Girls’ hoop: Eagles top VUHS in overtime
ADDISON COUNTY — Mount Abraham defeated visiting Vergennes in double overtime to headline local high school girls’ basketball play late last week. In other action the Eagles picked up two wins, while the Commodores, Middlebury and Otter Valley lost road games.
The Eagles finally shook off the Commodores at the end of the second overtime period, 43-47, when Chloe Johnston and Abby Reen sank clinching free throws. The Commodores led by 18-10 in the first half, but a 9-0 Eagle run put them up by 19-18 at the break, and the teams traded the lead the rest of the way. It was 31-31 at the end of regulation, and 35-35 after the first OT period.
Reen led the Eagles with 16 points and eight rebounds. Johnston chipped in 11 points, four assists and five steals, and Cami Masse contributed eight points and six boards.
Commodore Felicia Poirier led all scorers with 17 points, but it wasn’t enough as the Commodores dipped to 7-8 heading into a Monday game at Milton. They will host Missisquoi on Thursday and Richford on Saturday and remain in the running for a Division III first-round home game.
In Bristol on Wednesday the Eagles shut down visiting Milton, 47-43. Masse (14 points, five rebounds, four steals) and Johnston (12 points, four assists, nine steals) led the way, and Madi Giles (eight boards) rebounded well.
In Bristol on Saturday, the Eagles improved to 11-5 by edging Mount Mansfield, 43-42. The Eagles built a 12-point fourth-quarter lead, but needed four late Johnston free throws to nail down the victory. Johnston finished with 13 points and seven steals, and Marley Keith scored 11, nine in the second half. Masse chipped in six points and five boards. Catlyn Lutjens scored 12 for D-I MMU (11-5).
Mount Abe, sixth in the Division II standings, will host Winooski on Monday and Colchester on Thursday.
On Wednesday host Mount Mansfield dropped the Commodores, 56-33. VUHS was down by seven at the half, 24-17, but the Cougars pulled away after the break. Caellie Foley scored 14 for MMU. Poirier led VUHS with 10 points.
Host Colchester used strong defense in the second half to outlast the Tigers, 42-32. The Tigers led at the break, 23-19, but the Lakers held them to one point in the third quarter to take the lead, and then scored 15 points in the fourth period to clinch the win. Ryleigh Garrow led CHS with 11 points.
Hannah Turner paced the Tigers with eight points and eight rebounds, and Annie Andrus scored seven. The 4-12 Tigers host Enosburg on Monday.
On Thursday host Fair Haven allowed the Otters only 10 points in the second half to take a 51-33 home victory. OV took a slim lead in the second period before the 16-0 Slaters closed the first half on a 7-0 run and then put the defensive clamps on during the second half. Slater Ryleigh Coloutti sank seven three-pointers and tossed in 23 points, and Courtney Brewster added 11.
Mary Kingsley led the 5-10 Otters with 10 points, and Livia Bernhardt scored nine. OV will visit Rutland on Tuesday.
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