Tigers are the only winners in local girls’ hoop
ADDISON COUNTY — With multiple postponements due to COVID-19 issues and this week’s cold snap, only three local high school girls’ basketball games were played between Jan. 5 and 11, one of them won by Middlebury, and the other two lost by Vergennes and Otter Valley.
Most Tuesday games were postponed when the county’s three school districts called off school due to extreme cold.
Mount Abraham saw a Jan. 5 home game vs. MUHS, a Saturday road game at Enosburg, and a Tuesday home game vs. Colchester all postponed. The Eagles are 5-1, one of the top records in Division II, heading into a Friday game scheduled at North Country.
On Saturday the Tigers rallied visiting Missisquoi in the final minute, 36-34. The Tigers trailed by 34-30 until back-to-back three-pointers by Cady Pitner and Ele Sellers in the final 28 seconds gave them the lead. A Hannah Turner steal sealed the win after Sellers hit the go-ahead three with 18 seconds to go.
Sellers finished with 16 points and eight rebounds, Turner contributed seven points and six boards, and Ivy Doran added five rebounds, four steals, and three assists, including setting up the game-winner. Destinee Pigeon tossed in 10 points for the T-Birds.
The Tigers moved to 4-3 heading into a scheduled Thursday home game vs. Enosburg.
On Jan. 5 visiting Colchester came back from a 14-3 first-quarter deficit to defeat VUHS, 44-43. Coach Billy Waller said his team, which was shorthanded, “played with a lot of heart” in the setback. “We did a lot of things right, but ran out of gas in the end,” he said.
Ryleigh Garrow (16 points) and Nicole Norton (14) did most of the damage for the Division I Lakers.
Ryley Dubois led VUHS with 15 points, and Kyra Bradford and Geneva Verburg each scored nine.
The Commodores’ Saturday game at North Country was postponed, as well as a Tuesday game at Missisquoi. VUHS is 4-2 heading into a scheduled Friday home game vs. OV.
Otter Valley saw a Jan. 6 game at Rutland moved to Tuesday, and the hosting Rutland team prevailed, 52-29. The Otters, who were shorthanded, fell to 1-6 heading into their scheduled Friday game at VUHS.
Rutland led throughout and received a game-high 17 points from Olivia Shipley.
Alice Keith scored 12 points for the Otters, and Emily Peduto added six.
Tuesday’s game was originally scheduled for Jan. 6, but was postponed. The Otters also saw a Saturday home date with Windsor called off.
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