by Craig Beck
The St. Johnsbury girl's basketball team finished its regular season at home on Tuesday night, crushing Lake Region, 80-28.
Not only were the Academy's two seniors - Laurie Lang and Heather Lyman - honored by their coach with flowers, they also topped the 'Toppers offense with 16 and 14 points respectivly.
The Rangers were in the game for the first three minutes, but from that point on it was all SJA.
The Academy ran its transition game to perfection over the balance of the first quarter, netting 18 points, mostly off layups and short jump shots.
When the first eight minutes was over, the 'Toppers led, 24-9. Caitlin Reed and Patricia Lang led the way with eight points each, with Lyman netting six.
The second quarter saw the Academy tally 19 points before Lake Region would score.
At the break the Hilltoppers were up by 32 points, 45-12.
The second half brought much more of the first, with the Academy bench joining in, in the scoring attack.
For the game, the Hilltoppers got scoring off the hands of 9-of-it's-10 players.
Following Laurie Lang and Lyman in scoring, were Reed with 14, Pat Lang with 12 and Sara Bechtold with 11.
Karen Lawes topped the Rangers with 17 points.
quot;The kids were really pumped up from senior night and wanted very much to finish out strong at home,quot; said SJA coach Jack Driscoll. quot;Our transition game was working well all night and we were in high gear offensively.quot;
The Academy finished the regular season with a perfect home record and an 18-2 overall record, and wait to see where they'll be seeded in the playoffs, while Lake Region finishes it's regular season with a record of 3-17.
Lawes 7-0-15; Lafont 1-0-2; Basom 1-0-2; Pion 1-0-2; Tinker 3-0-7; Totals 13-4-28
Jones 1-0-2; Bona 2-1-5; P.Lang 5-2-12; L.Lang 6-4-16; Baker 0-0-0; Gingue 2-0-4; Bechtold 5-1-11; Cowens 1-0-2; Reed 7-0-14; Lyman 6-2-14; Totals 35-10-80
LRnbsp;nbsp;nbsp; 9 3 6 10 - 28
SJAnbsp;nbsp;nbsp; 24 21 21 13 - 80
3-pointers: LR - Lawes, Tinker
Fouled out: none
Records: SJA 18-2, Lake Region 3-17
Oxbow 61, U-32
EAST MONTPELIER, Vt. - Erica Sleeper cranked out a season high 31 points to lead the Olympians past the Raiders in Tuesday night's regular season finale.
Playing in only her junior season, Sleeper's performance pushed her over the 1000-career point plateau.
Sleeper has been an integral member of Oxbow's offense all season and has consistently ranked among the top scorers in Vermont high school action.
In Tuesday night's victory, the Olympians other offensive weapons - Tiffany Burroughs-Pearl and Tiffany Perkins pumped in 16 and 10 points respectively.
Oxbow coach Brian Musty said, quot;This was a really good game and Erica was just her typical self. Credit has to go to everyone for doing such an effective job of feeding Erica in the paint. She has always been deadly from inside.quot;
The Olympians (12-8) now await their draw for the playoffs.
Perkins 5-0-10; Sciortino 1-0-2; Burroughs-Pearl 4-6-16; Bean 1-0-2; Eggleston 0-0-0; Simson 0-0-0; Sleeper 12-7-31; Prouty 0-0-0; Totals 23-13-61
Dodge 1-0-3; Baker 7-0-14; Beauregard 2-0-4; Redman 4-0-8; Pulsifer 6-4-16; Totals 20-4-45
Oxbownbsp;nbsp;nbsp; 14 12 20 15 - 61
U-32nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; 8 11 14 12 - 45
3-pointers: Oxbow - Burroughs-Pearl 2; U-32 - Dodge
Fouled out: none
Records: Oxbow 12-8; U-32 6-14
Lamoille 57, LI 39
LYNDON CENTER - The Vikings closed out their season with a loss to Lamoille on Tuesday night.
Lyndon's Julia Souliere led all scorers with a 17-point performance described by her coach as quot;the best night of her career.quot;
On the season, LI coach Bill Reinhardt commented, quot;The kids played hard all year and they all have incredible spirit and character. I love them all.quot;
The Vikings, who finished their season at 1-19, will lose Souliere, Lisa Willson, and Abbie Russell to graduation.
Sullivan 3-0-6; Olio 3-1-7; Sparks 0-3-3; Roy 5-4-14; Cheeseborough 5-0-10; Hicks 2-0-4; Baker 2-2-7; Lynch 1-0-2; Privy 2-0-4; Totals 23-10-57-
John 1-0-2; Souliere 7-1-17; Willson 1-0-2; Russell 2-0-5; Chasse 1-0-2; Ely 0-2-2; Barber 1-0-2; Drew 1-3-5; Heroux 0-0-0; Montgomery 1-0-2; Hever 0-0-0; Totals 15-6-39
Lamoillenbsp;nbsp;nbsp; 15 8 14 18 - 57
LInbsp;nbsp;nbsp; 9 8 12 10 - 39
3-pointers: Lamoille - Baker; LI - Souliere 2
Fouled out: LI - Willson
Records: LI 1-19
Danville 70, Winooski 12
WINOOSKI, Vt. - The Indians absolutely crushed the Spartans on Tuesday, 70-12. Danville got scoring from everyone.
Kate Wakefield and Jesse Stevenson led the Indians in the regular season closer with 14 and 13 points respectively.
Danville (12-8) will now await Thursday's playoff draw.
Therrien 2-4-8; La.Ward 2-0-4; Stevenson 4-3-13; Taylor 1-4-6; Li.Ward 3-0-6; Hoffer 1-0-2; Lynaugh 1-0-2; Riendeau 3-0-6; Wakefield 7-0-14; Sicard 3-0-6; Corey 1-1-3; Totals 28-12-70
Maynard 1-0-2; Rhine 0-2-2; Collopy 1-0-2; Niguette 1-4-6; Hazen 0-0-0; Totals 3-6-12
DHSnbsp;nbsp;nbsp; 17 22 18 13 - 70
Winooskinbsp;nbsp;nbsp; 4 2 2 4 - 12
3-pointers: DHS - Stevenson 2
Fouled out: none
Records: Danville 12-8; Winooski 0-20
BFA 74, SJA 68
ST. ALBANS, Vt. - It took BFA-St. Albans three overtime periods to dispose of the St. Johnsbury Academy boy's basketball team on Tuesday night.
The Hilltoppers, playing without their leading scorer Taylor Coppenrath, jumped out to an early first quarter lead but couldn't hold on.
The Academy was led by Michael Buxton's game high 27 points, with Brent Johnson chipping in with 25.
Mike Irwin topped the Bobwhites with 25 points, netting the game's last four points. BFA also got double figures from Chris Norris (20) and Wesley Fulton (12). Five of Fulton's points came in the last overtime period.
The Hilltoppers (12-8) host Spaulding on Friday night at 7:30 p.m.
Cahoon 1-0-2; Clayton 2-1-5; Whitcomb 1-0-3; Gagnon 3-0-6; Johnson 8-5-25; Buxton 10-3-27; Totals 25-9-68
Franzoni 1-0-2; Toof 1-0-2; Garceau 0-0-0; Paradee 0-0-0; Fulton 5-2-12; Henderson 0-0-0; Cullen 0-0-0; Irwin 6-12-26; Levine 0-1-1; Parrotie 1-2-4; Norris 10-0-20; Luneau 1-3-5; Totals 25-22-74
SJAnbsp;nbsp;nbsp; 18 11 8 16 6 4 5 - 68
BFAnbsp;nbsp;nbsp; 8 11 14 20 6 4 11 - 74
3-pointers: SJA - Buxton 4, Johnson 4, Whitcomb; BFA - Irwin 2
Fouled out: none
Records: SJA 12-6, BFA 9-9
Concord 46, Christ Cov. 38
CONCORD - The Wildcats wrapped up their season on a positive note on Tuesday, downing Christ Covenant for the second time of the year, 46-38.
After trailing in the first quarter, the Wildcats started to click on all cylinders for a 16-2 second quarter. They finished equally as strong for the win.
Travis Morehouse cranked out 17 points and Robert Carey added 11 for the winners.
Concord coach Pete Boyle summed it up saying, quot;Its nice to win the final game of the year and we're looking forward to a bright future. We struggled at times this year, but I'm not disappointed and we'll lose just one senior and return all five starters.quot;
The Wildcats (2-17) lose Brandon Welch to graduation.
Christ. Cov. 38
Schram 0-0-0; Phoenix 2-0-4; Gonge 0-0-0; Hogan 3-2-8; Mangon 3-0-6; Brandt 9-2-20; Totals 17-4-38
Morehouse 7-2-17; Welch 0-1-1; Carey 3-3-11; Santy 2-1-5; Heath 4-1-10; Taylor 1-0-2; Totals 17-8-46
Christ. Cov.nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; 15 2 15 6 - 38
Concordnbsp;nbsp;nbsp; 11 16 5 14 - 46
3-pointers: Concord - Morehouse, Carey 2, Heath
Fouled out: Concord - Morehouse; Christ Cov. Mangon
Records: Concord 2-17
Pittsburg 73, Colebrook 71
COLEBROOK - The Mohawks continued to struggle without the presence of key personnel and dropped their first of the year to the Panthers on Tuesday.
Colebrook held a narrow 1-point lead at halftime and went up by as much as six in the second half, but were outrebounded 35-20 and ultimately fell victim to Pittsburg from the line - 10-for-11 in the fourth quarter.
The Mohawks had a last second look from behind the arc, but missed the shot.
According to Coach Buddy Trask, quot;We just had too many bad turnovers and got killed again on the boards. We've suddenly gone from being a veteran team to a young club and its difficult to win with inexperience this late in the season. Pittsburg also did a very good job of hitting their free throws down the stretch.quot;
Colebrook (12-5) will finish out its regular season in Stratford on Thursday night at 7:30.
Byrnes 5-2-16; Goulet 3-2-9; O'Brien 10-3-26; McCalister 1-2-5; Clogston 5-3-13; Sirad 1-0-2; Totals 25-12-73
Maxwell 3-0-6; White 3-3-9; Trask 5-1-16; Patterson 6-2-14; Gilbert 3-1-7; Parker 7-0-15; Duke 2-0-4; Totals 29-7-71
PHSnbsp;nbsp;nbsp; 21 13 16 23 - 73
Colebrooknbsp;nbsp;nbsp; 21 14 18 18 - 71
3-pointers: Pittsburg - Byrnes 4, Goulet, O'Brien 3, McCalister; Colebrook - Trask 5, Parker
Fouled out: Colebrook - White, Parker
Records: Colebrook 12-5
UBCS 48, Austine 39
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. - The Conquerors went on a 10-0 run over the game's final two minutes to earn their third straight victory and their second of the year over Austine School For The Deaf on Tuesday. UBCS had been trailing by one point prior to its late game surge.
Ben Siems led all scorers with 19 points and also hauled down eight rebounds. Matt Brady, meanwhile, chipped in with 12 points, dished out five assists, and stole five for UBCS.
On Thursday, the Conquerors will battle against Governor Baxter School Of The Deaf from Maine.
Johnson 0-2-2; Ma.Brady 5-2-12; Siems 8-1-19; Mi.Brady 0-0-0; Engle 3-3-9; Ribble 2-0-4; Achilles 1-0-2; Totals 19-8-48
Armstrong 0-0-0; Sanders 1-2-4; Johnson 4-0-8; Hall 1-0-2; Wharton 1-2-4; Hozlend 2-0-4; Kimber 8-0-17; Totals 17-4-39
UBCSnbsp;nbsp;nbsp; 6 17 7 18 - 48
Austeennbsp;nbsp;nbsp; 10 5 11 13 - 39
-pointers: UBCS - Siems 2; Austeen - Kimber
Fouled out: none
Records: UBCS 4-8