Girls’ hoop: Eagles, VUHS win

ADDISON COUNTY — Mount Abraham defeated visiting Otter Valley before a full house to highlight local high school girls’ basketball action earlier this week. In other action, host Fair Haven held off Middlebury, and Vergennes prevailed at home.
In their first game on the new Mount Abe gym floor, the Eagles (2-1) snapped a 20-20 halftime tie with eight straight points on the way to a 48-40 victory over OV. Fans packed the gym for the occasion — Mount Abe Coach Connie LaRose called it “just an awesome crowd.”
Emma Carter led the Eagles with 21 points, and Olivia Young (six points, 10 rebounds) and Emma LaRose (six points on two second-half three-pointers) also made big contributions.
Gabby Poalino (10 points) and Julia Lee (nine) topped the Otters’ scoring table.
The Eagles play at Fair Haven’s holiday tournament on Friday and Tuesday, facing the Slaters in the first round. They also play at a four-team tournament at Champlain Valley the following Friday and Saturday. The Otters host MUHS this Friday and visit Proctor next Thursday.
On Tuesday, host Fair Haven (2-0) edged MUHS, 47-44. The Tigers took a 34-33 lead into the fourth quarter as the teams traded the advantage back and forth, but the Slaters took the lead for good, 36-34, on a Halle Coloutti layup with five-and-a-half minutes to go and eventually stretched the lead to 42-35.
The Tigers (1-1) fought back and cut the lead to 46-44 on a Keagan Dunbar three-pointer with just less than a minute to go, but could come no closer.
Dunbar led the Tigers with 14 points, and Payton Buxton andRiley Fenster added eight apiece.
Coloutti paced the Slaters with 12, while Adriana Dalto (11) andOlivia Bowen (10) also reached double figures.  
The Tigers travel to OV on Friday and host Mill River on Tuesday.  
On Monday, the Commodores shrugged off what Coach Billy Waller called cold shooting to outlast visiting Montpelier, 28-24. VUHS led by eight early in the fourth and held off a Solon rally.
Xzavia Berry recorded double digits in points (10) and rebounds (11) for the second straight game for VUHS, while Ciara McClay chipped in eight points and Brianna Vanderway grabbed 10 rebounds.
VUHS was also set to visit Winooski on Wednesday evening after the deadline for this edition of the Independent. The Commodores were hoping to avenge last week’s 36-33 home loss to the Spartans. They also host Harwood on Friday, and then are idle next week.

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