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Local roundup: Free-throw shooting eases Lebanon girls into quarterfinal with Hanover

  • Catherine Cole

Staff Reports
Published: 3/5/2021 9:45:15 PM
Modified: 3/6/2021 2:17:40 PM

Staff Reports

PETERBOROUGH, N.H. — The Lebanon High girls didn’t so much engage in a playoff basketball game on Friday night as go to a line dance instead.

A plethora of free-throw opportunities made up for a lack of scoring from the floor as the Raiders advanced into the NHIAA Division II quarterfinals with a 55-43 win at ConVal.

The Cougars dressed just seven players, who combined to commit 25 fouls. Three fouled out, leaving ConVal to finish the game with just four athletes on the floor.

Lebanon (9-3) scored nine of its 12 first-quarter points from the line, hit another five free throws on seven tries in the second quarter and finished the night 26-for-35 from the charity stripe. Sally Rainey and Catherine Cole both were 8-for-8 at the line, and Molly Smith was 8-for-12 for Lebanon.

Rainey topped the scoresheet with 14 points, Cole had 13 and Smith 12. Ella Longacre contributed seven points for Lebanon.

That sets up a Sunday evening rematch with Hanover.

Hanover 67, Bow 32

HANOVER — A big second half pushed the Marauders (14-0) into their quarterfinal date with Lebanon.

Up 25-10 at halftime, Hanover turned up the offense to put the Falcons away. Stella Galanes led the way with 16 points, Melissa Whitmore netted 14 and Jane Lackley finished with 11 points for the hosts.

WRV 47, Randolph 33

RANDOLPH, Vt. — The Wildcats (2-2) jumped out to a 10-point first-quarter lead and limited the Ghosts’ offense to three players.

Jillian Barry and Tanner Druty both sank 3-pointers in the opening salvo for White River Valley, gaining a 16-6 lead at the first-period buzzer. Drury ended the night with a game-high 16 points, Barry contributed 13 and Ella Perreault finished with eight.

Whitney Lewis led Randolph with 13 points.

Proctor pays WRV a visit on Monday.

MSJ 41, Woodstock 30

RUTLAND — The Wasps (4-3) kept pace with the Mountaineers but came up short of a win at the end.

MSJ held a 19-14 halftime lead and doubled its advantage with a 13-8 third quarter. Lara Tarleton scored a team-high 10 points for Woodstock, Emma Tarleton had seven and Savannah Sheehan netted six.

The Wasps are scheduled to host Burr & Burton on Tuesday.


WRV 67, Proctor 40

PROCTOR, Vt. — The Wildcats (3-1) came flying out of the locker room at halftime, rolled up a 24-6 third-quarter scoring edge and pulled away from the defending VPA Division IV state champions for a statement victory.

White River Valley buckled down on defense at the break, holding the Phantoms (4-2) to just 11 second-half points. Dominic Craven had nine of his 17 points in the big third quarter for the Wildcats, while Carder Stratton scored 17 of his team-high 22 points in the first half.

“Big win for our kids tonight,” WRV coach Mike Gaudette said. “I loved the intensity of our team tonight.”

Alex Lober helped out with eight points for the Wildcats, who have a Tuesday date at West Rutland.

Windsor 63, Thetford 55

WINDSOR — In a tale of two halves, the Yellowjackets (3-3) did enough in the first to withstand a comeback from the Panthers (2-4) in the second.

Owen Abrahamsen had 13 of his team-high 23 points in the opening 16 minutes, sending Windsor to a 38-19 lead at halftime. Eli Dunnet (19 points) and Jackson Ramson (16 points) ignited Thetford’s second-half comeback, which came up short thanks to six fourth-quarter points from Abrahamsen.

Jordan Place added eight points for Windsor, which hosts Burr & Burton on Wednesday. Ryen Wolf had eight points for TA, which entertains Williamstown on Monday.

Hartford 63, Otter Valley 42

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Fourteen first-half points from Jacob Seaver, en route to a career-high 24, powered the Hurricanes (6-1) to their latest VPA Division II victory.

Seaver’s offense set the table for a 27-24 halftime lead. Hartford’s defense held the Otters to just five third-quarter points, and Seaver added 10 in the final period to help the Canes pull away. “We stepped up in the third quarter both offensively and defensively,” Hartford coach Jeff Thomas said.

Tarin Prior had nine points, Colin Vielleux added six and 11 of the 12 Canes who saw time had at least one basket. Hartford gets a test at Fair Haven on Tuesday.

Long Trail 44, Sharon 33

SHARON — A 15-8 second quarter gave Long Trail the lead, and an 11-4 fourth period allowed the hosts to keep the Phoenix (0-5) winless.

Ian Robertson paced Sharon with 11 points. TSA hurt itself at the line, sinking just five of 15 attempts on the night.

Riley Eastman hit a pair of 3-pointers and finished with eight points for the Phoenix. Parker Bogardus contributed five points. Sharon visits Proctor on Tuesday.


Hanover 5, Berlin-Gorham 1

WEST LEBANON — The line of Sage McGinley-Smith, Natalie Morhun and Maeve Lee accounted for all of the scoring as the Marauders (12-1-0) advanced past the Mountaineers and into the NHIAA Division I semifinals.

Each forward scored in the opening period to give Hanover a 3-0 lead, with Lee earning the sole assist on the others’ goals. Morhun and McGinley Smith finished with two goals and an assist each, while freshman Lee scored once with the two helpers.

“I kind of prefer to have more balanced scoring,” Hanover coach John Dodds said. “Certainly, when the other lines are doing a good job playing well and keeping pucks out of the net, it’s good to have somebody you can count on putting pucks by their goalie. They came out flying tonight.”

Rebekah Rudd stopped 21 shots in the Hanover net. The Marauders will meet Bishop Guertin in a Tuesday semifinal at Concord’s Everett Arena.

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