Tuesday February 19, 2013

BENNINGTON -- The Brattleboro girls basketball team rallied back on Monday night to beat rival MAU, 42-40.

"We were just sluggish for some reason in the first quarter," said BUHS coach Paul Freed, whose team fell behind 15-6 in the first eight minutes of play. "But then our defense was incredible. We held them to just five points in the third quarter."

Kayla Savage and Ari Harrison each scored six points in the pivotal third quarter, and Aidan Early added four, as the Colonels went ahead 30-29.

"We’re starting to move without the ball and make good decisions. We’re keeping our space and being more patient," noted the coach of the purple and white.

Harrison finished with a double-double (13 points, 10 rebounds) to lead the winners. Savage followed with 11 points, while Taylor Bird anchored the defense.

The 7-9 Colonels will host Rutland on Thursday.

Leland & Gray 54, Poultney 25

TOWNSHEND -- The Rebels were an impressive 24 for 46 from the field, with most attempts being either transition layups or post moves.

"Transition was huge for us," said Leland & Gray coach Gregg Morrow, who noted that his assistant keeps telling him that the team needs to run more.

Chelby Nystrom paced the Rebels offensively with 15 points. Ashley Goddard wound up with a double-double (10 points, 11 rebounds), Alex Morrow filled up the stat sheet with 10 points, six boards, six assists and six blocks, and Haley Buffum contributed with seven points, six caroms and four dimes.

The 7-9 Rebels will host Green Mountain on Wednesday.

Boys Basketball

Twin Valley 65,

Leland & Gray 57

CHESTER -- Four different players scored in double figures to lead the Twin Valley boys basketball team to a 65-57 victory over Leland & Gray in the Green Mountain Tournament final on Monday.

"The difference was that we rebounded the ball well defensively and also got transition buckets. We shot a high percentage and that’s because we were patient," said Wildcats coach Chris Brown, whose team improved to 7-12 overall.

It also helped that the winners made 15 of their 20 free throws in the fourth quarter, including a perfect 6-for-6 from Cade Nesbitt. Colin Lozito finished with a double-double (20 points, 11 assists), Dal Nesbitt followed with 18 points, Cade Nesbitt added a dozen, and super sophomore Sam Molner chipped in with a dime’s worth.

Riley Kenney and Drew Barnum each finished with 14 points to pace the 14-4 Rebels, including three trifectas by Kenney in the last eight minutes of action. Jake Sherman added 10 points and Michael Bergeron netted nine.

"They wanted it more than we did. You could see it," said Leland & Gray coach Andy Nystrom, whose team has a huge game coming up versus Woodstock.

Boys Hockey

Brattleboro 5, Harwood 1

BRATTLEBORO -- Jimmy Podlaski racked up three assists and Romello Lindsey had a two of his own on Saturday as the Colonels improved to 14-3.

Five different Brattleboro players scored, including Nik Rancourt, Brandon Lynn, Philip Perkins, Andy Harris and Lindsey. BUHS goalie Greg DiSilva finished with 19 saves.

The Colonels will play at Lyndon on Wednesday and then at Hartford on Saturday.

Team Unified

HINSDALE, N.H. -- Hinsdale Team Unified played aggressive man-to-man defense and also rebounded really well during a 48-24 victory over Hopkinton on Friday. Sam Calderwood led the way with a career-high 28 points, Trevor Grover finished with a dozen, and Kobe Boudreau wowed the crowd by draining one from half-court just before the intermission. Mackenzie Shultz did a nice job distributing the rock, while Ashlyn Murano played some solid D. Hinsdale finished the regular season with a 4-2 mark and is awaiting the playoff pairings.

Grade 8 Girls Hoops

CHARLESTOWN, N.H. -- Rachel Borgeson scored 16 points and Julianne Liebow added seven as Leland & Gray routed Vilas 42-11 in the Charlestown Tourney final on Friday. The Rebels finished up with a 12-4 record.

Spring Coaches Needed

BRATTLEBORO -- Brattleboro Union High School has coaching openings for a head varsity boys tennis coach, head JV boys lacrosse coach, and track assistant. Interested candidates should contact BUHS Athletic Director Chris Sawyer at 802-451-3979.