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Local roundup: Cards get Condon a first playoff victory

  • Zahna Rice

Staff Reports
Published: 3/4/2021 10:11:14 PM
Modified: 3/5/2021 10:08:27 AM

WEST CANAAN — Progress should be measured in milestones. It took seven seasons, but Stevens High girls basketball coach Ivy Condon claimed a big one on Thursday.

Freshman Kiley Bundy scored 13 points and hit three key free throws in the fourth quarter as Stevens edged Mascoma, 41-35, in an NHIAA Division III preliminary-round tournament win at Kehoe Gymnasium. That gave Condon, the Cardinals’ seventh-year coach, her first postseason victory.

The foul-line effort proved essential for the Cards. The Royals (1-13) held Stevens without a fourth-quarter field goal, requiring a 7-for-13 effort at the charity stripe for Condon’s crew to secure victory.

“This program just needs to continue to progress,” Condon said in an email. “Part of this program’s growth is learning how to win in the playoffs, even when it isn’t going according to plan.”

Bundy scored eight of her points in the first half, helping Stevens build a 28-18 halftime cushion. Mascoma battled back, getting seven of Madisun LaCasse’s nine points in the fourth quarter as the rally fell short.

It was another case of close but not quite for the young Royals, whose last four losses — and five of their last seven defeats — were by single-digit margins. Senior Emily Moulton, in her final varsity game, led the way on Thursday with 11 points. She joins a graduating class that includes Abbee Hammond and Paige Jette.

Zahna Rice and Abi Faro both had seven-point nights for Stevens, which will visit Fall Mountain on Sunday in the D-III quarterfinals.

Proctor 70, MVCS 67

QUECHEE — The COVID-19 pandemic denied them a chance to meet in last year’s VPA Division IV state final, so Thursday’s pre-tournament encounter served as a mouth-watering preview of the possible.

The Phantoms (6-1) needed to come back from a 39-31 halftime deficit to prevail. Despite physical play and the occasionally ill-timed turnover, the Eagles (6-1) held a lead until the final two minutes of the game. Proctor’s 3-point shooting also played a role, Mid Vermont coach Chris Goodwin noted; the Phantoms finished with nine threes to the Eagles’ two.

“They are a strong team, and they shot the ball really well from three,” he said. “They earned it. We’ll learn from this and be better because of it. Hopefully we’ll get a chance to match up with them again in the playoffs.”

Maggie McKearin had a team-high 28 points for Proctor. Hayley Goodwin paced MVCS with 33 points, with sister Sydney Goodwin pouring in 24. Rachel Horner-Richardson and Molly Kinnarney had five apiece to close the Eagles’ book.

Mid Vermont takes on Danville on Wednesday.

Rutland 48, Hartford 28

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The visiting Raiders held the Hurricanes (4-3) to a season-low offensive tally at Hanley Gym.

Beth Dobrich led the Canes with 13 points. Kendra Sabotka had a game-high 28 points for Rutland, which owned a 19-6 lead after one quarter and nursed its lead from there.

Hartford wraps up the home portion of its schedule on Monday against Fair Haven.

BOYS BASKETBALLLebanon 54, ConVal 37

LEBANON — A monster night on the boards from Nyeoti Punni and a strong game from the defense propelled the Raiders (12-0) to the NHIAA Division II quarterfinals.

Lebanon held the Cougars (3-2) to just two first-quarter points and 20 in the second half. Punni produced a double-double of 13 points and a team-high 12 rebounds, backing up a team-high 14 points from Braeden Falzarano.

“It was a really good, hard-fought win,” Lebanon coach Kieth Matte said. “I’m happy with the kids defensively.”

Karsten Hansen dropped in nine points and Jack Stone added eight for the Raiders, who host Bow — a 47-42 winner over Hanover — in a 5 p.m. quarterfinal at Lang Metcalf Gym on Saturday.

Rivendell 71, Oxbow 49

BRADFORD, Vt. — The Raptors (5-2) couldn’t silence Oxbow ace Bryce Ilsley, but they took care of everybody else in a road victory.

Kyle Carter buried five of his six 3-pointers in a 21-point first half to power Rivendell, finishing with a team-high 28 points. That produced a 39-18 halftime lead that even Ilsley couldn’t erase.

“I thought our rebounding really sparked us in this one, particularly on the offensive end,” Rivendell coach Ross Convertino said. “It was another great team effort, where everyone touched the floor, played meaningful minutes and contributed in various ways.”

Josiah Welch added nine points for the Raptors, who host Proctor on Thursday.

Ilsley finished with a game-high 31 points for the Olympians (1-5), and Andrew Emerson helped with 11 points. Montpelier visits the O’s on Monday.

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