The Rutland Raiders exploded for five first period goals on their way to an easy 7-0 win over the visiting Montpelier Salons in girls high school hockey action last Saturday. Taylor Kresconko, Ashley Boucher and Kristin Hatch led the Raiders attack with a pair of goals apiece Chelsea Hill, added a single goal for the victorious Raiders.
Rutland goalies Deanna Rodolfy (four saves) and Danielle Greco (nine saves) stopped 13 shots between them to record the shutout. Rutland improved to 12-4-2 with the win.
In boys action on Saturday the Mount Saint Joseph Mounties remained winless, losing big on the road to the Brattleboro Colonels 12-4. Matt Hudon led the Colonels with four goals and two assists.
Proctor Phantoms senior forward Ryan Carter scored 14 points and hauled down an incredible 27 rebounds to lead his Phantoms to a 67-47 home win over the visiting Twin Valley Wildcats last Saturday. Proctor's Curtis Robinson led all scorers with 15 points, while Zach Currier and Joey Thornton contributed 13 and nine points respectively for Proctor, who improved to 18-0 with the win. Twin Valley, who fell to Proctor at home by nine points just two days earlier, fell to 14-5 on the year.
On Friday night, in Poultney, the hometown Blue Devils outscored the visiting Black River Presidents 6-4 in overtime to eek out a 62-60 win, and pull even at 8-8 on the year. It didn't hurt the Blue Devils that Black Rivers top two offensive threats fouled out before the end of the contest.
Johnny Durgin, who fouled out in the fourth quarter, led all scorers with 21 points, while Bobby Rohrig contributed an additional 13 points to the losing effort, before fouling out with two minutes left in the overtime period. Derik Kerber pumped in 19 points to lead the Blue Devil's offensive attack. John Fairbanks and Dan Devlin also reached double digits in points for the victors, knocking down 12 and 11 points respectively.
Rutland Raiders senior guard Megan Blongy scored 30 points last Friday night, pacing the Raiders to a 66-36 blowout of the Hartford Hurricanes, in high school girl basketball action in Rutland. Eighteen of Blongy's thirty points came from the six three-pointers she nailed. Alyssa Moore added an additional nine points and freshman Meghan Ballard contributed eight points to the huge win for the Raiders, as they battle for home court advantage in the upcoming Division Tournament. The win elevated Rutland to 9-8 on the year, while Hartford, even with the loss, still stood two games better at 11-6. Sarah Illingworth led the Canes with 13 points, and Stephanie Parker added nine more.
The Otter Valley Otters were playing hosts last Friday night too, as they were visited by another Rutland County team, the Mill River Minutemen. It was a good night for the Otters who, behind a balanced scoring attack defeated Mill River 40-36. Otter Valley, who entered the game as the ninth seed in the upcoming Division II Tournament, are hoping to get into the top eight, thus putting them in position to host their first round game, instead of playing it on the road.
Kristie Pinkham and Michelle Lefebvre paced the Otters in this huge wins with eight points each, while Julie Ketcham added six more. Mill River's Rebecca Day led all scorers with 15 points. Both squads stood at 8-9 following the game, with the Otters holding a 2-0 edge in head-to-head competition. With just three games left things are getting interesting.
Last Friday night was a busy one for girl's basketball, and three other Rutland County teams were in action. But only the West Rutland Golden Horde would be able to match the Raiders, or Otters and pull out a win. Proctor and Mount Saint Joseph wouldn't be so fortunate.
In Ludlow the visiting West Rutland Golden Horde shot an impressive 80 percent from the free throw line in the final three minutes of play, turning an eight point advantage into a 65-47 win. Katie Lincoln paced the Horde attack with 22 points and Sierra Pease added eight ore. Black River, who dropped to 3-12 with the loss, were carried by Courtney Rohrig, who scored 31 of their 47 points.
In Westminster, Daretye Fontaine and Molly Chisamore scored 15 and 14 points respectively to lead the Bellows Falls Academy Terriers to a 46-20 win over the visiting Mount Saint Joseph Mounties. Ali Shappy led the 0-16 Mounties with 10 points. Bellows Falls improved to 4-12 with the win.
Finally in Proctor, the visiting Twin Valley Wild Cats, behind eight three-pointers blew out the hometown Proctor Phantoms 63-19. Tarryn Bolognani, who hit half of those treys, led the way for the Cats with 18 points. Marissa Edwards contributed a dozen more to the massacre. Kelsey McCormack had eight points to lead Proctor, who fell to 1-15 with the loss.