SOUTH BURLINGTON -- Four different players scored in double figures to help the third-seeded Rice boys basketball team to a 61-42 rout of No. 14 Brattleboro in the first round of the Division 1 Tournament on Thursday evening.
Marcus Willingham paced the winners with 17 points. Casey Tipson followed with 15, Matt Maynard added 11 and Tommy Fitzgerald chipped in with a dime’s worth.
Leading by 10 points at the break, the Green Knights opened the second half with a 13-0 run and cruised into Round 2. They will host Spaulding next.
Chris McAuliffe scored a game-high 19 points for the Colonels, who finished their season with a 6-15 mark.
Division 4 Boys Basketball
Danville 66, Twin Valley 54
DANVILLE -- The Wildcats wrapped up their season, 8-13, after a first round Div. 4 loss to the Indians, Thursday evening.
"It was pretty much even down the stretch," said Wildcat coach Chris Brown. "We had a good run in the fourth, and never gave up."
Danville took a seven-point lead in the first quarter, and went up 16 in the second, which put the visitors down 13 points at the break.
Twin Valley rallied back to cut Danville’s lead to six points with four minutes left in regulation, but missed some crucial shots.
Colin Lozito carried his team with 13 points, Cade Nesbitt racked up 11, and Hunter Therrien went away with 10 points.
The Indians’ Brett Elliot had a game-high
Brown said he’s happy with his team’s season, and looks forward to next year. "We learned a lot this year," he said. "We’ve got a strong senior team coming, and a lot of our starters will return. I think we’ll have a good go at it."
Otter Valley 53,
Leland & Gray 40
BRANDON -- After Leland & Gray took a two-point lead in the third, the Otters outscored the Rebels, 19-5, in the fourth quarter, to get the win Thursday night.
L&G came out flat in the first quarter, which allowed the Otters to get ahead in the second. "Otter Valley is a 3-point shooting team," said Leland & Gray coach Gregg Morrow, whose team drops to 9-11.
Ashley Goddard led the Rebs with 15 points, 17 rebounds, and two steals. Alex Morrow had 10 points, eight boards, two assists, and two blocks, and teammate Haley Buffum had 10 points, four rebounds, two assists, and a steal. The three shot makers scored 35 of the team’s 40 points.
Morrow predicts his team will become the 8th seed in the Division 3 standings, and said the Rebels will most likely face Richford in the first round.
Rec & Parks Women’s Hoops
BRATTLEBORO -- Chroma and Clew’s Building & Renovation each got themselves a win, Monday at Gibson-Aiken Center.
Mary S. led with 14 points, and Melissa Belcher and Jaymi I. scored nine points apiece, to pace Chroma to a 48-44 victory over J.A. Jubb. Kirsten Kinsmith carried J.A. Jubb with 14 points.
Sam Bernard tallied 16 points, and teammate Steph Wright managed 12, to lead Clew’s Building & Renovation to a 50-40 win over Twilight. Clew’s Jenna Richards nailed a trio of 3’s to finish with 9. Denise Shanti led Twilight with 13 points as the team spread out their scoring.
Rec & Parks Men’s Hoops
BRATTLEBORO -- W.B. Maintenance and Perra Law each took a win in the first round of the Division 2 men’s hoops playdowns, Wednesday.
Kenny Howe went off for a game-high 22 points to help get W.B. Maintenance a 76-56 win over Deerhill Inn / Fat City Motorworx. Teammate Jeremy Warner scored 18 points for the winners. Josh Bartholomew put away 19 points for Deerhill / Fat City, while Jeff Chartier, Paul Trudeau, and Gary Castle each scored seven points.
Matt Rink and Jarrod James combined for 42 points to carry Perra Law over The Marina, 88-68. Jamie Garfield had 18 points, and Evan Chadwick racked up 13 points for the winners. Travis O’Deane had a game-high 22 points for The Marina.