BELLOWS FALLS -- Otter Valley hit a layup at the buzzer, then sank a foul shot immediately after, in the fourth quarter, to slip by with a 68-65 win over Bellows Falls, Tuesday night.
The 6-4 Ryan Kelley led the visitors with a game-high 35 points. "Kelley’s the toughest big man I’ve seen in a while," said Bellows Falls coach Evan Chadwick, whose team drops to 4-11. "He really hurt us."
The teams battled the entire game, according to Chadwick, and the Terriers had a 28-27 lead at the break. At one point the team held a seven-point advantage, but couldn’t maintain.
Willie Moore nailed a 3 with 10 seconds left in regulation to tie the game for BF, 65-65.
Trevor Wilson led the hosts with 18 points, including eight in the first quarter, while Kendrick Mills put together 17 on the evening.
The two teams face each other again, as Bellows Falls will travel to Otter Valley on Thursday for a 7:30 p.m. game.
Mascenic 60, Hinsdale 49
NEW IPSWICH, N.H. -- Jared Staufegnator drained a game-high 35 points, including 19 in a third quarter outburst, which forced Hinsdale to fall to Mascenic on Tuesday night.
The Pacers were up a point at the break.
"He (Staufegnator) was a balanced shooter," said Hinsdale coach Brad Venice, whose team slides to 2-11. "We didn’t have an answer to his third quarter."
Matt Boggio led the Pacers with 18 points, while Andrew O’Keefe finished with 15 on the evening.
Hinsdale will play at Sunapee on Friday at 7 p.m.
Rutland 37, Brattleboro 21
RUTLAND -- The hosts hit five 3-pointers in the first half, to break away from their 12-7 first quarter advantage, as Brattleboro fell to Rutland on Tuesday night.
The Raiders went up 23-12 in the second quarter, and got fired up after their flurry of 3’s.
"Our first half was flat, and we didn’t play as well as usual," said BUHS coach Paul Freed. "We made some defensive adjustments in the second."
The Colonels out-rebounded the hosts through the first half, and managed to hold the Raiders to 14 points for the remainder of the contest.
Brattleboro’s Ari Harrison led with 12 points and 13 bounds, and helping out the team with their lack of height on defense, was Maddie Derosia with five rebounds, and Kayla Savage with four.
Colonel turnovers were not a factor in the final decision, according to Freed.
The 5-9 Colonels will host Burr & Burton on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Green Mtn. 52,
Leland & Gray 32
CHESTER -- The Rebels turned the ball over 38 times and lost to the Chieftains on Tuesday night.
Chester led 13-8 after the first quarter, and never gave up the lead, but Leland & Gray did close the gap to come to within a point, in the third quarter, before the Chieftains began burying shots, to score 19 in the fourth.
The Rebels’ Haley Buffum made three steals in the opening minute of the game, and finished with four points after leaving with an injury. Teammate Alex Morrow led with 14 points, 10 boards, two assists and a block, Ashley Goddard had seven points, 16 rebounds, and a pair of assists and steals, while Chelby Nystrom had six points.
Leland & Gray had zero points from the field, during the fourth quarter.
The 6-8 Rebels will host Arlington on Friday at 7 p.m.
Women’s Rec & Parks Dept. hoops results and standings
BRATTLEBORO -- The Brattleboro women’s basketball league’s playoff season begins Monday, Feb. 18, with two games. The first will start at 6:15 p.m. and the second will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Gibson-Aiken Center.
JA Jubb leads in the standings, with a 7-1 record. In their latest matchup, the team inched out a 60-55 win over Karina’s Team on Monday, as Ashley Gomarlo drained 30 points (mostly from the inside), Shebly Wheelock scored 13, and Kirsten Smith chipped in with 11. Steph Wright and Sam Bernard scored 16 points apiece for Karina’s.
In Monday’s game 2, Melissa Belcher scored 15 points to lead Chroma (3-5) over Twilight (1-7) to a 60-40 final. Chroma’s Jen Chick and Jaymi I.combined for 20 points, while Denise Shanti scored 22 points to lead the Twilight team. Other team standings: Houghton (6-2); Clews Building & Renovation (3-5).