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.