JERICHO — Asa Carlson made five 3-pointers and scored 22 points for Mount Mansfield on Tuesday, sparking a 66-44 playoff victory over Spaulding.
The No. 15 Crimson Tide kept things close early against the No. 2 Cougars, trailing 17-12 after one quarter. Mount Mansfield led 32-18 at the break and established more breathing room in the third quarter, shooting ahead 50-26.
“In the first half we did a good job keeping them out of the paint,” Spaulding coach Jesse Willard said. “But Carlson hit those 3-pointers and it made us extend our zone out more than we originally planned. And we opened the paint back up for them. Coming into the game, we wanted them to beat us from the outside. And I think they did tonight.”
Mark Howland finished with 14 points for the Cougars (17-4). Mount Mansfield will host a Division I quarterfinal at 7 p.m. Friday against either No. 7 Burr and Burton (13-6) or No. 10 Brattleboro (12-8).
Sam Bigglestone and Alex Coyle scored 15 points apiece for Spaulding. Aiden Gilwee added six points for the Tide (5-16).
“This season we had points where we could play with anybody,” Willard said. “But MMU is so big — it’s almost like a boxing match. And we’re in a little bit lighter weight class than they are. The banging and physicality as the game goes on just wears you down. You get a little bit slower and you don’t focus so much.”
BFA-Fairfax 73, Randolph 46
FAIRFAX — The No. 11 Galloping Ghosts had a difficult time neutralizing BFA’s Everett Haddock during Tuesday’s Division III playdown.
Haddock scored a team-high 16 points and added nine rebounds for No. 6 BFA. Offensive balance was the Bullets’ best friend, thanks to strong performances by Keegan Place (13 points), Carl Bruso (10 points, 11 rebounds), Owen Demar (10 points) and Michael Roy (nine points). Zach Whitmore (13 points) and Logan Wright (eight points) paced Randolph. The Ghosts finish the season at 5-16. BFA-Fairfax (15-6) will travel to play No. 3 Thetford (14-5) at 7 p.m. Friday.
BFA-St. Albans 1,
ST. ALBANS — Goalie Leo Clark and the No. 8 Raiders held the No. 1 Comets scoreless for the first two periods before Peyton Dukas helped BFA avoid an upset Tuesday.
Peyton Dukas scored 12 seconds into the third period, lifting her team to a Division I quarterfinal victory. Linsey Larrow and Chloe Rouleau assisted the game-winner, while Maddie Hungerford made 12 saves in the shutout. Clark recorded 45 saves for Stowe (11-9-1).
BFA (19-1-1) will host a semifinal against either No. 4 Rice (13-7) or No. 5 South Burlington (10-8-1).