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Local roundup: Finally getting a chance to play, Woodstock girls fall to Hartford

  • Sophie Howe

  • Kylie Taylor

  • Lebanon's Clara Smyrski, left, and Sally Rainey tie up Hanover's Caroline Adams for a jump ball in the first half of their game in Lebanon, N.H., on Feb. 23, 2021. Hanover won, 29-28. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to Geoff Hansen

  • Hanover's Melissa Whitmore drives for a layup past the defense of Lebanon's Sally Rainey in the first half of their game in Lebanon, N.H., on Feb. 23, 2021. Hanover won, 29-28. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to Valley News photographs — Geoff Hansen

  • Lebanon head coach Emily Kehoe and assistant coach Chris Boucher speak with the team during a timeout in their game with Hanover in Lebanon, N.H., on Feb. 23, 2021. Hanover won, 29-28. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to Geoff Hansen

Staff Reports
Published: 2/23/2021 11:02:12 PM
Modified: 2/25/2021 9:16:43 AM

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The depth of the Hartford High girls basketball team proved too much for visiting Woodstock to overcome on Tuesday night, with the Hurricanes coming out on top, 70-45, at Hanley Gymnasium.

The game was the first on the court for the Wasps, who have a player with a medical facemask exemption. Woodstock has already picked up three forfeit wins to open the year when Windsor, Springfield and Brattleboro wouldn’t take the floor against them. Hartford decided to go forward with this one, allowing the Wasps to finally open the season.

The Vermont Principals Association recently reaffirmed its policy permitting athletes to play without masks pending approval. Assistant executive director Bob Johnson reminded schools the rule had been in effect since last fall, and teams that chose not to play would forfeit.

Sophie Howe had 13 points to lead Hartford (3-1), which took advantage of Woodstock rust by opening the game on a 17-4 run. Sarah Howe added 11 points. Emily Wright and Grace Gardner each had nine points. Maddie Withington finished with eight points for the Canes.

Emma Tarleton had a game-high 21 points to pace Woodstock (3-1). The Wasps countered the early Hartford run, outscoring the Canes, 15-14, in the second quarter.

Both teams return to action on Friday night when Hartford hosts Brattleboro and Woodstock entertains Bellows Falls.

Windsor 77, Bellows Falls 25

WESTMINSTER, Vt. — The Yellowjackets (3-1) blitzed the Terriers (1-3) at both ends of the floor, holding them to a single first-quarter free throw and bolting to a 19-1 lead through the opening stanza.

Elliot Rupp exploded for a career-high 30 points to lead Windsor. Rupp had seven points in the Jacks’ first-period salvo and hit all three of her 3-pointers in the opening half. Ashley Grela added 15 points and Peyton Richardson finished with 11.

Windsor hosts Springfield on Friday.

MVCS 73, Green Mountain 24

CHESTER, Vt. — Hayley Goodwin had 31 points, including 21 in the first half, to spearhead the Eagles (4-0).

MVCS built a 39-10 lead at halftime. Sydney Goodwin added 14 points, 13 rebounds and five assists. Rachel Horner-Richardson had 12 points, including a pair of 3-pointers. Freshman Abigail Crane came off the bench to chip in six points.

“We played better tonight, probably our best game so far this season. But we still need to tighten a few things up before the playoffs,” MVCS coach Chris Goodwin said.

Rivendell 30, White River Valley 29 (OT)

ORFORD — The Raptors (2-1) finally outlasted the Wildcats, who were extended into overtime in their season opener.

Kylie Taylor had 12 points and six rebounds to lead Rivendell on both ends of the floor. Cora Day made two clutch 3-pointers on her way to eight points. Adele Tilden added six points.

WRV had the game’s biggest run, a 12-2 burst in the second quarter, but Rivendell answered with an 8-4 response in the third and neither team was able to extend the lead much for the duration.

Tanner Drury had eight points for WRV. Jillian Barry and Chelsie Trask each had six.

Both teams have home games on Friday, Rivendell against Leland & Gray and the Wildcats against Green Mountain.

Fall Mountain 58, Stevens 25

CLAREMONT — The Wildcats quickly erased a 12-11 first-quarter lead by Stevens (1-4) with an 18-4 run in the second quarter.

Abi Faro had eight points to lead the Cardinals. Freshman Kiley Bundy added seven points. The teams will conclude the regular season in a rematch on Friday night at Fall Mountain.

Newfound 42, Mascoma 39

WEST CANAAN — The Bears outlasted the host Royals (1-11) in a back-and-forth battle.

Madisun LaCasse drained four 3-pointers on her way to 20 points for Mascoma. Emily Moulton and Gabby Pierce added seven points each. The Royals scored 12 points in the third quarter to lead, 28-27, heading into the fourth.

Mascoma closes the regular season on Thursday with a revenge game at Newfound.

Boys Basketball Stevens 48, Fall Mountain 42

CLAREMONT — Clayton Wadsworth had 20 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter, to help the Cardinals withstand a late rally from rival Fall Mountain.

Wadsworth did much of his damage from the charity stripe, going 11-for-19 from the line. Hunter LaRocque added 11 points and senior J.J. Tursky had a career-high seven points. Stevens took control with a 17-1 run in the second quarter and then held off the Wildcats, who scored 17 points of their own in the fourth to claw back into the game.

Stevens (3-5) has now won three straight games and will look for four at Fall Mountain on Friday night to close the regular season.

Twinfield 63, Oxbow 42

BRADFORD, Vt. — Bryce Ilsley had 25 points, but the Olympians fell short against a potent Twinfield team.

Ilsley made three 3-pointers and was a perfect 8-for-8 from the free-throw line for Oxbow (0-4). Andrew Emerson added six points.

The Olympians visit Richford on Friday.

Montpelier 85, Thetford 30

THETFORD — The Division II Solons (4-0) overwhelmed the D-III Panthers (1-2) at Vaughan Gym. Thetford is off until a visit to Blue Mountain on Monday.

Mascoma 70, Newfound 44

BRISTOL, N.H. — The Royals (8-4) ran their winning streak to seven ahead of a rematch with the Bears to close the regular season on Thursday at Kehoe Gym.

BOYS HOCKEY Bedford 7, Hanover 1

WEST LEBANON — The Marauders (3-8-0) lost at Campion Rink to the Bulldogs, freshman Wyatt Seelig’s first varsity goal serving as Hanover’s sole highlight.

Spencer Lawe and Tom Lyons posted assists. Hanover closes its regular season at home against Pinkerton on Saturday afternoon.

Correction: Emma Tarleton scored a game-high 21 points in the Woodstock girls basketball team’s 70-45 loss to Hartford on Tuesday night. An earlier version of the roundup gave incorrect information on the Wasps’ leading scorer.

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