Girls’ hoop season ends as teams fall in playoffs

ADDISON COUNTY — The local high school girls’ basketball season came to an end on Tuesday, when all four area teams came up short in first-round playoff games: Mount Abraham was upset at home, while Middlebury, Otter Valley and Vergennes lost on the road.
Mount Abe had earned the No. 7 seed in Division II, but visiting No. 10 Lamoille got the winning hoop from Jasmin Daigle-Arnold with 11 seconds left to prevail, 42-41. Lamoille improved to 11-10. Emma Carter led the Eagles with 14 points and seven rebounds. Mount Abe finished at 9-12 after a 1-7 start.
In D-I, host No. 8 Mount Anthony coasted past No. 9 MUHS, 73-37. The Patriots, who played a challenging schedule including games against the top Metro Conference teams, improved to 11-10.
Keagan Dunbar scored 22 points for the Tigers, who finished at 11-10, the program’s first winning record since 2010.
In the third meeting of the winter between the two D-II programs, host No. 4 Fair Haven outlasted No. 13 Otter Valley, 39-33. The Otters trailed by one at the half, and then the Slaters pushed the margin to six in the third period and held on.
Lexi Quenneville paced the Slaters with 15, and Adriana Dalto chipped in 10. Fair Haven (16-5) will host No. 5 Lake Region, also 16-5, next.
Amy Jones (14 points) and Gabby Poalino (eight) led the Otters, who finished 8-13 against a challenging schedule.
Lake Region ran up a 35-12 halftime lead on the way to ousting the No. 12 Commodores, 64-25. VUHS, which was shorthanded due to injury, was led by Nikki Salley’s game-high 12 points. The Commodores finished at 7-14.  

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