CHESTER -- Both the Leland & Gray Rebel varsity girls and boys basketball teams beat their respective opponents Friday night, to move on to the final round of the Green Mountain Holiday Tournament.
The Rebel girls shook Sharon to a 57-31 final.
"All of our players got some time tonight, out on the floor," said L&G coach Gregg Morrow. "We had the flexibility."
Team captains Ashley Goddard put away 20 points, with 11 boards and two assists, while Chelby Nystrom scored 9 points and had three steals. Haley Buffum left with 5 points, seven rebounds, and nine assists, Alex Morrow had 8 points, seven boards, four assists, and Elizabeth Gallup shot 4-for-4 from the line with 6 points and three boards.
The Rebels play the winner of Bellows Falls-Stevens, on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in Chester.
The L&G boys opened the tournament and beat Springfield, 44-31.
"It wasn’t a great game," said Rebel coach Andrew Nystrom, "but we’ll take the win."
Mike Beregeron led the team with 20 points, while Drew Barnum put together 16 on the night.
The Twin Valley boys conquered Green Mtn., 52-51, with the team’s Colin Lozito scoring 26 points. The guard trio of Lozito, Dal Nesbitt (19 points, 8 assists) and Cade Nesbitt (11 points, 9 rebounds, including three 3’s) combined for 46 points to lead the offensive barrage.
"Our points came in spurts," said Twin Valley coach Chris Brown. "Then they came in bursts."
The Wildcats were ahead 27-18 at the break. Kyle Kemp put away 18 points for the Green Mountain team.
The 2-2 Wildcats will play Leland & Gray for the championship on Saturday at 5 p.m. in Chester.
The Wildcat girls fell to Green Mtn., 55-11, during the tournament, with GM’s Maddie Huntley scoring 21 points and teammate Katie Hazelteen chipping in with 20.
Twin Valley trailed 12-9 after the first quarter, and came within three (36-33) by the time the last got underway. "They had a little more coming down the stretch," said Twin Valley coach Buddy Hayford.
Abbie Molner racked up 18 points, Jordan Niles put away 14, and Christina Moore had 8 points plus 6 rebounds, for Twin Valley.
The Wildcats dip to 1-4 and will play Springfield on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Chester for a consolation game.
St. Johnsbury 48,
ST. JOHNSBURY -- The Colonels fell to St. Johnsbury in an away game Friday night.
"We came out with some nice energy," said Colonel coach Paul Freed. "The players could have given up, but they kept on fighting until the end."
Brattleboro scrapped to within two points of the winners, with a minute left in regulation.
St. Johnsbury led 18-13 at halftime, then surged in the third quarter (outscoring the Colonels 13-5) with St. Johnsbury’s Johanna Driscoll scoring 19 points.
"We had to go to work on Driscoll," said Freed. "So we sent in Kayla Savage and Maddy Derosia to put on the clamps."
But Driscoll found some openings and scored a trio of 3’s in the third quarter that got the home crowd into the game. She had 19 total.
Brattleboro’s Ari Harrison had a big night. She carried the team with 19 points, 15 rebounds, and was nearly flawless from the line. Harrison drained 11 points in the fourth quarter.
"Our defensive effort was great," noted Freed, whose team went into the fourth quarter trailing by only three points.
Sparking the Colonels’ offense, Taylor Bird and Abbie Lesure managed 7 points apiece, with Lesure racking up 5 in the first quarter.
The 1-3 Colonels will play
Monument Mtn. on Wednesday, Jan. 2 as part of a three-game road trip.