Valley News – Local roundup: Yellowjackets earn come-from-behind win at Thetford
THETFORD — Trailing 13 at the start of the second quarter Tuesday night, Windsor High girls’ basketball coach Kabray Rockwood took time out.
“I said this could get really ugly, or we can find a way to get back at it,” Rockwood said. “This is an effort issue and we are beating ourselves and we need to rectify that. The power to hit a few shots and get on defense turns the tide.”
The Yellowjackets charged back, cutting their deficit to five by half-time and eventually taking the lead with three minutes left in the fourth quarter, then using free throws to move from there to a 53-41 win over host Thetford.
Windsor (2-1), the defending VPA Division III champions, completed all five starters from last year’s title-winning squad. Junior Sydney Perry led the Yellowjackets with 19 points, sophomore Audrey Rupp had 18 and sophomore Sophia Rockwood had 12, including the floater that finally gave Windsor the lead.
Junior Addie Cadwell’s 15 points led the Panthers (1-1), who took six each from juniors Kelsey Bogie and Charlize Brown and senior Madi Mousley.
“If they stay connected and believe in themselves, they can achieve whatever they want,” said Kabray Rockwood. “Windsor has a long history of championship wins and all teams are held to that standard. If you believe in yourself and work hard, you have these opportunities.”
Windsor is back in action next Tuesday against Fall Mountain in the Connecticut River Classic hosted by Stevens. Thetford welcomes Division I powerhouse CVU on Thursday.
MANCHESTER — Sarah Belk had 22 points, 12 of them in the fourth quarter, to lead the Raiders (1-2) to their first win of the season. Belk scored all of Lebanon’s points in the final period.
The Raiders return home on Thursday to take on Laconia.
QUECHEE — The Eagles (1-1) got into the winning column for the first time when they held off the Swordswomen.
MVCS led by 10 points entering the fourth quarter, holding on only with stops on the last few defensive holdings. Trinity’s 3-point attempt at buzzer failed.
Sarah Bascom led the Eagles with seven points, all from the free throw line. Rebekah Roberts added six and Alyssa Roberts chipped in five.
“Overall a much better performance and an improvement from our last game,” said MVCS coach Chris Goodwin. “We will continue to improve and learn from every game.”
The Eagles host VPA Division IV champions West Rutland next Tuesday.
BRADFORD — Another strong performance from Maggi Ellsworth as a sophomore propelled the Olympians (2-1) to a win over the Hurricanes (1-1).
Ellsworth scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds, and Emerson Fuller-Penatzer had a double-double with 15 points and 10 boards. Charlotte Jasmin had a game-high 22 for Hartford.
Oxbow is in Rivendell on Thursday while the Canes travel to Woodstock on Friday.
NORTFIELD, Vt. – The Wildcats (1-1) bounced back from a season-opening loss to Thetford with a win over the Marauders.
Tanner Drury led White River Valley with 24 points, and Ella Perreault contributed a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Jillian Barry added 13 points for the Cats and Shannon Hadlock contributed 18 points and 12 boards.
“Finally dropping a few shots,” said WRV coach Tim Perreault. “A good team defense allowed us to come out in the transition phase and get input from a lot of players.
The Cats return home Thursday to host Springfield.
NORTH SUTTON, NH — The Royals fell back to 1-3 with the loss to the Cougars. Mascoma will open the home portion of his schedule against Winnisquam on Thursday.
LEBANON — The Raiders have given up the first 22 points of the NHIAA Division II game. Chase Adams, a 6-foot-4 junior center, led the hosts with 11 points.
Max Shosa led the Blue Devils with 21 points. Lebanon (1-1) travel to Thursday’s game against Laconia, who beat Manchester West by 18 points in the teams’ season-opener.
QUECHEE — The Eagles started slow, giving up too many easy looks and transition points, and trailed by nine in the half and as much as 16 in the second quarter.
MVCS took the lead midway through the fourth and never gave it back. Joel Roberts and Abel Goodwin each had 15 points, while Roman Goeppner filled the stats with 14 points, 19 rebounds, three blocks and four steals. Goodwin also had five rebounds and three assists.
The Eagles (3-0) are at Peoples on Thursday.
HANNOVER – The bears fell to 0:3 with the defeat. Hanover is with Bishop Brady on Thursday.
WEST LEBANON — Maeve Lee had a hat-trick and added an assist to lead the Bears (2-1) to a big win.
Rachel Rockmore scored once and added three assists, and Nora Bradley and Rory Seelig finished with a goal and two assists each.
Hanover is at Concord on Friday.
DERRY, NH — Owen Robb and Olivia Pollard each scored a goal for the Raiders (1-2), but they were no match for Pinkerton’s duo of Madison Gibeault and Emily Gosselin, who combined for seven goals and two assists.
“We had the chance to get back into the game in the second half and didn’t take it,” said LSK coach Mike Sheehan. “Hopefully we’ll put that in our memory bank and remember it.”
The Raiders host Manchester Central on January 3.