Local Roundup: Marauders Clinch Home Game in Playoffs

  • Thetford's Lily Brown.

  • Woodstock's Olivia Brooks.

  • Hanover’s Glen Passow competes at the Connecticut Valley Championship Nordic skate meet on Thursday at Proctor Academy. Passow finished first. (Photograph courtesy Jim Walsh)

Friday, February 23, 2018

Hanover — Lois Schwarz put up a season-best 15 points right when her Hanover High girls basketball team needed it in a 51-43 win over Windham in the Marauders’ regular season finale on Thursday night.

The win guarantees Hanover (13-5, 14-7) a home playoff game in the first round of the NHIAA Division II tournament, a factor that Marauders head coach Dan O’Rourke said could be felt on the court.

“We played a very solid game, particularly in the second half,” said O’Rourke, who’s team enters the postseason winning three of its last five games. “It was a tournament atmosphere.”

Windham led 36-30 after three quarters, and pushed the deficit to nine points early in the fourth. But Hanover answered, outscoring the Jaguars 21-7 in the final frame.

Frances Taylor scored 12 points for Hanover, which honored graduating seniors Emma Burwell and LisaMarie Medina before the game. Maddie McCorkle added nine points. The Marauders await playoff seeding, scheduled to be announced Monday afternoon.

Windsor 53, Springfield 35

Windsor — The Yellowjackets held on to a 24-14 halftime lead to end their regular season on a high note.

Olivia Rockwood led Windsor with 24 points, including four 3-pointers. Springfield outscored the Yellowjackets, 16-15, in the third quarter, but lost steam in the fourth. The win secures Windsor’s place as one of the top teams in VPA Division III.

“We didn’t play one of our better games,” said Windsor head coach Bruce Mackay, whose team has won 11 of its last 12 contests. “It was one of those games where we never seemed to be in it.”

Windsor (14-6) awaits Sunday’s playoff seeding before the postseason begins next week.

Thetford 60, Oxbow 15

Thetford — The Panthers (14-5) enjoyed senior night, opening on a 14-5 and never looking back against the Olympians (7-13).

Grace Davis led Thetford with 13 points. Lily Brown added 10. Danielle Robinson and Kate Vaughan each had eight points. The defending VPA Division III state champions will graduate four; Robinson, Vaughan, Brooke Horniak and Jordan Mousley.

“It was a really nice night. It was a good team effort on a special night for the seniors,” Thetford coach Eric Ward said. “The Capital League was tough this year. We lost some games, but against really good competition. The kids are in a good frame of mind and we’re as healthy as we’ve been in a while. All we have to do is play basketball now.”

Thetford closes the regular season at Hazen, which currently sits in first place in the D-III standings, on Saturday. A win could help the Panthers clinch the No. 3 seed while a loss could drop them all the way to the No. 5 seed in the playoffs starting next week.

Mill River 40, Hartford 36

Clarendon, Vt. — Kennedy Mullen and Morgan White scored 11 points each as the Canes could not mount a comeback down by one with 25 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

Hartford (9-10) led by one after three quarters, but was outscored 12-7 in the final frame. Michaela Ricker added seven points for the Canes, who host the rematch against Mill River in their season finale on Saturday. A win would secure eighth place in the VPA Division II playoffs.

Chelsea 35 Whitcomb-Rochester 27

Chelsea, Vt. — Whitchester relinquished an 11-9 halftime lead, allowing 17 points in the third quarter to fall to 10-8.

Toni Turner led the Mountaineers with 10 points and Hayley Mears added nine. Chelsea’s Kiana Johnson led all scorers with 15 points and Emma Colby added 14; Colby and Johnson combined for 15 of Chelsea’s 17 third quarter points in the rally.

Whitchester travels to West Rutland for its regular season finale on Saturday. A win means home field advantage in the first round of the VPA Division IV playoffs.

Gilford 53, Stevens 25

Gilford, n.h. — The No. 2 seed Golden Eagles disposed of the No. 15 seed Cardinals in the opening round of the NHIAA Division III playoffs. Alexis Ford had eight points for the Cardinals, who finish at 6-13 in the NHIAA, 8-14 overall.

Cabot 40, South Royalton 18

Cabot, Vt. — Hannah White led the Royals with 13 points and three 3-pointers. South Royalton (2-17) finishes its regular season at home against Chelsea on Saturday.

Boys Basketball

Twinfield 63, Rivendell 36

Orford — The Trojans used a 17-2 run in the second quarter to pull away from the host Raptors (10-9).

Owen Pelletier had 13 points to pace the Raptors, who will close the regular season at Blue Mountain on March 2.

South Royalton 61, Cabot 40

Cabot, Vt. — The Royals switched to a zone defense in the second half to slow Cabot star Connor Towndrow (21 points) and outscored the Huskies, 35-17, to get the win.

“We made a good defensive adjustment,” SoRo coach Pete Howe said. “They weren’t able to knock down outside shots (in the second half) against zone. Our transition offense picked up from our better defense, which is the key for us.”

Troy Walker did the bulk of the work offensively for the Royals, scoring a season-high 36 points. Zeb Perrault added 14 points. SoRo (6-11) hosts Chelsea for senior day on Saturday.

Chelsea 51Whitcomb-Rochester 46

Chelsea, Vt. — The Mountaineers surrendered a lead in the fourth quarter and dropped to 9-10 with the loss at the Red Devils.

“We had our chances. Once the momentum switched, we didn’t react well,” Mountaineers coach Earl Kingsbury said.

Whitchester went on a 22-9 run in the second quarter and led, 40-35, through three quarters. Colby Washburn had 14 points and Eddie Bray had 10 for the Mountaineers.

Wilton-Lyndeborough 55 Sunapee 49

Sunapee — The Lakers (10-8, 11-10) dropped their second game in a row, ending the regular season having lost three of four. Sunapee awaits its playoff seeding.

Girls Hockey

Woburn (Mass.) 3, Hanover 1

Woburn, Mass. — Briland Laycock scored Hanover’s only goal in the first period, assisted by Cate Wagner and Emma Tysinger, and Marauders’ goaltenders Rebekah Rudd and Aiden Stone combined for 19 saves.

Hanover (15-3-1, 14-2-1) finished the game with a 20-19 shot advantage, and finishes its regular season Saturday afternoon at home against Kingswood.

Nordic Skiing

Bassette, Brooks Second For Woodstock

Craftsbury, Vt. — Woodstock’s Matthew Bassette and Olivia Brooks each claimed second place finishes at the VPA Division II Nordic skiing championship meet at Craftsbury Outdoor Center.

Bassette led the Wasps in the boys 5-kilometer freestyle, finishing second in 13 minutes, 43.2 seconds. Middlebury’s Sam Hodges distanced himself from the field to win the individual state title in 12:57.1.

Justice Bassette took sixth for Woodstock in 14:15.8. Teddy Krawcyk was 14th (14:58.7) and Oliver Wilson was 28th (16:31.0). Those four skiers then combined to help the Wasps to a third place finish in the 4x2.5-kilometer relay in 19:35.4. Middlebury took the relay title in 19:00.5.

Olivia Brooks was the lone Woodstock racer in the girls race, taking second place in 16:29.4. Middlebury’s Malia Hodges won in 16:10.3.

Hanover Boys Win CVCs

Andover, n.h. — The Marauders had four skiers finish in the top-10 to claim the boys title at the Connecticut Valley Championship Nordic skate meet at Proctor Academy.

Glen Passow led Hanover in fifth place with a time of 10:48.8 over the 4.2-kilometer course. Diego Aspinwall tied for sixth in 11:07.0 followed by Noah Phipps in eighth (11:08.1) and Aidan Biglow in 10th (11:22.9). Jack Meehan was just behind in 11th (11:41.1).

Shannon Walsh led the third place Hanover girls, finishing eighth in 13:38.4. Meagan Smith took ninth (13:39.0), Margo Davis was 12th (14:04.5) and Bridgette Meehan took 23rd (16:01.2).

Jacob Willeman paced the Lebanon boys to a third place finish, coming in fourth overall in 10:41.4. The Raiders also had strong showings by Jack Smyrski (15th) and then Markus Heuer, Eric Robicheau and Nate Magari in 17th through 19th.

Ana Goodwin (15th, 14:23.3) and Allison Carl (16th, 14:31.2) led the Lebanon girls, who finished fourth overall. The Marauders also had Maria Goodwin in 19th, Ayla Weale in 20th and Hannah Falcone in 21st.

Boys team scores: Hanover 382, Kearsarge 371, Lebanon 369, Fall Mountain 348, ConVal 340.

Girls team scores: Fall Mountain 387, Kearsarge 373, Hanover 362, Lebanon 342, ConVal 346.