Colonel girls play powerhouse Rice tough

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BURLINGTON — Lisa Sulejmani led all scorers with 20 points and the Rice varsity girls basketball team topped visiting Brattleboro, 53-45, on Tuesday evening.

"It was an amazing game to be a part of. It was two teams battling and working very hard for every inch of hardwood," said BUHS coach Paul Freed, noting that Rice is the best team in the state at this point. "I am so proud of all of them."

The Colonels went into the fourth quarter trailing 39-32. Devin Millerick and Shenise Taliaferro each connected from downtown in the final frame, helping the visitors get within four points a couple of times.

Center Gabby Carpenter paced the purple and white with 13 points. Millerick followed with 11 and Hailey Derosia finished with 10.

The 3-3 Colonels, who made 13 of 17 from the charity stripe as a team, will host Fair Haven on Saturday.

Girls Basketball

LUDLOW — Murphy Hicks pulled down 17 rebounds as the Terriers improved to 3-2 overall with a 71-16 rout of Black River.

Hannah and Molly Kelly led Bellows Falls offensively with 19 and 12 points respectively. Abbe Cravinho and Taylor Goodell followed with 10 points each, while Keri Ticino and Michelle Marchica each finished with six.

The Terriers will host Long Trail on Friday.

Boys Basketball

WESTMINSTER — Cam Joy scored 15 points to power Bellows Falls to a 44-26 victory over Poultney. Shane Clark netted nine points and Ryan Kelly chipped in with eight.

"BF came out shooting well and played a solid defense, only allowing seven first-half points," said Terriers coach Ryan Stoodley, whose team took a 26-7 lead to the break.

Bellows Falls (3-3) will host Long Trail on Friday.

Rec Hoops

BRATTLEBORO — In women's league basketball action at the Gibson-Aiken Center on Monday, Lawton's edged Lawrence & Lober 34-32 and Chroma downed Houghton 54-33. Lawton's Kayla Savage (12 points), Chroma's Mary Symonds (12) and Molly Barnes (12), L&L's Brittany Bailly (16), and Houghton's Kelsey Cognetta (12) were the top guns for each team.

Special Night

TOWNSHEND — The Harlem Superstars will bring their basketball magic to Townshend to take on a Leland & Gray team on Saturday at 6 p.m. in the Rebels' main gym. The entry fee is $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Tammy Claussen will be running the clock and Tom Russell will be the ref, while the host Leland & Gray team will be made up of Bob Thibault, Mickey Parker-Jennings, Chris Barton, Paul Paytas, Dr. Ruth Ann Dunn, Johanna Liskowsky-Doak, Pheobe Connolly, Dr. Backus, Krissy Clark, Eric Emerson, Brud Sanderson, student Rachel Borgesen, student Jessalyn Stockwell, and student Jake Wilkins.

Area Sports Schedule

FRIDAY

Bellows Falls girls basketball hosts Long Trail, 5:30 p.m.

Twin Valley girls basketball at Mid-Vermont Christian, 5:30 p.m.

Brattleboro boys basketball at Saint Johnsbury, 6:30 p.m.

Hinsdale girls basketball at Derryfield, 6:30 p.m.

Hinsdale boys basketball hosts Derryfield, 7 p.m.

Bellows Falls boys basketball hosts Long Trail, 7 p.m.

SATURDAY

Brattleboro bowling at Windsor, 1 p.m.

Brattleboro girls basketball hosts Fair Haven, 2:30 p.m.

Brattleboro boys hockey at Northfield, 3 p.m.

Brattleboro girls hockey at Harwood, 5 p.m.

Brattleboro Nordic skiing at U-32, TBA


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