In boys high school basketball last Saturday, in Bristol, the Otter Valley Otters avenged an earlier season loss by defeating the hometown Mount Abraham Eagles 40-30.
The Otters employed a tenacious defense that held the Eagles to just 12 first half points. Junior Joey Massores of Otter Valley, led all scorers with 18 points, while Corey Kimball paced the Eagles with 12. Mount Abraham fell to 3-7 with the loss, while the win elevated Otter Valley to 3-8 on the year.
Last Friday night in West Rutland the Rochester Rockets turned a 42-28 rebound advantage into a 51-38 win over the hometown Golden Horde. Taylor Fuller Led the Rockets with 19 points, and Harlen Hopkins poured in a dozen more off the bench. Alex Kelly added 11 more for Rochester who improved to 4-5 with the win. In his first ever varsity start Greg Duprey led the 0-8 Golden Horde with 10 points. Adon Garcia and Joey Thornton added six points each for Westside.
Like the Horde, the Mount Saint Joseph Mounties suffered defeat despite playing well last Friday in Windsor, losing to the Yellow Jackets 56-50. The Mounties might have pulled out a huge road victory had it not been for the third quarter, when the Yellow Jackets out scored their guests 26-8. Cody Tancredo (17 points) and Hunter (15 points) combined to yield 32 points and lead the 5-5 Yellow Jackets to the win. Leighton Thayer scored 18 points and Chris Reedy added 13 more for the Mounties in defeat.
In high school girls action last Saturday the West Rutland Golden Horde put together a 14-3 second quarter run to propel them to a 64-41 home win over the Rocjester Rockets. Katie Lincoln score 19 to lead West Rutland. Paityn Boyer paced the visiting Rockets with a dozen.
The Otter Valley Otters girls team outscored Mill River 17-7 last Friday night in North Clarendon to defeat the Minutemen 48-39. Kristy Pinkham scored 14 points to lead a well balanced Otter attack. She was closely followed by Emily Waldrip with a dozen, and Jessica Greeno chipped in another seven. Meanwhile for Mill River it was the Rebecca Day show. Day poured in 21 points for the 4-5 Minutemen. The Otters also stand at 4-5 with the win.
The Rutland girls team also turned in a strong fourth quarter to secure a tough road win last Friday night. The Raiders outscored the South Burlington Green Knights 12-5 in the final eight minutes to secure a 41-29 win. Kelsey Forte scored a dozen points and hauled in 10 rebounds to lead the 4-5 Raiders to the win. She was matched in points by South Burlington's Madison Hartley. Liz Douglass contributed an additional 10 points for the victorious Raiders.
MSJ wasn't so fortunate. Daretye Fontaine scored 14 points to lead the Bellows Falls Terriers to an easy 47-23 win over the Mounties last Friday night. Molly Chisamore chipped in an additional 10 for the victorious Terriers, while Dominque Mercier led the 0-8 Mounties with a dozen points.
The Fair Haven Slaters defense was busy last Friday night. They were busy forcing 29 turnovers from the Woodstock Wasps, en-route to a 21 point win, 45-24, over the hometown Wasps. Devyn Reed led the way for the Slaters, scoring 11 points, and Riley Denehy contributed an additional nine.
Thunderbirds nip Raiders in OT
Emiley Ledoux scored just 2:09 into overtime, saving for the moment the Missisquoi Thunderbirds' bid for an undefeated season. Ledoux's goal allowed Missisquoi to survive a scare given them by Rutland, and defeat the Raiders 4-3 last Satirday, in Swanton, in girls high school hockey action. The game winner was Ledoux's second of the game. The 9-0 Thunderbirds also got goals from Riley Fontaine and Adrienne Fleming. Goalie Grace Metayer stopped 14 Raider blasts. Her counterpart, Rutland's Deanna Rodolfy
Kept her Raiders in the game by making 29 saves. Chelsea Hill, Kristin Hatch and Kate Kurchen tallied goals for the Raiders, who fell to 5-3-2 with the loss.
The Mounties girls hockey team didn't enjoy last Saturday much either. Greer Lemnah had four goals and three assists to lead her North Country Falcons to an easy 10-2 win over Mount Saint Joseph, in Rutland. Miranda Gervais had a big game as well for the victorious Falcons with two goals and two assists. Katelyn Shouldice scored both goals for the 0-9 Mounties. The win was North Countries first of the season and they stood at 1-8 following the win.
The Raiders boys squad were on the losing end of their game last Saturday too. Nick Kehaya scored twice to lead the Colchester Lakers past Rutland 5-1. Luke Hayes, John Sartelle and Andre Drewniak added single goals for the visiting Lakers, who improved to 7-5 with the win. Stephen Hamilton scored the lone Raider goal, while their goalie Andrew Boyce tallied an impressive 37 saves. Rutland fell to 4-7 with the home ice loss.