Otters, VUHS boys win two in area hoop play

ADDISON COUNTY — In area high school basketball action late last week, the Vergennes and Otter Valley boys each won, the Middlebury boys split a pair of contests, and the Mount Abe and MUHS girls both dropped home games, in the Tigers’ case despite a record-setting performance. The Otter Valley girls also defeated visiting Poultney on Saturday, 44-10, in a game rescheduled from Friday; details were unavailable.
On Saturday, the VUHS boys topped Peoples, 58-47, as three Commodores reached double figures. Adam Gill led the way with 18 points, including shooting nine-for-nine from the free throw line in the fourth quarter to help nail down the win. Josh Dam contributed 12 points andDylan Raymond added 11 as VUHS improved to 2-0. The Commodores will host South Burlington on Monday night.
Also on Saturday, the OV boys edged host Mount St. Joseph, 58-54, as John Winslow tossed in 25 points. Kai Norwood added 11 points as the Otters improved to 2-1 and gained some revenge for last winter’s playoff loss to MSJ (0-2). The Otters host Poultney on Tuesday.
On Saturday, the Tigers cruised at host Harwood, 66-42, to even their record at 1-1. Oakley Gordon (21 points) and Austin Robinson (10 points, 10 rebounds) led the Tigers, while Cullen Hathaway chipped in eight points and Connor Quinn andTrey Kauffman notched nine rebounds apiece.
On Thursday, visiting South Burlington edged the Tigers, 65-55, in overtime, by pulling away from the free throw line. Gordon’s bucket with six seconds to go forced the extra session. Gordon and Bobby Ritter each scored 15 to lead MUHS.
The Tigers return to action on Tuesday, when they host Burr & Burton at 7 p.m. in a game postponed from this past Tuesday.
On Friday, Tiger freshman Keagan Dunbar poured in 35 points, but visiting Burr and Burton (2-0) outlasted the Tigers, 58-52. Dunbar’s point total set a new Tiger girls’ single-game record, eclipsing the 33 points scored by Haley Borah at Rutland earlier this past decade.
The 0-3 Tigers will visit Winooski on Tuesday.
On Saturday, defending Division I champion Champlain Valley coasted past the defending D-II champion Eagles, 53-19, after taking a 15-2 first-quarter lead. Isabel Brennan’s seven points led the 1-1 Eagles.
Mount Abe hosts Mount Mansfield on Tuesday.

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