MONTPELIER — The good times keep on rolling for the Harwood girls basketball team.
The Highlanders (6-0) relied on a dozen points apiece from Tanum Nelson and Mia Cooper to secure a 54-23 victory over Montpelier on Tuesday. Ashley Proteau (10 points) also reached double figures for HU, while teammate Emma Ravelin added nine points.
The Highlanders’ 2-3 zone defense smothered Montpelier the entire game. The Solons could not get the ball inside and took most of their shots from the perimeter.
Bella Lurh (six points) scored first for Montpelier, but Harwood’s defense clamped down after the opening minutes. Harwood led 12-6 after the first quarter and the Solons did not score again until there were 48 seconds left in the half.
Cypress Levitt (four points) finally broke the scoring drought for MHS, but her team still faced a 26-8 deficit at the break. The Highlanders forced several early turnovers and steals in addition to outrebounding Montpelier offensively and defensively.
“They’re one of the best teams in the state for a reason,” Montpelier coach Brian Donaghue said. “They have size and they can do a lot of good things defensively. We got worn down.”
Cooper scored seven points in the third quarter and teammate Emma Ravelin added four points. Montpelier’s Mikaela Luke-Currier scored four points, but Harwood’s lead was insurmountable. Harwood led 44-14 at the end of the third quarter and never looked back. Jaye Fuller, Alivia Powers and Ella Gannon scored timely baskets down the stretch to prevent a Montpelier comeback. Ryleigh Chamberlain scored the lone 3-pointer for the Solons and finished with five points.
“Our shot selection wasn’t terrible,” Donaghue said. “We were open. We’ve just got to make them.”
Harwood and Fair Haven are the only undefeated teams in Division II.
“(Our defense) is something we take pride in,” Young said. “(The team) said to me that they really like the way they all support each other. We have a test coming up against Lake Region and we’ll see where we’re at.”
The Solons (2-4) will face Peoples Academy at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The Highlanders (6-0) will play Lake Region at 7 p.m., Friday.