ESSEX – Tom Carton had 25 points but could not lift Essex past Rutland as the Hornets fell to the Raiders 63-57 in overtime in high school boys basketball on Friday night.
Rutland hit key free throws in extra time to distance themselves from Essex and clinch the win.
Luke Salerno had 21 points for Essex (6-2) in the loss and Joey Picard had a strong game on the boards.
Tre Hysell had 15 points to lead Rutland (5-4) to the win, with Patrick O’Rourke chipping in with 13 points, hitting three 3-pointers.
* Mount Mansfield 49, South Burlington 32: Mount Mansfield used a 14-3 run during the second quarter to pull away from visiting South Burlington for good.
Mount Mansfield (5-2) was led by Alec Carew (18 points) and Nick Bergeron (16).
Conor Burke scored 12 points, and teammate Isaac Gittelsohn added eight for South Burlington (1-6).
* Spaulding 53, Burlington 34: Spaulding ended the game on a 15-2 run to seal its win over host Burlington.
Marcus Thornton’s 15 points paced Spaulding (5-4), while teammate Jon Kilian chipped in 10.
Burlington (4-4) was led by Josh Hale (10 points) and Brian Vachereau (eight).
* Rice 57, Champlain Valley 39: Casey Tipson scored 41 points to lead Rice to a win over visiting Champlain Valley to help the Green Knights remain unbeaten this season.
Tipson shot 16-for-18 from free throw line and added 12 rebounds on a dominant night for Rice (7-0).
Lucas Aube led the Redhawks (4-5).
* Missisquoi 47, BFA-St. Albans 41: Matt St. Amour and Tyler Cooper finished with 13 points apiece as host Missisquoi reeled off a 20-5 run in the fourth quarter to rally past BFA-St. Albans.
Alex Deuso chipped in 11 points for MVU (7-3), which trailed 36-27 after three quarters.
Darren Callan rode four first-half 3-pointers to a 21-point night for BFA, with Caleb McLane adding 12 points.
* St. Johnsbury 66, Brattleboro 39: Brendan O’Shea tallied 18 points, Vlad Cobzaru scored 15, and undefeated St. Johnsbury overcame a double-digit deficit in the first quarter to dispatch visiting Brattleboro.
Jack Grinburgs added 10 points for SJA (8-0), which led 26-21 at halftime after trailing 14-3 at the end of the first quarter.
Isaac Roach paced Brattleboro with nine points.
* Colchester 65, North Country 63: In Colchester, Ricky Giroux scored 30 points as the Lakers rallied for a win over visiting North Country.
Giroux had 11 of his team’s 22 points in the fourth quarter as Colchester overcame an eight-point deficit.
Matt Duncan, who finished with 15 points to lead NCU, missed a runner at the buzzer that would have tied it. Jason Hatin had 12 points and Tyler Paxman added 11 for the Falcons.
* Oxbow 51, Lamoille 35: Andrew Lyman had 13 points to help Oxbow earn its first win of the season over host Lamoille.
Lucas Wheeler and Caleb Lafaille each added nine points for Oxbow (1-7).
Derek Vanat had 12 points to lead Lamoille (1-8). Eric Hoadley added 10 points.
* Twinfield 72, Danville 55: David Codling’s 29 points helped lift host Twinfield over Danville.
Brandon Gibbs (15 points) and Brad Brickey (14) provided secondary scoring punch for Twinfield (6-3). Danville (5-2) was led by Brett Elliott (24) and Kyle Johnson (14).
* South Burlington 50, Middlebury 26: Sage Barton had 11 points and eight rebounds to help South Burlington to a win over host Middlebury.
Allie Flaherty added nine points on a night where all but one player scored for the Rebels (3-5).
Tiffany Danyow led all scorers with 13 points for Middlebury (0-6).
* Milton 51, Mount Mansfield 19: Nicole Menard had 18 points to lead Milton to a win over visiting Mount Mansfield.
Mary Rowley added nine points and eight rebounds and Danielle Phelps had eight points for Milton (2-6).
Rebecca Rapacz led Mount Mansfield (0-8) with nine points.
* Winooski 73, Peoples 38: Brianna Robare had 26 points and two other players hit double-figures as Winooski defeated host Peoples.
Robare had 10 rebounds and 11 assists to complete the triple-double.
Amanda Nattress and Christina Dang each added 12 points for Winooski (7-2).
Haillie Williams had 14 points to lead Peoples (1-8).
* BFA-Fairfax 39, Northfield 26: Unbeaten BFA-Fairfax rode strong games from Kayla Baczewski (15 points) and Chase Carpenter (12) to a victory over host Northfield.
Northfield (1-7) was led by Meghan McMullen (15 points) and Savannah Fionda (five). BFA-Fairfax improved to 8-0.