BRATTLEBORO -- Brattleboro girls basketball coach Paul Freed switched from man-to-man to a 2-3 zone on Monday at BUHS, helping the Colonels pull away to a 38-27 victory over St. Johnsbury.
"We shut them out in the third quarter. We have done that twice now this season. It’s a coach’s dream," stated Freed.
Leading 10-8 at the end of the first quarter, the hosts switched to the zone and took a 26-18 advantage to the break. They then outscored the Hilltoppers 8-0 in the third quarter.
Ari Harrison had 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the purple and white. Abbie Lesure (6 points, 5 assists) and Taylor Bird (4 points, 5 rebounds) both did a fine job at the top of Brattleboro’s zone.
The 6-4 Colonels will face Wahconah on Saturday.
MSJ 36, Twin Valley 16
RUTLAND -- Wildcats coach Buddy Hayford said he’d like to try and forget Tuesday night’s loss against MSJ.
"It was ugly start to finish," he said. "You hope you can come up with something positive, but we’d rather just erase it from our memories."
Turnovers (28) plagued Twin Valley as the hosts inched ahead slowly but surely to get on top. The score was 15-5 at halftime.
Colton Butler and Savannah Nesbitt scored four points each for TV, while Sally Hogan scored eight for the Green Wave.
The 6-4 Wildcats will host Leland & Gray on Monday at 7.
Twin Valley 76, Leland & Gray 56
TOWNSHEND -- Dal Nesbitt and Colin Lozito scored 25 and 18 points respectively as the Wildcats remained undefeated.
"They crushed us in the first half," said Rebels coach Andy Nystrom. "They are a really good team. They play well together."
Corey Nystrom had 21 points to pace Leland & Gray (3-6). Jeremy Bovat followed with a dozen.
Newport 64, Hinsdale 30
NEWPORT, N.H. -- RJ Cacelli netted nine points and Matt Boggio followed with five to lead the Pacers, who will next face Derryfield on Friday night.