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Local roundup: No. 1 Hanover edges Kearsarge

  • Hanover's Melissa Whitmore.

  • White River Valley's Peter Thornton.

  • Windsor's John Cook.


Staff Reports
Tuesday, February 26, 2019

HANOVER — The top-seeded Hanover High girls basketball team survived an inspired effort by No. 16 seed Kearsarge in the opening round of the NHIAA Division II playoffs. The Marauders got 14 points from freshman Melissa Whitmore to escape with a 42-36 victory over the Cougars.

“Kearsarge controlled the tempo and had a great game plan to take us out of our game plan,” Hanover coach Dan O’Rourke said. “We didn’t play particularly well, but it’s the tournament and it’s about surviving and moving on. Despite not playing our best, I’m proud of how the kids kept their composure.”

Whitmore was the only player in double figures for Hanover and was credited by O’Rourke for hitting multiple key shots in the second half to help preserve the Marauders lead. Diana Schwarz added nine points and Charlotte Johnson had seven.

Hanover led, 16-15, at halftime. The Marauders advance to host No. 8 seed Hollis-Brookline on Friday night.

Lebanon 54, Bow 27

LEBANON — Raiders sophomore forward Sally Rainey bulled her way inside to a career-high 21 points and Rebecca Wright had 29 points and the second-seeded Raiders won a first-round NHIAA Division II playoff game.

Lebanon hosts seventh-seeded Laconia on Friday in a quarterfinal game. Those teams’ first meeting this season was 61-25 Raiders victory on Feb. 15.

Lebanon took a 12-0 lead, scoring 10 of those points in the paint, and led, 14-6, after a quarter. Fifteenth-seeded Bow (8-11) pulled within 15-10 but trailed, 30-12, at halftime.

The Raiders won the teams’ previous meeting this season, 48-25.

“That’s not a typical, 15th-seeded team,” said Lebanon coach Tim Kehoe, whose team is 18-1 in division play.

“They’re a really good defensive team that played a tough schedule. We were expecting a battle tonight and they took some of our kids away at the end. Our defense won it in the end.”

Mount Abraham 40Woodstock 8

BRISTOL, Vt. — The No. 16 seed Wasps were no match for top-seeded Mount Abraham in a VPA Division II playoff opener. Woodstock finishes at 8-13.

Boys Basketball Campbell 60, Mascoma 38

LITCHFIELD, N.H. — The No. 4 seed Cougars disposed of the No. 13 seed Royals in the opening round of the NHIAA Division III playoffs.

The Cougars go 10-deep with their rotation and wore down the Royals as the game went on.

“I think Campbell is the favorite (in D-III). They’re very good and they expose all of your flaws,” Mascoma coach Jim Barry said. “I have to give credit to our two seniors (Dakota Decocq and Caleb McAlister), they had great games and can walk off the court with their heads held high.”

Ben Seiler led Mascoma with 14 points. Decocq and McAlister each added seven points.

White River Valley 82 Craftsbury 21

SOUTH ROYALTON — Sophomore Peter Thornton had a career-high 15 points in the Wildcats’ win over Craftsbury.

Ten different Wildcats put points on the board; six added buckets from 3-point territory. Troy Walker had a game-high 17 points and Weston Trombly added 10 for WRV.

White River Valley (12-7) hosts Sharon on Friday.

Windsor 72, Springfield 40

WINDSOR — Robert Slocum led all scorers with 17 points for the Yellowjackets in a win over the Cosmos.

Everyone who played for Windsor scored at least a field goal. Owen Abrahamsen added 14 points. John Cook and Hunter Grela added 12 points each.

Windsor (12-7) visits Mill River on Friday for a 7 p.m. start.

Mid Vermont Christian 63, Christ Covenant 47

QUECHEE — The Eagles closed the game on a 21-10 run to improve to 5-14 on the season.

Josh King and Daniel Roberts each had 17 points to pace MVCS. Cade Paquette and Hunter Cooper each added 10 points. Dylan Patel had eight.

“We kept pulling away, but they kept catching up,” Eagles coach Micah Roberts said. “But we kept pressing them and were able to get some turnovers and a little momentum.”

MVCS closes the regular season at home today against Websterville.

Brattleboro 74, Hartford 62

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Shea Bean led all scorers with 33 points, including five 3-pointers, to pace the Hurricanes in a loss to the Colonels.

Hartford was close at halftime, trailing 47-40, but Brattleboro went on a 13-4 run in the third quarter to pull away.

Woodstock 59Otter Valley 50

WOODSTOCK — Gabe Marsicovetere led the Wasps with 19 points.

Otter Valley led, 20-18, at halftime. The Wasps then scored 41 points in the second half to get the win. Harrison Morse added 13 points for Woodstock; Emilio Montano added 12.

Hanover 72, Milford 48

MILFORD, N.H. — Charlie Adams scored a season-high 31 points and dished out 11 assists as Hanover (9-8 league, 10-9 overall) crushed Milford.

“He was balanced all night long and he got the ball to other people,” Marauders coach Tim Winslow said of Adams, who had 13 points at halftime.

Nolan Gantrish added 15 points for Hanover, which visits Lebanon on Thursday.

Girls Hockey Lebanon-Stv.-Kearsarge 6 Souhegan 4

MANCHESTER — Lilly Gogan’s hat trick helped the No. 10 seed Raiders to a road win over No. 7 seed Souhegan in the first round of the NHIAA Division I playoffs.

“We played pretty well, worked really hard and did what we needed to do,” Lebanon coach Brad Shaw said. “The kids were all pretty stoked afterwards.”

Lily Barber, Lena Nowell and Marissa Pickman all scored in the first period for the Raiders (9-9-0). Gogan added a pair of goals in the second period and another in the third to close the scoring. Celia Barnett had a team-best two assists. Pickman, Barber and Brianna Frisbee all had assists.

Goalie Paige Hoegler made 16 saves for the Raiders, who visit No. 2 seed Exeter on Friday.

College skiing Dartmouth sends full team to NCAA meet

HANOVER — For the fourth straight year, Dartmouth will send a full complement of 12 skiers to the NCAA Skiing Championships, which begin on March 6 in Stowe, Vt.

As one of the six schools with a maximum allowance of skiers participating, Dartmouth is in a strong position to make a run for its fourth national title. Colorado, Middlebury, New Mexico, Utah and defending champion, Denver also will send a full contingent.

The Big Green finished third at the NCAAs last year and won four individual titles. Tanguy Nef, the 2018 men’s slalom champion, and Katharine Ogden, who won the women’s classical and freestyle races to become the first Dartmouth skier in 56 years to win two NCAA races in one year, return.

Men’s Golf Big Green wraps up Hilton Head event

HILTON HEAD, S.C. — Senior Reed Russ played a very consistent round with 15 pars and a birdie to finish the day with a 1-over 73 as Dartmouth completed its first spring tournament in 17th place with a 937 (73-over).

Charleston Southern rallied from 11 strokes back in eighth place at the start of the round to card a 10-under 278 and win the tournament by four strokes over Furman. The event was held on the par-72, 6,913-yard course at Wexford Plantation.

Reed ended the tournament tied for 58th in the 95-player field with a 16-over 232, while Jason Liu finished with a 229 to tie for 45th as Dartmouth’s low scorer.