Local roundup: Stevens boys basketball beats Winnisquam to close regular season
CLAREMONT — The Stevens High boys basketball team closed out a successful regular season in style, holding on to beat visiting Winnisquam on Friday night, 57-51, at Carr Gymnasium.
Hunter LaRocque, Lucas Belisle and Jai-Lique Ribeiro each scored 13 points for the Cardinals (13-5 overall, 12-4 NHIAA). Stevens built a 36-21 lead at halftime and fought off Winnisquam after the break.
The win makes 11 in the last 13 games for Stevens, which will open the NHIAA Division III postseason with a home game on Tuesday night. The Cardinals could end up with a top-four seed; a tiebreaker between them, Campbell and Hopkinton will be required to determine who gets fourth place in D-III.
HANOVER — Ryan McLaughlin led 12 Hanover scorers with 21 points as the Bears won for the third time in their last four games.
McLaughlin had four 3-pointers on his way to the game-high tally for the Bears. Christian Blix added seven points, and Jaysen Oriol and Roy Lucas each had six.
Hanover (3-13) is now off until visiting Kingswood on Friday.
QUECHEE — The Eagles (14-4) couldn’t hold an early lead against the Bucks (11-3) in this matchup of two of the better teams in VPA D-IV.
“We came out strong with a 15-point first quarter and had a six-point halftime lead,” MVCS coach Erva Barnes said. “We struggled to score in the third and lapsed a bit on defense. I’m proud of how our guys played down the stretch, but couldn’t bring it back to closer than a two-point game.”
Abel Goodwin had 15 points, seven rebounds, four steals, three assists and three blocks for MVCS. Joel Roberts added 12 points. Roman Goeppner had nine points, 15 boards and five blocks.
The Eagles host Grace Christian on Monday.
PELHAM, N.H. — The Raiders’ four-game winning streak is no more after a loss at Pelham. Lebanon (7-8) looks to get back on track at home against Plymouth on Tuesday.
BRISTOL, N.H. — The Tigers closed out the regular season with a win, improving to 7-9 after a winless 2021-22 campaign. Newport will await its seed for the upcoming NHIAA Division III playoffs.
WEST CANAAN — The Royals (14-3) won their ninth in a row to end the regular season. Mascoma is likely to receive a top-four seed in the NHIAA Division III tournament.
STOWE, Vt. — The Olympians fell to 3-13 and host BFA-Fairfax on Wednesday.
WINDSOR — The Yellowjackets (16-2) tightened their grip on the top spot in the VPA Division III standings with a win over the Slaters.
Sophia Rockwood led the way for Windsor with 17 points. Sydney Perry added nine points with a team-best 14 rebounds along with five steals and four blocks. Brianna Barton chipped in eight points and Audrey Rupp had six.
Windsor hosts Hartford on Tuesday.
HOLLIS, N.H. — The Bears rebounded from a two-game skid with Friday’s victory. Hanover (12-6 overall, 11-4 NHIAA) is at Derryfield on Tuesday.
NEWPORT — The Tigers won their sixth in a row to close the regular season. Newport (8-9) will learn its NHIAA Division III playoff seed on Monday.
TILTON, N.H. — The Cardinals finished an impressive 15-2 regular season with a win over the Bears. Stevens will be the third seed in the upcoming NHIAA Division III playoffs, which begin on campus sites on Wednesday night.
WHITEFIELD, N.H. — The Royals came up just short in their regular-season finale against the Spartans. Mascoma (4-12) will miss the NHIAA Division III tournament.
LEBANON — The Raiders (2-13) couldn’t keep pace with Pelham.
Sarah Belk had nine points for Lebanon. Drew Kantor added five. The Raiders close the regular season with three straight on the road beginning with a visit to Plymouth on Tuesday.
BERLIN, N.H. — The Bears fell to the Mountaineers in the state quarterfinals. Asa Henry led Hanover with 10 points, and Hope Dufty, Emily Neily and Eli Weintraub had eight apiece.