BRATTLEBORO -- As the varsity basketball season heads into the regular season stretch, Southern Vermont teams are gearing up for postseason play.
The 9-7 Colonels boys, ranked seventh, are seeking to wrap up their season with a couple more wins under their belt to hopefully solidify a spot in the Division 1 playoffs. Bellows Falls is hovering near the middle of the Division 2 rankings at 6-10, Leland & Gray (4-12) has had a tough climb through D3, and the Twin Valley boys lead the Division 4 pack at 15-1.
The sixth-placed D1 Brattleboro girls are 14-5 and have won nine of their last 10 contests. Twin Valley (15-4) sits in fifth, while Bellows Falls (5-12) and Leland & Gray (5-13) are all battling for prime positions in the Division 3 bracket.
Twin Valley 39, Leland & Gray 23
TOWNSHEND -- The Twin Valley girls basketball team had a sizable advantage on the boards and played strong defense during a 39-23 victory over Leland & Gray on Tuesday night.
"We were 6-4 way back when and the girls decided that it was in the realm of possibility for us to win our last 10 regular-season games. We have now won nine in a row," said Wildcats coach Buddy Hayford, whose team locked up the league title with the win.
Twin Valley (15-4) will finish up with a home game versus Arlington on Thursday.
Savannah Nesbitt had six points, six rebounds, nine assists and seven steals to pace the winners. Hannah Swanson (11 points, 7 rebounds), Kira Courchesne (7 points, 6 rebounds) and Colton Butler (5 points, 9 rebounds) all chipped in.
"It was a stellar defensive effort to say the least. It was a big win...a road win," noted Hayford.
Jessica Stockwell and Haley Buffum paced the 5-13 Rebels with six and five points respectively.
Girls JV Basketball
Leland & Gray 51, Twin Valley 26
TOWNSHEND -- Leland and Gray had a good night on both sides of the court against the Wildcats, according to Rebels coach Phoebe Connolly.
"Our team had patience on offense," said Connolly. "They played aggressive defense and brought their learnings from the season onto the court."
Caroline Tietz led the Rebels with 19 points, and Molly O’Brien and Skyler Nupp each had 12.
Chroma woman go to 9-0
BRATTLEBORO -- Chroma remains unbeaten at 9-0 and New England House (5-4) pulled off a win during recent women’s hoops action held at Gibson-Aiken on Main.
Marilyn Ferreira scored eight points in Chroma’s 36-12 victory over Lawton’s (4-5), while Samantha Bernard carried her team’s offense in the loss. NE House’s Shelby Wheelock scored 16 points and teammate Ashley Gomario contributed 15 in their team’s 52-49 win over Houghton (0-9). Anna Lashway hooked up Houghton with 17 points.
Squirts, Hawks claim wins
BRATTLEBORO -- The BHA Mites played WMT on Saturday in a full ice 5-on-5 matchup. The Hawks prevailed 9 to 1. Kyle Hamilton had the near shutout in net, stopping a pair of breakaways and shutting down WMT’s prolific offense. As a whole the team played excellent two-way hockey with a gritty forecheck and a never-say-die attitude.
William Hill tallied three goals, Nick Gerard put one past the WMT goaltender, as did Sam Hall and Ivan Lyons, while Rowen Lonergan, Katrina Wilson and Matthew Gordon-Macy all played commendable defense.
The BHA Squirt Hawks traveled to Amherst for a game with the fourth place Amherst squad. Jack Rockefeller, Aden McMahon and Lauren Carpenter were in lock down mode on defense and kept the Amherst forwards at bay. The offense for the Hawks was led by the red hot Nelly Tattersall, who lit the lamp for three straight goals with assists from Ethan Young. The Hawks got an insurance marker in the third period from Will Taggard and held on to win, 4-2.
On Sunday, the Hawks hosted the PV Lightning in Brattleboro. The Hawks offense was led by Leo "Waterbug" Bodett. Bodett was all over the ice as he set up his teammates for multiple scoring chances only to see the Hawks denied by the Lightning keeper who had the game of his life.
Jack Pattison was able to get the Hawks on the board as he received a slick pass from Rockefeller and rushed down the right wing and buried a heavy wrist shot over the goalie’s glove. Darek Harvey in net and the defense of Torin Kindopp and Jenna Powers preserved another shutout for the Hawks as they hung on for the 1-0 victory.