Mt. Abe girls’ hoop wins twice, other local squads lose

ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school girls’ basketball play in the latter half of last week, Mount Abraham won twice, once over rival Vergennes, Otter Valley dropped two tough games, and Middlebury lost on the road.
The Commodores also hosted Missisquoi on Friday; see story.
On Wednesday, Mount Abe defeated visiting VUHS, 42-16. Ashlie Fay (12 points) and Sam Driscoll (nine) led Mount Abe. Taylor Paquette andBreanna LaPan scored four apiece to pace the Commodores, who dropped to 2-6 heading into Friday’s home game.
On Friday, the Eagles took a 31-13 halftime lead on the way to a 54-33 win over visiting Mount Mansfield (3-7). Fay (17 points, five assists and five steals) and Isabel Brennan (15 points, nine rebounds) did the most damage for the Eagles as they improved to 8-2.
On Thursday visiting Division I foe Mt. Anthony (9-2) needed overtime to defeat the Otters, 64-63. Taylor Aines forced the extra session with a deep, game-tying three-pointer in the final seconds. Amy Jones (17 points) and Brittany Bushey (15) led the Otter scoring.
On Saturday, host Fair Haven outlasted OV, 43-33. The Slaters’ balanced attack included 11 points from Bethany Lanfear and eight points from Jessica Stannard. The Slaters held onto first place in Division II over 8-2 Mount Abe, 4.25 index points to the Eagles’ 3.90. The Eagles defeated the Slaters in Fair Haven in their head-to-head matchup, however, and Mount Abe’s only losses are to undefeated D-I power Champlain Valley.
The Otters, who have played well of late, dropped to 3-6 with the pair of competitive setbacks to top teams. Olivia Bloomer scored nine points and Bushey added eight for OV vs. the Slaters.
Host Colchester on Saturday improved to 6-3 and kept the Tigers winless with a 51-26 victory. Freshman Payton Buxton scored a career-high 10 points to lead the Tigers as they matched their highest offensive output of the season.

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