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Mt. Abe girls’ basketball keeps rolling in Vergennes

VERGENNES — The Mount Abraham Union High School girls’ basketball team kept rolling on Tuesday night, this time soaring past host Vergennes, 45-10.
The Eagles improved to 11-3 and extended their lead in Division II over second-place Fair Haven (10-3). Mount Abe already held a slim advantage in quality points in the Vermont Principals’ Association standings before Tuesday, but the road win widened the gap.
As of Wednesday morning, Milton (8-4) and Lamoille (9-5) stood in fourth and fifth, respectively, as the D-II regular season stood at about 65 percent complete.
Eagle Coach Connie LaRose said she was happy with her team’s full-court press in the early going Tuesday evening, when Mount Abe wiped out the Commodores’ 3-2 lead with 28 straight points to lead at the half, 30-3.
LaRose said she is still seeking better execution in the half-court offense, however, something that could be critical if the Eagles are to defend their D-II title in Barre. She also noted their 15 turnovers.
“We made a lot of poor decisions about entry passes into the post, as well as poor choices on shot selection,” LaRose said.
From VUHS Coach Billy Waller’s point of view, the Eagles looked impressive.
“Mount Abe imposed their will on us tonight,” Waller said.
Waller said Eagle senior guards Ashlie Fay and Meg Livingston “controlled the flow of the game,” while junior center Isabel Brennan and senior forward Meg Wetter took charge on the boards.
Fay finished with 18 points and seven steals; Livingston filled up the stat sheet with 11 points, six assists, six steals and six rebounds; Brennan had a game-high nine rebounds; and Wetter hauled in a half-dozen boards.
For VUHS (3-10), junior guard K.C. Ambrose scored a team-high five points, while sophomore forward Brianna Gebo came off the bench for three steals and a team-high seven rebounds.
The Commodores will look to bounce back with two more home games this week: vs. Milton at 7 p.m. on Thursday and vs. Montpelier at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday.
The Eagles face a challenge on Thursday, an away game at 10-3 Colchester. 

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