Thursday featured nine games in the 48th Annual Rotary Basketball Tournament, with three games being decided by two points.
St. Johnsbury Wizards 26, Blue Mountain 18
St. Johnsbury broke open a close game with 11 points in both the second and third quarters, while Blue Mountain tallied four points over that span, allowing the Wizards to upend the Bucks, 26-18.
Kevin Stanton led the way for St. Johnsbury with 10 points, followed by Craig Regis's eight points. Sean Hitchcock topped Blue Mountain with eight points.
The Wizards will now face Gorham on Monday at St. Johnsbury Academy's Alumni Memorial Gymnasium at 5 p.m.
Peacham 18, Lakeview 16
Peacham led by three points at the end of the first quarter and held on to that lead to nip Lakeview, 18-16.
Jen White's 10 points topped Peacham, while the Lakers were led by Megan Horn's six points. Peacham also got four points from Stephanie Schoolcraft.
Peacham will play Barnet at the St. Johnsbury Middle School on Monday at 5 p.m.
Waterford 17, Lyndon 15
Waterford, behind Jennifer Gebbie's nine points, edged Lyndon, 17-15.
Miranda Gilman tallied six points to lead Lyndon. Waterford also got four points off the hands of Stacey Davis, with Elizabeth Jabac also picking up four for Lyndon.
Waterford will now face Groveton on Saturday morning at 11.
Waterford 59, Berlin 41
Waterford had two players rip the cords for double figures, as the Eagles rolled over Berlin, 59-41.
Troy Barrett's 26 points paced Waterford, with Nick Cliche tallying 22. Dan Enman led the Mounties with 19 points, with Luke Enman and Gary Ferron chipping in with six points each.
The Eagles will now face Twinfield on Monday at 7 p.m. at St. Johnsbury Academy.
Twinfield 38, Lyndon 18
Twinfield jumped out to a 13-3 first quarter lead and never looked back.
Twinfield had nine players score, led by Adam Roberts and Steve Lamele, who both tallied eight points. The Trojans also got five points from both Andy Donnun and Dan Lewis. The Bulldogs were led by Mike Miller's eight points.
Twinfield will now face Waterford on Monday at 7 p.m. at the Academy.
St. Johnsbury 8s 46, Barton 44
St. Johnsbury led by seven points after three quarters and then held on to nip Barton, 46-44.
St. Johnsbury got 12 points from David Thompson, 10 from Donald Coderre and nine from Eric Alexander. Corey Diette's 11 points led Barton, with both Patrick Butterfield and Sam Coy netting eight points each.
St. Johnsbury will now face Gilman on Monday at 8 p.m. at the Academy.
Cal-North 25, Barnet 7s 19
Cal-North jumped out to a 13-2 halftime lead, only to see the Barnet 7s get back to within two in the fourth quarter.
Chad Conn topped Cal-North with 10 points, with Ernie Wells picking up nine. Elan Kennedy led Barnet with 11 points shy; nine of them coming from behind the 3- point arc.
Cal-North advances to a semifinal game on March 13, against the winner of the St. Johnsbury 8s and Gilman.
Cal-North 24, Twinfield Red 17
Cal-North led throughout the ballgame, but weren't able to pull away as Twinfield Red stayed within striking distance. In the fourth quarter, Cal-North got all six of its points from the charity stripe to put the game in the win column.
Meghan Newland's 11 points topped Cal-North, with Amanda Drew netting six. The Lady Trojans were propelled by Mallory Graves
a rebound by Jason Kenison. Boom. Platt swiped and sprinted in for a layup. Bang. Tod Collins popped in a Beland feed and Nick Blodgett rushed in with a pair of free thows and a put back at the buzzer. Boom. Blodgett was rock solid with 10 rebounds, three steals and nine points to cap his career.
quot;That's one thing that Blodgett brought to us when he transferred in this year, is the toughness,quot; said Collins. quot;Three years ago, Wright didn't even play basketball. He's come a long ways. Once we got those two working together, things kind of snowballed from there.quot;
If Concord Christian didn't have a headache at halftime from the pressure, they did eight minutes later. Groveton dropped four bombs through after all six in the first half had failed. Platt fired the first and Beland took over for three more from way beyond the arc before the third period closed on a 48-23 difference.
quot;Well, we did it. I was kind of scared when my shots weren't falling, but then they began to drain,quot; offered a beaming Beland. quot;From the beginning of the season when we weren't doing too much, Coach kept putting the thought in our heads that we could win a state championship. It's a great feeling.quot;
The grand finale came with four minutes to go and Kenison skied way up there for a spectacular slam dunk over a defender that pushed the lead over 30 points and brought thunderous applause. The lean sophomore did his part with two blocked shots, 10 rebounds and six points. The closer was Bryan Mason with five points and three rebounds in the final three minutes.
The celebration began for the Groveton boys and the fire truck escort awaited the champions. Five will leave the Eagles with a diploma including Nick Blodgett, Dan Frechette, Tom Wright, Jeff Young and Pat Platt.
Concord Christian 34
Rood 1-0-2; McDonald 3-0-7; Shankle 4-2-10; Walker 2-0-6; Long 2-1-5; Kidder 0-0- 0; Lankhorst 0-0-0; Shaughnessy 0-0-0; Largy 1-0-2; Pride 1-0-2; Totals 14-3-34
Kenison 2-2-6; Blodgett 3-3-9; Wright 4-3-11; Beland 5-2-15; Platt 3-0-7; Cloutier 0-0-0; Frett 4-0-8; Frechette 0-0-0; Young 0-0-0; Styles 0-0-0; Collins 2- 0-4; Platt 0-0-0; Mason 2-1-5; Totals 25-11-65
Concord Christian 7 8 8 11 shy; 34
Groveton 9 21 18 17 shy; 65
3-pointers: CC-McDonald, Walker 2; G-Beland 3, P.Platt
Fouled out: CC-Shankle
Records: Concord Christian 15-7; Groveton 19-2