Eagle, Tiger girls’ basketball teams net hoop victories, Commodore rally falls short

ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school girls’ basketball games, all played on Tuesday, Mount Abraham picked up a road win to make a move in the Division II standings, Middlebury prevailed at home for its second victory of the winter, and Vergennes saw a rally at home from an early double-digit deficit fall just short.
Otter Valley was idle. The Otters are set to host Hartford on Thursday at 7 p.m. and visit West Rutland on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
Mount Abe built a 19-point advantage after three-quarters at Mount Mansfield before settling for a 45-39 victory. The victory pushed the Eagles to 7-3, and the points from the D-I road win moved the Eagles to second place in the D-II standings behind Fair Haven (10-2), according to the Vermont Principals’ Association website.
Coach Connie LaRose said she was pleased with a defensive effort led by guards Abby Mansfield (eight steals, four points) and Emma LaRose. The Eagles held the Cougars to 13 first-half points and led by 11 at halftime.
“The defense was really tough last night,” Coach LaRose said.
In the third quarter, forwards Emma Carter andEmma Radler (who scored all nine of her points in the period) combined for all 18 of the Eagles’ points as Mount Abe pulled away.
“We were pretty much in control throughout the game,” LaRose said.
Carter finished with 26 points and nine rebounds, and Radler added seven boards. Mount Mansfield, which outscored the Eagle bench by 13-3 in the fourth quarter, dropped to 4-6.
Mount Abe faces a tough road test on Friday at North Country (6-4). Coach LaRose noted the Eagles have not defeated the Falcons since they joined the Lake Division three years ago.
MUHS got past visiting Colchester, 35-27, for the Tigers’ second win in their past three games. Strong work on the boards and scoring from Keagan Dunbar (22 points and 12 rebounds) and Shannon Sunderland (seven points and 10 boards) helped spark the Tigers. Emma Corriveau led the 4-6 Lakers with six points.
The Tigers will host Mount Mansfield on Friday at 7 p.m.
At VUHS Milton held on for a 32-29 victory over the Commodores. The 5-6 Yellowjackets took an early 10-point lead, but the Commodores fought back to within one point in the fourth quarter before falling, in part because Emily Gosliga (nine points) sank three three-pointers in the second half. 
Brianna Vanderwey scored six points and anchored VUHS in the paint with 13 rebounds and three blocked shots. Sophie Hatch andKate Gosliga also added 6 points each for the 3-7 Commodores, who will visit Winooski on Friday.
Cassidy Button’s eight points led a balanced attack for Milton (5-6).

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