TOWNSHEND -- Abbi Molner and Colton Butler combined for 13 points in the fourth quarter to break away from a 28-28 tie in the third that give Twin Valley a 44-35 win over Leland & Gray, in a varsity girls basketball contest held Thursday night.
"We had some nice action off the bench tonight," said Twin Valley coach Buddy Hayford. "And we had a good fourth quarter."
Butler led the Wildcats with 11 points, which included a 3 splashed from way outside in the fourth. Molner also hit a trey in the fourth and had 10 points total, putting together eight during the team’s fourth quarter surge.
Bulter hit a couple buckets in the second quarter that helped give the ‘Cats a slight advantage as the first half came to a close. But it was Jordan Niles’ huge 3-pointer with just seconds left, that put the team up by three at the break. Niles also hit one deep in the first, and finished with seven points.
Sam Cunningham-Darrah went down to the floor after a fadeaway in the third, and put together six points total, plus two assists and three blocks.
Leland & Gray’s Elizabeth Gallup hurled a long pass down court to Chelby Nystrom, who put one in off the glass, as the teams held each other to halfway through a scrappy second quarter, 15-14. Twin Valley’s Hannah Swanson had a decent run midway through the game, and had five points total, seven rebounds, and three steals.
The Rebels spread out their shooting, as Nystrom, Jordan Gouger, Alex Morrow, and Haley Buffum each finished with seven points.
Which came as a surprise, given Lexi Reinertson’s second quarter performance, as the Twin Valley senior harassed the Rebels in the paint, stripping away a few steals, and stuffing L&G when they went in close for a jumper. Reinertson gave an impressive fourth quarter show that looked much like her second.
The Wildcats kept Rebel playmaker Ashley Goddard to five points total, but she was a menace for the Rebels on defense with 13 rebounds and two blocks. "If you can keep Goddard down, you’ve got a chance," said Hayford.
Twin Valley had good ball control as they ran out the clock and the Rebels lost pressure up front. The hosts stole it, but Swanson would then reject shots.
On the Wildcat defense, Christina Moore had quick hands with three interceptions during the first quarter alone, and had nine boards on the night.
"I can’t complain about the rebounding, our turnovers were down, and we had six blocks," said Leland & Gray coach Gregg Morrow. "The bottom line was at the charity stripe."
The Rebels went 8-of-22 from the free throw line. Alex Morrow, who played with an illness, grabbed seven rebounds, dished out three assists and blocked three shots.
The 5-9 Wildcats host Proctor tonight at 6 p.m. The 6-6 Rebels will play at Proctor on Tuesday.
Otter Valley 46, Brattleboro 43
The Brattleboro girls basketball team fell to Otter Valley, 46-43, at BUHS. Jessica Frazier scored a game-high 19 points for the Otters (6-6), who made one free throw late in the game to go up by three and then prevented the Colonels from getting a shot off in the waning seconds. Maddy Derosia scored eight points to pace Brattleboro (4-7).
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The final scores of the other varsity girls games in Vermont on Thursday were: Arlington Memorial 47, Green Mountain Union 35; BFA-Fairfax 34, Peoples Academy 27; Burr & Burton Academy 39, Hartford 36, OT; Fair Haven 38, Mount Anthony Union 32; Lamoille Union 47, Oxbow Union 37; Rochester 41, Chelsea 40; South Royalton 45, Sharon Academy 23; West Rutland 66, Mid Vermont Christian School 24; Whitcomb 60, Cabot School 23. And in boys basketball: Mid Vermont Christian School 64, Black River 47; Mill River Union 61, Windsor 44; Rice Memorial 66, Champlain Valley Union 43; Spaulding 56, Mount Mansfield 48; St. Johnsbury 77, South Burlington 35; and Whitcomb 56, Cabot School 41.