In high school boys basketball action last Friday, the West Rutland Golden Horde clamped down on defense, and featured four players on offense that registered double-digits in scoring en-route to a 58 - 19 massacre of the Arlington Eagles in West Rutland. West Rutlands tenacious defense allowed the Horde to jump out to a 16 - 0 lead and cruised from there to the easy win. Senior star Greg Hughes led the offensive charge with fifteen points, becoming West Rutlands all-time scoring leader with 1.431 points, surpassing Justin Wener's record of 1,430 points. Brian Reynolds added a dozen more points towards the win, while Randy Cameron and Paul Amelang contributed eleven and ten more respectively for the 12 - 1 Golden Horde. The 4 - 9 Eagles were led by John Cusick with a mere five points. The Mount Saint Joseph Mounties were in action last Friday too, and survived a Burr and Burton Bulldog fourth quarter comeback attempt to win their second game in the past three 65 - 53. With a little over four minutes left to play in the contest MSJ appeared in control with a commanding 59 - 43 lead, but then Burr and Burton when on a 10 - 0 run to cut the lead to six at 59 - 53 with just 2:34 left. The Mounties took a timeout and returned to the game focused. Over the next two minutes and 34 seconds MSJ shutout the Bulldogs, while adding six more of their own to secure the 65 - 53 win. Ryan Carter and Brandon Mercado scored twenty-one apiece to lead the 5 - 8 Mounties. Carter had a double-double registering eleven rebounds to accompany his 21 points. Sophomore Chris Reedy chipped in with nine points and eight rebounds for the victorious Mounties. Caleb Wiley led the 3 - 8 Bulldogs with 16 points.
In Windsor last Friday night the struggling Otter Valley Otters, continued to struggle against the Windsor Yellow Jackets. The Otters shot a dismal four for twenty-seven from beyond the arc, and fell to the Yellow Jackets on the road 62 - 45. After a 7 - 2 Otter Valley, who dropped three of the last four, stood at 8 - 5 following the defeat. In girls action the Rutland Raiders werent so successful last Friday night in their match up against the Mount Anthony Patriots. After getting behind early 17 - 5 the Raiders fought their way back into it, and trailed by two 43 - 41 at the half. Mount Anthony though, led by Alyssa Herrington with 19 points held off the pesky Raiders to claim a 59 - 54 win. The 8 - 3 Patriots also got eighteen points and fourteen rebounds from Jhonny Mahar. The 6 - 6 Raiders were led by Kelly Conway and Megan Blongy with seventeen and ten points respectively. ---- Last Saturday was a good day for Rutland Raiders hockey. Both the boys and girls skated to easy victories. In South Burlington the Raiders easily dispatched Rice with a commanding 6 - 1 win. Joe Rodolfy led the Rutland offensive onslaught with three goals and an assist. Nathan Hauke scored the only goal for the still winless, 0 - 10 - 1 Rice squad. In girls action Rutland hosted the North Country Knights, and exploded for five goals in the opening period en-route to an easy 10 - 1 rout. Ashley Boucher led Rutlands offensive mauling with three goals and two assists, while her teammates Marissa Serafino and Chelsea Hill contributed two goals and two assists apiece. Julie Lernihan, Kristen Hatch, and Rachael Bombardier all added single goals for the 8 - 5 - 1 Raiders. Gabrielle Remillard scored the lone goal for the 2 - 11 Knights.