High school hoop wrap up: Wins by MUHS, VUHS top slate
ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school basketball games played on Monday and Tuesday the Middlebury and Vergennes boys picked up wins, but the VUHS, MUHS and Otter Valley girls and Eagle boys all came up short.
The Eagle girls were set to host MUHS on Wednesday after the deadline for this issue of the Independent. The OV boys visited VUHS on Monday night; see story on Page 1B.
The Tiger boys snapped a five-game skid on Tuesday, a streak that included three last-second setbacks, by defeating host Missisquoi, 51-40. They nailed down the win by outscoring the T-Birds by 18-9 in the fourth quarter.
Cody Pomainville (19 points) and Skyeler Devlin (11) paced the Tigers as they improved to 4-11 heading into Mount Abe for a Friday game.
The Commodore boys had played well in a six-point loss to OV on Monday and carried that energy over to Tuesday in dealing 10-5 Milton a 55-47 setback. VUHS (4-10) spotted the Yellowjackets a 9-0 lead before coming back for the win. Lance Bergmans scored 24 points to lead VUHS, and Ethan Sausville chipped in 10.
On Monday host Milton (8-9) defeated the Commodore girls, 49-32. Cassidy Button tossed in 12 points to lead the Yellowjackets. Kate Gosliga scored eight and Ciara McClay and Morgan Lynk added six apiece to pace the 3-14 Commodores, who were scheduled to host Colchester on Wednesday.
On Monday host Burr & Burton got past the Tigers, 56-42. Emily Bleakie’s 15 points led the 7-10 Bulldogs. Keagan Dunbar scored 22 for the 6-10 Tigers, who dropped their third straight.
On Monday visiting Mill River worked overtime to defeat the Otters, 32-27. OV erased the 25-16 lead MRU took early in the fourth quarter with a 10-0 run capped by a Gabby Poalino hoop. The Minutemen went back ahead 27-26 before an Alia Edmunds free throw forced overtime. MRU then scored all five points in OT for the win. Olivia McPhee netted 20 to lead MRU (6-10).
Poalino scored 12 and blocked four shots to spark OV. Mallory Lufkin added eight points for the Otters (4-12).
On Monday host BFA-St. Albans (11-4) remained unbeaten in Lake Division play by outlasting the Mount Abe boys, 55-45. The Bobwhites held the Eagles to 13 points in the first half and led by eight at the break, but the Eagles pulled to within 29-27 midway through the third period. Bobwhite Jens Verderber scored 16 points of his 26 points in the second half to help St. Albans fend off Mount Abe.
Liam Kelliher (14), Jackson Counter (11) and Parker Hines (10) all reached double figures for the Eagles, who dropped to 6-10.
CORRECTION: Our Monday basketball wrap used an incorrect first name for Parker Hines, who scored eight points in the fourth quarter of the Eagles’ Saturday game. We apologize for the miscue.
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