Local Roundup: Royals Make Free Throws Count in Opening Victory

  • Mount Royal's Louis Larosiliere.

Friday, December 07, 2018

West Canaan — Mascoma High senior Dakota Decocq sank two free throws with 0.2 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter of Friday night’s game against Monadnock, lifting the Royals to a 38-36 win in their season opener.

Decocq finished with five points, putting the finishing touches on a Mascoma comeback after a three-point first quarter and a seven-point deficit at halftime. A Mascoma inbounds pass with nine seconds left in the fourth quarter, and the score tied 36-36, ended with a foul on Decocq for the game-deciding points. The Royals outscored the Huskies, 18-10, in the third quarter and 6-5 in the final stanza.

“We got on our break a little bit (in the third quarter),” said Mascoma’s 10th-year head coach, Jim Barry. “The fourth quarter was a defensive grind. Everybody tightened up.”

Mascoma sophomore Connor Thompson led Royals with 12 points. Freshman point guard Ben Seiler had eight points in his varsity debut. The Royals (1-0) travel to Hollis Brookline on Tuesday.

Sharon 67Lake Champlain Waldorf 5

Sharon — Sharon senior Fisher Kelley netted 16 points to lead the Phoenix in their season opener.

Senior Ronald Johnson scored 16 points as well, and freshman Tyler Chapin added 10 points for Sharon. Lake Champlain Waldorf did not score until the fourth quarter.

The Phoenix travel to Northfield on Tuesday.

Sunapee 66, Farmington 38

Sunapee — The Lakers (1-0) raced out to a 25-6 lead after the first quarter and secured the victory with 31 points in the second half.

Zach Belisle led four players in double figures for Sunapee with 15 points. Jordan Chappell added 14 points, Brady Grzanna had 13 and Kevin Nolan had 12 points.

The Lakers will visit crosstown rival Mount Royal on Tuesday.

Colebrook 50Mount Royal 48

Colebrook, n.h. — The Knights rallied for 20 points in the fourth quarter but saw their comeback attempt fall just short.

Mount Royal (0-1) trailed, 12-2, in the early going before going on an 11-0 run to lead, 13-12. The Knights then trailed by 10 heading into the fourth quarter before rallying to tie the score at 48-48. Colebrook then drained a pair of free throws in the final minute and held on for the win. The Mohawks held an edge from the charity stripe, making 17 of 24 from the line while Mount Royal went just 11-for-24.

Andrew Normandin made four 3-pointers and had 18 points for the Knights. Louis Larosiliere added 15 points, and Philip Dahlberg had eight. Mount Royal hosts Sunapee on Tuesday.

Conant 78, Newport 31

Newport — The Tigers dropped their season opener under new coach Bill Page. Newport looks to regroup when it visits Fall Mountain on Tuesday.

Girls Basketball

Hanover 76, Milford 13

Hanover — The Marauders began the season with a dominant showing in front of the home crowd.

Maddie McCorkle led the attack with 19 points. Diana Schwarz added 13 points, and Bella Bardales had 11 points. Anna Kirkpatrick chipped in 10 points, and Lois Schwarz had seven. Hanover built a 34-7 lead at halftime and cruised from there.

“It was a total team effort. We had great ball movement and a lot of unselfish play,” Hanover coach Dan O’Rourke said.

The Marauders (1-0) visit rival Lebanon on Tuesday.

Sharon 27Lake Champlain Waldorf 16

Sharon — Freshman Leah Foster led the Phoenix with a game-high 10 points to help Sharon earn its first victory after rejoining the state’s varsity ranks this season.

Sharon led, 23-6, after three quarters. Junior Emma Foster and senior Tommi Hoyt scored four points each. The Phoenix next hosts Trinity Baptist on Thursday.

Woodsville 47Derryfield 29

Woodsville — The Engineers were dominant, for the most part, on the defensive end to improve to 3-0 on the young season.

Woodsville led, 21-3, at halftime before surrendering 12 points in the first two minutes of the third quarter to let the Cougars get back within striking distance. Balance was restored for the duration of the game as the Engineers pulled away for the win.

“We played perfect D for 24 minutes, and we’ll take that,” Woodsville coach Russ Wilcox said.

Olivia Sarkis had 18 points, including 10 from the free-throw line, to lead the Engineers. Morgan Wagstaff and Emily Prest each added 11 points. Woodsville hosts Lisbon on Monday.

Colebrook 35Mount Royal 30 (ot)

Colebrook, n.h. — Alexis Matte scored a team-high 19 points for the Knights and sank a game-tying 3-pointer in the dying seconds of regulation to force overtime in an eventual season-opening loss to the Mohawks.

Colebrook had 15 offensive rebounds, made 17 free throws in the victory and outscored Mount Royal, 6-1, in overtime.

“They had a lot of second-chance points,” Mount Royal head coach Derek Tremblay said.

Sophie LaRose added six points for the Knights, who host neighbor Sunapee on Tuesday.

Monadnock 47, Mascoma 17

Swanzey, n.h. — Michaela Dowd netted six points for the Royals, who dropped a road contest to experienced Monadnock.

“In my opinion, they’re the best team in Division III,” said Mascoma’s second year head coach Walter Hammond. “They’re a veteran quad, probably have about five seniors. They’re solid.”

Monadnock led, 30-5, at halftime. Mascoma (1-2) travels to White Mountains on Friday.

Boys Hockey

KUA 5, Brewster 1

Wolfboro, n.h. — Five different players found the back of the net for the Wildcats, who improved to 5-1.

KUA took a 3-0 lead into the first intermission on goals from Tomas Mazura, Alro Merritt and Brian Carrabes. Zach Taylor added a power play goal in the second period, and Drew Bennett finished things off in the third to complete the scoring. The Wildcats host Tilton today at 4 p.m.

Girls Hockey

KUA 3, Proctor Academy 0

Meriden — The Wildcats earned a shutout to improve to 2-1.

Abby Flanagan, Kyra Rusman and Ashley Penney all scored for KUA. Molly Davis, Lexi Bartlett, Katarina Maniatis and Molly Flanagan had assists. Goaltender Seana Perkins made 13 saves.

The Wildcats will host Tilton today.

College Swimming

Dartmouth Men, Women Top Bates

Lewiston, Maine — Connor LaMastra and Zoe Wortzman led the Big Green men and women to wins over Bates College.

Dartmouth’s women won all but one of the 12 events, taking the top two spots in eight of them in a 166-52 team victory. Wortzman won the 200-yard freestyle (1:55.23), out-touching Maya Reynoso-Williams by a half-second. Ashley Post won the 100 freestyle. The Big Green’s Melanya Zaraska and Alie Hunter took first and second in the 200 fly.

Dartmouth’s men won all but two events throughout the meet, taking the top two spots in six of them in a 143-79 decision. LaMastra won the 200-yard IM (1:54.65) and helped the 400 relay team take first place, and Ray Neistat placed first in the 1-meter diving board.

The Big Green returns to competition on Jan. 4 against Penn and Yale.