RANDOLPH — Harwood’s Mia Cooper has mastered the art of the double-double all season and provided another clinic Saturday.
The power forward showed off her polished skill-set from start to finish, guiding the Highlanders to a 41-24 girls basketball victory over Randolph. Cooper recorded a team-high 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Highlanders, who have won five of their last six contests. Peyton Lanphear (eight points) and Emma Ravelin (seven points) provided offensive support for HU, while teammates Ella Gannon and Ashley Proteau grabbed 10 rebounds apiece. The Highlanders helped their cause from the foul line, going 13 of 22.
Both teams entered the second quarter with the score knotted at 6 before Harwood opened up a 15-8 halftime advantage. The Highlanders were even stingier on defense in the third quarter, resulting in a 25-10 lead heading into the fourth after Lanphear’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer.
“We shot 9 of 70 from the floor and we only went to the line six times,” Galloping Ghosts coach Scott Lafreniere said. “Harwood’s zone is a pretty big and aggressive zone. We had some really good shots and good looks at the basket, and they just didn’t drop for us.”
Randolph’s Rielle Brassard scored seven of her nine points during the final eight minutes, while teammate Kasie Mills finished with six points. The Ghosts (12-4) will host Lake Region at 7 p.m. Thursday. Harwood (12-5) will host Thetford at 1 p.m. on Feb. 16.
“People were saying that Harwood didn’t have a good road win, and they were waiting to see,” HU coach Tom Young said. “And we had to go on the road and beat someone who’s ranked second in the state. I put a little pressure on them by saying, ‘If you want something, you have to go get it.’ They came in knowing the game means something and it was nice to see them respond. Our defense played great and we had another great crowd. The fan support has been tremendous this season. To have people follow Harwood girls on the road means a lot.”
Thetford 45, Lyndon 41
LYNDON — Chelsea product Kiana Johnson scored 17 points for the short-handed Panthers on Saturday, slamming the door on a late comeback attempt by the Vikings.
Namya Benjamin (11 points) and Grace Davis (six points) added scoring balance for Thetford, which competed with three subs. Camryn Heath (13 points) and Teagan Wheeler (11 points) powered LI. The Panthers led 11-2 after one quarter, 25-14 after two and 38-26 after three.
“We got in foul trouble early and we had to mix and match,” Thetford coach Eric Ward said. “Lyndon is very physical and they’re strong. We weren’t at full strength and we played without our point guard, Emi Vaughan. Lyndon did a lot of stuff to make us work, but it’s nice to see what we need to work on if we don’t have Emi or if she’s in foul trouble. You play with what you have, and this is how the cards were dealt today. We have some stuff to work on, but that’s what practice is for.”
Thetford (15-1) will travel to play Williamston at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
HARDWICK — Natalie Geoffery scored a career-high 15 points Saturday and the Wildcats coasted to their 11th straight victory.
Kiley Currier (12 points, eight rebounds) and Alleigh Gabaree (10 points, four rebounds) also reached double-figures for Hazen. Teammates Macy Molleur (six rebounds) and Lettie Hill (eight assists) made big contributions as well. Piper Mattsson (six points) and Chiara Smith (five points) paced Northfield, which fell behind 19-6 in the first quarter.
Hazen held a 32-7 halftime advantage before extending its lead to 51-14 heading into the final quarter.
“Natalie only played about half of the game because she’s still recovering from a hurt foot,” Hazen coach Tanya McAuley said. “To have a season high of 15 points only playing that much is pretty fantastic. She really is all-out all the time she’s on the floor.”
Hazen (16-1) will host Peoples Academy for Senior Night at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Danville 58, Twinfield 48
DANVILLE — Halie Tillotson and the Indians took care of business during Saturday’s clash against the Trojans.
Danville led 14-8 after the fist quarter, but Ivy Quintin nailed three consecutive 3-pointers at the end of the first half to give Twinfield a 27-26 cushion.
The Indians regained the lead at 41-33 by the end of the third quarter.
Danville’s players hit their foul shots to hold on down the stretch.
Tillotson led all scorers with 26 points and Laci Sandvil added 14 points for the Indians.
Quintin (three rebounds) finished with 25 points after another barrage of 3-pointers in the second half. Ashlyn Hogan (14 points, six rebounds) and Kaitlyn Andress (eight assists) also made key contributions for the Trojans.
“Ivy really lit up under pressure,” Trojans coach Danielle Laperle said. “Her 3-pointers, one right after another, ignited the whole team. And her consecutive 3-pointers with two minutes to go in the fourth really closed the gap. The big thing was we weren’t rebounding hard enough on both ends and we had a few turnovers that were really costly. But Ivy stepped up big and was trying to answer for us.”
Twinfield (8-9) will travel to play White River at 7 p.m. Tuesday.