Local roundup: Rice, Miller lead Stevens girls past MV

  • Zahna Rice

  • Arianna Bolles

  • Jon Willeman

  • Becca Wells

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Published: 1/10/2020 10:28:19 PM
Modified: 1/10/2020 10:27:39 PM

Staff Reports

CLAREMONT — The success of any basketball team can be tied, in part, to its ability to develop multiple scoring options. The Stevens High girls may have taken a step in that direction on Friday night.

Zahna Rice matched her career high with 13 points to help the Cardinals to a 54-46 win over Merrimack Valley at Carr Gymnasium. Rice backed up a 14-point night from leading scorer Sydney Miller, spreading her scoring through all four quarters.

The Cards (3-3 league, 5-4 overall) took control in the third quarter, outscoring the Pride, 17-11, to break a 25-25 halftime tie. Miller had seven points and Rice added five in the period.

Stevens also delivered a thorough performance at the charity stripe even if late free throws weren't needed to lock down the win. The Cards were 13-for-15 from the line — a sharp contrast from MV's 6-for-15 performance — with freshman Jaci Morin delivering a 6-for-6 effort for Stevens. Morin and fellow frosh Alyssa Paquette each finished with eight points.

Rice also hit for 13 points in a 53-48 defeat of Newport back on Feb. 11.

Bow pays the Cardinals a visit on Friday.

Lebanon 70
Manchester West 41

MANCHESTER — The Raiders (3-2 league, 5-3 overall) accepted the Blue Knights’ invitation to shoot 3-pointers, nailing 10 of them in a one-sided victory.

Lebanon used a 28-8 second quarter to take control. Five different players connected from downtown, led by Rebecca Wright with four. Wright finished with a game-high 26 points.

“They packed the paint and dared us to shoot thres,” Lebanon coach Tim Kehoe said. “And we did.”

Megan Gradijan hit two trifectas on a 16-point night, Catherine Cole (eight points) had a pair of threes, and Molly Smith and Izzy Fabry connected once apiece. Caroline Laramie added nine points for the Raiders, who host unbeaten John Stark on Monday.

Hanover 64
Coe-Brown 28

HANOVER — The Marauders (6-0, 7-2) mantained a piece of the NHIAA Division II pole position by holding the Bears to just 15 first-half points and spreading the offense around.

All 10 Marauders hit the floor, and nine contributed to the scoresheet. Maddie McCorkle and Willa Parkins had matching 14-point nights, getting nine points of support from Stella Galanes. Bella Bardales, Anna Kirkpatrick and Melissa Whitemore produced six points apiece.

Hanover is off until a Friday date with Oyster River.

WRV 42, MVCS 31

QUECHEE — The Wildcats (4-2) scored 20 points in the second quarter to outpace the Eagles (4-2).

“They wore us down a bit. They knew who our scorers were and made it a point to stop them. We couldn’t buy a bucket out there,” MVCS coach Chris Goodwin said.

Sarah Howe made three 3-pointers and finished with 15 points to lead White River Valley. Sylvie Coltey added seven points and Toni Turner had six. The Wildcats outscored the Eagles 20-10 in the second quarter to lead, 26-21, at halftime.

Hayley Goodwin had a game-high 18 points for the Eagles. Rachel Horner-Richardson added eight points.

The Wildcats are off until Friday at Mount St. Joseph. The Eagles host Rivendell on Wednesday.

Thetford 62
Williamstown 38

WILLIAMSTOWN, Vt. — Ten different players scored at least a field goal to help the Panthers (6-1) keep it rolling against the Blue Devils.

Grace Davis led Thetford with 14 points. Becca Wells chipped in 11 points and Emi Vaughan added 10. Kelsey Smith had seven points. The Panthers led, 33-20, at halftime.

“It was a workmanlike game; we didn’t play our best. We’ll move on to the next one, Springfield will be a good challenge for us on Monday,” Thetford coach Eric Ward said.

The VPA Division III Panthers visit the Cosmos, a final four team in D-II a year ago, on Monday night.

Oxbow 41, Rivendell 35

ORFORD — The Olympians (5-1) scored 26 points in the second half to win on the road at the Raptors (1-3).

Tiffany Longmoore had a hot shooting touch for Oxbow, finishing with 18 points. Arianna Bolles was 6-for-6 from the free throw line for six points, including some clutch free throws in the final minutes to preserve the lead. Oxbow turned a 15-13 halftime deficit around by outscoring Rivendell, 13-7, in the third quarter.

Cora Day (12 points) and Kylie Taylor (eight) led the way for Rivendell.

“Both teams played very well. They starting hitting shots from the outside (in the second half), but everybody on both teams really played well,” Raptors coach Dennis Fitzgerald said.

The Olympians were 13-for-19 from the free throw line while Rivendell was just 2-for-4. Oxbow hosts Randolph on Friday. The Raptors visit Mid Vermont Christian on Wednesday.

Springfield 52
Hartford 43

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. — The Hurricanes (3-3) didn't have a defensive answer for the Cosmos' Hailey Perham, whose 26 points accounted for half of Springfield's scoring.

Hartford trailed at halftime, 31-18, but revived after the break to keep the game close. Kennedy Mullen led the Canes with 11 points, followed by eight from Beth Dobrich, seven from Maddie Withington and six from Jasmine Jenkins.

Hartford meets Bellows Falls on Tuesday.

Conant 66, Mascoma 15

JAFFREY, N.H. — The Royals (2-4, 3-5) snapped a two-game winning streak with a loss to the perennial NHIAA D-III powerhouse Orioles.

Mascoma hosts Hopkinton on Monday.


Lebanon 78
Manchester West 44

LEBANON — Jon Willeman had 23 points to pace 10 different Lebanon scorers in a dominant home win.

Caleb Smith added 13 points. The Raiders (4-2 overall, 2-1 NHIAA) built a 36-20 lead at halftime and then pulled away from there after the break.

“It was a good night and we had a great crowd, which was nice. Everyone played well, it was a lot of fun,” Lebanon coach Kieth Matte said.

The Raiders now gear up for a tough game on Monday at John Stark.

Hanover 64
Coe-Brown 58

NORTHWOOD, N.H. — Jai White, Charlie Adams and Nolan Gantrish combined to grab four important offense rebounds off missed free throws in the last 90 seconds of play to help the Marauders (4-0, 6-0) maintain their perch atop NHIAA Division II.

Adams (on his 18th birthday) and White both scored 18 points to lead Hanover. Gantrish contributed eight.

The Marauders are off until visiting Oyster River on Friday.

Merrimack Valley 55
Stevens 34

PENACOOK, N.H. — Owen Taylor had six points, 14 rebounds and four blocked shots, but the Cardinals fell to 0-4.

Clayton Wadsworth also scored six points for Stevens, which visits Bow on Friday.

Conant 37, Mascoma 32

WEST CANAAN — Two defensively skilled teams engaged in what Mascoma coach Silas Ayres termed a “slobberknocker” of a game ultimately won by the Orioles.

“Conant, they're well-coached, a good defensive team; my guys are getting to learn how to play defense,” Ayres said. “We played good enough defense to win. We missed a ton of open shots. … Layups and free throws win a lot of basketball games.”

Ben Seiler led the Royals with 20 points, and Gabe Rock finished with seven. Mascoma, which hit just one of seven free-throw attempts, visits Hopkinton on Tuesday.

Campbell 79, Newport 42

LITCHFIELD, N.H. — The Tigers dropped to 0-6 in NHIAA Division III play and 1-7 overall with a home date against Windsor on the horizon on Wednesday.


Marauders dominate
at Colby-Sawyer meet

NEW LONDON — Hanover turned in another strong showing in a meet at Colby-Sawyer College.

Maggie Wenger won both the girls 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle for the Marauders. Wenger also teamed with Grace Wenger, Emma Dunbar and Jocelyn Hazen to win the girls 200-yard medley relay in 1:56.85. The boys won the same relay in 1:58.89 with the team of Brian Tso, Aidan Lackstrom, Christopher Rieseberg and Kieran Artman.

Grace Wenger added a pair of wins, taking both the 200 freestyle and the 100 backstroke. The Marauders also had girls wins from Mia Manheimer (200-yard individual medley), Dunbar (100-yard flystroke) and Chantelle Rafie (500-yard freestyle).

Rieseberg added wins in the boys 100 and 200-yard freestyle for Hanover. Kieran Artman (200-yard individual medley) and Andres Savellano (100-yard backstroke) each added wins.

The Lebanon boys won a pair of events with Zethan Moss taking the 50-yard freestyle and Aidan Urnezis winning the 100-yard breaststroke.


Scores that missed Friday’s paper due to deadline. Find updates online at www.vnews.com.


Rivendell 49, Sharon 32

SHARON — The Raptors stayed unbeaten (7-0) in VPA play by taking a defensive-minded contest from the Phoenix (3-3).

Luke Senn had 19 points, Zach Gould added 10 and Kyle Carter contributred seven for Rivendell, which has won all but one of its games by double digits. Olly Skeet-Browning had 16 points and Ty Chapin netted 13 for Sharon, which has dropped two straight.

Rivendell hosts Woodstock for a makeup game on Monday. TSA visits White River Valley on Saturday.

Randolph 60, Oxbow 47

BRADFORD, Vt. — The Olympians (2-6) got off to a good start, building a 10-point lead after one quarter, before the Galloping Ghosts overpowered them the rest of the way.

Fritz Hauser scored seven of his team-high 16 points in the second stanza, a 20-5 Randolph-led period that reversed the tide of the game. Four Ghosts finished with double figures.

Bryce Ilsley paced the O’s with 19 points, followed by eight from Jace Page.

Oxbow visits Woodstock for a makeup contest on Thursday.

Thetford 65, WRV 57 (OT)

THETFORD — Ryen Wolf hit seven of eight free throws in overtime — and nine of 10 on the night — as the Panthers (6-2) won their sixth straight game, rallying past the Wildcats (5-2).

White River Valley led all night, taking a 42-35 lead into the fourth quarter, but TA clawed back and forced overtime on a buzzer-beating tip-in.

Wolf, who scored six of Thetford’s 18 points in the final period, dominated the extra period with near-perfect form at the line.

Eli Dunnet had 17 points, Wolfe finished with 13 and Alex Emerson and Eamon Deffner both had 11 for the Panthers.

WRV’s Dominic Craven hit 10 shots, including three 3-pointers, en route to a game-high 26 points, with teammate Carder Stratton contributing 12 and Jacob Barry adding 11.

Both teams play on Saturday: Thetford visits Montpelier, and White River Valley entertains Sharon.

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