Local Roundup: Walker’s Big Night Aids SoRo Boys

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

South Royalton — Junior Troy Walker scored 15 of his game-high 29 points during a fourth-quarter surge that ended with the South Royalton boys basketball team earning a 52-41 victory over visiting Cabot on Monday night.

The Royals (3-9) led, 23-16, at halftime before the Huskies went on a 14-9 run to narrow the gap into the fourth quarter. Cabot tied the game early in the fourth quarter before Walker and the SoRo offense found another gear to pull away in the final minutes.

“We needed this one; it’s been a long year,” Royals coach Pete Howe said. “We’ve had a few losses that we should have won. We rebounded pretty well, took better care of the ball.”

SoRo has found it hard to finish game this season with an offense that often has gone stagnant late. Despite leading at halftime, the Royals suffered through a 3-for-16 performance from the free-throw line in the first half.

“We need to be able to finish our layups and hit free throws. We didn’t do either tonight until the fourth quarter,” Howe said.

Walker countered an off night from the outside shot by aggressively taking the ball to the hoop on his way to a game-high 13 baskets. Jake Hewitt and Dominick Small were next on the totem pole for SoRo with five points each.

The win snaps a four-game losing skid for the Royals, who go for two in a row when they host Blue Mountain on Thursday.

Sharon 71, Arlington 32

Sharon — Knowing the No. 4 team in VPA Division IV was coming to town, the top-ranked Phoenix (13-0) clamped down on defense in an effort that coach Blake Fabrikant called “brilliant, a master class.”

“It was a statement game, I would say,” Fabrikant said. “The pieces fit well together tonight. If you play defense like we did, the offense takes care of itself.”

Austin Gaudette led with 26 points, with Sam Knoerlein and Fisher Kelley offering 19 each. TSA jumped to an 18-5 lead after one quarter thanks to eight points from

Gaudette, six from Knoerlein and four from Kelley.

Sharon hosts Rivendell, winners of six of their last seven games, on Thursday.

Woodsville 77, Gorham 56

Gorham, n.h. — Five different Engineers scored in double figures in a strong showing at the Huskies.

Connor Maccini led the attack with 13 points. Corey Bemis, Billy Green and Cooper Davidson each had 12 points. Garrett Olsen added 10 points, and Adam Cataldo had eight. The Engineers drained eight 3-pointers and led, 44-27, at halftime.

Woodsville (10-3) visits Canaan-Pittsburg on Friday.

Montpelier 75Woodstock 73

Montpelier — Caleb Webb led all scorers with 30 points, but the visiting Wasps lost a heartbreaker to the Solons.

Webb fouled out with 2½ minutes left to play for a disappointing end to a great all-around game for the senior forward. Woodstock led, 21-13, after the first quarter before Montpelier took the lead with 26 points in the second.

Gabriel Marsicovetere added 18 points and Harrison Morse had 10 for Woodstock (5-6), which plays host to Brattleboro on Wednesday.

Sunapee 54, Newport 50

Sunapee — The Lakers won the battle in the fourth quarter to outlast the visiting Tigers.

The score was deadlocked at 40-40 heading into the fourth before Sunapee made enough key plays to get the home victory. Jordan Chappell led the Lakers with 19 points. Zack Belisle added 10, and Brady Grzanna had nine points.

Ethan Houde made seven buckets from beyond the 3-point arc to lead Newport with 23 points. Cody Turgeon added 10 points, and Kyle Fish had eight for the Tigers.

Sunapee (9-5 NHIAA, 10-7 overall) hosts Mount Royal on Wednesday. Newport (3-7, 4-9) visits Mascoma tonight.

Stevens 38, Fall Mtn. 37

Claremont — The host Cardinals scored in the final seconds to top the Wildcats.

Joey Murdock’s bucket in the final minute put Fall Mountain in front, 37-36. Stevens answered when senior guard Drew Grenier drove the lane for a go-ahead layup with just 3.6 seconds left on the clock. Tanner Durkee stole the ensuing inbounds pass to lock up the win for the Cardinals.

Grenier finished with 19 points to lead all scorers. Durkee added nine points while pulling down 12 rebounds. Stevens (8-6 NHIAA, 9-7 overall) hosts ConVal tonight.

Girls Basketball

Hartford 51, Springfield 43

Springfield, Vt. — The Hurricanes outscored the Cosmos, 33-25, in the second half to get a quality road victory.

“I thought defensively we were much more active with our hands and feet, which is something we’ve been working on,” Hartford coach Troy Guerin said.

Morgan White led the way with 18 points. Megan Bushway had a pair of 3-pointers on her way to 12 points for the Canes. Hartford (6-8) hosts Otter Valley on Thursday.

Windsor 47Leland & Gray 41

Windsor — The Yellowjackets won their seventh game in a row thanks to a clutch performance from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter.

Windsor led, 37-27, through three quarters. The Rebels stormed back in the final stanza but were kept at bay in large part due to the Jacks’ 5-for-6 performance at the line in the final minutes. Freshman Adriahna Prior was 3-for-4 from the stripe in the fourth quarter alone.

Sophomore Olivia Rockwood led Windsor with 16 points. Freshman Evelyn Page had 14 points, including a pair of key field goals in the fourth. The Jacks (10-5) visit Mount St. Joseph on Thursday night.

Woodsville 51, Gorham 44

Gorham, n.h. — The Engineers (14-2) built a 25-12 lead at halftime and held on to beat the Huskies.

Freshman Olivia Sarkis led Woodsville with 18 points. Classmate Morgan Wagstaff and sophomore McKenzie Dennis each added nine points. Lily Kinder had eight points. Coach Russ Wilcox praised the offensive rebounding effort by the trio of Sarkis, Dennis and Kinder.

Woodsville visits Canaan-Pittsburg on Friday.

Cabot 32, S. Royalton 21

South Royalton — The Royals played perhaps their best game of the season despite falling to the Huskies.

SoRo (0-12) led, 13-7, at halftime before Cabot found its offensive range after the break.

Freshman Lilly Hudson (three points) enjoyed a breakout game according to SoRo coach Dave Davis, who spotlighted the defensive effort of the young guard.

Iris Hudson led SoRo with six points. Macie Carbino added four points.

Fall Mtn. 54, Stevens 41

Claremont — The Cardinals (5-8 NHIAA, 7-9 overall) could not keep pace with the visiting Wildcats.

Sydney Miller had 15 points, including three 3-pointers, to pace Stevens. Jenna Pond added eight points. Tess Whitney and Alexis Aiken each added seven points. The Cardinals trailed, 20-14, at halftime and Fall Mountain scored 17 points in the third quarter to take control.

Bellows Falls 64Woodstock 10

Westminster, Vt. — The Terriers built a 45-2 lead at halftime, dropping the visiting Wasps to 0-11.

Savannah Sheehan had four points for Woodstock, which plays host to Black River on Wednesday.

Boys Hockey

Lebanon-Stevens 7Merrimack 4

Manchester — The Raiders scored five goals in the second period to distance themselves from the host Tomahawks.

Senior captain Ian Garland was out due to illness and Nate Chickering had three goals and three assists to lead the Raiders. Jack Sandmann added two goals and an assist. Trey Chickering and Jon Cloud also scored. Aaron Damren added three assists.

Lebanon led, 2-1 after the first period before pouring in the goals during an explosive second period. Cloud and Joey Dupree each added assists.

Girls Hockey

Brattleboro 4, Hartford 1

White River Junction — Emily Ballou scored an unassisted goal off of a Brattleboro turnover in the third period for the Hurricanes’ only tally of Monday’s contest at Wendell A. Barwood Arena.

Zoey Pfeiffer went the distance in net for Hartford (1-12-1) and made 15 saves.


Royals at Plymouth Invite

Plymouth, n.h. — Three Mascoma High wrestlers recorded top-four results during their appearance in Saturday’s Plymouth Invitational tournament at Plymouth Regional High School.

Heavyweight Tyler Bill continued his undefeated season by claiming his division. Joe Stone was second at 170 pounds, and teammate Cam Stebbins claimed fourth place at 106 pounds.

The Royals host Pelham on Wednesday.