Local Roundup: Hanover Girls Handle Bishop Brady

  • Hanover's Diana Schwarz. (Valley News - Tris Wykes)

  • Lebanon's Brian Daley. (Valley News - Tris Wykes)

  • Rivendell's Sienna Carter. (Valley News - Tris Wykes)

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Hanover — The Hanover High girls basketball team is still getting over the bad news and the irony of it.

Playing their first game since junior guard Diana Schwarz tore a knee ligament at last week’s holiday tournament in South Carolina, the Marauders improved their care of the basketball after one half in a 52-29 win over Bishop Brady at Hanover High School on Wednesday night. Schwarz, one of three players who share point duties for the Marauders (4-3 overall, 3-1 league), is expected to be lost for the season.

The irony is the fact Schwarz’s sister, Lois, did the same thing to one of her knees during field hockey last year and missed nearly all of the basketball campaign. Now it’s Diana’s turn to come back and Hanover’s challenge to adjust.

“We have depth, which is good,” Hanover coach Dan O’Rourke said. “We talked about how the injury stinks, and Diana has put a lot of time and effort into improving. She’s played high-level AAU. My heart aches for her, but we’re essentially the same team as last year; we just have Lois instead of Diana. We’ll figure it out and start to change some things.”

One will be concentrating offense-orchestration duties between Lois Schwarz and Maddie McCorkle, each taking extra minutes in Diana’s absence. McCorkle and Bella Bardales both had 13-point nights against the Green Giants as Hanover improved on its possessions and defense after the break.

The Marauders used a 17-3 third quarter to pull away. Hanover’s defense didn’t crack until Brady converted a traditional three-point play with 9 seconds left in the stanza.

“Our defense was phenomenal,” O’Rourke said. “We were much more patient with the ball, got higher-quality shots and played much better.”

Julia Golder contributed 10 points to Hanover’s cause. The Marauders will get a test when Bow visits on Saturday.

Mount Royal 41 Pittsfield 25

Sunapee — The Knights (7-1) stayed a perfect 5-0 in league play.

Alexis Matte scored 21 points, adding nine rebounds and two assists, while Jacinta Hogan had 12 points and 11 rebounds for Mount Royal.

“We missed six layups and had seven turnovers, which is uncharacteristic of us,” Knights coach Derek Tremblay said. “But a win is a win.”

Mount Royal hosts Lin-Wood on Monday.

Rivendell 40, Woodsville 35

Woodsville — The Raptors executed better defense in the second half in a comeback win over the Engineers.

Riley Thomson finished with 22 points and went 4-for-6 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter for Rivendell (4-2), which trailed 24-15 at halftime.

Raptors sophomore Sienna Carter marked Woodsville’s Lily Kinder well down the stretch, Rivendell coach Hank Tenney noted. Kinder scored 14 of her team-high 18 points in the first half, 10 in the first quarter.

Mikayla DeBois scored 10 points with 10 rebounds and three assists for the Raptors, who host Chelsea on Monday.

The Engineers (5-2) visit Littleton on Friday.

Oxbow 42, Stowe 37

Stowe, Vt. — Kaysea Neil hit for a season- and career-high 22 points as the Olympians (2-4) powered their way to their second win in three starts.

Neil’s game included a 9-for-14 effort from the free-throw line. The junior added two key fouls shots at the end to keep the host Raiders at bay.

Maddie Fornwalt contributed seven points for the O’s, who welcome Williamstown to Mona Garone Gym on Monday night.

Randolph 61, Woodstock 20

Woodstock — Emily Grady produced 19 points and the Galloping Ghosts used their depth to overpower the Wasps (0-3) at Dailey Gym.

Savannah Sheehan scored a season-high nine points for Woodstock, and Natalie Stevens followed with eight. Woodstock visits Proctor on Friday.

Lyndon 46, Hartford 42

Lyndon Center, Vt. — Big nights from Corey Lieberman and Kennedy Mullen kept the Hurricanes in the contest, but the Vikings held on for the win.

Lieberman posted a game-high 16 points for the Canes (2-4), who have dropped three straight. Mullen included four 3-pointers among her five baskets, finishing with 14 points for Hartford. Jade Berry had 13 points to top the LI scoresheet.

Hartford goes to Brattleboro on Friday night.

Derryfield 41, Sunapee 37

Sunapee — The Lakers dropped to 3-3 in NHIAA Division IV play and 3-5 overall with their fifth straight defeat. Sunapee heads to Nute on Monday.

Boys Basketball

Woodsville 53, Rivendell 42

Woodsville — The Engineers (6-1 overall) had a balanced effort while improving to 5-0 in NHIAA Division IV play.

Garrett Olsen knocked down 13 points, while Cooper Davidson and Connor Maccini both scored 11, Billy Green had eight and Corey Bemis six for Woodsville.

Owen Pelletier scored 14 and Zach Gould had 13 to pace the Raptors (0-5).

Woodsville visits Littleton on Friday, while the Raptors travel to Websterville Baptist on Saturday.

Sharon 84, West Rutland 28

West Rutland, Vt. — The Phoenix (5-0) jumped out to a 31-10 lead in the first quarter and finished with 10 3-pointers in the rout of the Golden Horde.

“That first quarter was exceptional, probably the best quarter I’ve seen us play in nine years with the team,” Sharon coach Blake Fabrikant said. “We just couldn’t miss. We were unselfish, and it set the tone for the rest of the game.”

Four players finished with double figures for the Phoenix: Sam Knoerlein (21 points), Josh Amodeo (18), Fisher Kelley (15) and Austin Gaudette (11).

Gaudette added five assists and seven steals and Kelley nabbed 11 rebounds for Sharon, which hosts Arlington on Saturday.

Pittsfield 67 Mount Royal 33

Sunapee — The Knights (3-4; 3-2 NHIAA Division IV) struggled offensively against one of the division’s top teams.

Alex Normandin scored 17 points and Andrew Normandin had eight for Mount Royal, which did not attempt a free throw.

The Knights host Lin-Wood on Monday.

Twinfield 62 Whitcomb-Rochester 51

Plainfield, Vt. — The Trojans’ Connor Spencer (24 points) and Chris Whalen (20) were a little too much for the Mountaineers (3-3).

Eddie Bray scored 16 points and Colby Washburn added 12 for Whitchester, which visits Northfield on Saturday.

Lawrence 88, KUA 85

Meriden — The visitors from Massachusetts buried a whopping 19 3-pointers, going 10-for-18 in the second half in a comeback defeat of the Wildcats.

Nick Timberlake finished with 34 points for Kimball Union, and Eze Dike dropped 20. Joey Luchetti finished with 26 for Lawrence Academy.

Boys Hockey

Hanover 7, Nashua North 1

West Lebanon — Desiring a quick start after sluggish openings at last week’s holiday tournament in Manchester, the Marauders (7-1-0 overall, 4-0-0 league) scored in the first half-minute and three times in the opening four minutes of a one-sided win at Campion Rink.

Sylas Oberting potted a pair of unassisted goals in the opening stanza, the first coming just 24 seconds into the contest. Owen Stadheim also struck twice in the first, the latter coming with just one tick on the clock for a 5-1 advantage. Both players added assists for three-point performances.

David Lehmann also had a two-goal contest, adding two assists for Hanover. Charlie Plottner provided the Marauders’ other goal. Elias Zinman set up two goals, and Braxton McNulty and Matty Gardner had an assist each. Harris LaRock needed just six saves for the win thanks to Hanover’s 41-7 shots edge.

The Marauders visit Exeter on Saturday.

Woodstock 6St. Johnsbury 0

Lyndon Center, Vt. — Steven Townley posted his fourth hat trick in six games and the Wasps (6-0-0) used a five-goal second period to silence the Hilltoppers at Fenton Chester Arena.

After a scoreless first stanza, Woodstock struck quickly in the second to put the game out of reach. Cullen McCarthy and Andrew Gubbins scored 25 seconds apart in within the first minute of the frame, and Townley added a natural hat trick in a span of less than six minutes before the horn sounded. The three linemates also had an assist each.

Ely Chynoweth scored Woodstock’s third period and finished with an assist. Goalies Henry Green and Ethan Mello shared a 12-save shutout, supported by 48 shots on goal from their offense. Woodstock hosts Hartford on Saturday night in the rivals’ third meeting of the season.

Lebanon-Stevens 9Timberlane 3

West Lebanon — Sophomore Brian Daly notched his first varsity goal, Nate Chickering and Andrew Duany had two-goal contests and the Raiders (3-3-1 overall, 3-2-0 league) rolled over the Owls at Campion Rink for their second straight win.

Mason Adams, Aaron Damren, Ian Garland and Trey Chickering also dented the net for the hosts, providing plenty of support for winning goalie Andrew Friend (12 saves). Garland, Aidan Yates and Nate Chickering also had two assists each; Jack Sandmann, Trey Chickering, Jon Cloud, Adams and Damren added one each.

Lebanon-Stevens faces an early test at Keene on Saturday.

Northfield 2, Hartford 0

White River Junction — The Hurricanes fell to 0-6-1.

Ross McFate made 17 saves for the Canes, who visit Woodstock on Saturday.

Girls Hockey

KUA 3, Brewster 0

Meriden — Colleen Donoghue, Taylor Coburn and Mia Brown scored in support of Seana Perkins’ 10-save shutout goaltending as the Wildcats (5-2-1) blanked Brewster at Akerstrom Arena.

Olive Scull delivered a pair of assists for Kimball Union, with Donoghue and Ashley Penney also earning helpers. Perkins’ clean sheet was KUA’s second of the season.

Canberbury pays the Wildcats a visit on Saturday.

South Burlington 11Hartford 0

White River Junction — The Wolves (2-0-1) needed a period to get into gear, using an eight-goal middle stanza to overwhelm the Hurricanes (1-3-1) at Barwood Arena.

Zoey Pfeiffer started in goal for Hartford and held tough through two periods before Jacqueline Gour finished out. Hartford coach Bill Goldsworthy credited Lauren Miller with a strong game, one in which the first-year coach was able to give a lot of his younger players significant playing time. Hartford entered the contest without having practiced since its last game because of an arena power issue on Monday that nixed two days of workouts.

The Canes are back home to host Stowe on Saturday.

Missisquoi 3, Woodstock 1

Woodstock — The Wasps dropped to 3-3-1 with the loss to the Thunderbirds at Union Arena. Brattleboro visits Woodstock on Saturday.

Alpine Skiing

Woodstock GirlsWin Opener

Peru, Vt. — The Wasps took the top two spots and four of the top nine to win the season-opening Dave Pinder Memorial GS at Bromley Mountain.

Woodstock senior Grace Vollers held off freshman teammate Kelly Gebhardt for the individual win, while Morgan Biele placed fifth and Alice Sperber ninth for the Wasps.

Kyle Weirether edged Rutland’s Austin Roussel by 0.23 seconds for the boys win as the Wasps were runners-up to host Burr & Burton. Peter Borden (sixth), Elliot Shoemaker (eighth) and Clay Lynch (19th) also placed in the top 20 for the Wasps.

Boys team scores: 1. Burr & Burton 25; 2. Woodstock 34; 3. Rutland 37; 4. Mount St. Joseph 61; 5. Thetford 89; 6. Oxbow 132.

Girls team scores: 1. Woodstock 17; 2. Burr & Burton 24; 3. Rutland 41.