Historically high-scoring D-III final goes to Thetford

Historically high-scoring D-III final goes to Thetford


Historically high-scoring D-III final goes to Thetford


BARRE The Barre Memorial Auditorium may not have saved the best high girls basketball game for last, but it certainly saved the most fast-paced, highest-scoring, heart pounding one.

In the highest-scoring high school girls basketball state championship game in Vermont history, No. 1 Thetford beat No. 2 Williamstown 90-84 to win the Division III state crown.

“I’ve always dreamed of getting here, it’s amazing,” said Thetford senior Shyann Josler. “Just fighting with all you have, to be able to stand here, this is awesome.”

It was the first-ever state championship for Thetford, and for portions of the third quarter it looked like it might not happen.

Midway through the quarter, Williamstown held a 63-55 lead and it looked like the Blue Devils might find some redemption after losing in last year’s final.

But the players on the floor for Thetford looked at the scoreboard and refused to lose. The team’s seven seniors provided the motivation as the Panthers pulled themselves back into the game.

“As soon as they got up by 10, we looked at the scoreboard and took it as a wake-up call,” said Thetford junior Michaela Pomeroy. “We had to pull out the win for (the seniors). They are the reason that we got here, and we just had to take the win for them.”

Starting with the 63-55 deficit midway through the third quarter, Thetford went on a 20-11 run that was capped off by a lay-up from Josler that gave the Panthers a 75-74 lead with 5:17 remaining in the game.

“Everyone was picking each other up, just knowing that we could come back,” Josler said. “We had been down only once this season, it was a little different feeling than we are used to having. So we just stayed together and worked hard and did what we knew we had to do.”

Thetford would score the next seven points after taking the lead, and never relinquished its hold to capture the win.

The choatic fourth quarter — capped by the Thetford run and a furious final push from Williamstown — was just the end of a frenzied beginning.

The two teams traded baskets as the Panthers worked hard to break Williamstown’s relentless full-court press. Thetford won that battle in the first quarter, while the Blue Devils got the better of the matchup in the second, culminating with a 51-45 lead for Williamstown at the half.

“When you put up 84 points, you expect to win,” said Williamstown coach Sid Sweet. “Thetford really dug in; a bounce here, a bounce there, it could have been a different story.”

Williamstown carried the momentum out of the halftime break and looked to be one its way to a state title before Thetford went on its run.

Thetford, which had the second-highest score by a state champ with 90 points, was led by Pomeroy’s 25 points. Josler added 16 points, Jill Clark chipped in 12 points and Kayley Gray had 10.

Dani Jesmonth had a game-high 28 points for Williamstown, which came into the game undefeated. Kimmy Gilbert had 15 points, Shayna Guild scored 11 and Carissa Carrier added 10 for the Blue Devils.


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