ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school basketball action earlier this week, the Vergennes boys and Mount Abraham girls kept rolling while the Otter Valley and Mount Abraham boys picked up road wins. But the Tiger boys lost on the road and the OV girls dropped a home game.
The MUHS girls also visited VUHS on Monday; see story on Page 1B.
On Tuesday, the VUHS boys bolted to a 20-7 first-quarter lead on the way to a 75-55 victory over visiting Missisquoi. The Commodores improved to 15-0 as Stanley Salley recorded 21 points and 13 rebounds, while Shep Carter scored 21 and Charlie Stapleford tossed in 19. The T-Birds’ Matt St. Amour scored his customary 31. The Commodores will visit Mount Abe on Friday at 7 p.m., weather permitting — the forecast is putting all Friday’s games in doubt.
On Monday, the Eagles coasted past winless Mount Mansfield, 48-7. Meg Livingston led the way with 16 and Ashlie Fay scored 12 as the Eagles improved to 13-1. Mount Abe remains in first place in the D-II standings ahead of two other 13-1 teams, U-32 and BFA-Fairfax, because the team has earned more quality points.
The Eagles’ toughest two tests ahead, at least on paper, are at South Burlington on Feb. 14 and at Colchester on Feb. 25. Collectively, their other four foes have won six games, three of them by MUHS, who they are set to visit this Thursday.
On Tuesday the Eagle boys bolted to an early lead at Milton and hung on to prevail, 58-49, for their second victory of the winter.
Coach Mike Estey told the St. Albans Messenger it was an “outstanding” effort for his Mount Abe team.
“It’s a huge win for us,” Estey said. “The guys have been coming in and working hard. We’d been getting knocked around lately, so this was a good win for us.”
Mount Abe led by 32-22 at the half and stretched the advantage to as many as 45-31 during the third period. The 3-12 Yellowjackets rallied behind Derryk O’Grady — whose 24 points left him two short of 1,000 for his career — and closed to within four in the late going. But the Eagles got a key hoop from Sawyer Kamman and hit enough free throws down the stretch to ice the win.
Kamman finished with 22 points to lead Mount Abe, and Mark Jipner (16) reached double digits for the second straight outing.
On Monday, the Otters avenged a Jan. 4 home loss by defeating host Leland & Gray, 62-49. L&G, a D-III team that has defeated D-II teams Springfield, Bellows Falls and Woodstock this winter, dropped to 10-3, while the Otters improved to 4-10 with their fourth win in six outings. Ryan Kelley sparked the attack with 32 points, and John Winslow added 16. The Otters will look to avenge another close loss on Thursday, when they host Woodstock.
On Monday, a shorthanded MUHS team lost at BFA-St. Albans, 69-55. MUHS (11-4) played the 8-6 Bobwhites without senior standout Connor Collins, who was ill and missed the game. The Tigers took a 14-7 lead early, but BFA rallied to lead at the half, 27-25. The Tigers trailed late in the third, 33-32, when BFA went on a 13-5 run that proved to be decisive.
Tyler Provencher led MUHS with 13, David Burt andPerry DeLorenzo scored 12 apiece, and Marrott Weekes added nine. MUHS will look to bounce back at home on Friday vs. Milton, if weather permits.
On Tuesday, visiting Rutland pulled away in the late going for a 41-31 victory over the OV girls, who failed to win their third straight game against D-I competition. The 6-8 Raiders had led by 16-14 at the half and 26-24 after three quarters. Olivia Bloomer led the 6-7 Otters with 11 points, and Jessica Frazier added eight. OV is set to host Leland & Gray on Friday and will be looking to avenge a road loss in that game if it is played.