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Local Roundup: Eagles boys basketball continues hot streak

Staff Reports
Published: 2/17/2020 10:27:02 PM
Modified: 2/17/2020 10:26:57 PM

QUECHEE — A timely defensive adjustment helped to spark the Mid Vermont Christian boys basketball team in a 60-46 win over visiting Craftsbury on Monday night.

The Eagles trailed, 13-12, after the first quarter before coach Erva Barnes and the hometown MVCS squad turned the tables on Craftsbury by switching from a zone to man-to-man defense. The changed paid immediate dividends as MVCS went on a 20-9 run to lead at halftime, 32-22.

“We talked about taking advantage of it and pushing the ball in transition. It helped us get a lot of transition points in the second quarter,” Barnes said. “It wasn’t quite the complete game we’ve been looking for, but offensively we spread it around the best we’ve done all season.”

Five different Eagles scored eight or more points led by Cade Paquette with 13 points. Dylan Patel and Stan Nelson each added 12 points. Joel Roberts had nine and Hunter Cooper had eight points. The Eagles got to the free throw line 26 times, a reflection of the improved aggression on the offensive end to draw postgame praise from Barnes. MVCS shot 15-for-26 from the charity stripe.

MVCS (7-8) has now won four of its last six games and will play host to Vermont Commons on Tuesday.

Twin Valley 60, White River Valley 59 (2OT)

SOUTH ROYALTON — The Wildcats (10-8) lost a heartbreaker to Twin Valley in double overtime.

“They’re a really good team, but we had them. We played hard, just made some mental mistakes at the end,” WRV coach Mike Gaudette said. “The kids played hard and had their chances.”

Four different Wildcats fouled out in a game featuring more than 30 combined fouls by both teams. Carder Stratton and Zeb Perreault each had 14 points for WRV. Jacob Barry had four 3-pointers and finished with 13 points. Dominic Craven added 10 points.

WRV led, 45-36, through three quarters but Twin Valley then scored 18 points in the fourth to knot the score at 54-54 at the end of regulation. The Wildcats did get to the free throw line with regularity, but shot just 16-for-29 from the stripe.

There will be no rest for the weary as WRV is back in action at Leland & Gray on Tuesday.

Girls Basketball

White River Valley 40Rivendell 30

ORFORD — The Wildcats were clutch from the free throw line in the final minutes to pull away from the upset-minded Raptors.

The game was tied with five minutes to play and within two possessions until the final minutes. Rivendell, trailing 18-12 at halftime, outscored WRV, 14-8, in the third to make it a tight game into the final quarter.

Sarah Howe (10 points), Sophie Howe and Sylvie Coltey (eight each) led the Wildcats.

Adele Tilden had 10 points for Rivendell. Savannah Gray added eight points.

WRV (11-6) will host Bellows Falls on Friday. Rivendell (5-10) hits the road to face West Rutland on Thursday.

Thetford 79Montpelier 39

MONTPELIER — The Panthers scored 31 points in the third quarter and won to improve to 15-2 on the season.

Grace Davis had 22 points, all in the first three quarters, to lead another balanced attack for Thetford. Kelsey Smith added 14 points. Casey MacVeagh and Namya Benjamin had eight points each. Ten different Thetford players had at least a field goal.

The Panthers will host Oxbow for senior night on Wednesday.

Oxbow 41, Lyndon 29

BRADFORD, Vt. — The Olympians improve to 12-4 after outlasting the Vikings.

Oxbow took control in the third quarter, outscoring Lyndon 10-4 to lead, 30-22, heading into the fourth. Tiffany Longmoore (11 points) and Emma DeGoosh (10 points) carried the offensive load for the O’s.

“The girls played tough defense in the second half against a tough, well-coached Lyndon team,” Oxbow coach Barry Emerson said.

The Olympians will visit Thetford on Wednesday.

Boys Hockey Kimball Union 10Vermont Academy 1

ROCKINGHAM, Vt. — Nine different players had goals for the Wildcats (23-6-1).

Adam Fantilli led the way with two goals and one assist. Tomas Mazura had a goal and three assists and Sullivan Mack and Paul Dore each had a goal and two assists. Bryce Bollman had a goal and an assist. Zach Whitehead, Bobby May, Luca Fantilli and Revy Mack also scored.

Netminder Zak Brice made 19 saves for KUA, which visits Proctor Academy on Wednesday.

Girls HockeyBishop Guertin 6, Lebanon-Stevens-Kearsarge 0

NASHUA, N.H. — The Raiders dropped to 7-6-2 with a shutout loss at the Cardinals.

Bishop Guertin led, 3-0, with three minutes left to play before tacking on in the final minutes. Lebanon goalie Paige Hoegler made 20 saves.

“We had our chances, just couldn’t finish. They (Bishop Guertin) got a lot of good breaks. Just one of those nights,” Raiders coach Mike Sheehan said.

The Raiders visit Concord on Wednesday.

MEN’S BASKETBALL Dartmouth’s Knight named player of the week

HANOVER — Chris Knight was named one of two Ivy League Players of the Week after a weekend that featured the junior forward averaging 20 points and six rebounds in two victories.

Knight is the first Big Green player to earn the Player of the Week honor since Brendan Barry over a year ago on Dec. 17, 2018.

Dartmouth (9-14, 2-6 Ivy) had wins over Columbia and Cornell on Friday and Saturday night, respectively, to break a 14-game slide in league play. The Big Green host Penn on Friday night.

Women’s Basketball Soule named ACC player of the week

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — Lebanon native and KUA graduate Taylor Soule was named Atlantic Coast Conference player of the week.

Soule averaged a double-double, 24.5 points and 11 rebounds, in a pair of Boston College victories last week.

Soule had 20 points and 10 rebounds in a win over Notre Dame on Thursday and then was 11-for-13 from the floor to finish with 29 points and 12 rebounds in a win against North Carolina on Sunday.

Soule, a sophomore guard, is averaging 13.5 points and seven rebounds per game for the Eagles (15-10 overall, 8-6 ACC).

WOMEN’S HOCKEY Wormsbecher goalie of the week

HANOVER — For the second time this season, Dartmouth’s Kayla Wormsbecher was named the ECAC Hockey MAC Goaltending Goalie of the Week after earning her first collegiate shutout Friday night at Union.

The next night she earned another victory, a 4-1 defeat of Rensselaer.

She had 34 saves in both games for a weekend total of 68 to go along with a .986 save percentage and 0.50 goals against average.

The Big Green hosts St. Lawrence on Friday night.

MEN’S LACROSSE Rogan rookie of the week

HANOVER — In Saturday’s season opening 13-11 win over Merrimack, Dartmouth’s Tommy Rogan notched four goals and two assists.

The performance was enough to earn him Ivy League Rookie of the Week.

Rogan scored all three of the Green’s goals in the fourth quarter, including the game winner.

The Big Green play the home opener on Saturday against Bryant.

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