MONTPELIER — Balance was the name of the game for Oxbow during Tuesday’s 34-18 girls basketball victory over Montpelier.
Kaysea Neal (eight points), Arianna Bolles (seven points) and Madison Fornwalt (six points) led the way for the Olympians. Teammates Emma Parkin and Mariah Shumway added five points apiece. Bella Luhr (six points), Callie Dalley (10 rebounds, four points) and Kaitlyn O’Reilly (four points) paced the Solons. Oxbow led 7-6 after one quarter and built a 16-8 halftime advantage. The Olympians outscored MHS 6-4 in the third quarter.
“We had a hard time scoring all game,” MHS coach Kylie Blodgett said. “When we’re playing against an aggressive defense, sometimes we lower our guard a little bit and we are less aggressive in return.”
The Olympians went 6 of 11 from the foul line during the final eight minutes, preventing any chance of a Montpelier comeback.
“In the fourth quarter we pulled it out and made them play man and we got some easier looks,” Oxbow coach Barry Emerson said. “But Montpelier played hard and they’re doing well.”
The Solons (4-10) will host Williamstown at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Oxbow (7-8) will face Lyndon the same night.
Hazen 65, Richford 24
HARDWICK — Hazen was on a mission at the start Tuesday and the Rockets never bounced back from a 22-point halftime deficit.
All eight players scored for the Wildcats, who led 14-2 after one quarter. Hazen headed into halftime in front 29-7 and led 45-17 after three quarters. Kiley Currier poured in a season-high 20 points to fuel the victory. Alleigh Gabaree added 18 points and 11 rebounds for Hazen, while teammates Lettie Hill (11 points) and Abby Ewen (four assists) made big contributions as well. Elizabeth Snider and Cassie Greenwood scored six points apiece for the Rockets.
“The last time we played them up there we were down by 16 at the half,” Hazen coach Tanya MacAuley said. “I think they went in feeling overly confident, and they soon realized that wasn’t the way to go. So we knew coming out this time that we weren’t going to allow that to happen again. They’ve been working very hard in practice and we worked on our inside game with Alleigh and Kiley. When they were double-teamed tonight, they kicked it out instead of taking shots that were crazy and wild.”
Hazen (13-1) will travel to play Danville at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
HYDE PARK — The Panthers entered halftime with a 19-1 advantage to silence the Lancers during Tuesday’s blowout.
Emi Vaughn (17 points) and Kiana Johnson (14 points) led Thetford at both ends of the floor. Isabelle Sullivan chipped in with four points for Lamoille (9-6). Thetford (13-1) will host Randolph at 7 p.m. Thursday.
“It’s the best team defense we’ve played all year,” Thetford coach Eric Ward said. “We went with a 2-2-1 press and it worked to perfection. You don’t always get steals with that defense, but we totally dictated the tempo of the game. And that’s something we haven’t done much this season. We’ve only allowed 100 shots in the last three games, and we’ll try to do some different things against Randolph. We’re looking forward to that one.”
Burr and Burton 66, U-32 48
EAST MONTPELIER — Three players in double-figures propelled the Division I Bulldogs to Tuesday’s victory over the D-II Raiders.
Patrick Forstmann (17 points), Jake Nicholson (14 points) and Thomas Baker (10 points) powered BBA (11-3). Jordan Hawkins stepped up for U-32 (8-5) with 20 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals. Bryson Richards dished out three assists and scored 12 points after making a trio of 3-pointers.
The Bulldogs led 19-13 after the first quarter and surged ahead 35-21 entering halftime. U-32 closed the gap to 49-40 entering the fourth quarter but lost momentum down the stretch. The Raiders will travel to play Oxbow at 7 p.m. Friday.
“We knew there were things we needed to work out,” U-32 coach Dan Gauthier said. “Primarily, defensive rebounding and offensive ball-and-player movement against their zone. We made a couple of adjustments and actually won the third quarter. We used some pressure, forced some turnovers and got some baskets in transition. I was incredibly proud of our guys’ toughness in that third quarter. It would have been easy to roll over, but we have a resilient group. And they found a way to turn one positive into a second positive and into a third. But Burr and Burton got a couple timely putbacks in the fourth and we were forced to foul down the stretch.”
Mount Abraham 17
VERGENNES — The Crimson Tide’s rising stars pounced on every opportunity Tuesday, triggering a 41-point victory over the Eagles.
Spaulding’s list of highlights was spread out across almost every weight class. Nick Pierce earned a pin in 1 minute, 34 seconds at 106 pounds, while Ryan Glassford pinned a ranked opponent in 3:34 at 132 pounds. Hunter Chase (138 pounds) beat the second-ranked wrestler in the state with a 2-1 victory.
Hunter Quero earned an 8-6 victory in overtime at 152 pounds, while Landon Farnham (160) secured an 11-3 victory. Ethan Benoit (170 pounds) earned a pin in 29 seconds and fellow Tide grappler Brandon Isaac (182 pounds) served up a takedown against his opponent in 4:27. Colton Perkins (285 pounds) earned a pin in 3:22, putting an exclamation point on Spaulding’s rout.
“This was a really good performance,” Tide coach Darren O’Meara said. “That was a team that beat us at the state tournament last year — they were in fourth place and we were in fifth. And they didn’t graduate many people, so I expected it to be really competitive. The young guys are stepping up and catching up quickly. They’re beating ranked opponents, and that’s a good place to be going into state championships in a couple weeks.”
MILTON — Montpelier’s Judith Witke Mele captured top all-around honors with a final score of 30.2 during Monday’s victory over the Yellowjackets.
Solons standout Jenna Krussman finished second in the all-around with a 29.9 and teammate Luna Pompei was third (29.5). Krussman and Witke Mele tied for first place on vault with matching scores of 8.3. Teammate Eva Stumpff was second (8.25) and Pompei was third (8.1).
Pompei prevailed on bars with a 6.9, Witke Mele paced second (6.4) and Milton’s Hailey Hemingway was third (6.1). Krussman triumphed on beam with an 8.4, holding off Pompei (8.2) and Milton’s Kayleigh Bluto (8.0). Stumpff was the top performer on floor, followed by Witke Mele (7.6) and Bluto (7.5).
“We only had four competitors tonight and they all worked so hard and kept positive attitudes,” MHS coach Shannon LeBoeuf said. “This meet was a great one to have as our last meet of the regular season. We will take the next week-and-a-half to get ready for the state competition on Feb. 16 at Essex High School.”