Local Roundup: Mascoma girls hoops advance to state quarterfinals

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Published: 02-15-2024 8:46 PM

Modified: 02-22-2024 6:40 PM

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Mascoma 40, Conant 30

Key players: Mascoma — Leah Larocque, Emily Seiler, Kylie Rogers

Highlights: The 11th-seeded Royals opened the NHIAA Division III tournament with an upset of the sixth-seeded Orioles. Rogers had a strong first quarter for Mascoma with eight points. Seiler had a strong second quarter with seven points. Mascoma bigs Larocque, Gabby Pierce, Hailey Miller and Anna Sullivan all played extremely well.

Coach’s quote: “This was an entire team win from the bench to the starters. I am so proud of them! It’s been such a long time since women’s basketball has won a first-round playoff game.” — Mascoma’s Tonya Young

Records: Mascoma 9-8; Conant 12-7

Hanover 52, Derryfield 20

Key players: Hanover — Nina Marshall (9 points), Claire Starosta (8 points), Allie McBride (7 points)

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Highlights: Senior night honored six players — Sydney McLaughlin, Nina Marshall, Erin Kirkpatrick, Bella Hunt, Elena Mierke, Rhea Veerareddy. Hanover’s stingy defense limited Derryfield scoreless for approximately 12 minutes in the middle of the game and 20 points total.

Coach’s quote: “It was our most complete game this season. Ten girls scored. We shared the basketball, with terrific interior passing leading to easy baskets. Our defense, once again, was stellar. With playoffs almost here, we’re peaking at the right time. ” — Hanover’s Dan O’Rourke

Records: Hanover 12-5; Derryfield 11-5


BFA-Fairfax 49, Oxbow 44

Key players: BFA-Fairfax — Ryan Sheehan (12 points), Ryan Merhl (10 points), Sylas Meunier (nine points), Shayne Meunier (eight points); Oxbow — Reece Isley (13 points, five steals), Matthew Corti (nine points), Kobin Ellsworth (eight points)

Highlights: Both teams started slow offensively, with BFA-Fairfax leading 22-13 at the half. Oxbow scored 20 points in the third quarter, with BFA scoring 19. Oxbow outscored BFA in the fourth quarter 11-8, but it wasn’t enough to get the win.

Coach’s quote: “We came to play tonight. Gave consistent effort for the entire game on both ends, and I’m proud of how we competed.” — Oxbow’s Jesse Ellsworth

Records: BFA-Fairfax 10-8; Oxbow 5-14

Thetford 73, U-32 39

Key players: Thetford — Mitchell Parkman, Hunter Clay, Dylan Vance, Dempsey McGovern; U-32 — Carlin Selena, Michael Mallet, Luke Page

Highlights: VPA Division III-leading Thetford shot a high percentage from the field in a win over the D-II Raiders.

Coach’s quote: “We played good help-side defense, and we shot the ball at a high percentage from the field.” — Thetford’s Jason Gray

Records: Thetford 17-2; U-32 7-11

Woodstock 63, Twin Valley 46

Key players: Woodstock — Elvis Lavallee (20 points), Ezra Lockhart (17 points), Keller Pauly (12 points); Twin Valley — Brayden Brown (24 points), Noah Dornburg (11 points)

Highlights: The Wasps led 29-21 at halftime and methodically pulled away in the second half as they clamped down on defense. Lockhart had a great game on the boards, and Twin Valley did not have an answer for him on either end of the court.

Coach’s quote: “Loved how we came out on senior night and controlled the game from the tip. We played with sense of purpose, and I feel we’re playing some of our best basketball at the right time.” — Woodstock’s Scott Brooks

Records: Woodstock 11-9; Twin Valley 11-8


Merrimack 3, Lebanon 1

Key players: Lebanon — Evan George (goaltending)

Highlights: George did his job in net, keeping Lebanon in the game. Keegan Dannehy scored a nice goal from the point on a pass from Nate Dube.

Coach’s quote: “Adversity is hitting us right between the eyes. The team is learning about the highs and lows of a competitive season.” — Lebanon’s Dean Cashman

Records: Merrimack 13-2; Lebanon 9-5-0 league, 11-5-0 overall