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Local Roundup: Oxbow Gangs Up for Victory

  • Emma Parkin

  • Maddy Finnell

  • Eli Dunnet



Monday, January 14, 2019

Williamstown, Vt. — Call it a singular achievement.

Oxbow High girls basketball coach Barry Emerson made use of all 13 players on his bench, getting points from 10 but double-figure scoring from nobody, a team approach that netted the Olympians a 45-29 win over Williamstown on Monday night.

After a slow first half, Oxbow (5-3) exploded with a 16-point third quarter before taking the air out of the ball in the fourth, holding the Blue Devils (2-5) to just four points over the final eight minutes.

“It was a pretty even first half,” Emerson said. “We had a big third quarter, and in the fourth we kind of took charge.”

Season-high eight-point efforts from senior Madison Fornwalt and sophomore Arianna Bolles set the table for the visitors. “Bolles and Fornwalt both played a great game and got some rebounds,” Emerson added. “That was a nice win for us.”

Freshman Emma Parkin contributed seven points for the O’s, who host Montpelier on Thursday.

Lebanon 53, Kearsarge 31

North Sutton, n.h. — Sally Rainey returned from a one-game injury absence to score 14 points, backing up Rebecca Wright’s team-high 18 points as the Raiders (8-0, 11-0) remained unbeaten atop the NHIAA Division II standings.

Lebanon cranked up the defense, holding the Cougars to single digits in each of the first three quarters while building a 45-21 cushion.

That allowed coach Tim Kehoe to empty the bench in the final period, and 11 different players got time on the floor.

Maddy Finnell assisted in the win with a season-high eight points for the Raiders, who head to Merrimack Valley on Friday.

Danville 59, Sharon 20

Sharon — Olivia Sanford scored a team-high seven points in the Phoenix’s seventh straight defeat.

The Indians jumped to a 20-8 lead through one quarter to take early command. Tia Kendall and Lydia Eastman both contributed four points for Sharon (1-7), which heads to neighbor White River Valley tonight.

Windsor 38, Brattleboro 28

Brattleboro, Vt. — Olivia Rockwood’s 22 points and a tight defensive effort pushed the Yellowjackets (7-3) back into the win column following last week’s narrow loss at Green Mountain.

Both teams struggled from the floor, Windsor coach Bruce Mackay said. Adi Prior contributed six point, four of them at the charity stripe, for the Jacks.

“Both teams played really hard defensively man-to-man,” Mackay said. “We changed some stuff upwith a matchup zone and full-court man-to-man. They were very methodical in the offensive end. They didn’t have good looks and didn’t shoot the ball well, but neither did we.”

Windsor hosts Bellows Falls on Saturday.

Boys Basketball

Thetford 59White River Valley 48

Thetford — Panther big men Eli Dunnet and Owen Deffner took advantage of opportunity in the paint, combining for 23 points as Thetford (7-2) toppled the Wildcats (5-3).

It took a half before the hosts finally made the most of their strong suit. TA trailed, 23-22, entering the third quarter, then outscored WRV by a 28-14 margin to take control.

“We finally did what Coach asked,” Thetford coach Jason Gray said with a laugh. “Coach asked them to start scoring inside instead of shooting. We started off and took 18 shots in the first quarter and made three. That was just one pass or dribble over half-court and shoot the ball. Our bigs have been working tremendous together and working as a team to get open.”

Dunnet had 14 points and Deffner added nine to support a team-high 16 points from Alex Emerson. Tony Pippin also had a strong game down low for TA, Gray said.

White River Valley’s Troy Walker led all scorers with 18 points, and Zeb Perreault threw in a season-high 14 points for the Wildcats, who head downriver to Sharon on Friday night.

Thetford is also facing a next-door neighbor on Friday, visiting Oxbow.

Football

Hanover’s Putnam toCHaD East-West Game

Manchester — Robert Putnam, part of the experienced line that helped Hanover High to last fall’s NHIAA Division II state tournament, is the area’s sole representative for this summer’s CHaD East West All-Star Game.

The 6-foot-1, 235-pound senior was named to the Team West roster on Monday. With Putnam playing on both the offensive and defensive lines, the Marauders marched to a 6-4 record last season, reaching the state quarterfinals.

Concord High coach Eric Brown will oversee the West roster for the second straight year. The game is scheduled for June 29 at UNH’s Wildcat Stadium.

Men’s Soccer

Dartmouth Pair CalledIn MLS SuperDraft

Chicago — Dartmouth seniors Eduve Ikoba and Justin Donawa had their names called in the third round of the MLS SuperDraft on Monday. Ikoba was the 63rd selection of the draft, going to FC Dallas, while the Columbus Crew chose Donawa three picks later.

A forward, Ikoba battled injuries last fall to make the all-Ivy League first team thanks to a five-goal, one-assist burst in his final three games.

Donawa was also slowed by ailments during the season, but the midfielder’s four-year Big Green resume includes first-team all-league honors as a junior.

It’s the second straight year in which a Dartmouth player has gone in the SuperDraft. Defender Wyatt Omsberg went in the first round to Minnesota United, eventually seeing action in seven matches.