MONTPELIER — A 15-0 run at the start of the second quarter helped Montpelier extend its winning streak to seven games with Wednesday’s 55-29 victory over Harwood.
The Highlanders kept things close early and trailed 11-8 after the first quarter. Montpelier held HU scoreless for the opening 5:20 of the second quarter and carried a 33-15 lead into halftime. Tyler Ricker ignited the quick spurt with a trio of 3-pointers. Ricker (12 points, four steals) and Leo Riby-Williams (15 points, 12 rebounds) paced Montpelier, which headed into the fourth quarter with a 43-21 lead.
“We rebounded well and got really deep into the bench,” Montpelier coach Nick Foster said. “We played good defense and we mixed it up. We changed come full-court pressure looks and some zone and some man stuff. The first quarter was slow. But once we picked it up and got our pressure defense going, we were able to extend the lead.”
Solons Isaak Donahue (eight points) and Marshall Donahue (six points) were also key players. Teammates Jonah Cattaneo (five assists) and Jake Collier added five points apiece. Harwood’s top scorer was Michael Fuller (seven points). Cooper Olney and Chris James each scored five points for the Highlanders.
“We had really good ball movement in the second quarter, and Jonah especially,” Foster said. “He’s been scoring a lot for us lately and he was a good distributor tonight.”
Isaak Donahue gave the Solons a 4-0 lead before Fuller recorded HU’s first basket. Riby-Williams darted in for a layup, Will Bruzzese added a bank shot and Riby-Williams made a free-throw attempt for a 9-2 advantage. Following another field goal from Fuller, Riby-Williams extended the lead to 11-4 with a layup. Olney made two foul shots and Cole Hill hit a shot before the first-quarter buzzer, closing the gap to 11-8.
Montpelier was all business at the start of the second quarter, building a 26-8 advantage in a flash. Isaak Donahue scored on the first possession and Ricker added a pair of 3-pointers for a 19-8 lead. Riby-Williams and Ricker both went 2 of 2 from the line for a 23-8 lead and Ricker drained a 3-pointer on the next possession.
A field goal by James ended Montpelier’s run, but Nathan LaRosa and Riby-Williams immediately went back to work for the Solons. Collier hit a 3-pointer for a 33-11 advantage and his team was never threatened down the stretch.
Montpelier (8-1) will travel to play Hazen at 7:30 p.m. Monday. The Solons are battling for the top spot in Division II and have lots of company with U-32 (8-0), Fair Haven (10-0), Mill River (6-2) and North Country (6-2).
“Now that we’re all into league play, we’ll play for seeding,” Foster said. “But it’s going to be tough no matter where you land in Division II. And there will be some dangerous teams lurking. Spaulding could be something like a No. 11 (seed), and I don’t think anyone wants to play them in the first round. So it’s going to be about favorable matchups. We’ve been a top four seed the last two years and haven’t got through to the Aud. We have to be playing good basketball that time of year regardless of where we’re seeded.”
Harwood (2-8) will host Lamoille at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Williamstown 57, BFA-Fairfax 54
FAIRFAX — Blue Devils senior Jacob Tassie pulled within 24 points of a major milestone Wednesday, guiding the Blue Devils to their second straight victory.
Tassie paced his team with 20 points and is quickly closing in on 1,000 career points. Thomas Parrrott (11 points, five steals), Cole Banks (seven points) and James DeForge (six points) gave the Blue Devils solid depth offensively. Teammate Tavien Rouleau went 3 of 3 from the foul line in the fourth quarter and finished with five points. Carl Bruso (15) and Cam Meunier (14 points) led the way for BFA.
“Our guys played really tough against a strong D-III opponent,” Williamstown coach Jack Carrier said. “I like the way our guys are starting to figure out things. We are young but we have a lot of fight. I am proud of the way some guys really stepped up in a tight game.”
Williamstown (2-6) will host Peoples Academy at 7 p.m. Friday. BFA-Fairfax (4-3) will host Vergennes the same day.
Winooski 48, Northfield 38
NORTHFIELD — Sharras McIver (16 points) and Trevor Bradley (12 points) allowed the Spartans to pull ahead and stay ahead during their first victory of the season Wednesday.
Winooski was in front 12-6 after one quarter, 24-19 after two and 37-29 after three. Carson Smit scored 12 points for Northfield, while teammates Preston Lilly and Caiden Crawford-Stempel added 11 points apiece.
“Saturday we had a decent game putting the ball in the basket, but unfortunately tonight we were back to the old thing,” Northfield coach Craig Tassie said. “We missed about 12 layups and we were 11 of 21 from the foul line. We just didn’t makes shots. We narrowed it to two points in the third quarter, but then we missed a couple of easy shots and went 0 for 4 from the line. We should have taken the lead at some point, but Winooski played hard at the end.”
The Spartans (1-8) will travel to play Randolph at 7 p.m. Friday. Northfield (4-5) will visit Stowe at noon Saturday.
Northfield 39, Twinfield 26
MARSHFIELD — The Marauders dominated Wednesday’s second half and earned their first victory in over two years.
Piper Mattsson scored 26 points and grabbed 18 rebounds in the victory. Freshman Zoe Jacobs added six points and three rebounds for Northfield, which trailed 15-14 entering the break.
“At halftime I set a goal for our girls that we would score 25 points — which we did — and we would hold them to 10 — and we held them to nine,” Northfield coach Trish Singer said. “Hard work by the girls on this team have led us to this point of winning our first game in two-and-a-half years. We’ve really been working on patience with our offense and moving the ball and creating opportunities to score. And it makes the defense work a little harder, so it’s not just one shot and done.”
Eighth-graders Mya Sanders (six points, four rebounds) and McKenna Knapp (six rebounds) helped keep the Marauders in front during the third and fourth quarriers. The Trojans were paced by Allyson Mill (seven points), Kaitlyn Andress (six points) and Bailey Cushing (four points).
“Twinfield did a very good job on the offensive boards, in the first half particularly,” Singer said. “They are very aggressive on defense and have a good full-court press, which gave us trouble in the second quarter. We reset at halftime and passed better, which made the press less effective in the second half.”
Northfield (1-6) will host Randolph at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Twinfield (1-8) will host Stowe at 7 p.m. Friday.
“We came out flat in the third quarter and Piper was awesome,” Trojans coach Jason Cushing said. “We had no answer for her tonight. Everything she did was in the paint and it seemed to be her night. She was quicker than our big girls and she just outplayed them all the way around. But if we can show up for four quarters, I think we’ll be alright. Offensively we struggle, and tonight we struggled defensively too. There’s a lot of talent on this team, and it’s just getting them to believe in it — that’s the trick.”
Burlington 3, Northfield 0
BURLINGTON — Spencer Stilwell and Ian Maher each recorded one goal and one assist for the Seahorses on Wednesday.
Calder Sky (two assists), Tido Schulman (one goal) and Bradley Labombard (22 saves) helped BHS close out the victory. Goalie Dylan Partlow made 34 saves for the Marauders. Northfield (0-9) will host St. Johnsbury at 2 p.m. Saturday. Burlington (3-6-1) will travel to play U-32 at 4:14 p.m. Saturday.
Harwood 6, Missisquoi 3
HIGHGATE - Finn O'Hara (four goals) and Skylar Platt (two goals) helped the undefeated Highlanders rally past the Thunderbirds on Wednesday.
The game was close early after Harwood failed to score during a 5-on-3 power play midway through the first period. MVU tucked away the opening goal on a shot by Steven King with 6:10 on the clock. O'Hara tallied the equalizer on a rebound a minute later, but Missisquoi closed out the period with a 2-1 lead. Owen Kane beat the Highlanders with a shot from the top of the slot. A five-minute major penalty against the Thunderbirds helped HU build a 6-3 lead in the second period. Harwod scored four goals in the final five minutes of the period.
Missisquoi (4-3-1) will travel to play Lowell (Mass.) at 12:15 p.m. Saturday. Harwood (9-0) will host Lyndon at 3 p.m. Saturday.