DUXBURY — The Harwood girls basketball team avoided a last-second scare Thursday, avenging an early-season loss with a 40-39 victory over Lyndon.
The Vikings threatened to cap a season sweep over the Highlanders when they threw up a shot at the buzzer, but it fell short. Three weeks ago, Lyndon won the first meeting with a 48-38 victory, and the Division I Vikings took the lead again in the rematch. Harwood fell behind 11-7 in the first quarter and faced a 22-18 halftime deficit. Harwood turned on the jets after the break, establishing a 37-26 lead entering the final quarter.
Mia Cooper finished with another double-double for the Highlanders, contributing 16 points, 14 rebounds and two blocks. Ashley Proteau scored seven points for HU, while Emma Ravelin chipped in with six points and six steals in her first varsity start. Tanum Nelson also scored six points in the victory. Lindsay Joyal (14 points) and Cameron Heath (10 points) paced Lyndon.
“We’ve been talking about ‘all for one and one for all,’ and we felt we could play with these guys,” Harwood coach Tom Young said. “We got down but we didn’t hang our heads. (Lyndon) came out and hit five 3-pointers in the first half, but I told them not to worry. And in the second half the bench was chanting, cheering for the defense. Everyone was involved and it was a total team effort.”
Harwood (9-4) will host Oxbow at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Thetford 48, U-32 37
THETFORD — Panthers standout Kiana Johnson scored 14 points Thursday and reached the 1,000-point milestone by making two foul shots with six minutes remaining.
Johnson is a former Chelsea standout who also excels in soccer and lacrosse. She transferred to Thetford last fall.
“Kiana needed 151 points coming into this season,” Thetford coach Eric Ward said. “At Chelsea she averaged 18 or 19 points a game last year. She came to our team knowing she didn’t have to do that. Our philosophy is, ‘Whoever is open should hit the shot.’ And we’re well-balanced most games. But I’ve seen the player (Johnson) can be. She scored 14 against Oxbow, and there were five or six opportunities in that game where she could have made an easy shot and instead she passed off to her teammates. She knew it was going to come, and it may have taken a little bit longer just because of the way we play. But she smiles and brings energy every practice, and hopefully she’ll help lead us where we want to go.”
Lily Brown finished with 10 points for the Panthers, while Payton Gariboldi (12 points) led U-32. Thetford led 11-8 and opened up a 27-12 halftime lead. The Raiders fell behind 38-19 at the end of the third quarter.
“We weren’t great on the offensive end, but we played our best full-court man that we’ve played all year,” Ward said. “We only see U-32 once a year now, so we had to make some adjustments and we defended really well.”
Thetford (11-1) will host Williamstown at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.
Twinfield 55, Sharon 14
SHARON — Freshman phenom Olivia Hogan paced the Trojans with a season-high 29 points to go along with 10 rebounds and four assists Thursday.
Twinfield’s Ashlyn Hogan (11 points, five rebounds) and Kaitlyn Andress (seven assists) were also in top form. Emma Foster scored four points for the Phoenix, who trailed 12-4 after the first quarter. The Trojans led 28-6 at the break and extended their advantage to 45-10 entering the fourth quarter.
“(Andress) made a big difference and she handled the ball impeccably,” Twinfield coach Danielle Laperle said. “And in the second half the whole team got to play pretty equally. We’re still playing with a new roster every game but we’re going to roll with the punches. My defense has stepped up when I asked them to and I appreciated these girls and their work ethic in practice. Obviously I require it of them, but they don’t have to give the 100-percent effort like they’ve been doing. It’s started to show on the court and I don’t know why we can’t have a successful second half of the season.”
Twinfield (6-7) will travel to play Northfield at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
BRADFORD — Mariah Shumway and Arianna Bolles scored 10 points apiece Thursday, helping the Olympians snap a four-game losing skid.
Tiffany Longmoore (seven points) and Kaysea Neal (six points) were also sharp for Oxbow. Ciera Sweet and Eliza Dwinell scored six points apiece for the Blue Devils. The Olympians built a 10-7 lead in the first quarter, entered halftime in front 17-11 and led 24-15 after three quarters.
“It never felt like we were 10 points ahead,” Oxbow coach Barry Emerson said. “We shot 15 free throws in the fourth quarter and we made eight of them. It’s not great but it got the job done.”
Oxbow (5-8) will travel to play Harwood at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Lake Region 47,
ORLEANS — Tia Martinez (13 points) and Robin Nelson (nine points) allowed the Rangers to pull ahead and stay ahead Thursday.
Hannah Poginy and Melanie Menard added seven points for Lake Region, which opened up a 16-8 advantage in the opening quarter.
The Rangers enjoyed a 31-14 halftime cushion and didn’t mess around in the third quarter, extending their lead to 40-18. Aaliyah Shannon (eight points) and Bella Lur (five points) led the way for MHS.
Rice 65, Spaulding 33
SOUTH BURLINGTON — Four players reached double-figures Thursday for the Green Knights, who almost doubled-up the Crimson Tide. Fiona Connolly (17 points), Larissa Zierak (12 points), Sadie Vincent (11 points) and Kristen Varin (11 points) paced Rice (10-4). Emily Poulin scored six points for the Tide (1-12).