Local roundup: Potter’s two-way play sends Hartford boys hoop past Fair Haven

  • Brandon Potter

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Published: 3/10/2021 12:00:53 AM
Modified: 3/10/2021 12:00:49 AM

FAIR HAVEN, Vt. — The second half belonged to the Hartford High boys basketball team in a VPA Division II showdown at Fair Haven on Tuesday night. The Hurricanes erased a seven-point halftime deficit to beat the host Slaters, 57-51, in a potential postseason preview.

Hartford’s Brandon Potter drew the assignment of guarding Fair Haven star Kohlby Murray and Potter was more than up to the task, holding Murray to just 13 points. Potter countered that with 13 points of his own to settle that battle at a draw.

Tarin Prior led Hartford (7-1) with 18 points. Jacob Seaver added 10 points. The Canes started slowly, trailing 19-12 after the first quarter. Hartford then mounted its comeback in the second half, outscoring host Fair Haven, 32-19 to earn the victory.

“It was a great team effort to get the win,” Hartford coach Jeff Thomas said.

The Canes close the regular season at home on Friday night against MSJ.

White River Valley 45, West Rutland 27

WEST RUTLAND, Vt. — Dominic Craven had 17 points as the Wildcats improved to 4-1 with the win over the Golden Horde.

WRV pulled away in the second half, extending a one-point halftime advantage (19-18) by limiting West Rutland to nine points after the break. Carder Stratton added 10 points for the Wildcats. Jacob Barry and Alex Lober had six each.

The Wildcats were to conclude the regular season against Arlington on Friday, but Arlington called the game off. WRV is now scrambling to line up one more opponent before the playoffs begin next week.

Mount Anthony 56, Woodstock 42

BENNINGTON, Vt. — Manny Pacheco had 14 points, but the Wasps weren’t able to keep pace with the Patriots.

Woodstock (0-6) hosts Fair Haven on Friday night.

GIRLS BASKETBALLWindsor 73, Rivendell 31

WINDSOR — The Yellowjackets (7-1) ran off an 18-3 run in the second quarter to take control of the Raptors (5-2).

Eilliot Rupp led five Windsor scorers in double digits with 14 points along with four assists and four steals. Reese Perry added 13 points and a team-best eight rebounds. Adi Prior had 11 points. Evelyn Page had 10 points and was key defensively to shutting down Rivendell with seven steals. Ashley Grela chipped in 10 points and Peyton Richardson had nine.

Cora Day led Rivendell with 11 points.

Each team plays once more in the regular season. Windsor will visit Burr & Burton on Friday and Rivendell hosts Thetford on Saturday.

Burr & Burton 58, Woodstock 30

WOODSTOCK — The Bulldogs scored 23 points in the first quarter and never looked back against the Wasps (4-4).

Emma Tarleton had 10 points to pace Woodstock. Savannah Sheehan added six points. The Wasps will close the regular season at Fair Haven on Friday.

NORDIC SKIINGNH Meet of Champions

ANDOVER, N.H. — Hanover and Lebanon each had plenty of representation in the NHIAA Meet of Champions at Proctor Academy.

Noah Phipps finished third for the Hanover boys in 19 minutes, 22.7 seconds in the 7.5-kilometer skate race. Simon Phipps was just behind in fifth (19:37.1) followed by teammate Adam Gilbert-Diamond in eighth (20:11.9).

Ayla Weale paced the Lebanon girls, taking fifth overall in 21:51.5. Teammate Zoe Chinn was 19th (24:15.6). Daniel Mladek was ninth for the Lebanon boys (20:12.9) followed by Sam Shipman in 15th (20:45.6).

Sage Gilbert-Diamond finished 12th for the Hanover girls (23:29.9), ahead of Elsa May in 16th (24:04.8).

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