High school hoop wrap: Eagle girls, VUHS boys net victories

ADDISON COUNTY — In area high school basketball games late last week the Mount Abraham girls won to lock down a No. 2 or 3 seed for the Division II postseason while the Vergennes boys rolled at home, but the Eagle boys and Middlebury, VUHS, and Otter Valley girls all came up short.
The girls’ teams played their final regular season games and were set to learn their playoff seeds on Monday morning. The Eagle girls will host a game on Tuesday or Wednesday, and the other teams will be hitting the road to face top-five seeds.
This week is the final for the boys’ regular season.
On Thursday last week the Middlebury boys visited Vergennes; see story.
On Thursday the Eagles picked up their ninth straight victory and finished the regular season at 16-4 by topping host Winooski, 49-32. Three Eagles reached double figures in another balanced effort: Emma Carter (16 points), Jalen Cook (12) and Emma LaRose (11). Mount Abe unofficially finished tied in the D-II standings with U-32, but could earn the No. 2 seed based on the strength-of-schedule tiebreaker. Fair Haven (17-3) is the top seed.
The host Commodore boys bounced back from their Thursday loss to the Tigers by thumping Missisquoi, 67-37, on Saturday as forward Lance Bergmans celebrated his senior game with 23 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists. VUHS, which wraps up at Mount Abe on Thursday, improved to 5-13.
The 3-17 Missisquoi girls, however, topped visiting VUHS on Friday, 50-44, as the T-Birds scored a season-high. Commodore Kate Gosliga tossed in a game-high 16 points, but it was not enough to prevent VUHS from dropping to 4-16.
On Friday host Enosburg improved to 15-5 and locked down the No. 4 seed in D-II by edging the visiting MUHS girls, 46-41. The Tigers dropped to 7-13 despite 15 points from Keagan Dunbar and 14 from Shannon Sunderland.
On Thursday host Milton improved to 13-5 and avenged an earlier loss to the Eagle boys with a 68-36 victory. Jackson Counter andDustin Whitcomb scored eight points apiece for Mount Abe, which fell to 6-13 heading into Thursday’s rivalry finale with the Commodores.  
On Thursday visiting Fair Haven coasted past the OV girls, 44-24, to secure the top D-II seed. Courtney Brewster (12 points) and Kaleigh Brown (10) led the Slaters.
Gabby Poalino and Julia Eastman scored seven points to pace OV, which will enter the postseason at 4-16 and could face either Mount Abe or U-32.

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