said. “I tip my hat to Thetford as they are relentless and they don’t have any quit in them.”

Senior guard Kyle Carter led Rivendell with 22 points. He’s averaging 19.8 points per game on the season, and is 189 points away from 1,000 for his career. Senior guard Chris Pierce chipped in 14 points for the Raptors.

Freshman forward Boone Fahey led the Panthers with 13 points.

Rivendell will hit the road on Tuesday to take on Blue Mountain. Thetford is back in action on Wednesday on the road in a rematch with Windsor, who beat the Panthers, 49-42, last week.

Indoor track Hartford boys third,girls fifth at UVM

BURLINGTON — The Hurricanes set nine personal records for both the boys and girls at Thursday’s meet at the University of Vermont.

The boys were third among 13 teams with 38 points and the girls fifth out of 15 teams with 30 points.

Caroline Hamilton won the long jump and was second in the 55-meter hurdles. Gavin Farnsworth was fourth in the 1,000 meters, and Liam Atwood placed third in the 3,000 meters. The team of Farnsworth, Jack Fournier-Stephens, Bennett Moreno and Chase Goodwin took second in the 4x400 relay.

Fournier-Stephens, Farnsworth, Moreno and Ethan Michaels were second in the 4x800-meter relay. Bethany Davis was fourth in the 3,000-meter finals.

“Another great showing on both the girls and boys sides,” said coach Mike Perry. “The kids are showing the results of their hard training paying off.”

Oxbow’s boys were 12th and White River Valley’s girls 14th.

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