Local roundup: Hartford boys basketball picks up gritty win over Harwood

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Published: 01-18-2023 5:20 PM

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Sometimes you have to get down and dirty, whatever it takes, to get the job done. The Hartford High boys basketball team did just that on Tuesday night, using relentless team defense to win its fifth straight game, 48-43 over visiting Harwood.

The Hurricanes (7-1) set the tone in the first quarter, running out to a 19-7 lead. Harwood answered with 17 points in the second to narrow the gap at halftime before the Hartford defense stepped up after the break to secure the win.

“It was a great team effort over one of the better D-II teams this year,” Hartford coach Mike Gaudette said. “We turned it into an ugly game with our defense, which I thought was outstanding all night. I’m proud of our kids’ resiliency and our depth when key players sat with foul trouble.”

Brody Tyburski and Brady Olmstead each had 12 points for the Canes. Brayden Trombly and Sean Dunton each chipped in six points.

The Canes will look for a sixth straight win when they visit Windsor on Friday night.

Mid Vermont Christian 61, West Rutland 33

QUECHEE — Joel Roberts scored 31 points to lead the Eagles (9-2) past the Golden Horde.

Abel Goodwin added 12 points for MVCS, which is at Richford on Friday. Richford handed the Eagles their first loss of the year on Dec. 29.

White River Valley 66, Mill River 31

NORTH CLARENDON, Vt. — Wyatt Cadwell exploded for 29 points to lead WRV (6-3) in a big road win.

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Brayden Russ added 16 points for the Wildcats, who have now won three straight. Zander Clark added 11 points.

WRV hosts Leland & Gray on Saturday.

Mascoma 62, Fall Mountain 36

LANGDON, N.H. — The Royals picked up the road win and improved to 7-3. Mascoma hosts Stevens on Thursday.

Stevens 62, Kearsarge 46

NORTH SUTTON, N.H. — The Cardinals ran their winning streak to six, led by 21 points from Lucas Belisle.

Stevens (7-3 overall, 6-2 NHIAA) is at Mascoma on Thursday.

Fair Haven 58, Woodstock 48

WOODSTOCK — The Wasps came up short against the Slaters, falling to 2-5. Woodstock hosts Mount St. Joseph on Friday.

Danville 76, Oxbow 60

BRADFORD, Vt. — The Olympians fell to 1-9 with the loss to the Bears. Oxbow is at Craftsbury on Jan. 25.

Girls BasketballMascoma 41, Fall Mountain 31

WEST CANAAN — The Royals left little doubt early, racing to a 28-10 lead at halftime to beat the Wildcats.

Gabby Pierce paced a balanced attack for Mascoma with 10 points. Kylie Rogers added nine points. Hailey Miller and Makenna Houston had five points each.

Mascoma (3-6) visits Hillsboro-Deering on Friday.

Oxbow 45, Montpelier 37

MONTPELIER — The Olympians erased an early deficit to pick up a quality road win at Montpelier.

The hosts opened the game on a 12-4 run, but Oxbow rallied with 18 points in the second quarter to lead, 22-21, at halftime. The Olympians then scored 14 points in the fourth to lock down the win.

Maggi Ellsworth (18 points) and Emerson Fuller (10) led the way for Oxbow. The Olympians (6-4) visit Randolph on Saturday night.

Thetford 55, U-32 17

THETFORD — The Panthers dispatched U-32 for their seventh straight win.

Madi Mousley had 22 points to lead Thetford (8-2). Kelsey Bogie added 11 points, and Charlize Brown had 10.

The Panthers host Peoples on Thursday.

White River Valley 62, Mill River 14

SOUTH ROYALTON — Tanner Drury had 18 points to lead four double-digit scorers for WRV in a blowout win over Mill River.

Jillian Barry, Ella Perreault and Ashlyn Rhoades each added 10 points. Olivia Tiller had eight to go along with 15 rebounds. Perreault added 10 boards.

The Wildcats (4-3) hit the road to face Springfield on Thursday.

Stevens 52, Kearsarge 45

NORTH SUTTON, N.H. — Kiley Bundy had 19 points as the Cardinals kept rolling, improving to 10-1 overall and 9-1 against in-state foes. Stevens hosts Hopkinton on Friday.

Mid Vermont Christian 45, Twinfield/Cabot 24

PLAINFIELD, Vt. — The Eagles evened their record at 3-3 with the victory over the Trojans.

MVCS is at Green Mountain on Wednesday.

Leland & Gray 55, Rivendell 11

TOWNSHEND, Vt. — The Raptors fell to 1-9 and host White River Valley on Saturday.

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