Mount Abe is only local winner in first week of girls’ basketball

ADDISON COUNTY — Mount Abraham pulled out a tight win to highlight opening-week play in local high school girls’ basketball. In other action, Vergennes and Middlebury each came up short in home games.
Mount Abraham on Friday edged visiting U-32 58-56, in a game that was close throughout — the Eagles also led by two points at halftime, 34-32. Emma Carter poured in 29 points to spark the Eagles, and Jalen Cook chipped in 11 to overcome a balanced Raider attack led by Anna Richardson (11 points) and Emma Olmstead (10). U-32 fell to 1-1.
The Eagles on Friday and Saturday will make their annual trip to Fair Haven’s four-team tournament. The Slaters are 3-0.
On Thursday visiting Mill River used balanced scoring to defeat the Tigers, 58-35. Britney Blanchard (15 points) and Tessa Davenport and Olivia McPhee (12 points apiece) led the visitors as MRU improved to 1-1. Keagan Dunbar led the Tigers in their season opener with 12 points.
On Saturday Fair Haven also showed offensive balance in a 63-24 victory over MUHS: Slaters Adriana Dalto, Kayleigh Brown andRyleigh Coloutti scored nine points apiece. Shannon Sunderland scored nine points to lead MUHS, which will host Otter Valley on Friday. 
On Friday visiting Hazen outscored VUHS, 63-52. The second quarter was decisive: Hazen rolled to a 24-11 edge in those eight minutes. Letty Hill and Lizzie Brown scored 17 points apiece to lead Hazen (1-1).
Morgan Lynk led the Commodores in their opener with 16 points, and Brianna Vanderway added nine.
The Commodores will host Harwood on Wednesday and Winooski on Saturday. 

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