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Local roundup: Lebanon’s win is one to flip for

  • White River Valley's Carder Stratton.

  • Lebanon's Hunter Bienvenu.


Staff Reports
Friday, February 22, 2019

KINGSTON, N.H. — When the Lebanon High boys basketball team flips the switch, it really flips the switch.

Down 19-15 through one quarter, the Raiders racked up 50 middle-period points en route to an 80-56 rout of Sanborn on Friday night at Pelham High School.

Trying to climb back into a top-eight spot for the upcoming NHIAA Division II state tournament, Lebanon (10-6, 12-7) posted its third straight victory thanks to big games from three players.

Wade Rainey posted a game-high 25 points for the Raiders, netting 14 of those in a 22-10 Lebanon-led second period that reversed the early deficit. Jon Willeman and Hunter Bienvenu then each poured in 11 points in the third quarter, a 28-13 explosion that left the visitors comfortably holding a 65-42 advantage entering the final quarter. Willeman finished with 20 points, and Bienvenu netted a season-high 13.

Ten of the 12 Raiders who took the floor contributed at least two points on the night. Lebanon visits Hollis Brookline on Monday.

Hartford 43Springfield 32

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The Hurricanes (3-15) clamped down on the defense when it mattered, holding the Cosmos to just two points in the fourth quarter to earn a split of their regular-season Marble Valley League series.

Hartford held only a 32-30 lead going into the final eight minutes of play before all but shutting down the visitors. Danny Bushway and Shea Bean both had four points in the quarter, and the defense did the rest.

Bean finished with a game-high 21 points for Hartford, which picked up another six points from Cole Jasmin. The Canes entertain Brattleboro on Tuesday for senior night.

Thetford 62, Randolph 50

RANDOLPH — The Panthers (14-4) succeeded in keeping the Galloping Ghosts (4-11) from galloping, all but clinching a top-four slot in the upcoming VPA Division III state tournament.

Thetford secured the victory with a good team night from the free-throw line (17-for-26). Jake Colby converted 10 from the stripe on his own, producing a game-high 15 points for the Panthers.

“It was pretty much making free throws and making sure we controlled most of the ball,” Thetford coach Jason Gray said. “We tried to take some air out of the ball. That team is a very dangerous team; I wouldn’t want to see them in the playoffs.”

Owen Deffner had 14 points, Alex Emerson netted 13 and Carter Blain contributed 12 for TA, which hosts Lake Region on Monday night.

White River Valley 63, MVCS 45

QUECHEE — Dominic Craven buried four of his game-high five 3-pointers in the Wildcats’ 21-point opening quarter to set the tone for a road victory over the Eagles (4-14).

Craven ultimately led three White River Valley players in double figures with 15 points. Zeb Perreault netted 14 points and Carder Stratton had 10 for the Wildcats (11-7), who entertain Craftsbury on Tuesday.

Daniel Roberts led Mid Vermont Christian with 17 points, followed by 14 from Josh King and 11 from Hunter Cooper. The Eagles host Christ Covenant on Tuesday.

MSJ 73, Windsor 57

RUTLAND — The Yellowjackets (11-7) kept pace with one of VPA Division II’s higher-scoring squads before a series of second-half runs gave the Mounties some distance.

“The score wasn’t as bad as how we played,” Windsor coach Harry Ladue said. “They made a couple of runs on us that stretched it out. We had the lead in the third quarter, but they went on a a little run and hit three 3-pointers in a row.”

Owen Abrahamsen had 19 points, Robbie Slocum finished with 16 and Dakohta Sanderson had 10 for the D-III Jacks, who host Springfield on Tuesday.

Pelham 74, Hanover 71

HANOVER — Pelham’s Derek Crowley hit a tie-breaking basket late in regulation, and the visiting Pythons added a free throw to spoil the Marauders' comeback from a 15-point deficit.

Tied 30-30 at the half, Hanover (8-8, 9-9) slipped into a 56-41 hole entering the fourth quarter. Hank Pikus completed the Marauder charge with a 3-pointer for a 71-71- tie with 33 seconds remaining, leaving Crowley to play hero for the visitors.

Charlie Adams had 17 points, Nolan Gantrish hit for 13, Pikus netted 12 and Liam Collins had nine for the Marauders, who visit Milford on Tuesday and Lebanon on Thursday to conclude the regular season.

Campbell 65, Mascoma 48

LITCHFIELD, N.H. — Despite getting a big 16-point effort from Dakota Decocq, the Royals (9-9, 10-10) dropped the final game of their regular-season schedule.

Ben Seiler netted 10 points, Liam Hemmerling added seven and Caleb McAlister had six for Mascoma, which clinched a NHIAA Division III state tournament berth earlier in the week. The Royals learn their postseason assignment on Monday.

Mill River 70, Woodstock 48

NORTH CLARENDON, Vt. — Will Grabowski and Aidan Botti combined on four 3-pointers to ignite a 25-point opening quarter in the Minutemen’s Marble Valley League defeat of the Wasps (6-12).

Grabowski and Botti both had 15-point nights to lead Mill River, wich put four players in double figures. They helped overshadow Woodstock’s Harrison Morse, who stuck three 3-pointers en-route to a season-best 29 points.

The Wasps (6-12) host Otter Valley on Tuesday.

Harwood 45, Oxbow 43

BRADFORD, Vt. — The Olympians had plenty of 3-point success but not enough inside the arc in a narrow loss to the Highlanders.

Trevor Moore canned four triples and Matt Emerson nailed three for Oxbow, which hit shots eight from 3-point land but only five conventional baskets. Moore had a team-high 16 points and Emerson netted 12 for the O’s.

Harwood broke a 42-42 with a steal and layup with 7 second to play. Oxbow drew a foul and made one of two at the stripe with 2.5 left, but the Highlanders clinched the win with a free throw at the other end moments later.

Oxbow visits Lake Region on Wednesday.

Girls Basketball Hanover 73, Pelham 37

PELHAM, N.H. — Julia Golder celebrated the Marauders’ cementing of the top seed in next week’s NHIAA Division II tournament by sticking the first 3-pointer of her career in a victory over the Pythons.

Golder and Maddie McCorkle both finished with a team-high 12 points on another night of balanced scoring for Hanover (17-1, 18-2). Melissa Whitmore buried three trifectas en route to an 11-point effrort, Lois Schwarz stuck a pair of triples and finished with 10 points, Diana Schwarz scored nine and Anna Kirkpatrick posted eight.

“I think, in every game, we’ve had at least eight kids score,” Hanover coach Dan O’Rourke said. “That’s very balanced scoring. They share the ball. They play unselfishly. That’s been the trademark of this team all year.”

Olivia Gagnon finished with 20 points for Pelham, leaving her six shy of 1,000 points for her career.

The Marauders will open the tournament at home on Tuesday, having nudged out Lebanon for the top seed by having a better regular-season record against tournament teams.

Lebanon 57, Con-Val 19

LEBANON — Rebecca Wright erupted for 11 of the Raiders’ 16 first-period points and finished with a game-high 29 as Lebanon (17-1, 20-1) made quick work of the Cougars.

Sally Rainey backed up Wright with 13 points on a night when 12 players saw minutes and eight scored.

Lebanon learned its opening postseason assignment on Monday.

MVCS 47, White River Valley 29

QUECHEE — Hayley Goodwin converted three 3-pointers on a 16-point night as the Eagles (15-5) concluded their regular-season VPA Division IV schedule with a win at home.

Kyla McCoy scored 12 points and Sydney Goodwin contributed 11 for Mid Vermont Christian, which would draw anywhere from the third to fifth seed when Monday’s tournament field is announced.

The Wildcats (9-9) should land either the seventh or eighth seed in their inaugural D-IV tourney visit. Hannah White stuck three 3-pointers for nine points, a tally teammate Sarah Howe matched in the loss.

BOYS HOCKEY KUA 4, Proctor 1

MERIDEN — Sullivan Mack and Paul Dore each scored twice as Kimball Union defeated Proctor in the semifinals of the Lakes Region playoffs.

Mack leads the Wildcats with 27 goals this season.

KUA (26-4-2) hosts the winner of Friday’s late game between Tilton and New Hampton at 4:30 on Saturday.