Girl’s hoop: Tigers top Eagles; Otters, Commodores fall

ADDISON COUNTY — Middlebury topped host Mount Abraham to highlight local girls’ basketball play in the latter half of last week. In other games, Middlebury also picked up a home win to reach .500, Mount Abe lost on the road, Otter Valley dropped a pair of games to challenging competition, and Vergennes dipped below .500 for the first time this winter.
On Wednesday, the Tigers outscored the Eagles by 39-25 in the second half to wipe out Mount Abe’s 27-20 halftime lead and prevail, 59-52. MUHS used a 17-9 third quarter to edge ahead by a point, and then Keagan Dunbar scored 14 of her game-high 27 points in the fourth quarter, many from the free-throw line, as the Tigers salted away the win.
Hannah Buttolph contributed 14 points for MUHS, and Payton Buxton added eight.
Emma LaRose hit four three-pointers on the way to a career-high 16 points to lead Mount Abe. Emma Carter recorded 14 points and eight rebounds, and Jesse McKean contributed 11 points, seven steals and four assists.
On Saturday, Dunbar erupted for 36 points, one shy of her own program record, as the Tigers coasted past visiting Missisquoi, 63-38. Buxton chipped in 11 points as the Tigers evened their mark at 7-7.
Also on Saturday, host North Country (7-6) won its seventh in a row, this one at the Eagles’ expense, 51-40. Kylie Wright led the Falcons with 21 points.
Carter scored 17 to pace the 4-10 Eagles, and Abby Mansfield added nine.
On Wednesday, visiting Division I Mount Anthony used hot shooting to become the first team to score more than 42 points this season against OV in a 67-30 victory. Brianna Legacy scored 17 points to lead the Patriots, who have compiled a 6-8 record against a tough schedule, including a win vs. Rutland on Saturday.
Gabby Poalino (10 points) and Amy Jones (eight points) led OV in scoring, and each also reached double figures in rebounds.
On Friday, host Fair Haven defeated the Otters, 41-27. Lexi Quenneville (14 points) led the way as the Slaters improved to 10-4. Fair Haven took charge early and led at the half, 23-11.
Jones scored 12 as the Otters dipped to 6-8.
On Wednesday, visiting D-I Colchester moved to 7-6 with a 54-34 victory over the Commodores. Gabby Gosselin led the Lakers with 19 points.
Nikki Salley led VUHS with 14 points, and Tamara Aunchman contributed seven points and 10 rebounds.
On Saturday, host Milton pulled away late for a 51-30 victory over VUHS. Selena Patterson had 19 points and 10 rebounds for the 6-8 Yellowjackets. Shay Pouliot scored eight points for the Commodores, who dropped to 6-8 with the two setbacks.

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