EAST MONTPELIER — The Mount Abraham girls basketball team handed U-32 one of its worst losses of the past decade during Saturday’s 48-22 victory.
Jalen Cook paced Mount Abe (3-2) with 14 points, nine assists and six steals. Chloe Johnston (four assists) and Cora Funke (six rebounds) scored 10 points apiece for Mount Abe, which led 27-13 at the break. U-32’s Mikayla Farnum also scored 10 points.
“I haven’t been beat like this in a long time,” U-32 coach Travis Paquet said. “We had good games against BFA and Essex, but our defense wasn’t there today. We weren’t getting out on the shooter, we weren’t contesting the (3-pionter) and we were two or three steps behind where we should have been. And offensively, we couldn’t do anything. We couldn’t buy a basket and they were making everything. After the game I told their girls, ‘This game is behind us and we’re going to move forward. There’s no use in beating yourselves up over this.’”
U-32 (3-3) will travel to play Spaulding (0-4) at 7 p.m. Wednesday. During the second game of the season the Raiders rallied at the end of regulation and secured a 48-44 overtime victory over the Crimson Tide.
“We’re 3-3 and in the exact same scenario that we were in last year,” Paquet said. “We split with Mount Abe, we lost to BFA and Essex, and we beat Mill River and Spaulding. We’ll come out in the New Year and hope to get a win and avoid four losses in a row.”
RANDOLPH — Northfield’s Piper Mattsson scored 10 points Saturday to help her team stay close but the Galloping Ghosts came alive in the third quarter to keep their perfect record intact.
Rielle Brassard (12 points) and Sara Rea (10 points) reached double-figures for Randolph. Teammate Ella Davignon added eight points and Becky Johnson scored six points in the victory. Mattsson caused a lot of problems for the Ghosts at the start, with both teams closing out the opening quarter tied at 6. Randolph enjoyed a slight edge in the second quarter, building a 20-16 halftime lead. The Ghosts were all business in the third quarter, extending their lead to 38-20.
Randolph (6-0) will host Woodstock at 7 p.m. Wednesday. “It’s nice to be 6-0 but we’ve got a lot of work to do,” Randolph coach Scott Lafreniere said. “We’ve won on the road quite a bit this year and this was only our second home game. It’s going to be nice to have a good home stretch here with six of seven games at home. We know the Capital schedule is going to be tough and we still have to fine-tune a lot of things.”
Williamstown 51, BFA-Fairfax 44
WILLIAMSTOWN — The Blue Devils outscored BFA 16-11 in the third quarter and closed out Saturday’s victory from the foul line.
Williamstown jumped ahead 13-10 in the opening quarter and led 21-17 at halftime. The Blue Devils pulled away in the third quarter, opening up a 37-29 advantage after Alycia Dickinson hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer. Ciera Sweet scored 11 points and went 6 of 8 from the foul line in the fourth quarter, allowing her team to avenge an early-season 46-32 loss against BFA. Sweet was also a constant pest on defense, nabbing four steals and neutralizing BFA standout Alison Irish.
“Ciera played Alison straight-up the whole game on defense,” Williamstown coach Sid Sweet said. “Alison had 11 today, and last game she had 24 against us. This was the most complete game Ciera has played for us.”
Jazlyn Locarno (10 points), Abby Perusse (eight points, 10 rebounds) and Shylah King (eight points, nine rebounds) had strong games for the Blue Devils. Williamstown (2-2) will travel to play Randolph on Jan. 5.
MONTPELIER — A lackluster start to Saturday’s second half sealed the Solons’ fate. Vergennes held an 8-6 lead after the first quarter and built it up to 23-19 by the half.
“The third quarter killed us,” Solons coach Kylie Blodgett said. “We came out flat and they took advantage.”
Vergennes was up 38-19 going into the fourth quarter, but Montpelier didn’t let up and outscored its opponent 17-16 in the final frame. After only getting to the line for two foul shots in the first half, the Solons picked up the aggression level and wound up shooting 13 free-throw attempts in the second half. Mary Curran led the Solons with 10 points, while Kate Gosliga (10 points) and Morgan Lynk (nine points) paced Vergennes. Montpelier (1-3) will travel to play Harwood on Jan. 5 at 2:30 p.m.
Hazen 56, Twinfield 33
MARSHFIELD — Elliot Kimball (14 points) and Isaiah Baker (12 points) led Hazen to Saturday’s decisive victory. Twinfield held an early 12-5 lead but Hazen settled in and was up 16-12 after the first quarter. The Wildcats led 37-21 at the half and enjoyed a 49-23 advantage after three quarters. Jordyn Holt (10 points) and Gavin Fowler (six points) paced Twinfield. The Trojans (2-1) will face Sharon at 7 p.m. Friday.
Oxbow 71, Rivendell 55
BRADFORD — Bryce Ilsley (24 points), Matt Emerson (14 points) and Orin Mahikoa (12 points) led the Olympians past the Raptors on Saturday. Zack Gould scored 24 points for Rivendell.
Otter Valley 38
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Dylan Mackie scored 18 points to lead Otter Valley past Hartford 38-28 in the consolation game of the East-West Challenge on Saturday at Hanley Gym.
Mill River 60,
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Zach Ames scored all of his 18 points for Mill River in the second half as the Minutemen stopped Woodstock 60-44 Saturday in the champinship game of the East-West Challenge.
Harwood 5, Northfield 3
NORTHFIELD — After asserting themselves early, the Highlanders maintained their composure and outlasted the Marauders on Saturday.
Harwood led 2-0 following the first period and the score stayed that way until the start of the third period, when Harwood added another goal. But the Highlanders Achilles’ Heel – penalties — helped Northfield get within striking distance again with back-to-back goals on the power play. Harwood pulled ahead by two goals again, only to have Northfield respond to make it 4-3 with a minute left. Luckily for the Highlanders, an empty-net goal dashed Northfield’s hopes of a comeback.
“The first period was definitely our period,” Harwood coach Shaun Morse said. “We came out moving our feet, and it looked like Northfield had a slow start.”
Highlanders Skylar Platt (two goals, one assist), Finn O’Hara (one goal, one assist), Gavin Thomsen (one goal, one assist) and Jake Wells (one goal) led their team’s offense. Goalie Liam Guyette made 21 saves for HU. Caleb Bridges (two goals, one assist) and Bryce MacDougall (one goal, two assists) accounted for all of Northfield’s scoring. Goalie Dylan Partlow made 25 saves for the Marauders. Harwood (2-1-3) will host Brattleboro at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Stowe 3, Middlebury 2
MIDDLEBURY — Jace Boerger scored twice in the third period on Max Carr assists to lead to Raiders past the Tigers in the championship of the Fletcher “Buster” Brush Holiday Classic.
Stowe opened the scoring 10 seconds into the first period when Boerger set up Carr. Middlebury’s Hale Hescock converted a Cooper O’Brien assist 1:16 into the second period and teammate Ryan Nadeau scored 40 seconds later on an assist by Aaron Larocque. The Raiders still trailed with 1:34 remaining in the third period, but Boerger scored twice in a span of 73 seconds to give his team the edge. Carr reached the 100-point milestone for his career in the victory. Middlebury goalie Zeke Hooper made 44 saves, while Stowe’s Jack Seivwright stopped nine shots. Brookline (Mass.) earned a 5-3 victory over Lake Placid (N.Y.) in the consolation game.
Harwood-Northfield 8, Hartford 1
WATERBURY — Highlanders defenseman Lilianna Ziedins netted four goals during a dominant performance Saturday. The Harwood-Northfield girls established a 4-1 lead in the first period and added four more goals in the second period.
“We played well coming back after five days off,” HU-Northfield coach Mike Vasseur said. “It’s good to have a break, but you never know how they will respond.” Harwood-Northfield also benefited from goals by Kailie French, Hailey Brickey, Sarah Garvin and Kaylee Thayer, while goalie Kaylee Cameron made six saves in the victory. Jasmine Wilson scored for Hartford and teammates Zoe Phieffer (25 saves) and Jacqueline Gour (five saves) joined forces in goal. Harwood-Northfield (3-1) will travel to play BFA-St. Albans at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
MIDDLEBURY — The Tigers jumped on the Tide early but solid defense by Spaulding kept things close during the final two periods.
First-period goals from Izzy Pistilli and Merry Kimball gave Middlebury the edge, but Spaulding goalie Amber McGinley (50 saves) and defensemen Amanda Gerrish and Addie Reil contained the Tigers’ offense for the rest of the game. Analie Choquette created quality scoring chances for the Tide and nearly made it a one-goal game, but goalie Lydia Pettman (eight saves) was sharp for Middlebury.
Spaulding (1-4) will travel to play Hartford at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Rice 3, Stowe 2
SOUTH BURLINGTON — The Green Knights erased a 2-0 deficit and Barre product Lisa McNamara scored the game-winning goal Saturday.
Kylie Corley and Tatum Shappy also scored for Rice, which recorded all three goals in the second period. Abby McKeown tallied two assists, McNamara added one assist and teammate Emily McDonald recorded 13 saves in goal. Abbie Rice and Carolina Rolfe scored for Stowe, while goalie Leo Clark made 23 saves in the loss.
Quero powers Tide
NOBLE, Maine — Senior Hunter Quero (152 pounds) and junior Carter Dickinson (113 pounds) helped the Crimson Tide place 15th out of 24 teams Saturday during one of the largest tournaments in Maine.
Quero pinned his first three opponents on the way to the finals before suffering a close loss. Dickinson went 5-1 to place third, avenging his only loss in the third-place match.
“Matthew and Daniel Durgin both wrestled hard and came away with some wins,” Spaulding coach Darren O’Meara said. “And freshmen Logan Bailey and Colton Perkins both got a couple of wins too. That’s a big deal given the size of that tournament.”
Spaulding will host Otter Valley and St. Johnsbury at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Jed Kurts leads U-32
HUNTINGTON — A handful of Central Vermont skiers proved that they’ll be title contenders later this winter during Saturday’s interval-start race at Sleepy Hollow.
Harwood’s Ava Thurston claimed top honors in the girls race by crossing the line in 12 minutes, 50 seconds. Essex’s Charles Martell won the boys race in 11:50. The U-32 boys coasted to a 30-point victory over runner-up Mt. Mansfield, wile perennial power Middlebury placed third. The Raiders were led by Jed Kurts (third, 12:28), Hans Krokenberger (fifth, 12:41), Trevor Patterson (sixth, 12:42) and Tzevi Schwartz (seventh, 12:50). The U-32 girls finished third following solid races from Jesse Colnes (11th, 14:58), Ginger Knight (13th, 15:24), Ayla Bodach-Turner (19th, 16:01) and Mia Smith (26th, 16:37).
BOYS TEAM SCORES
1. U-32 21; 2. Mt. Mansfield 51; 3. Middlebury 65; 4. Colchester 92; 5. Essex 105; 6. CVU 107; 7. Harwood 140; 8. Burlington 155.
GIRLS TEAM SCORES