The high school girls basketball playoffs began Feb. 23 and like the boys tournament by the time the deadline for our paper rolled around this past Monday each division had been whittled down to four teams. Of the three Addison County teams, none remained in the hunt at weeks end.
The Middlebury Tigers, Addison County's lone Division I representative, took a quick exit from the tournament. The seventh seeded Rutland Raiders jumped out to a 32 - 9 halftime lead, and cruised from there, eliminating the tenth seeded Middlebury Tigers 54-32 in the opening round of the playoffs on Wednesday, February 25th. Liz Douglass, Kelsey Forte and Megan Blongy scored 12 points apiece for the victorious Raiders. Katie Ritter scored nine points for Middlebury, who finished the season with a 10-11 record.
The ninth seeded Vergennes Commodores were gone just as quickly. On Tuesday, February 24th, the fourth seeded Milton Yellow Jackets outscored the visiting Commodores 30-15 in the second half to eliminate them 54-37 in the opening round of the playoffs. Brittaney Rice led Milton with 17 points, while Kaitlin Geary and Mallory Machia contributed another 12 and 11 respectively to the post season win. Vergennes, who end their season at 3-18, were led by Allison Provost with 18 points.
The seventh seeded Mount Abraham Eagles did manage to get a post season win, defeating the tenth seeded Woodstock Wasps 60-39 in the opening round in Bristol Feb. 25. Mount Abe controlled the contest from the start, and held a commanding 32-15 lead at the half. Paige Wener (12 points,) Paige Wener (11 points) and Jade Dingler (10 points) led the Eagles offensive attack. Woodstock's Tiana Barcomb led all scorers with 17 points. The Wasps season ended with an 8-13 record.
The Eagles season ended three days later when they fell in the quarterfinals to the second seeded Burr and Burton Bulldogs 53-39 last Saturday in Manchester. The Eagles played the undefeated Bulldogs tough, and heading into the final quarter trailed by just three, 29-26. But the hometown Bulldogs turned it up, and outscored the Eagles 24-13 over the final eight minutes to earn their ticket to Barre. Abby Marsh led the Bulldogs with 14 points, while Nina Shehabi and Jenna Hoffman added another 12 and 10 respectively to the quarterfinal win. It is the Bulldogs first trip to the final; four since 1990. Dingler had 15 points for the Eagles who finished their season at 12-10.