Local hoop: Eagle and Tiger girls nab wins
ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school basketball play late last week, the Vergennes and Middlebury girls posted wins, while both Otter Valley teams and the Mount Abraham boys came up short.
The Mount Abraham girls also saw action, while the Vergennes boys hosted MUHS; see stories.
The Commodores snapped a six-game losing skid with a 51-39 victory over visiting Missisquoi. The third quarter proved to be decisive: VUHS outscored MVU, 16-5, to put the game out of reach. Nikki Salley’s 10 points and 10 boards paced VUHS, and Shay Pouliot chipped in nine points as VUHS improved to 7-11 with games at Colchester on Tuesday and home vs. Mount Abe on Thursday left on the regular season slate.
The Tiger girls posted a big win over visiting Mount Mansfield, 59-39, to even their record at 9-9 with two games to go, home at Mount Abe on Monday and at North Country on Thursday.
Keagan Dunbar hit five of six three-point attempts and finished with 25 points to lead MUHS, and Payton Buxton chipped in with 15 against the 7-11 Cougars.
On Friday, defending D-II champion Mill River (14-4) held the Otters to seven first-half points in a 42-30 victory. Amy Jones scored 16 points to lead the 7-11 Otters, who wrap up by hosting Fair Haven on Tuesday and playing at Windsor on Friday.
The OV boys finished their regular season with a strong effort at Fair Haven, but lost, 53-52, when Slater freshman Cameron Coloutti grabbed an offensive board, dribbled behind the three-point line and sank the game-winning three-point shot at the buzzer. Coloutti scored 20 to lead Fair Haven, and Darren Brown added 12. The Slaters finished at 13-7, good enough for the No. 4 seed in D-II.
OV, which had lost to the Slaters by 71-34 on Jan. 28, received 20 points from Derek Aines and 10 from Josh Letourneau. The Otters will enter the playoffs at 4-16. They will almost certainly earn the No. 15 seed and play at No. 2 Lyndon.
On Friday, host Milton outscored the Eagles by 24-8 in the second quarter on the way to a 61-43 victory. The Eagles finished at 0-20, but will edge out 0-20 Springfield for the No. 16 seed in D-II by virtue of strength of schedule. They have earned a matchup with No. 1 U-32.
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