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Girls’ basketball teams earn victories

ADDISON COUNTY — Mount Abraham won Fair Haven’s annual Canfield Classic late last week to highlight recent local high school girls’ basketball action. Otter Valley split a pair of games at that tournament, and those two teams were set to square off on Tuesday in Brandon.

Elsewhere in high school girls’ basketball, Vergennes won a pair of games to remain unbeaten, and Middlebury rallied to win a road contest before falling at home on Tuesday to Fair Haven.

SLATER TOURNEY

In Thursday’s opening games at Fair Haven’s four-team tournament host Fair Haven broke away from the Otters in the second quarter in a 60-33 victory. OV led by 12-11 early in the second period, but the Slaters closed the half on a 14-1 run and continued the surge after the break.

For the Slaters Isabelle Cole had 20 points and Kate Hadwen contributed 16 points and eight rebounds. Alice Keith scored 13 for OV, and Emily Peduto added six.

The Eagles edged Burr & Burton, 37-36, in the other Thursday game. Mount Abe entered the fourth quarter with a big lead, but the Bulldogs rallied to go ahead, 34-33, with less than three minutes to go.

After Abby Reen put the Eagles back on top by hitting a crucial three, BBA tied the score at 36-36 with 12 seconds left. But Maia Jensen sank a free throw with four seconds to go to give Mount Abe the win. Reen (17 points) and Jensen (10) led the Eagle offense. Ainerose Souza scored 10 points for BBA.

On Saturday both the Eagles and Otters prevailed. The Eagles (2-1) avenged an earlier home loss by topping the Slaters, 43-22. Mount Abe led at the break, 20-17, after erasing an early Fair Haven lead, and then took charge by outscoring the Slaters by 15-5 in the third quarter and shutting them out in the fourth.

“The girls played great D,” said Coach Connie LaRose. “After the first quarter they really took away everything Fair Haven wanted to do.”

Jensen led a balanced Eagle attack with 15 points, followed by Madi Gile with eight and Reen and Lucy Parker with seven each. Lily Briggs led the Slaters with seven points.

The Otters broke through for their first win, 48-46, over Burr & Burton with a dramatic fourth-quarter rally. OV trailed entering the fourth quarter, 38-33, and still was behind, 44-39, midway through the period, when buckets from Keith and Peduto sliced the lead to one.

The game the went back and forth. BBA led, 46-45, in the final seconds. But Keith stole a BBA pass under the OV hoop and laid it in for an Otter lead. After another BBA turnover Keith was fouled and hit a free throw for the final margin.

Keith paced OV with 21 points, Peduto and Anna Lee added six apiece, and Ryleigh LaPorte played strong second-half defense on Neveah Camp, who scored 21 for the Bulldogs.

COMMODORES

On Friday VUHS dispatched visiting Milton, 42-26, putting the game away by outscoring the Yellowjackets, 14-5, in the third period.

The Commodores played tough team defense and got a balanced offensive effort, led by Felicia Poirier (13 points, six rebounds, seven steals, three blocks), Ryley Dubois (12 points, six rebounds) and Kyra Bradford (11 points, seven rebounds, five assists, four steals). Mallory Chalmers scored seven for Milton.

On Monday the Commodores improved to 3-0 by dispatching host Winooski, 58-27. Poirier set the tone with 17 of her 19 points in the first half, adding 17 rebounds and eight steals overall.

Dubois scored a career-high 18; Bradford helped across the board with seven points, eight assists and nine rebounds; and Kaelin Sullivan chipped in six points, four assists and four steals.

The Commodores had been set to host Hazen on Wednesday evening, but that game was postponed.

TIGERS

On Friday the Tigers rallied past host U-32, 53-45. MUHS trailed by four entering the fourth quarter and took the lead for good at 41-40, and then outscored the Raiders by 12-5 down the stretch. “It felt like a gritty win,” said Coach Chris Altemose.

Cady Pitner scored 19 to spark the Tigers, adding six rebounds. Ele Sellers tossed in 16, and Ivy Doran added six rebounds. Alaina Beauregard led the Raiders with 10 points.

On Tuesday visiting Fair Haven (3-1) bested the Tigers, 39-19, allowing MUHS just nine points after the first quarter. Briggs paced the Slaters with 14 points, and Cole added 11.

Sellers and Hannah Turner scored six apiece for the 2-2 Tigers, and Pitner pulled down eight rebounds. Altemose said the Slaters were scrappy, but the Tigers “just didn’t play well.”

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