In girls’ hoop: A Tiger junior scores her 1,000th point

ADDISON COUNTY — Middlebury Union High School junior Keagan Dunbar scored the 1,000th point of her career in the third quarter of the Tigers’ home game vs. Mount Abraham on Wednesday night to highlight local girls’ basketball action in the latter half of last week.
Dunbar became just the fourth member of the Tiger girls’ basketball program to reach that milestone.
The points came on a reverse layup after Dunbar took a feed in the low post, a bucket that triggered a celebration with her teammates and family and a standing ovation. Video of the play and the aftermath may be found at addisonindependent.com.
Despite Dunbar’s 25-point night and 15 more from teammate Payton Buxton, the Tigers lost, 56-50 to visiting Mount Abraham, as Dunbar’s AAU teammate and friend Emma Carter erupted for 40 points for the Eagles. The result left both teams at 8-5 heading into weekend action.
Dunbar also recently set the program’s single-game scoring record at 37 points, breaking her own record set earlier this year. She now holds at least the three highest single-game totals in program history, with Hayley Borah next at 33 points.
Dunbar, a junior who counts being a two-time Addison Independent Girls’ Basketball Player of the Year among her many honors, joined former Tiger girls’ players Marilyn Raymond, Barbara Puls and Katie Ritter in the 1,000-point club.
If she stays healthy and approaches her scoring average to date, 1,500 points are within Dunbar’s reach.
In other action, the Tigers won on Saturday, Otter Valley lost at home to rival Fair Haven, and a shorthanded Vergennes squad dropped a Lake Division contest.
On Saturday, the Tigers coasted past at winless Missisquoi, 38-20, as Dunbar (18 points) and Buxton (15) again led the way on offense. The Tigers improved to 9-5, but the 1-1 week saw them slip to ninth place in the Division I standings.
On Friday, visiting Fair Haven defeated OV, 30-22, despite more good defense from the Otters, who have held five straight foes to 32 points or fewer. The Slaters (11-3) got 11 points from Halle Coloutti and seven from Adriana Dalto. Gabriela Poalino led OV (5-7) with nine points.
On Wednesday, host Colchester cruised to a 43-25 victory over a shorthanded VUHS squad, which dropped to 7-7 with the loss. Laker Gabby Gosselin led all scorers with 17 points.
Brianna Vander Way paced the Commodores with 10 points and 12 rebounds and Ciara McClay added seven points and four steals. The Commodores were without starting center Xzavia Berry, who was injured early in a one-point home loss on Monday. The team hopes she can return this week.   

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