BARRE — Gavin Fowler scored 16 points, Bradley Duke had 15 and Jordyn Holt chipped in with nine as No. 9 Twinfield handled No. 8 Websterville Baptist, 55-45, during Wednesday’s Division IV playdown.
Websterville was led by Porter Peloquin, who had a game-high 19 points. Teammate Dalton Cody scored 10 points before fouling out of the game.
“I would say that Websterville was the aggressor in the first half and we were playing kinda’ soft,” Twinfield coach Chris Hudson said. “They took it to us bit, but in the second half we changed some things up and we responded. We went to the press a little bit in the second half and took the ball inside with a purpose. Porter Peloquin was probably the best player on the floor tonight, but we proved we were the best team.”
Twinfield opened up a 13-6 lead. A putback from Duke punctuated the Trojans’ early run. A basket from Websterville’s Ari Schumacher (eight points) stopped the bleeding toward the end of the first quarter and signaled that the Warriors were waking up offensively.
A 3-pointer from Peloquin closed the gap to 13-11 at the start of the second quarter and was followed by Cody corralling his own shot for a putback to tie the game. Three points from Fowler gave Twinfield the lead 16-13 on the other end. The teams traded baskets for the rest of the half, with Cody nailing a buzzer-beater 3-pointer for a 22-18 lead.
“It was a tough first half but in the second half we started to pull things together,” Fowler said. “We kept going back and forth but managed to develop some confidence in the second half and kept trying to pound it away down low. They have some really good athletes with quick hands and we needed to play a little smarter. I think the key for us was to keep wearing them down and then eventually be able to make our free throws.”
The Warriors attempted to pull away in the third quarter. Buckets by Peloquin and Schumacher opened a 26-18 lead to start the quarter, but Fowler and his teammates were having none of it. As Twinfield scratched back, Fowler capped the Trojans’ mini run with a basket and the foul to close the gap to 29-27. A free throw from Holt a minute later tied the game at 31 as the Twinfield assumed the role of aggressor. After trading baskets to the end of the third, the Trojans made their move in the game’s final quarter.
A steal and finish from Josh Dunkling started the quarter as started to trade baskets again. A pair of hoops from Websterville’s Cutler Gladding gave the Warriors momentum, but a basket from Twinfield’s Noah Slayton (four points) gave the Trojans a 49-46 lead. In the bonus at that point, the Trojans made their free throws down the stretch to the seal the final outcome.
Twinfield (11-9) moves on to face No.1 Danville in the quartefinals. Websterville finishes their season with a record of 11-10.