girls' basketball

ADDISON COUNTY — Two members of the Vergennes Union High School girls’ basketball team and one Middlebury player have received postseason honors from the Lake Division. VUHS senior Kate Gosliga was the only county player named as a First Team Lake All-Star. VUHS junior Felicia Poirier and MUHS sophomore Ele Sellers both earned Second Team nods. In addition, the Vermont Basketball Coaches Association recognized Gosliga and Poirier, plus Eagle senior Savannah Scrodin, Otter Valley junior Alice Keith and VUHS Coach Billy Waller. Scrodin was named to one of the Division I & II teams that...

Vergennes Union High School center Kate Gosliga attacks the Lake Region defense in the second quarter of Saturday’s state final loss to the Lady Rangers. Independent photo/Steve James
BARRE — After falling to Lake Region, 53-37, in the Division III championship game at the Barre Auditorium Saturday, the Vergennes Union High School girls’ basketball team finished the season with an 11-2 record. In percentage terms that is the program’s second-finest record since at least 1983. The 2021 edition’s winning percentage trailed only the 22-3 mark compiled by the 2007 Commodore girls.  The Commodores also went deeper in the playoffs than any VUHS girls’ hoop team since the 2006 squad.  And the Commodores, seeded third in Division III, caught the attention of the Vermont basketball...
ORLEANS — Top-seeded host Lake Region remained unbeaten by ousting the No. 8 Otter Valley Union High School girls’ basketball team, 60-32, in a Division III quarterfinal played on Saturday. Sakoya Sweeney (19) and Tia Martinez (13) combined for 32 points for the winning Rangers. Senior Mallory Lufkin (12 points) and junior Alice Keith (10) led the way in the scoring column for OV. The Otters finished 4-6 after winning three of their final five games, including a convincing first-round playoff victory.
ADDISON COUNTY — The 8-1 Vergennes Union High School girls’ basketball team received the highest seed among local teams for postseason play that began this week, a No. 3 nod in Division III. The 3-5 Otter Valley girls earned the No. 8 seed in D-III and prevailed on Tuesday, while 1-7 Mount Abraham received the No. 12 seed in D-II and came up short on Tuesday. The 4-4 Middlebury girls were seeded No. 7 in D-II and hosted Burr & Burton; see story on addisonindependent.com. COMMODORES The Commodores on Wednesday jumped out to a  20-2 first-quarter lead and prevailed over No. 14 Randolph,...
MIDDLEBURY — Youth was served this winter, as a Middlebury Union High School girls’ basketball team without a senior on its roster put together the program’s best campaign since 2018. The Tigers finished the regular season at 4-4, played with pace and spirit, improved at both ends of the court, and earned the No. 7 seed in the Division II playoffs. But on Tuesday they faced a No. 10 seed, Burr & Burton, that started four seniors and came in with a misleading 3-5 record. Two of the Bulldogs’ losses came to undefeated teams and two more to 7-2 D-I teams. The Tigers led after 12 minutes, but...

IVY DORAN OF Middlebury Union High School notches two points in the first quarter against the visiting Otters on Monday. The Tiger junior scored 14 on the night. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School girls’ basketball team has done something that has been rare in recent seasons — gone on a winning streak. On Monday, the Tigers shrugged off an eight-point first-period deficit and knocked off visiting Otter Valley, 53-32, for their third straight win. They also improved to 4-3, cresting .500 for the first time since 2018. And they have a shot at a home Division II playoff game. The Tigers can earn at least a No. 6 seed with a home win over D-III contender Vergennes (7-1) on Thursday in the final regular season game. They could still lose and get...
ADDISON COUNTY — Vergennes, Middlebury and Otter Valley all posted wins in high school girls’ basketball play during the past week. The Tigers also hosted OV, and Mount Abraham entertained Colchester (see stories in this section). The Eagles were also set to take on U-32 on Wednesday after deadline for this edition. The regular season concludes this week, and the Vermont Principals’ Association will announce playoff pairings early next week. COMMODORES Visiting Division I Burlington on March 5 dealt the VUHS girls their first loss, 59-38. The score was tied at 10-10 after one period, but...

EAGLE SENIOR GUARD Savannah Scrodin (4) drives past two Colchester defenders as another senior, Marley Keith (31), takes position under the basket in the fourth quarter of Mount Abe’s 52-43 home loss on Friday. Independent photo/Steve James
BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Union High School girls’ basketball team did a lot right vs. visiting Division I Colchester on Friday. Counting team rebounds, the Eagles earned a 39-29 edge on the boards. They had one fewer turnover than the Lakers (20-21), and sank one more free throw (9-8). But the Eagles didn’t shoot well. They hit just 14 shots, compared to the 3-4 Lakers’ 21. The result was a 52-43 Laker victory. Colchester led most of the way, but did not shake the Eagles until late in the fourth quarter. Two free throws from Eagle senior forward Marley Keith followed by a layup from junior...

MIDDLEBURY UNION HIGH School sophomore Cady Pitner drives past Mount Mansfield’s Jada Diamond to set up a Tiger attack in the first quarter of Thursday’s game won by the visiting Cougars, 51-46. Independent photo/Steve James
ADDISON COUNTY — In the past week in high school girls’ basketball actions, Vergennes, Middlebury and Otter Valley all won at least once, but Mount Abraham came up short in its only game. COMMODORES On Feb. 25 the VUHS girls edged visiting Colchester, 49-45. Key in the VUHS win was an 18-for-25 performance from the free-throw line, led by Kate Gosliga, who sank 12 of 14. Gosliga scored 18 in all, while Felicia Poirier added eight and Hannah Kelly chipped in seven. The Division I Lakers, led by Nicole Norse’s 13 points, fell to 2-3.  On Tuesday the Commodores improved to 6-0 with a 50-39...

Middlebury Union High School’s Fairley Olson (32) and Ivy Doran (12) guard the home basket in the first quarter on Thursday. The visiting Cougars from Mount Mansfield Union High School outlasted the Tigers to win the game, 51-46. Independent photo/Steve James
ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school sports late last week the Vergennes girls’ basketball team kept rolling and the Middlebury hockey teams each split a pair of games while maintaining winning records. But Tiger girls’ hoop, and Commodore and Otter Valley boys’ basketball came up short.GIRLS’ BASKETBALL The Vergennes Union High School girls moved to 5-0 by edging visiting Colchester, 49-45, in a game played in the Little City this past Thursday, Feb. 25. Key in the VUHS win was an 18-for-25 performance from the free-throw line, led by Kate Gosliga, who sank 12 of 14. Gosliga scored 18 in...

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