Local Roundup: Windsor Boys Make Their Mark

  • Windsor's Owen Abrahamsen.

  • Hanover's Anna Kirkpatrick.

  • Woodstock's Charles Greene.

Published: 1/8/2019 11:48:01 PM
Modified: 1/8/2019 11:48:07 PM

Windsor — Windsor High boys basketball historically has been a high-speed operation. Doesn’t mean longtime coach Harry Ladue doesn’t like having a big target in the paint.

Sophomore Owen Abrahamsen played that role on Tuesday night. With visiting Newport trying to put a lid on leading Windsor scorer Robert Slocum, Abrahamsen — on his first night back from a three-game injury absence — scored a career-high 20 points as the Yellowjackets outlasted the Tigers, 64-56, at Windsor High.

Newport (0-7, 1-8) gave the Jacks (4-4) all they could handle. Being able to work the ball inside to Abrahamsen had its benefits for the hosts: Windsor ultimately went 22-for-32 at the free-throw line against the Tigers’ 4-for-6 counterpoint. Abrahamsen had a big role in that equation as well, shooting 8-for-8 at the stripe for Windsor.

“He played very well,” Ladue said. “He just had a super game. That’s where he got most of his points, inside; he gets to the rim pretty good, but he’s also tough in the open floor.”

Slocum also had 20 points for the Jacks, breaking free from Newport’s diamond-and-one defensive attention for a pair of key 3-pointers in the second half. The Tigers held a 31-24 lead at the half, but Windsor limited the visitors to just seven points in the third quarter to reverse the deficit and take a 43-38 lead into the fourth.

Dakohta Sanderson contributed eight points for Windsor, which hosts Bellows Falls on Thursday.

J.T. Blaine stuck a game-high three 3-pointers and finished with a team-best 18 points for the Tigers. Cole McNamara and Joey Ackerman followed up with 14 points each for Newport, which hosts rival Stevens next Tuesday.

Hanover 85, Stevens 55

Claremont — Trailing 19-14 entering the second quarter, the Marauders (5-1, 6-2) ran and shot their way to a 33-point period to pull away from the Cardinals (0-6).

Hanover, which entered the night averaging nearly 68 points per game, buried a total of 15 3-pointers as part of its latest scoring barrage. Hank Pikus (team-high 18 points) and Max Galbraith (14) both stuck four triples, and Charlie Adams (15) and Nolan Gantrish (nine) each netted three from beyond the arc. Josh Stithen led Stevens with 18 points, with Owen Taylor following up with 11.

Both teams return to action on Friday as Hanover hosts Oyster River and Bow travels to Stevens.

Blue Mountain 66, MVCS 39

Wells River, Vt. — Tyler Burrough scored a game-high 22 points as the Bucks pulled away from the Eagles (1-7) with a 36-13 second half.

The difference, Mid Vermont Christian coach Micah Roberts said, was the Eagles’ offensive difficulties after halftime. Josh King had 14 points and Daniel Roberts netted nine for MVCS.

“The first half was close, but they broke it open and we couldn’t score,” the Mid Vermont coach said. “We couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn.”

MVCS hosts Sharon on Thursday night.

Girls Basketball

Hanover 80, Stevens 17

Hanover — The Marauders (7-1, 8-2) put four players in double figures in a workmanlike defeat of the Cardinals (1-7, 2-9).

Julia Golder and Diana Schwarz both had 18-point nights for Hanover, and Maddie McCorkle and Anna Kirkpatrick both finished with 14 points. The Marauders owned a 20-3 lead after one quarter.

Carrie Faro matched her season high with seven points to lead the Cardinals. Hanover travels to Oyster River on Friday, the same night Stevens hits to road to face Bow.

Windsor 57, Newport 34

Newport — Olivia Rockwood scored 14 points in the Yellowjackets’ 28-point second quarter and Angelina Bigwood came off the bench for 11 in the period.

Rockwood finished with a game-high four 3-pointers and 30 points for Windsor, and Bigwood backed it up with 13. The big second stanza allowed the visitors to go from a 9-4 lead after one quarter to a more comfortable 37-14 cushion at the half.

Alyssa Burr finished with 14 points for Newport (3-5, 5-6), which visits Stevens next Tuesday. The Jacks get a tough date at Green Mountain on Friday.

Thetford 72, Montpelier 32

Montpelier — The Panthers (7-1) passed the basketball with ease in their latest Capital Division win.

Grace Davis paced the visitors with 18 points for Thetford, which scored 25 points in the opening eight minutes of play. Emi Vaughan netted 11 points, and Ellen Veracka and Emma Colby added nine each.

“I was really pleased with our ball movement,” TA coach Eric Ward said. “Our ball movement was probably our best of the year.”

The Panthers and Solons will stage a rematch in Thetford’s next contest on Jan. 19.

Blue Mountain 42, MVCS 31

Wells River, Vt. — After earning an overtime decision over the Eagles (6-2) earlier this season, Blue Mountain overcame an eight-point first half to earn a season series sweep at home.

“We go five deep, so we played really good defense in the first half, and we knew we had to because they’re bigger and deeper,” Mid Vermont Christian coach Chris Goodwin said. “When the second half came around, they wore us down.”

Lauren Alley had 18 points and Alivia Crum added eight for the Bucks (5-0).

Freshman Kyla McCoy had 11 points for MVCS, and sisters Hayley and Sydney Goodwin both hit for 10 to finish the Eagles’ scoring. Mid Vermont Christian hosts Sharon on Thursday.

Otter Valley 64Woodstock 36

Brandon, Vt. — The Otters bolted to a 21-7 lead after one quarter and never looked back.

Freshman Jane Lackley led the Wasps (3-4) with eight points. Emma Tarleton and Natalie Stevens had seven apiece.

Woodstock goes to Springfield on Friday.

Hopkinton 59, Mascoma 34

Hopkinton, n.h. — The Royals dropped to 2-6 in NHIAA Division III and 2-8 overall with a road loss.

Sophomore Emily Moulton paced Mascoma with a team-high eight points. Bella Kondi and Nicole Williams finished with six apiece.

Mascoma hosts Berlin on Friday night.

Boys Hockey

Woodstock 4, St. Johnsbury 1

Lyndon Center, Vt. — The Wasps (6-0-2) pounded 40 shots on the Hilltoppers’ net and picked up goals from four different players to win at Fenton Chester Arena.

After a scoreless opening period, Charles Green got Woodstock on the board with his fifth goal of the season on an Andrew Gubbins pass. Greene helped return the favor later in the period, joining Lucas Piconi in setting up Gubbins for a power-play connection.

Dylan DeSchamp and Owen Coates struck in the third period for the Wasps, the latter into an empty net. Greene, Trevor White and Tom Bissaillon had assists. Goalies Ethan Mello and Keaton Piconi split the work and combined on nine saves.

Woodstock returns to Union Arena on Saturday night to host Harwood.

Girls Hockey

Hanover 6, Souhegan 1

Manchester — Violet Sperry and Maggie Lee both scored twice as the Marauders (5-1-1, 6-2-1) broke a rare two-game winless streak with a victory over the Sabers at Saint Anselm College’s Sullivan Arena.

Lee broke a 2-0 game open with scores on the same shift in the middle stanza. Sperry and Emma Tysinger set up Lee for a 3-0 lead, and the senior forward added a second moments later on a Sage McGinley-Smith assist.

Sisters Natalie and Meredith Morhun accounted for Hanover’s other goals. McGinley-Smith and Tysinger finished with two assist each, while Sperry, Bryn Kable and Natalie Morhun all had one. Claire Yegian made five saves in the Hanover net.

The Marauders are off until hosting Exeter on Jan. 19.

Women’s Basketball

CSC 70St. Joseph (Conn.) 49

New London — The Chargers made its Great Northeast Athletic Conference debut a winning one behind a 15-point, 10-rebound double-double from Kristen Donaghey.

Sunapee High graduate Lexie Hamilton also had a big night, scoring 13 points with 13 assists and six steals, moving into fourth place in program history for the latter statistic. Lebanon High graduate Joslin Wainwright also had 13 points, and the Chargers’ Tianna Sugars finished with 12 points and nine boards.

The contest marked Colby-Sawyer’s fourth different conference affiliation in program history. The Chargers (1-0, 9-4) visit Johnson & Wales on Thursday.

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