Girls’ hoop: VUHS and Mt. Abe prevail

ADDISON COUNTY — Mount Abraham won to complete an 18-2 regular season and highlight girls’ basketball action late last week. Elsewhere Vergennes split two games and Middlebury and Otter Valley lost as the regular season ended.
Playoff pairings were set early on Monday. Teams will play first-round games on Tuesday or Wednesday.
On Friday the host Eagles took a 20-0 first-quarter lead over Winooski in a 51-29 victory, their 17th straight. They will seek their second straight Division II title as the top seed and host the No. 16 seed, probably Woodstock. 
Against Winooski Chloe Johnston scored 16 points and racked up six steals for Mount Abe, and Jalen Cook scored eight.
On Thursday host Colchester topped VUHS, 44-38. Ciara McClay led VUHS with seven points.
VUHS bounced back on Saturday with a 65-30 win over visiting Missisquoi. Seniors led the way: McClay had 12 points, eight assists, and four steals; Brianna VanderWay, 10 points, 12 rebounds, and four blocks; Emma Bryant, five points, seven rebounds, three assists, and three steals; and Emily Gosliga, nine points. Junior Emily Rooney added six points, nine rebounds, seven assists and six steals.
The 9-11 Commodores look like the No. 12 seed in D-II and should face No. 5 Randolph in the first round.
On Friday Enosburg (16-4) clinched D-II’s No. 2 seed with a 57-38 win at MUHS. Taylor Sylvester scored 17 in her senior game for winless MUHS, which will not qualify for the D-I playoffs.
On Thursday host Fair Haven breezed past OV, 55-23, as Ryleigh Coloutti scored 24. The 15-5 Slaters will be the No. 3 seed in D-II.  Alia Edmunds scored six for OV.
On Saturday visiting D-I Rutland bested OV, 47-21. Leah Pinkowski scored seven for the Otters.
OV (6-14) appear to be D-II’s No. 13 seed, meaning a first-round trip to No. 4 Lake Region.

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