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Local roundup: Thetford girls eliminate WRVS in D-III quarterfinals

  • White River Valley's Hannah White attempts a shot in the quarterfinal playoff game against Thetford at Thetford Academy in Thetford, Vt., on Friday, March 1, 2019. (Valley News - Joseph Ressler) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to

  • White River Valley's Laurel Marshia tries to dribble around Thetford's Emma Colby (5) and Ellen Veracka (2) in the quarterfinal playoff game at Thetford Academy in Thetford, Vt., on Friday, March 1, 2019. (Valley News - Joseph Ressler) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to

  • Thetford's head coach Eric Ward talks to the girls basketball team after the first quarter of the quarterfinal playoff game against White River Valley at Thetford Academy in Thetford, Vt., on Friday, March 1, 2019. (Valley News - Joseph Ressler) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to

Staff Reports
Published: 3/1/2019 10:07:57 PM
Modified: 3/1/2019 10:08:06 PM

THETFORD — Playing for the first time since Feb. 21, the Thetford Academy girls basketball team shook off the rust to overwhelm White River Valley in the VPA Division IV quarterfinals, winning 64-32 at home on Friday night.

The win sets up a rematch of last season’s D-III state championship game in the D-III semifinals on Thursday night when the No. 2 seed Panthers will face No. 3 seed, and defending state champion, Windsor at the Barre Auditorium.

“This was a good team win. We had contributions from everyone and kept the tradition alive of getting back to Barre,” Thetford coach Eric Ward said. This will mark the Panthers’ eighth-straight appearance in the final four.

Emi Vaughan had 23 points to pace the Panthers (18-2). Casey MacVeagh added 10 points and Kiana Johnson had eight. Thetford led, 33-22, at halftime and then used a suffocating half-court defense to go on an 18-3 run in the third quarter.

Sarah Howe had 13 points for the Wildcats (10-10).

“White River has improved a lot from early in the year, they played well tonight,” Ward said. “We didn’t play perfect, but we did a lot of good stuff out there. This is one step down, two steps to go. We’re excited (to play Windsor). It should be a good game, we’ll see what happens.”

Oxbow 46, Hazen 34

HARDWICK, Vt. — The No. 8 seed Olympians went on the road to stun top-seeded Hazen in the VPA Division III quarterfinals.

Oxbow (9-13) closed the game on a 16-8 run in the fourth quarter to get the win. Kaysea Neil led the way with 15 points. Arianna Bolles chipped in 10 points and Melanie Neil added eight points.

Oxbow will face No. 5 seed Green Mountain Union in the semifinals at the Barre Auditorium on Thursday.

Lebanon 69, Laconia 20

LEBANON — The Raiders opened the game on a 22-4 run and never looked back to advance through the NHIAA Division II quarterfinals.

With the Laconia defense focusing its attention on slowing Lebanon’s Rebecca Wright, freshman Catherine Cole stepped up with 17 points, including 14 in the first half alone. Wright finished with 13 points, Sally Rainey had 12 and Madison Finnell had eight points.

“They tried to take Becky away and Catherine came in and just opened up everything. She showed no fear. That’s a big step for a freshman, she did a great job,” Lebanon coach Tim Kehoe said.

The Raiders (21-1 overall, 18-1 league) will play Kennett (19-1) in the semifinals on Tuesday at SNHU. Each team’s lone loss was against Hanover and the teams did not face each other during the regular season.

Mount St. Joseph 38Mid Vermont Christian 24

QUECHEE — The Eagles (15-6) trailed 11-0 at one point in the first quarter and could never dig out of that early hole in the VPA Division IV quarterfinals.

“We just could not get on a roll. We played them very tight for the rest of the game, if we didn’t get out to that early slow start it would have been a closer game,” Eagles coach Chris Goodwin said.

Hayley Goodwin had 16 points for MVCS, which should return its entire roster next season.

Boys BasketballWhite River Valley 55, Sharon 41

SOUTH ROYALTON — The Wildcats (13-7) closed their inaugural regular season with a win over the Phoenix (12-7).

Freshman Dominic Craven had six 3-pointers and finished with 20 points to lead White River Valley. Zeb Perrault added 10 points and Carder Stratton had nine. The Wildcats broke open a close game by outscoring the Phoenix, 28-9, in the second half.

Fisher Kelley (13 points) and Taylor Leonard (10) led the way for Sharon, which closes the season at Christ Covenant on Saturday.

White River Valley will open the VPA D-III playoffs next week, likely at home as the No. 7 seed according to coach Mike Gaudette.

Woodstock 50, Springfield 47

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. — The Wasps (8-12) closed the regular season with a win on the road over the Cosmos.

Harrison Morse had 13 points for Windsor, which erased an early lead by the Cosmos with a 13-2 run in the third quarter. Gabe Marsicovetere and Caden White each added nine points.

Woodstock now awaits seeding for the VPA Division II playoffs.

Mill River 81, Windsor 65

CLARENDON, Vt. — Owen Abrahamsen had 28 points to lead the Yellowjackets (12-8) in a loss to close the regular season.

Robert Slocum added 21 points and Hunter Grela had 10. The defending champion Jacks will enter the VPA Division III playoffs starting this week, likely as the No. 5 seed according to longtime coach Harry Ladue.

Kearsarge 55, Stevens 36

CLAREMONT — The Cardinals ended the season with a loss at home to the Cougars on senior night.

Stevens honored five graduating seniors, including Ethan Johnson (nine points), Josh Stithen (eight) and Derrick Stanhope (seven). The Cardinals will also graduate Matt Szelangowski and Anthony Abella. Abella saw the first varsity action of his career after four seasons in the program and finished with a field goal for two points to go along with four rebounds.

The Cardinals finished the season at 1-17 and will not qualify for postseason play.

Girls Hockey Hanover 6, Berlin-Gorham 1

BERLIN, N.H. — Violet Sperry had a hat trick and an assist as fifth-seeded Hanover — playing the first non-neutral site playoff game in its history — knocked off No. 4 Berlin-Gorham in the NHIAA quarterfinals.

“The girls were ready for this one,” Marauders coach John Dodds said. “We had a good week of practice, which really carried over into the game.

“I think the girls were a little bit frustrated with the fifth seed. they went to Berlin and took care of business. it was a good team victory.”

Bryn Kable, Clara Boland and Emma Tysinger also scored for the Marauders, while Boland and Bryn Kable assisted twice and Kaye Lindsay, Natalie Morhun and Maggie Lee added one.

Rebekah Rudd (five saves over two periods) and Claire Yegian (four saves in one period) split time in net for Hanover, which faces top-seeded Oyster River-Portsmouth on Tuesday in the semifinals at Concord’s Everett Arena.

Exeter 8Lebanon-Stevens-Kearsarge 1

EXETER, N.H. — The Raiders saw their season come to an end with a loss to the No. 2 seed Blue Hawks in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division I playoffs. The Raiders end the season at 9-10-0 overall and will graduate just one player, Adrianna Maccioli of Stevens.

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