Mount Abe girls’ basketball holds off Milton, 34-29

MILTON — The Mount Abraham Union High School girls’ basketball team outlasted host Milton on Friday, 34-29, to finish the regular season at 14-6. Eagle Emma Carter scored 10 points to lead all scorers in the victory over the 8-12 Yellowjackets.
The two-time Division II defending champion Eagles will enter the playoffs as the No. 2 seed, a status that the Vermont Principals’ Association was set to make official early on Monday.
According to unofficial standings on the VPA website, Hartford (3-17) is the probable Eagle first-round opponent on this Monday or Tuesday.
Fair Haven (11-9) looms large as the Eagles’ likely quarterfinal foe this weekend in what would be a rematch of the 2014 D-I final. It would also be a rematch of a Dec. 23 game at Fair Haven that the Slaters won, 32-26.
Looking past the first two games, if the tournament goes to form the Eagles would meet No. 3 Mill River (15-5) in a semifinal in Barre next week. The Minutemen defeated the Eagles in East Clarendon on Dec. 19, 40-20, when the Eagles were struggling earlier in the season. Lake Region (18-2 against a softer schedule than the other teams) is the No. 1 seed.

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