WILLIAMSTOWN — An up-and-down week for Williamstown ended in disappointment during Friday’s 50-10 girls basketball loss to Lake Region.
The Division III Blue Devils entered the game with lots of confidence from Monday’s 14-point victory over D-II Montpelier. The Rangers were runners-up in D-II last year and moved down to D-III this season. Tia Martinez took care of business once again for Lake Region, scoring 18 points against Williamstown to keep her team at the top of the standings.
The Rangers led 15-2 after one quarter, 27-6 after two and 39-8 after three. Williamstown struggled from the floor, going 5 of 43. It was a big change from the start of the week when Blue Devils guard Brianna McLaughlin was 6 of 10 from 3-point range against Montpelier. Teammates Fasika Parrott (10 points, five assists) and Ciera Sweet (six points, six rebounds, five assists) were also on fire against the Solons.
“We have shown that we can compete at a high level during the season,” Williamstown coach Sid Sweet said. “But after our win against Montpelier, we have not played at the level needed these last two games. Our rebounding was an issue both games. We will look to regroup and get ready for U-32 on Monday. I expect Lake Region to be in Barre in March, but I would believe we are a much better team than we played tonight.”
Lake Region improves to 15-2, while Williamstown falls to 4-12.
St. Johnsbury 54, Spaulding 37
BARRE — Josie Choiniere scored 32 points to deflate the Crimson Tide on Friday.
“We came out and scored the first three buckets,” Spaulding coach Tanya MacAuley said. “We got the rebounds when they didn’t score and came down and scored again. We started off really strong. And then Josie hit a couple of deep 3’s and tools some air out of our tires.”
St. Johnsbury led 15-13 after one quarter, 29-19 after two and 39-26 after three. Maren Nitsche (15 points) and Marie Burt (seven points) also scored for the Hilltoppers. Sam Donahue (13 points) and Natalie Folland (seven points) led the Crimson Tide, who went 7 of 12 from the foul line. St. Johnsbury made 25 of 28 free-throw attempts and scored all 15 of its fourth-quarter points from the line.
“Other than foul shots in the second half, they had two 3’s and one bucket,” MacAuley said. “Josie Choiniere is really good at creating things and making things happen. When she can drive in, if your feet aren’t planted and you’re not ready to take that charge, it ends up in a foul. And that happened quite often. There were also times we were not disciplined with hand checks, and it’s frustrating as a coach to have that.”
St. Johnsbury improves to 10-5, while Spaulding falls to 8-7. The Tide will travel to play BFA-St. Albans at 7 p.m. Monday.
U-32 56, Harwood 28
DUXBURY — The Raiders made seven 3-pointers and featured eight players in the scoring column Friday, wrapping up a regular-season sweep over Harwood.
U-32 held leads of 12-8 after one quarter, 25-14 after two and 40-21 after three. Shannon McGinley hit a trio of 3-pointers and finished with 11 points in the victory. Olivia Hogan (nine points), Casey Flye (nine points) and Eliza Garland (eight points) kept the Raiders in charge. Harwood’s top scorers were Emma Ravelin (seven points), Mia Cooper (four points) and Ashlyn Carst (four points).
“It’s the most (points) we’ve given up and the least we’ve scored this season,” Harwood coach Tom Young said. “I give them all the credit. We came out flat and they shot around 70%. They hit everything and they also had way better energy. They beat us in every aspect of the game. We made mental mistakes and they didn’t. They were aggressive and we weren’t. They played a great game and they had great coaching. I think the girls were disappointed with how they played, but sometimes we just have to say that it wasn’t our best performance and we have to get back to work in practice. That’s how we handled. We know we’re better — we just had a bad night.”
U-32 (4-11) will host Williamstown at 7 p.m. Monday. Harwood (13-3) will host Randolph at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Hazen 86, Northfield 52
NORTHFIELD — Isaiah Baker dropped in 38 points during the first three quarters and the Wildcats pulled away for good after the Marauders kept things close in the opening stanza.
“We manned up all night and just tried to do the best that we could against (Baker),” Northfield coach Craig Tassie said. “He’s going to be a tough problem for anybody. He’s got a quick first step and he got to the rim quite a bit tonight.”
Baker hit six 3-pointers and was 6 of 8 from the foul line. Carter Hill (17 points) and Stephen Martin (11 points) also reached double figures in the victory. Carson Smit (18 points) and Preston Lilly (14 points) paced Northfield, which faced a 20-13 deficit after the first quarter. Hazen stretched its lead to 40-25 entering halftime and led 63-35 heading into the final quarter.
“We were 5 for 12 from the floor in the first quarter,” Northfield coach Craig Tassie said. “Usually when we’re 5 for 12, our misses are point blank. If you give us two or three more hoops, it’s a different game. But that’s been our deal all season. And against Richford we were 15 for 58. We’re not out at the line jacking 3’s — we’re going inside. And it’s tough if you can’t finish in there.”
Northfield (6-11) will travel to play Peoples Academy at 7 p.m. Monday. Hazen (15-3) will travel to play BFA-Fairfax at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.