Bellows Falls holds Banner Day
WESTMINSTER — Three was the magic number on Tuesday night at Holland Gymnasium.
That's how many state championship banners Bellows Falls unveiled. The visiting Mount St. Joseph varsity boys basketball team made nine trifectas. And the Terriers dropped to 3-3 overall after losing 75-54 to the Mounties.
"I bet they made 70 or 80 percent of their 3-point shots," commented BF coach Ryan Stoodley. "The difference was that we didn't make our shots early and they were lights out from three."
Maddox Traynor drained four shots from downtown and ended up with 14 points for the winners. Leo Carranza and Logan Montilla scored 19 apiece.
"We knew that Maddox and Montilla were good. We just wanted our best people defending them," noted Stoodley.
After falling behind 18-2 in the opening quarter, the hosts used a 6-0 run to get the sell-out crowd into it. Tim Salter-Roy attacked twice during the surge and chipped in with a pair of free throws, while Ryan Kelly and Griffin Waryas each added a layup.
The Mounties would score 10 of the game's next 12 points, however, to take control. Traynor and Logan Starling each connected from beyond the arc later in the second quarter.
With the home team trailing by 20 points in the final stanza, Dylan Clark was still going all out for the Terriers. The junior forward made an unbelievable save along the sideline, dove after a loose ball, and also rejected a shot by MSJ's Keegan Chadburn down the stretch.
Kelly scored 22 points to pace the 3-3 Terriers. Waryas and Clark followed with 13 and 12 points respectively.
"Ryan can shoot from the outside and drive it, so he is hard to guard," coach Stoodley stated. "Dylan has good size and he plays strong defense down low for us."
The Terriers will play at Windsor on Thursday.
In between the JV and varsity contests, Bellows Falls track and cross-country coach Tim Eno spoke about his three state championship teams before each of them unveiled a banner on the gym wall. The three-time defending BF girls track team led off, followed by the six-time defending BF boys track team and then the state champion girls cross-country team.
The school's girls track team prevailed by 38 points on June 2 in Chester in order to three-peat. Brigid Hodsden (100 hurdles), Abbe Cravinho (300 hurdles), Michelle Marchica (triple jump) and Jaden Luebbert (pole vault) all won an individual gold medal that day.
Shane Clark finished first in the 110 hurdles, javelin and pole vault to help the Bellows Falls boys track team score 154 points at states.
Freshman Abby Broadley won the individual title in 20 minutes flat on Oct. 27 in Thetford, leading the Terriers to a Division 3 girls cross-country state championship. Stephanie Ager (4th), Abby Dearborn (5th) and Lia Clark (8th) also factored into the scoring on that day. Every runner and coach received a state championship jacket on Tuesday night.
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