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Local roundup: Woodsville engineers a girls basketball playoff victory

  • Olivia Sarkis, of Woodsville, right, and Kelsey Couitt, of Sunapee, left, reach for a rebound during their NHIAA D 4 playoff in North Haverhill, N.H., on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • After sinking a three pointer on the halt-time buzzer, Abby Pollari, right, receives cheers from Sunapee Head Coach Stephanie Larpenter, left, and Assistant Jenn Colby during their NHIAA D 4 playoff with Woodsville in North Haverhill, N.H., on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Sunapee’s Abby Rowell takes a foul from Olivia Sarkis of Woodsville during their NHIAA D 4 playoff in North Haverhill, N.H., on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

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  • Woodsville coach Russ Wilcox shouts a play to his team as the first half winds down against Sunapee during the NHIAA D 4 playoff in North Haverhill, N.H., on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.


Staff Reports
Monday, February 18, 2019

Staff Reports

NORTH HAVERHILL — The Woodsville High girls basketball team likes the bigger floor of the Haverhill Cooperative Middle School. And on Monday night, the Engineers made the big space work to its advantage.

The fourth-ranked Engineers recorded a 57-45 win over No. 13 Sunapee to open the NHIAA Division IV tournament. It marked the second straight year that Woodsville (16-3) eliminated the Lakers (9-10) from the first round of the state tournament.

Olivia Sarkis had 20 points and Mackenzie Kingsbury had 14 points as the Engineers pulled away. Sunapee’s Cari Peirce had 18 points.

Woodsville advances to host a quarterfinal against No. 5 Groveton on Thursday.

Sunapee graduates four: Elizabeth Bennett, Abby Rowell, Marybeth Groton and Lousei Groton.

Lisbon 45, Mount Royal 35

SUNAPEE — Despite a 9-0 run during the third quarter that pulled them within four points, the sixth-seeded Royals (16-7) were upset in the NHIAA Division IV playoffs’ preliminary round.

“The nerves caused us to miss about eight layups,” said Mount Royal coach Derek Tremblay, whose team held a rebounding edge and had success in its half-court sets before getting caught up in a run-and-gun battle. “It was contagious and you could see we were battling expectations of being able to do something special and fun in the playoffs.”

Alexis Matte had 11 points, Sophie LaRose had 10 points and Jacinta Hogan had eight points for the hosts. The latter two players grabbed nine rebounds each. Eleventh-seeded Lisbon was 10 of 22 from the free-throw line and Mount Royal was 7 of 13.

MVCS 64, Sharon 25

SHARON — Hayley Goodwin scored a season-high 32 points for the Eagles (13-4) in a win over the Phoenix (1-14).

Kyla McCoy posted an 11-point line for Mid Vermont Christian, with Sydney Goodwin scoreing nine points and Rachel Horner-Richardson finishing with eight. MVCS coach Chris Goodwin was also pleased with the Eagles’ 8-for-11 effort from the free-throw line.

“That’s the first time in a long time that we've been over 50 percent at the line,” he said. “We were much more fundamentally sound. I'm happy.”

Mid Vermont hosts Twin Valley on Tuesday night.

Lydia Eastman paced TSA with seven points, while Tia Kendall and Makenzi Edwards notched six apiece. The Phoenix also used the night to recognize Edwards and Tommi Hoyt, the team's only graduating seniors.

The Raptors host Rivendell on Tuesday evening.

Fair Haven 36, Windsor 19

WINDSOR — The Vermont Division II Slaters led, 14-9, at halftime and scored all of the third quarter’s 10 points.

“They punched us in the mouth and we didn’t get off the floor as well as we could have hoped,” said coach Bruce Mackay, whose team was led in scoring by Angelina Bigwood and Olivia Rockwood, who each had six points. “They schemed to shut Olivia down and once they got a lead, they handled the ball well in slowing the game down.”

Division III Windsor (14-4) visit Springfield on Thursday.

Danville 51, Rivendell 27

ORFORD — Emily Hebb had seven points and Jenna Gilbert chipped in six but the Raptors were down, 23-15, at halftime and scored only four of the third quarter’s 11 points. Rivendell (3-14) visits Sharon on Tuesday.

Boys Basketball

BFA-Fairfax 53
White River Valley 43

SOUTH ROYALTON — Troy Walker had 13 points and Zeb Perrault added 10, but the Wildcats fell to 10-7.

White River Valley concentrated on shutting down BFA’s top player, Everett Haddock, and succeeded, holding him to a single free throw. But the Bullets made up for that wil a complete team effort.

Regardless, WRV coach Mike Gaudette left the gym pleased, especially with the Wildcats’ defensive work.

“They average about 70 points a game, but we unfortunately had our lowest output of the year,” Gaudette said. “I’m definitely happy, but that first quarter put us in a hole.”

White River Valley, which trailed, 25-16 after a quarter, visits Mid Vermont Christian on Friday.

Woodsville 48
Blue Mountain 36

WELLS RIVER, Vt. — The Engineers (13-4, 13-6) buckled down on their middle-periods defense and rode the scoring of Conner Maccini and Brendan Walker to a road win over their cross-river rivals.

Woodsville limited Blue Mountain to 14 points in the second and third quarters, building a 36-26 lead. Maccini and Walker accounted for all 13 of Woodsville's third-period points; Walker finished with a team-high 14 points, and Maccini netted 13.

“We were much better on offense,” Woodsville coach Jamie Walker said. “Our pressure affected them a little bit. We picked them up full-court and caused turnovers.”

Patrick Reardon-Estes added 11 points and Billy Green added nine for the Engineers, who visit Gorham on Wednesday.

Sharon 59, MVCS 42

Sharon — The Phoenix (12-5) outscored the Eagles (4-13) in the middle periods, 35-15, to pull away from a 12-12 tie after one quarter.

Fisher Kelley celebrated his senior night with a game-high 21 points for Sharon. Olly Skeet-Browning contributred 16 points, and Ty Chapin finished with 10. Josh King paced Mid Vermont Christian with 14 points, followed by 13 from Daniel Roberts.

The Eagles host White River Valley on Friday. The Phoenix isn't slate to play against until visiting Blue Mountain on Feb. 28, but coach Blake Fabrikant indicated a makeup game or two before that date is possible.

Unified Basketball

Newfound 71, Hanover 48

BRISTOL, N.H. — Eli Weintraub and Bethany Davis both hit for double figures as the Marauders (0-5) dropped the final game of their unified season.

Weintrab scored 22 points and Bethany Davis netted 18 for Hanover. Zoey Hossler added eight points.

Hanover coach Missie Rodriguez said she hopes the players who handled most of the scoring for Hanover this season will return next winter.

College Hockey

Clark, Honor earn
ECAC recognition

HANOVER — Dartmouth hockey goaltenders Adrian Clark and Christine Honor won their respective ECAC Hockey goalie of the week awards on Monday.

Honor claimed the second weekly award of her career in helping the Big Green women’s hockey team to a three-point weekend. She played all 65 minutes of Friday’s 3-2 overtime upset of Clarkson, making 37 stops, then added another 46 in Saturday’s scoreless tie with St. Lawrence.

Clark was similarly excellent for the men’s hockey team. He recorded his fourth shutout of the season in Friday’s win at No. 11 Clarkson, making 29 saves. He added another 23 stops in Saturday’s tie at St. Lawrence.

Women’s Golf

Dartmouth sixth
at Winter Warmup

BOCA RATON, Fla. — Freshman Kaitlyn Lees and sophomore Moon Cheong both carded a 3-over-par 75s as the Big Green concluded the FAU Winter Warmup in sixth place at the seven-school tournament.

Tennessee won the event at 17-under 559, beating host Florida Atlantic by 41 strokes. Dartmouth shot at team 622.

Cheong, the defending tournament champion, finished at 4-over 148 for the 36-hole event, tying for sixth. Lees’ round capped a two-day 160 that left her tied for 30th with teammates Catharine Roddy and Maddie Nelson. The Vols’ Mariah Smith won the tourney at 7-under 137.

The Big Green doesn’t hit the links again until the Morehead State Spring Citrus Challenge in Florida next month.