MARSHFIELD — The Blue Mountain girls basketball team bounced back from its only loss of the season during Wednesday’s 43-23 victory over Twinfield.
Lauren Alley (16 points) helped the Bucks (12-1) remain undefeated against in-state rivals. Olivia Hogan (11 points, three rebounds) paced the Trojans but was held below her season average. Teammates Ava Hebert (five rebounds, four steals) and Delaney Fowler (five rebounds) provided balance, but a lack of offense doomed Twinfield. Blue Mountain led 10-4 after one quarter, 21-11 after two and 33-18 after three.
“We were breaking their press, we were playing great defense against them and we communicated well,” Twinfield coach Danielle Laperle said. “But we could not hit the broad side of a barn tonight — nothing would go in. We shot 13 percent from the floor, and we’ve never shot that badly. At halftime we didn’t feel like we had to adjust our defense because our press was being effective and we were creating chaos. We talked about more movement on offense and to go in for more layups. But we couldn’t even hit a layup tonight. And we went 9 for 23 from the foul line. That’s 39 percent, and usually we’re in the 70-percent range. Tonight was not ideal.”
Blue Mountain will travel to play Rivendell at 7 p.m. Friday. The Bucks suffered their only defeat Monday with a 41-31 loss at Woodsville, New Hampshire. Twinfield (8-8) will travel to play Danville at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Lyndon 70, Oxbow 48
BRADFORD — Dylan Young (16 points) and Vuk Vukicevic (14 points) guided the Vikings to their third victory in four games Wednesday.
Dane Buckingham (13 points), Sheldon Sanborn (12 points) and Connor McLure (11 points) also reached double-figures for LI. Matt Emerson (12 points) and Adam Maxwell (10 points) paced Oxbow.
The Vikings opened the game with some sharp shooting, resulting in a 21-14 cushion after the first quarter. Lyndon headed into the break in front 35-24 before extending its lead to 53-27 during the third quarter.
“We got it to 10 (points) midway through the third and then we turned the ball over three times in a row and that was it,” Oxbow coach Steven Carson said. “They’re long and athletic, they get out and run and they keep up the pressure on defense. They were bigger in every position and we had to play perfect. And we did not do it tonight.”
Oxbow (8-6) will host U-32 at 7 p.m. Friday.
Colchester 5, Harwood 3
BURLINGTON — The Highlanders scored late before allowing an empty-netter during the final minute against the Lakers at Leddy Park Arena.
Robby Rassle gave Colchester a 1-0 lead with 3:28 left in the first period. Andy Rosato scored a minute later for a 2-1 advantage. Fourteen seconds later, Will Spencer pushed the Lakers in front 3-0.
Harwood’s Skylar Platt scored an unassisted goal at 9:33 of the second period. The Highlanders closed the gap to 3-2 with 1:08 left in the period, as Jonathan O’Brien cashed in on assists from Stefan Davis and Luke Spaulding. Cameron Rolston contributed an insurance goal for Colchester with 9:56 remaining, but a power-play shot by Platt sliced the deficit to 4-3 with 1:46 remaining. Jake Green and Tyson Sylvia assisted for HU.
The Highlanders gambled by pulling goalie Liam Guyette (36 saves) to gain an extra skater. Colchester made Harwood pay, with Chase Carey directing the puck into the open net with 36 seconds on the clock. Goalie Sam Fath finished with 15 saves for Colchester.
Harwood (6-5-3) will host Missisquoi at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Vermont 86, Maine 63
BURLINGTON — Fans were slow to arrive due to icy roads but eventually 2,472 fans turned out for the Catamounts’ victory over the Black Bears on Wednesday.
Ernie Duncan (26 points) and Anthony Lamb (24 points, seven rebounds) had a field day for UVM, which enjoyed a 49-33 halftime advantage. Stef Smith (nine points), Everett Duncan (eight points), Robin Duncan (four rebounds, five assists) and Ben Shungu (four assists) rounded out the top Vermont contributors. Maine’s Isaiah White finished with 21 points, four rebounds and three assists. The Black Bears also relied on Andrew Fleming (16 points, four rebounds), Sergio El Darwich (11 points) and Terion Moss (seven points).
UVM improves to 18-5 overall and 8-1 in the America East. The Cats will host Albany at 2 p.m. Saturday.