Eagle, Commodore girls’ hoop teams win playoff games before bowing out; other local teams eliminated
ADDISON COUNTY — The Mount Abraham and Vergennes high school girls’ basketball teams each won first-round playoff games on Feb. 22, but both were eliminated in Saturday quarterfinals, ending the local girls’ basketball season.
Middlebury was ousted in first-round Division II action on Feb. 22; Otter Valley had lost earlier last week in a play-in game.
This past Wednesday, the defending champion Eagles, seeded No. 6, ousted No. 11 Hartford, 65-34. Mount Abe stormed the Hurricanes with a 27-6 first period and coasted to the victory.
Leading the Eagles were senior Maia Jensen, with 18 points, six assists and eight steals; Mackenzie Griner, with 16 points and six rebounds; senior Madi Gile, with 13 points and four assists; and Morgan Barnard, with five rebounds. Charlotte Jasmin scored 15 for Hartford (10-11).
The Eagles moved onto Saturday and a rematch of the 2022 D-II final. Spaulding took an 11-point halftime lead on the way to avenging their regular-season loss to the Eagles with a 62-43 victory.
The Tide’s Yvonne Roberge (16 points, nine rebounds, six assists), Sage MacAuley (12 points, eight assists) and Aliyah Elliot (11 points, 12 rebounds) filled up the stat sheet as their team improved to 18-4.
Griner and Jensen each scored 13 points, and Gile added nine for Mount Abe, which finished at 12-10 after a 2-4 start.
On Wednesday in D-III, the No. 8 Commodores celebrated their final home game of the season by rolling past No. 9 Green Mountain Union, 63-31. Ninth-grader Ashtin Stearns sparked the big win with six first-half three-pointer and finished with 28 points.
Seniors Finnley Jacobson and Kyra Bradford added 12 and eight points, respectively, as VUHS improved to 6-15 and snapped a long losing skid that included close setbacks against the Commodores’ tough Lake Division schedule. Colie Roby led GMUHS (7-14) with 11 points.
On Saturday, the Commodores gave heavily favored top seed Windsor (19-2) a battle in a 46-36 setback. The work of Yellowjackets Sophia Rockwood (16 points, six rebounds) and Sydney Perry (15 points, 18 rebounds) made the difference.
Bradford scored 15 points, and Jacobson tossed in 10 in their last appearances for the Commodore hoop team.
Also last Wednesday, D-II Spaulding cruised past No. 14 Middlebury 62-29. McCauley’s 14 points led three Tide players in double figures, and Roberge contributed nine points, 10 assists and steals.
Senior Ele Sellers concluded her MUHS career by leading the 6-13 Tigers with 16 points.
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