Hoop: Boys’ teams, Eagle girls prevail

ADDISON COUNTY — The Middlebury boys edged Mount Abraham to highlight area high school basketball earlier this week. In other action the Mount Abe girls and Vergennes and Otter Valley boys all picked up wins, but the OV girls dropped a home contest.
The MUHS girls hosted VUHS on Tuesday; click here to read that story.
On Monday the Tigers prevailed in a back-and-forth battle with the host Eagles, 52-47. The Tigers led at the half, 32-27, but the Eagles rallied to tie the game after three periods, 39-39, and then took a 44-39 lead midway through the fourth.
Spencer Cadoret helped the Tigers fight back with all five of his points down the stretch, and Gabe Dunn hit three late free throws to seal the victory for the Tigers, who improved to 11-2 with yet another close win — seven by five points or fewer. They remain in the top four in Division I.
Gabe Dunn (16 points) and Zach Dunn (12 points, eight rebounds, four steals) sparked MUHS. Tyler Buxton added eight rebounds, eight assists and four steals, and Parker Beatty chipped in 17 rebounds, six points and seven assists.
Shain Sargent scored 14 points to lead Mount Abe, and Parker Hines added 10. The Eagles dropped to 5-8, with four losses by 10 points or fewer.
In a Wednesday game set to be played after deadline, the Tiger boys were set to visit St. Albans.
The VUHS boys were set to visit the Eagles on Wednesday; that game was moved to Thursday.
On Tuesday the Eagle girls used balanced scoring to get past improved Missisquoi, 52-38. Cora Funke led the way with 17 points, Chloe Johnston and Jalen Cook tossed in 10 points apiece, and Molly Murray added nine as the Eagles improved to 13-2. They remained in first place in D-II with five games to go. Mikayla Langlois scored eight for the 5-10 T-Birds.
On Monday the Commodore boys held off a comeback bid by visiting Missisquoi (1-12) to prevail, 43-41. VUHS led by 10 entering the final period before weathering the storm, thanks in part to 12 points from Luke Bergmans and nine points and 10 rebounds from Kevin Jackson. Gabe Unwin scored 14 for the T-Birds.
VUHS improved to 3-10 heading into Wednesday’s game at Mount Abe.
On Tuesday the OV boys held off a rally from host Springfield to win, 44-34. OV led by 10 entering the fourth quarter, but the 1-10 Cosmos cut the lead to 35-34 before the Otters scored the game’s final nine points. Dylan Mackie scored 18 for OV, which won its fifth straight game to improve to 10-5 and unofficially into a three-way tie for fourth place in D-II.
On Monday visiting Proctor rallied from a 27-20 halftime deficit to knock off the Otters, 56-43.
Maddie Flanders (19 points), Allie Almond (16) and Maggie McKearin (13) paced the 10-3 Phantoms, a D-IV contender.
The Otters fell to 4-9 with their fifth straight loss, which came despite an early lead sparked by many of Leah Pinkowski’s 16 points. Livia Bernhardt (nine) and Alia Edmunds (seven) also contributed for OV.

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