Girls’ basketball: Commodores, Otters, Eagles all stumble

ADDISON COUNTY — Local girls’ basketball teams found tough sledding late last week, as Mount Abe, Vergennes and Otter Valley all dropped games. Middlebury was idle and will visit Mill River on Tuesday.
On this past Friday, that Mill River team doubled up the visiting Eagles, 40-20, after taking an 18-4 lead at the half. The Eagles dropped to 2-2 and received a 10-point effort from freshman Emma Carter. MRU improved to 4-1. The Eagles will play at Fair Haven’s holiday tournament on Tuesday and Friday.
On Friday, the Commodores rallied from 12 points down in the fourth quarter at Missisquoi, but the T-Birds scored the go-ahead hoop in the final minute to edge VUHS, 36-35. VUHS dropped to 0-2 despite 16 points from Nikki Salley, while MVU improved to 1-3.
The Commodores play at Winooski on Tuesday and are set to host Harwood on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. in a make-up game. 
On Wednesday, visiting Proctor took a 23-7 first-quarter lead on the way to a 53-30 win over the Otters. Proctor’s Abby McKearin scored 19 of her 30 points in that period. Amy Jones led OV with nine.
On Saturday, host Burr & Burton remained on its early-season roll by coasting past OV, 53-21. Jones and Laura Beth Roberts tallied seven points apiece for OV, which dropped to 2-3. The Otters will host Hartford on Tuesday.

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