Local rivals clash in girls’ basketball
ADDISON COUNTY — A victory by Otter Valley over host Vergennes highlighted a high school girls’ basketball schedule shortened by Monday’s snowstorm.
In Middlebury’s only other action between Jan. 12 and 18 the Tigers dropped an overtime home game, and Mount Abraham saw its winning streak end after a long bus ride.
Among the games called off on Monday was a clash in Middlebury between the Eagles and Tigers. It was moved to Feb. 17.
VUHS VS. OV
On Jan. 14 the visiting Otters sank the Commodores with a big second half. VUHS led at the break, 16-15, after taking an early 9-1 lead, but the Otters outscored the Commodores by 33-16 in the final two quarters for a 48-32 victory.
Alice Keith paced the Otters with 17 points, Emily Peduto tossed in eight of her 10 points in the second half, and Elena Politano chipped in seven. OV improved to 4-5 heading into a Thursday home game vs. Burr & Burton that was postponed from Monday.
Felicia Poirier scored 14 to lead VUHS, which dropped to 4-3. Their Monday home game vs. Hazen was called off, with no reset date announced.
On Jan. 13 visiting Enosburg got past the Tigers in overtime, 51-46. Enosburg (7-0 according to the not always accurate new reporting system at the Vermont Principals’ Association site) relied on balanced scoring, including 15 points from Alexis Kittell and 13 from Emily Adams.
The Tigers came up short despite a 34-point, 17-rebound night from junior Ele Sellers. Her point total was more than any MUHS girls’ player in history other than Keagan Dunbar, moving Sellers past the 33 points scored by Hayley Borah.
Coach Chris Altemose called the result “a tough one to take,” but said he saw “a lot of positives for us moving forward.” Hannah Turner added six points despite foul trouble, Cady Pitner contributed nine rebounds and three steals, and Ivy Doran added four points, six rebounds and three steals.
On Jan. 14 host North Country snapped the Eagles five-game winning streak with a 48-36 victory. Cora Nadeau (16 points), Sabine Brueck (13) and Emma Fortin (10) all reached double figures for the Falcons.
Abby Reen scored 11 points as the Eagles dropped to 5-2.
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