VUHS boys, Eagle girls lead county hoop teams

ADDISON COUNTY — In recent local high school hoop action, the Vergennes boys won big twice to remain unbeaten at 6-0, the Mount Abraham girls cruised past visiting Middlebury, and the VUHS girls and Mount Abe boys came up short on the road.
On Dec. 20, the Commodores bolted to a 19-4 first-quarter lead on the way to a 55-35 win at Harwood. Coach Peter Quinn said VUHS played a sloppy second quarter and led by 10 at the half, 28-18, but “righted the ship” in the third quarter, during which they outscored the Highlanders by 20-4 to take command.
Stanley Salley led VUHS with 14 points, followed by Cody Quattrocci with 12. Those two combined for all of the Commodores’ first-quarter points: Quattrocci sank three treys, and Salley scored the other 10. Shep Carter added 10 points and five assists for VUHS, and Zach Ouellette added four assists. Salley led the team with 12 rebounds, and Carter, Devin Hayes andDan McGrath added five boards each.
On Saturday, the Commodores thumped host Randolph, 70-30. Quinn said the Commodores remembered the Ghosts, who returned their entire roster, took them to overtime last winter, and produced “a focused, methodical effort, putting together four good quarters for the first time this year,” one that included tough man-to-man defense and patient offense.
VUHS took a 35-18 lead at the break and then held the Ghosts to 12 points in the second half.
Salley and Quattrocci again led the way with 13 points each. Carter and Ouellette added 10 each, and Hayes and Nate Cannon contributed nine apiece. VUHS turned the ball over just seven times, while Ouellette led the way with five assists. Salley led VUHS with 10 boards, followed by Hayes with eight and McGrath with seven.  Quattrocci had four of the 16 VUHS steals.  
The Commodores return to action this week at Spaulding’s holiday tournament. They are set to play U-32 in Barre on Thursday and Division I Brattleboro on Saturday.
The Eagles girls improved to 4-0 on Saturday with a 60-20 victory over visiting Middlebury. Sam Driscoll scored 12 to lead a balanced Mount Abe attack, and Ashlie Fay andJessie Martin added 10 points each.   
Hannah Hobbs andErin Connor tallied seven points apiece for the 0-4 Tigers.
Both teams will play on Friday and Saturday at Fair Haven’s holiday tournament along with Burr & Burton and the host Slaters.
On Saturday, host South Burlington eased past the Commodore girls, 55-10.
Cat Chaput had four points to lead Vergennes, who slipped to 0-4. The Commodores will look to break through with two home games this week, vs. Harwood on Thursday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 12:30 p.m. vs. Montpelier.
Host BFA-Fairfax ran to a 69-30 win over the Mount Abe boys on Dec. 21 after taking a 20-5 first-quarter lead. Sawyer Kamman led the 1-3 Eagles with 15 points.
Mount Abe is set to host Randolph on Thursday at 7 p.m. and Winooski on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

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