Local roundup: Rivendell boys run over Green Mountain speed bump

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Published: 2/11/2022 7:22:47 PM
Modified: 2/11/2022 7:21:07 PM

CHESTER, Vt. — The road to the a VPA Division boys basketball championship ran through Green Mountain Union High School last winter. It may be the route again this winter.

Rivendell Academy remained unbeaten on Thursday night, but just barely in a tight game with the defending D-III champion Chieftains. The hosts amassed 22 fourth-quarter points — including six three-pointers — but it wasn’t enough to counter the Raptors in a 50-48 victory.

“Tonight we really had to dig deep to hold off a late surge by GM,” said Rivendell coach Ross Convertino.

Green Mountain (9-6) took the early lead but Rivendell (14-0) — the undefeated front-runners in Division IV — came back and was up 10 at the half and 11 after three quarters, 37-26.

Late in the fourth, Green Mountain’s Brandon Rose, who scored all of his 14 points in the quarter, hit three tightly contested deep threes to get the Chieftains within two points. Rivendell held on, however, despite missing free throws late and only making 50% from the line for the night.

“Tonight we had to mix up defenses to adjust to a couple different lineups they threw at us. GM is a tough match, as they are a perimeter-oriented team that does a really good job spacing, passing and making threes at a high percentage,” Convertino said.

Rivendell got 14 points each from Kyle Carter and Harrison Molesworth, and their early efforts made a difference at the end.

“Green Mountain plays with incredible energy, heart and motivation, and they will certainly be a hard out in the D-III playoffs,” Convertino said. “As for us, we had to find a way to win when not everything was going to plan and facing a team that is so dangerous because of their shooting and effort. I was proud in the way that we continued to respond and battle. The players showed a lot of grit and toughness.”

The Raptors are home to Mill River on Thursday.

Hartford 69, Woodstock 59

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The Hurricanes never trailed, but the Wasps made them scratch and claw their way to the verdict.

Hartford (11-2) dealt with foul trouble, plenty of chippiness and physicality and a gritty Woodstock team on the other side, but held on to win its fourth straight game.

The hosts raced out to a quick 6-0 lead before Woodstock (3-7) stormed back to tie it at 8-8. The Canes went back up by six after a quarter only to see the Wasps again rallied to tie it 20-20.

Hartford led by seven at the break and as many as 12 in the third quarter, but Woodstock refused to go away, cutting it to a four-point game midway through the fourth quarter. The Hurricanes made enough free throws and forced enough turnovers down the stretch to get the job done.

It was a balanced scoring effort for Hartford — sophomore forward Brody Tyburski had 18 points, senior guard Brandon Potter added 17 and senior forward Jacob Seaver, coming off the bench after missing Monday’s win over Otter Valley, chipped in with 15. Senior guard Taran Prior was also in double figures with 10. The Hurricanes attempted 31 free throws, making 20.

Woodstock went 19-for-28 from the line and was led by 15 points from senior forward Alex Rice. Senior guard Corey White and junior guard Declan McCullough had 12 apiece and senior guard Cooper Dorsogna added 11.

“I like that there’s a rivalry,” said acting Hartford head coach Cody Tancreti, who filled in for Jeff Thomas (COVID). “That’s fun. Tonight felt like an exciting high school basketball game.”

Bellows Falls 56, White River Valley 52

WESTMINSTER, Vt. — In a game between two of the top team in VPA Division III, the Wildcats came up short after leading most of the game.

“We led for 31 minutes, but some costly turnovers hurt us in the last minute,” said White River coach Mike Gaudette. “The kids played hard tonight and battled versus a very good team.”

Dominic Craven led White River with 24 points

White River Valley (10-2) is home against Twin Valley on Saturday.

Stevens 78, Newport 40

CLAREMONT — The Cardinals got scoring contributions from 12 players to keep the Tigers winless.

Stevens senior Dylan Chambers had a career-high 19 points and Hunter LaRocque added 16.

For Newport, Dylan Heino had 17 points, including four three-pointers in the second half.

The Cardinals scored 20 plus points in each of the first three quarters for a 66-27 cushion.

“Fourth game in four days, with our fifth coming (Friday). Not ideal, but at least we’re out here playing,” said Stevens coach Ray Curren.

Stevens (9-6) plays Monadnock at home Friday to finish the regular season. Newport (0-14) is home to Conant on Friday.

Windsor 64, Springfield 50

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. — Maison Fortin had 18 points, Austin Gauld 15 and Kaleb Sweet 14 to help the Yellowjackets improve to 7-7.

Windsor went ahead in the first quarter and was up by five at halftime, 28-23, before outscoring the Cosmos by nine after the break.

Windsor visits Hartford on Monday.

Girls basketball Mascoma 43, Hillsboro-Deering 33

WEST CANAAN — The Royals extended a 10-point halftime lead to 16 after three quarters, 35-19, en route to the victory.

They held the Hillcats to just three points in the first and third quarters.

Kylie Rogers had 11 points and Madisun LaCasse added eight for Mascoma (5-8).

Up next is a trip to Fall Mountain on Friday.

Spaulding 51, Oxbow 26

BRADFORD, Vt. — The Crimson Tide had too much offense and a strong defense against the Olympians, who were paced by Alexa Kosakowski’s 15 points

Spaulding led, 29-13, at half en route to the win.

Oxbow (7-9) is home against Thetford Academy on Friday.

U-32 39, Hartford 35

EAST MONTPELIER, Vt. — The Hurricanes kept the game close in the first half, but the offense had a tough third quarter to fall behind by seven heading into the last frame of an eventual narrow defeat.

Emily Wright led Hartford with 10 points, and Grace Gardner had seven for the Canes.

Hartford (8-9) is home against Windsor on Tuesday.

Boys hockey Kennett 4, Lebanon-Stevens-MRA 2

CONWAY, N.H. — LSM played to a first-period 1-1 tie but gave up two goals in the second before getting one back in the third.

Cesar Salcedo and Paddy Mooney each had a goal, with assists on the night coming from Jack Clary and Hunter Christian.

Lebanon (7-3-1) is home to Pembroke on Saturday.

Alpine Skiing Lebanon boys, girls fifth

NEWBURY, N.H. — The Raiders boys and girls each finished fifth in a meet at Mount Sunapee on Wednesday.

Cassidy Adams led the Lebanon girls with a pair of fourth-place finishes in the giant slalom (59.15 seconds) and the slalom (1:06.90). Marin Pearson added a ninth in slalom (1:14.80) and was 13th in GS (1:03.25). Adrianna Caraeni took 25th in GS and 31st in slalom. Ellie Mooney was 26th in slalom and Stella Rose took 27th in GS.

Roy Shapard had the top finish for the Lebanon boys, taking 10th in GS in 58.18 seconds. Shapard added a 13th place finish in slalom in 1:08.35. Noah Lamontagne was 13th in GS (58.80) and 11th in slalom (1:07.28). Sam Hastings added a 22nd place finish in GS and was 28th in slalom.

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