DUXBURY — The Harwood girls basketball team limited Lamoille to three points during a dominant fourth quarter Thursday, leading to a 54-34 Highlanders victory.
The HU squad was briefly in danger of suffering another lopsided loss against Lamoille before claiming payback in decisive fashion. Two weeks ago, Lamoille sent the Highlanders packing with a 46-28 blowout. The Lancers quickly gained the upper hand in the rematch, pulling ahead 12-7 in the first quarter. Harwood rallied to build a 22-18 halftime lead and carried a 38-31 advantage into the fourth quarter.
Harwood point guard Ashley Proteau scored a season-high 13 points and added five steals. Tanum Nelson added 10 points for HU, while teammates Mia Copper (10 rebounds) and Peyton Lanphear both scored nine points.
“Ashley was incredible tonight,” Harwood coach Tom Young said. “She was playing high in the zone, she playing low in the zone, she brought the ball up and she was getting steals. She’s a dream to coach.”
Isabelle Sullivan (10 points) paced Lamoille, while Sydney Alexander and Heidi Tinker added five points apiece in the loss. Harwood improves to 11-5 and Lamoille falls to 9-7. The Highlanders will travel to play Randolph at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
“Division II is so close this year,” Young said. “We’re 11-5 and we’re still in sixth place. We have to keep winning if we want a home playoff game.”
Lake Region 36, U-32 30
ORLEANS — The Rangers erased an early double-digit deficit and surged ahead for good in the final minutes Thursday.
U-32 limited Lake Region sophomore sensation Tia Martinez to a pair of points in the first half, but she caught fire after the break and paced the Rangers with 13 points. Teammates Robin Nelson (eight points) and Natalie Racine (six points) added crucial offensive support in a game where offensive opportunities did not come easily. Mikayla Farnum (10 points) was plagued by foul trouble for much of the contest and watched the action from the bench for several stretches. Emily Ehret finished with eight points for the Raiders.
It was all U-32 at the start, with a 3-pointer by Rachel Lawson opening up a 10-2 lead with 3:32 remaining in the first quarter. A weak-side basket by Farnum pushed U-32 in front 12-2 before Martinez made a 3-pointer to end her team’s drought. A foul shot by Farnum gave U-32 a 13-5 lead entering the second quarter, and the Raiders could have led by more if it hadn’t been for some missed layups.
Both teams struggled to score at the start of the second quarter, resulting in a 19-12 U-32 lead at halftime. The squads traded baskets to kick off the third quarter, with the Raiders inching ahead 20-14. Lake Region’s Sierra Richardson and Nelson converted back-to-back layups to make it 20-18 with 3:40 left in the third quarter. Martinez tied the game with 2:00 on the clock and followed with a 3-pointer from the corner 15 seconds later, giving the Rangers a 23-20 advantage.
The Rangers (11-3) were in front 25-21 at the start of the fourth quarter and Hannah Poginy extended the lead to 28-22. Farnum’s putback closed gap to 28-24 with 6:00 remaining, and Jozlyn Bolduc scored in transition to help U-32 tie the game at 28.
Martinez nabbed two steals in a six-second span and knifed in for a fast-break layup, giving Lake Region a 32-30 lead with 40 seconds remaining. Sierra Richardson stole the ball in the paint with 22 seconds left and then Martinez made both free-throw attempts during a 1-and-1 situation to cap the scoring. U-32 (6-8) will host Oxbow at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Hazen 52, Danville 31
DANVILLE — The Wildcats rolled to their 10th straight victory Thursday with a much-improved effort against the Indians.
A month ago, Hazen eked out a 54-46 win over Danville, but the rematch was more one-sided. The Wildcats shot ahead 13-5 in the first quarter, led 22-14 at halftime and never let the Indians get close after the break. Alleigh Gabaree scored 15 points for Hazen and played a big role in her team’s 30-19 rebounding advantage. Kiley Currier and Lettie Hill scored 11 points apiece for Hazen. Colleen Flynn (15 points) and Haley Tillotson (14 points) paced Danville.
“The first time we played them we struggled in the first half,” Hazen coach Tanya McAuley said. “Before this game, coming off a great win over Richford, we knew we had to keep up the intensity. And we knew we had to contain Flynn inside. We did put her to the line way too many times, but we needed to keep out of the paint as much as possible.”
Hazen improves to 15-1, while Danville falls to 6-6.
BURLINGTON — Standout efforts from Emma Larivee and Lily Mitchell lifted the Seahorses past the Crimson Tide on Thursday.
Larivee dropped in 18 points, while Mitchell contributed 12 points, 21 rebounds and six assists. Bety Mayani (eight points) and Ella Decelles (seven points, 10 assists) were also in top form for BHS, which improves to 6-10. Natalie Folland (15 points) and Josie Diego (seven points) led the way for the Tide, who fell behind 35-17 in the first half. Spaulding (1-15) will host CVU at 7 p.m. Monday.
Lyndon 45, Oxbow 30
BRADFORD — Cameron Heath (15 points) and Lindsay Joyal (10 points) gave the Division I Vikings a potent 1-2 scoring punch Thursday against the D-III Olympians
Kaysea Neal powered Oxbow with 13 points and teammate Rachel Spear scored a season-high 10 points. The Olympians jumped in front 8-5 during the first quarter before the Vikings stepped up defensively to establish a 13-11 halftime cushion. Both teams woke up offensively in the third quarter, with Lyndon padding its lead to 29-22.
“We led most of the first half,” Oxbow coach Barry Emerson said. “After halftime, we turned it over too many times and we didn’t get shots on the offensive end.”
MONTPELIER — Jazlyn Locarno (12 points) guided the Blue Devils during Thursday’s wire-to-wire victory against the Solons
Aaliyah Shannon (seven points) paced MHS, which trailed 11-0 after the first quarter. The Blue Devils extended their lead to 16 points, but Montpelier’s Cypress Levitt and Mikaela Luke-Currier scored on back-to-back possessions to close the gap to 23-11 entering halftime. Williamstown finished the third quarter in front 35-21 and easily secured the final outcome.
Ciera Sweet (nine points, nine rebounds, eight steals) and Eliza Dwinell (eight points) were also sharp for Williamstown.
Montpelier (4-11) will travel to play Lyndon at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Williamstown (8-8) will host Thetford the same day.
QUECHEE — Hayley Goodwin nearly outscored the Marauders single-handedly during Thursday’s victory. Mid-Vermont improves to 11-4, while Northfield falls to 0-14.
Montpelier 59, Milton 56
MILTON — Junior Ben Gambill made the biggest shot of his varsity career Thursday, giving the Solons a last-second victory over the Yellowjackets.
“Milton actually had the inbound with four-tenths of a second left, but their guy threw it long and it hit the ceiling,” Montpelier coach Nick Foster said. “So it gave us the ball underneath the basket and Ben was open. He caught the ball and got off a shot from the corner. Last week he made one at the first-quarter horn against Lyndon, so he’s got a little gene in him. He’s responding to the challenge of varsity-level basketball, and I’m even more impressed with the effort he’s making rebounding and playing defense. We know he can shoot — we’re just encouraging him to shoot more.”
Leo Riby-Williams led Montpelier with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Tyler Ricker (nine points), Jonah Cattaneo (nine points) and Gambill (eight points) gave MHS plenty of scoring options. Milton led 20-10 after one quarter and 30-29 at halftime before Montpelier finished off the third quarter with a 46-44 advantage.
Montpelier improves to 10-5, while Milton falls to 9-5. The Solons will host Thetford at 7:30 p.m. Monday.
“We were sitting in the No. 8 spot and it’s really tight there,” Foster said of the Division II rankings. “We play some teams that are ahead of us, and Milton is one of them. They’re certainly one of the best teams in Division II, so it was nice to respond after being down early and being able to close it out.”