The Otter Valley boy's basketball team utilized a balanced scoring attack to avenge an earlier loss and defeat the Mount Saint Joseph Mounties 61-43 last Saturday in Brandon. Sophomore point guard Ricky Naylor led a group of four Otters who reached double digits with 14 points. Casey Babcock and Joey Massores contributed an additional 13 apiece, while forward Jessie Chapin threw in a dozen. Starting center Bradley Christain controlled the boards with 12 rebounds. Matt Doaner had nine to pace the Mounties. Both squads were 1-2 following the game.
In girls basketball the Burlington Seahorses dominated the second and third quarters enroute to a convincing 56-37 win over the Rutland Raiders. Burlington outscored their hosts 37-13 in the middle two quarters to secure the win. Alley Dowen led the charge with 20 points, while her teammate contributed an additional 11 points to the win. Kelsey Forte had 13 for the 0-2 Raiders. Burlington improved to 2-0 with the win.
Things didn't go much better for the Mill River Minutemen in North Clarendon, falling to the Mount Abraham Eagles 51-42. Jennifer Loyer led the Eagles offense with 17 points and Alyssa Stearns added another 10 to the nine point win. Rebecca Day led Mill River with 13 points, while MacKenzie Mooney added nine more points and Caitlin Sartor seven to the loss. Mill River fell to 1-1 with the loss.
Seahorses capture holiday tournament
The Burlington Seahorses built up a commanding 33 point lead and held off a fourth quarter Raiders comeback to defeat Rutland 71-55 in the championship game of the North-South Challenge Saturday at Keefe Gym. Burlington's Clancy Rugg led all scorers with 26 points, while James Hale contributed an additional dozen to the 16 point win. Mark Comstock (18 points) and Andrew Borkowski (15 points) combined efforts yielded 33 points for the Raiders, who trailed 60-27 going into the final eight minutes, before putting together a 28-11 final period.
Rutland advanced to Saturday's championship by dispatching the Essex Hornets 89-75 on Friday night. Comstock (25 points) and Cedric White (23 points) produced 48 combined points for the win and Kyle Horvath added another 20. The Seahorses advanced to the championship, after breezing past the Brattleboro Colonels 67-38 in Friday night's semifinals. Burlington raced out to a 38-12 halftime lead and never lost control. Rugg again led their offense with 17 points and Joe O'Shea contributed 15 more to the Seahorses, who improved to 5-0 with the two tournament wins. The Raiders stood at 1-2 following the tournament.
Rice skates past Raiders 4-3
Will Briane knocked in a goal with 4:20 left in the game to break a 3-3 tie and lift Rice to a 4-3 win over the Rutland Raiders in high school boys hockey last Saturday in South Burlington. The victory snapped a 23 game losing streak for Rice. Nathan Hauke, Will Dowling and Dan Anderson also scored for the victors, who improved to 1-3 with the win. Goalie Aaron Blow preserved that win with 29 saves. Taylor Porrier, Eric Mack and Greg Roy scored for Rutland and Raider goalie Andrew Boyle made 27 saves.
Things didn't fare any better for the MSJ Mounties. Sam Blatt provided two goals and two assists to lead the Milton Yellowjackets to an easy 11-1 win over MSJ last Saturday in Rutland. Brian Ribbans netted the lone MSJ goal while Janne Siltanen, in his goalie debut, made 50 saves .Milton improved to 1-3-1 with the win.
In Middlebury last Saturday the Rutland Raiders scored the final two goals to break a 3-3 tie and defeat the Middlebury Tigers 5-3 in girls high school hockey. Taylor Kresconko, Chelsea Hill, Kayla Beauchamp, Ashley Boucher and Erin Bourn scored for the victorious Raiders, while Deanna Rodolfy made 15 saves for the Raiders, who improved to 3-1 with the win. The 0-4 Tigers got goals from Emmy Hescock, Sara Boudah and Megan Wade while goalie Ashley Howlett kept the game competetive with 28 saves.