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Mixed results for area hoopsters

ADDISON COUNTY — In high school basketball action earlier this week, the Mount Abraham girls and Vergennes boys won on the road, but the Eagle boys and Vergennes and Otter Valley girls dropped home games.
The Middlebury girls’ and boys’ teams hosted games; see stories, Page 1B.
VUHS BOYS
On Tuesday, the Commodores improved to 8-1 with a 52-42 win at Fair Haven (2-6). The Slaters’ Lucas Czarnecki scored 20 of his 24 points in the first half, which ended with VUHS up, 27-22. Defense by Dylan Raymond slowed Czarnecki in the second half.
VUHS used balance to overcome the Slaters. Liam Hayes led the way with 12 points, Raymond scored 11, Wesley Miedema scored 10 and blocked three shots, and Josh Dam added nine points. Ryan Alexander was the next highest scorer for Fair Haven with six points.
The Slaters will visit MUHS on Friday, while VUHS will visit Fairfax on Saturday.
EAGLE GIRLS
The Eagles on Monday got eight points apiece from forwards Jen Gordon,Isabel Brennan andEmma Carter in a 37-32 victory at Colchester. The Lakers cut into what had been a 13-point Eagle lead in the late going before Mount Abe held on for its third straight win and third of the season over a Division I foe.
They improved to 5-4 heading into a Wednesday home game vs. Middlebury played after the deadline for this edition of the Independent. A Saturday visit to undefeated Champlain Valley looms next.
COMMODORE GIRLS
On Monday, visiting Milton topped the Commodores, 45-27. VUHS dropped to 2-5 despite 10 points and 12 rebounds from Nikki Salley and eight points and seven boards fromTamara Aunchman. The Commodores were set to play at Colchester on Wednesday and will play at Harwood on Saturday.
EAGLE BOYS
Visiting Randolph coasted to a 73-26 victory over the Eagle boys on Monday. The Ghosts improved to 6-1.
Tyrus Keith scored eight points to lead Mount Abe, which remained winless heading into a game at Mill River on Wednesday. The Eagles are now off until Jan. 16, when they visit Otter Valley.
OTTERS
On Tuesday, visiting Rutland got off to an early 11-2 lead on the way to a 34-23 win over the OV girls. The Otters cut into the lead in the fourth quarter, but the 5-3 Raiders pulled away again.
The Otters dropped to 3-6 despite six points from Maia Edmunds and five apiece from Amy Jones,Sylvia Bloomer andLaura Roberts. OV is set to host Fair Haven on Thursday.

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