Local roundup: Rivendell girls steal away with tourney win

  • Cora Day

Staff Reports
Published: 3/17/2021 10:27:51 PM
Modified: 3/17/2021 10:27:49 PM

ORFORD — The Rivendell Academy girls basketball stole off with a VPA Division IV state tournament win on Wednesday … after a fashion.

The fifth-seeded Raptors used 15 steals to kick their offense into gear, using that as the foundation of a 63-32 victory over No. 12 Craftsbury in a D-IV tournament opener. Rivendell (6-3) used its defense to open up the game in the second quarter, scoring 21 points to turn a 12-7 lead after one quarter into a 33-16 advantage at the half. Cora Day had five of Rivendell’s thefts, joining three teammates in double-digit scoring as well.

“The girls had a strong game today,” Rivendell coach Tim Goodwin said. “They moved the ball very well and were very creative in their offense.”

Adele Tilden had 14 points to pace the Raptors. Alex McFate finished with 12 points, Day had 11 and Kylie Taylor finished with 10. Everyone on the roster had at least two points, with Zofia Kosakowski and Elisia Sonsalla both scoring their first varsity baskets.

Rivendell next travels to No. 4 Danville for a Saturday quarterfinal.

BOYS BASKETBALLSpaulding 64, Hartford 62 (OT)

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The 11th-ranked Crimson Tide trailed by six points at the half but hit back-to-back 3-pointers after the break and eventually pulled out a nip-and-tuck, overtime upset of No. 6 Hartford (7-3).

“It was an exciting game with both teams playing great basketball,” Hartford coach Jeff Thomas remarked. “I am so proud of the seniors for the hard work and dedication that they have given to the Hartford basketball program. Their leadership and attitude has created a positive culture and one that I am proud to be a part of.”

Tarin Prior paced Hartford with 20 points. Danny Bushway netted 14 and Jacob Seaver provided eight.

The Canes graduate Bushway, Cole Jasmin, Aidan Brooks, Shea Bean, Nick Clay and Dylan Morse.

Proctor 67, Sharon 35

PROCTOR, Vt. — The defending state champion Phantoms jumped on the Phoenix (0-8) for 22 first-quarter points and cruised in a VPA Division I first-rounder.

Connor McKearin paced fifth-seeded Proctor with 24 points. Ian Robertson had 13 points, Riley Eastman finished with 11 and Jack Lloyd had seven for No. 12 Sharon.

“Tough season, but a great group of young men who never got down on each other or themselves,” Sharon coach Blake Fabrikant noted. “Now they need to put the work in on the basketball court.”

Sharon loses Robertson and Ben Rodis to graduation.

ICE HOCKEYHartford girls, Woodstock boys advance

WEST LEBANON — The Hartford High girls joined the Woodstock boys in moving along in their VPA state hockey tournament because of a COVID forfeit.

Second-seeded Hartford was granted a win over No. 10 Stowe in Wednesday’s D-II quarterfinal after the Raiders dropped out. No. 5 Woodstock similarly advanced in the D-I boys tournament last week when No. 4 South Burlington forfeited.

Hartford will host No. 6 Middlebury in a D-II girls semifinal on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at Wendell A. Barwood Arena. The Wasps will take on either No. 9 Colchester or No. 1 Essex in a semifinal this weekend.

ALPINE SKIINGWasps second at Smuggs

JEFFERSONVILLE, Vt. — The Woodstock High girls placed three in the top 10 of Wednesday’s VPA state giant slalom meet to finish second as a team for overall Alpine honors at Smugglers Notch.

Amber Wood led the Woodstock charge by finishing sixth in a two-run time of 2 minutes, 1.92 seconds. Abi Masillo took ninth (2:02.73) and Chloe Masillo was 10th (2:03.69) for the Wasps, who ended up behind only CVU in the team standings.

The Woodstock boys grabbed seventh in the team ladder. Hartford’s Alex Heupler had the top Upper Valley result in 19th (2:12.44). Two freshmen, Benjamin Johnson (2:13.24) and Bode Wood (2:14.01), were 21-22 for Woodstock.




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