Well the Kearsarge boys basketball team has already established itself as a legitimate contender in Division III, and with the winless Wildcats in town Tuesday night, things had the potential of getting a little out of hand.
The Cougars have just two losses on their record so far this year, while Fall Mountain headed into North Sutton at 0-8 despite several close finishes. Even so, the Wildcats held right with their heavily-favored opponent in the game’s early goings, and trailed by just six points after the opening quarter.
Senior guard Ryan Murdoch was a big reason why with several strong drives to the bucket, while classmate Kamron Bushway also played well for the visiting team. But Kearsarge increased its lead to 17 by halftime with help from stellar defense, leading to some crowd-pleasing points in transition.
In the end, the Cougars were left celebrating a 67-38 victory, led by a game-high 28 points from sophomore guard Tom Johnson. Kearsarge also benefited from double-double efforts from both Trent Noordsij – who finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds – and Zach Mattos with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Coach Nathan Camp’s team is now 6-2 on the season.
The Cougars will try and win a third straight game Thursday at Newport, while Fall Mountain will try and bounce back next week when it hosts Bellows Falls.