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Local Roundup: Windsor outlasts Thetford for 1st boys hoops win of the season

Staff Reports
Published: 12/23/2021 9:42:30 PM
Modified: 12/23/2021 9:42:14 PM

THETFORD — Wednesday’s boys basketball game between Windsor High and Thetford Academy turned into a defensive battle, and a contest where each team had a dominant scorer to lean on.

Ultimately, Maison Fortin and the Yellowjackets prevailed for a 49-42 victory, their first of the season.

Thetford (1-2) held a small lead early in the game, but Windsor snatched it away later in the first quarter. From there, the Yellowjackets maintained a slim lead for most of the game. Their lead didn’t eclipse six points until late in the fourth quarter. The Panthers briefly went back in front late in the third quarter on a clutch 3 by junior guard Jacob Gilman, but Windsor took the lead back quickly. The Yellowjackets pulled away late in the final three minutes of the game. Thetford didn’t go down easily, cutting the deficit from nine back to four in the final minutes. But Windsor did enough at the free throw line to stave off a comeback.

Fortin was Windsor’s alpha on Wednesday. The junior led the team with 24 points, including four 3-pointers. But he contributed more than just points. He was active on defense, made important passes, and was the key cog keeping Windsor’s offense going.

“Mason plays like that every night. That’s how he practices, too,” Yellowjackets head coach Harry Ladue said. “Mason’s a gamer. When the ball’s in his hands, I feel like we’ve got a good chance to win.”

Senior guard Kaleb Swett added 10 points for Windsor.

Gilman was in the middle of everything Thetford did. He scored 26 points, and paced his team’s offense from the point. Thetford leaned on the give-and-go with Gilman, whose cuts to the basket proved difficult to stop.

“Jacob is gonna be our go-to man,” Panthers head coach Jason Gray said. “He’s a kid that’s got a fire, and he works hard. If I can get a couple of the other underclassmen to be the same way, it’ll be fun.”

The Yellowjackets next host Otter Valley on Monday, while the Panthers will take on Rivendell on the road on Thursday.

Rivendell 60, Sharon 31

SHARON — A balanced offensive attack led the Raptors (3-0) to an easy win over the Phoenix (0-2).

Senior guard Kyle Carter, who scored 29 and 23 points in Rivendell’s first two games, was held to just 11 on Wednesday, but his teammates more than picked up the slack. Sharon senior guard Riley Eastman led all scorers with 17 points.

The Raptors head to Oxbow next Tuesday, while the Phoenix host Blue Mountain on the same day.

Fair Haven 63, Woodstock 42

FAIR HAVEN, Vt. — The Slaters raced out to a 21-2 lead after the first quarter and cruised from there to an easy win over the Wasps.

Senior guard Cooper Dorsogna led the Wasps (1-2) with 21 points, including 17 of the 19 scored by Woodstock in the fourth quarter. By that point, however, it was all window dressing. Nobody else for the Wasps scored more than senior guard Declan McCullough’s eight.

Woodstock has a long break before returning to action on Jan. 4 against Hartford at home.

GIRLS HOCKEY Hartford 11, Stowe 0

STOWE, Vt. — Two days after blowing past Missisquoi Valley, 10-1, the Hurricanes outdid themselves in their win over the Raiders to improve to 3-1.

Junior Sophie Trombley had a hat trick for Hartford and junior goaltender Sidney Stillman recorded her first varsity shutout. Coach Kylie Ammel Young also praised the play of freshman forward Madison Barwood.

The Hurricanes put 60 shots on net, so the score could have been even worse for Stowe had Iris Cloutier not made 49 saves.

“We needed to work on generating shots, and we did that tonight,” Young said.

Hartford heads to Woodstock on Monday.

Woodstock 5, Brattleboro 2

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — Gracelyn Laperle’s hat trick helped the Wasps improve to 4-0 with a comfortable win over the Colonels.

Woodstock led 1-0 after the first period on a goal by freshman forward Kassidy Haley before the sophomore forward Laperle took over. Laperle’s first goal doubled the Wasps’ lead early in the second, and she scored twice more in the third to put the game out of reach. Sophomore defender Hannah Gubbins netted the final Woodstock tally.

Haley also had two assists to go along with her goal, and sophomore goaltender Meridian Bremel made 28 saves.

Woodstock hosts Hartford next Monday.

BOYS HOCKEY Woodstock 1, Rutland 0

WOODSTOCK — The Wasps, who moved down to VPA Division II this season, beat a Division I team in the Ravens on Wednesday.

Woodstock (2-3) got a goal from sophomore forward Griffin Piconi five minutes into the third period and 39 saves from his older brother, senior goaltender Keaton Piconi.

“The win is progress towards being the best we can be at the end of the year,” Wasps coach Jon Chamberlain said.

Woodstock travels to Hartford next Tuesday.




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