Local roundup: WRV girls tip Peoples to reach VPA D-III semis

  • Will McGee

Staff Reports
Published: 2/26/2022 10:35:05 PM
Modified: 2/26/2022 10:34:58 PM

MORRISTOWN, Vt. — Next stop: Barre Auditorium.

The fifth-seeded White River Valley girls basketball team knocked off fourth-ranked Peoples Academy, 48-39, on Saturday in a VPA Division III quarterfinal, using balanced scoring, strong rebounding and clutch foul shooting to advance.

WRV used the middle two quarters to build a 12-point lead, 36-24. after the first quarter ended with Peoples up 7-6.

“Early game nerves made a slow first quarter, but once the girls settled in, the offense started to go,” said WRV coach Tim Perrault. “We knew we needed to slow down their best player, Shelby Wells, and Ella Perrault had the assignment, holding her to just 11 points.”

Tanner Drury had 17 points and Ashlyn Rhoades 11 for White River. Perrault had nine points and 10 rebounds, Jillian Barry also scored nine points and Shannon Hadlock contribued 10 rebounds.

“They had to foul in the fourth, and we scored 10 points from the line. All-around team effort,” said the Wildcats’ coach.

WRV will now face the top-ranked Windsor Yellowjackets in a 6:30 p.m. D-III semifinal at the Aud on Thursday night.

Windsor 85, Vergennes 28

WINDSOR — The first few fans who walked into Harry Ladue Gymnasium on Saturday evening saw that the scoreboard still had the final from the Windsor High girls basketball team’s first playoff game on Tuesday, an 89-14 rout of Mill River.

Seeing that score was a reminder of what Windsor is capable of. The Jacks didn’t put up quite that many points in the quarterfinals against No. 9 seed Vergennes, but they came close while advancing to the VPA D-III semifinals at the Aud.

Senior forward Reese Perry was a monster in the post and on the glass, finishing with 33 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks. Her younger sister, sophomore Sydney Perry, was also in double figures with 10 points, and freshman guard Audrey Rupp added 11.

“I had flashes junior year where I felt like this, but being able to control the court is definitely a newer feeling,” Reese Perry said. “It also helps that I have people around me who know how we all play together. There’s so much chemistry, and that makes it easier to control the game.”

Windsor (18-2), which lost in the semifinals to Vergennes last season, led by 12 point after a quarter and by 27 at halftime. Even in a blowout game, the Yellowjackets brought their five senior starters back in for the fourth quarter so they could receive a nice hand from the crowd upon exiting their home floor for the last time.

“I was just trying to get them a situation where they could come off the floor and the fans could recognize them for their four years of hard work,” Windsor coach Kabray Rockwood said. “Our fans haven’t had the chance to support them in person for the last couple years.”

The Jacks will face No. 5 seed White River Valley on Thursday night at the Aud. Windsor defeated the Wildcats, 70-36, back in late December.

Williamstown 39, Thetford 36

WILLIAMSTOWN, Vt. — The Panthers gave the undefeated and second-ranked Blue Devils all they could handle in a VPA D-III quarterfinal contest.

A back-and-forth game all afternoon long, Thetford was up five after one quarter and held that lead, 19-14, at the break before Williamstown took a six-point lead in the third. The Panthers responded and held a 30-29 advantage after three quarters. In the fourth, Williamstown hit a three-pointer late to go up by three and added a couple of free throws.

Madi Mousley had eight and Macey Smith, Charlize Brown and Taylor West six each for Thetford.

“We had our chances, but not meant to be” said Thetford coach Eric Ward. “A three-pointer at the end just missed. We had opportunities throughout, but did not play our best game.”

With a young squad, Ward looks forward to next year but said this team holds a special place in his heart.

“This team has meant so much to me, being my beacon of hope. Knowing they were there made this season so special,” Ward said. “They were with me throughout as I battled cancer and when my mother died during the season. They might not always be perfect on the floor but are the best team to be with during obstacles we encounter.”

TA graduates two seniors, We are sad to say bye to our two seniors, Smith and Maddie Hatch.”

Blue Mountain 54, MVCS 30

WELLS RIVER, Vt. — The stellar high school career of Mid Vermont Christian’s Hayley Goodwin came to an end with a 22-point performance and a career total of 1,986 points in the Eagles’ VPA D-IV quarterfinal loss to the Bucks.

The Eagles kept it close through one quarter, trailing by just three before the Bucks held them to eight points in the middle two quarters then put up 20 in the final frame.

Goodwin was in foul trouble with four fouls midway through the second quarter, and that led to offensive struggles.

“They are an experienced team, and they showed it today,” said MVCS coach Chris Goodwin said of Blue Mountain. “We held them to seven points in the third by getting six or seven stops in a row, but we didn’t convert at the offensive end.”

Down by 15 after three, MVCS got within 10 halfway through the fourth but no closer.

“We needed to get more players into the scorebook today, and it didn’t happen for us,” Goodwin said.

Also graduating besides Goodwin are Rachel Horner-Richardson and Emma Patel.

Boys basketball Woodstock 62, U-32 57

WOODSTOCK — The Wasps won five of their last seven to finish the regular season at 8-11.

Blue Mountain 77, Oxbow 27

BRADFORD, Vt. — The Olympians finished the year at 1-16, losing to the third-ranked team in VPA Division III.

Oxbow will lose one senior, Andrew Emerson, to graduation.

Girls hockey Pinkerton 6, Lebanon-Stevens-Kearsarge 0

HOOKSETT, N.H. — LSK finished the regular season at 9-8-0, good enough to earn a home playoff game Tuesday at Campion Rink against an opponent still-to-be named to start the NHIAA D-I tournament.

Pinkerton scored four second-period goals in the game played at Tri-Town Arena. Paige Hoegler had 37 saves for LSK.

Bishop Guertin 4, Hanover 3

WEST LEBANON — Hanover fought back from a 3-0 deficit to get within one before the Cardinals regained a two-goal lead and held on.

Maeve Lee, Gail Morse and Nora Bradley had goals for Hanover. Morse, Mackensie Liu and Danielle Rudd had assists. Eleanor Edson had 11 saves in net for Hanover

After Bishop Guertin went up 4-2, Hanover had a powerplay goal but could not get the equalizer.

“It was a new experience for the girls to be down by three, and I’m proud of the way we played in the second and third,” said Hanover coach John Dodds. “We’ve had two good battles with BG and hope to see them in the playoffs.”

Hanover goes into the postseason with a 14-4-0 league mark and an overall 14-5-1 record.

Boys Hockey Hanover 3, Exeter 2

EXETER, N.H. — Hanover got a confidence-building win heading into the playoffs over one of the best teams in the division.

Down 2-0, Hanover scored a pair of goals late in the first to tie it and it was scoreless hockey after that until John Hill blasted home his second goal of the game with 1:46 remaining in the third.

Jack Wilkinson had the other goal, and Jack Stadheim, Casey Graham, Wyatt Seelig, Jack Gardner and Spencer Lawe each had an assist. Luke Ives made 27 stops in net for the win.

“The boys fell behind early to a team that had beaten us earlier in the year, but we were determined to respond,” said Hanover coach Dick Dodds. “We held one of the league’s best offensive clubs scoreless for the final 40 minutes of the game while we scored three consecutive. It was a great road win against the No. 3 seed in Division I.”

Hanover (12-5-1) finished the year on an 8-1-1 run and will be the fourth seed in the NHIAA playoffs.

Lebanon-Stevens-MRA 2, Pembroke-Campell 1

CONCORD — Will McGee’s unassisted goal with 1 minute, 1 second remaining lifted the Raiders to 13-5-1 overall and 12-4-1 in NHIAA Division III play.

Hunter Christian put the visitors up, 1-0, in the second period with an assist from Liam Ouellette. Pembroke-Campbell (10-7-1) tied the contest with 1:10 remaining in the third period at Everett Arena.

Fourth-place LSM and fifth-place Pembroke-Campbell will stage a rematch Saturday at West Lebanon’s Campion Rink during a first-round playoff game.

Woodstock 4, Missisquoi 1

WOODSTOCK — The fifth-ranked Wasps opened the VPA D-II tourney by controlling the No. 12 Thunderbirds at Union Arena.

Woodstock visits No. 4 Mount Mansfield for a quarterfinal that has yet to be scheduled.

Bowling Windsor, Hartford reach final eight at states

RUTLAND — Two bowlers from Windsor and one from Hartford reached the round of 16 in Saturday’s VPA Individual State Championships.

Yellowjacket senior Patrick Kelley and senior Cean Lieberman Jr. of Hartford won their first match before being defeated in the final eight pairings.

Windsor freshman Alyssa St. Louis was the last bowler to make the top 16. She was defeated in her first match against the No. 1 seed.

The format has three qualifying games among 32 bowlers, with the top 16 moving on. Lieberman bowled 248-194-267 to reach the No. 2 seed in the round of 16. Kelley, the fifth seed, bowled 258-227-147 in the qualifier. He lost to the eventual champion, Lucas Forthofer of Brattleboro High.

Corinne George and Frank George bowled for Hartford, and Avery Bean bowled for Windsor, but they did not advance past the qualifying round.

The state high school team championship is Saturday in Barre.

Wrestling Lebanon, Newport advance one at MOC

LONDONDERRY, N.H. — Lebanon had five wrestlers participate in the all-division Meet of Champions on Saturday at Londonderry High. The Raiders, who completed their first varsity team season at 12-5, sent Sawyer Beaulieau (120 pounds), Abby Stone (126), Dustin Jarvis (182), Sebastian Yates (195) and Chris Kinne (285) to the mat, each exiting with 0-2 records except for Kinne.

A freshman, Kinne lost his opening match and won his first consolation-round match before losing his second on that side of the draw, ending his season. Lebanon, which previously competed as an independent team, finished seventh at the NHIAA Division III meet last weekend.

Newport’s Luke Bartlett went 2-2 on Saturday at 220 pounds and reached the consolation quarterfinals.

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