Due to the severe weather last week, the girls state championships in Barre suffered some delays, but you won't hear any complaints from the girls on the West Rutland Golden Horde squad. That is because last week, despite the delays, squeaked by Arlinton in the semifinals, before soundly defeating the South Royalton Royals for the Division-IV State Championship this past Sunday.
Last Friday at the Bare Audiotorium senior guard Katie Lincoln hit a pair of free throws with just 13.6 seconds left to play to put West Rutland ahead of the Arlington Eagles 45-44 in their Division-IV semifinal game. The Eagles had plenty of time left to respond, but thanks to a tough West Rutland defense they only got off one shot, which missed, and the Golden Horde advanced to the Division-IV State Championship game.
Lincoln led all scorers with a 20 point night, while fellow senior guard Brooke Griswold chipped in with 17 points while Marissa Smyrski had nine points and nine rebounds for the victorious Golden Horde.
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In defeat Haley VanOrman turned in a double-double. She finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds for the second seeded Arlington Eagles, who end their season at 19-4. Rayleen Sherman contributed ten more for Arlington.
West Rutland had an easier time of it in the Division-IV State Championship against the top seeded South Royalton Royals last Sunday in Barre. The Horde controlled the boards, out rebounding South Royalton 35-24. They were once again led by Lincoln (17 points) and Griswold (13 points) and thet rolled past the Royals 55-40 to claim the Division-IV State Championship. Shannon Duffy scored 14 for South Royalton, who wind their season up at 21-3. West Rutland's State Championship season ends with a 20-4 record.
There will be no titles in Fair Haven this winter. Annie Wells pumped in 14 points and hauled in seven rebounds to lead her Lamoille Lancers past the Fair Haven Slaters 41-36 in the Division-II semifinals, last Friday night in Barre.
The Slaters who led 16-14 at th half, hung around the whole game, though they would never get any closer then three poits in the final eight minutes of action. Emily McIntyre led the Slaters with 13 points and four rebounds while Caleigh Jones contributed another 11 points and five rebounds. Junior forward Chelsea Dunham had a huge game in defeat for the Slaters. Dunham hauled down 17 rebounds and scored 11 for the Slaters, who end their season at 15-11. Lamoille went on to defeat the top seeded Milton Yellow Jackets 62-49 last Sunday to capture the D-II State Championship with final mark of 22-1.
Union-32's Esther Peterson recorded a hat trick to lead her Raiders to 3-0 win over the Rutland Raiders in the Division-II girls State Championship Game played last Friday at Norwich University. With Peterson taking care o the offense, U-32 junior goalie Ashley Vincent and strong defenseman shut Rutland out to secure tUnion-32's first ever Division-II girls hockey title. It was Vincent's seventh shutout of the year. The top seeded Union-32 squad finished their championship season at 22-1-1.