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Westside hoops team is on fire

Last Fridays ice storm canceled high school sporting events state wide, but there was plenty of action on Thursday and Saturday. In boys action last Saturday the West Rutland Golden Horde boys basketball team rode a 14 - 4 third quarter to an easy 57 - 28 win at home over the Green Mountain Chieftains. The Hordes potent offensive attack placed four players in double figures in this one, led by Greg Hughes with fifteen points. Brian Reynolds contributed thirteen more, while Randy Cameron and Joe Thornton added ten more. It was West Rutlands thirteenth straight win as they improved to 16 - 1 on the year. Derek Adams led Green Mountain with fourteen points. In other boys action in Ludlow last Thursday evening the Black River Presidents held off a fourth quarter come back attempt to hang on to win 56 - 52. Black River led by ten points, 41 - 31, heading into the final eight minutes, but the Blue Devils fought back, and came within one point at 47 - 46. But they could never tie the game. After each team traded hoops After each team traded hoops David O'Neil nailed a three pointer to put the Presidents up 52 - 48 with just 1:50 left to play. Bobby Rohrig led the Presidents with sixteen points and fourteen rebounds, including his one thousandth career point off an offensive rebound in the second quarter. Ironically his twin sister Courtney scored her one thousandth career point earlier un the week. Val D'Ottavio contributed an additional ten points to the win. The 5 - 12 Blue Devils were led by Joey Simons with seventeen points. Kurtis Petty and Kurt Hewes followed him knocking down ten and nine points respectively. ---- In high school girls basketball action last Saturday the Rutland Raiders raced out to a 40 -22 halftime lead, and cruised from there to a 68 - 50 win over their cross town rivals, the Mount Saint Joseph Mounties. The Raiders controlled the boards in this contest, out rebounding the Mounties 39 - 18, and many of those rebounds were converted into points following missed offensive shots. Senior forward Jen Bova led the charge for the 9 - 7 Raiders by scoring fifteen points, and hauling down fifteen rebounds for an impressive double-double. She was helped by junior guard Kelly Conway and sophomore guard Elizabeth Douglass. Conway matched Boyas fifteen points, while Douglas had fourteen points, six steals and five rebounds. MSJs senior guard Melanie O'Rourke led all scorers with eighteen points. Lacie Gilligan and Danielle Comstock added eight and seven more points respectively for the 9 - 5 Mounties. The Mill River Minutemen were in action last Saturday as well, but fell at home to the Hartford Hurricanes in a low scoring contest 37 - 23. Mill Rivers Rebecca Day led the Minutemen with ten points, and Chelsea Bagley added an additional six points for the 1 - 14 Minutemen. Hartford was led by Danyelle Eaton with fourteen points. The loss was Mill Rivers second in three days. Two days earlier they fell in Woodstock to the Wasps 41 - 21. Woodstocks Kirsten Murphy led all scorers with sixteen points. Caitlin Sartor had seven to pace Mill River. There was plenty of girls action last Thursday too, and among those playing were the Otter Valley Otters hosting the Springfield Cosmos. Springfield, who was missing four key players (three due to a suspension for drinking and one for grades) was looking for a miracle. They didnt get it. Senior Kelsey Knapp drained sixteen points and grabbed fifteen rebounds to record a double-double, while leading the Otters to twenty point, 48 - 28 win. Senior Abbe Gage came off the bench to add another fifteen points to the Otter victory. I moved her from the post to the perimeter where she could play facing the basket, commented Otter Valley coach Ray Counter. She responded real well. Whitney Cox had a dozen to lead the Cosmos attack. Otter Valley improved to 5 - 10 with the win. The Otters werent the only Rutland County team to play last Thursday, but they were the only successful one. In Ludlow Courtney Rohrig went on an offensive tear, scoring thirty-four points to lead the Black River Presidents past the Poultney Blue Devils 49 - 38. In what was a close game the Presidents went on a 10 - 1 run over the final three and a half minutes to seal the win. Amanda Marcy led the Blue Devils with ten points. In Proctor the Leland & Gray Rebels put together a 27 - 11 second half to defeat the 1 - 13 hometown Phantoms 45 - 29. Emily Fuller led the way for the Rebels with twenty points and Rebecca Bizon contributed an additional fourteen points to the win. Katie McCormack had sixteen for Proctor, and now stands just thirty-five shy of reaching a thousand points for her high school career. In Chester the Green Mountain Chieftains went on a 20 - 6 second quarter run, and went on to defeat the West Rutland Golden Horde 55 - 30. Morgan Solomon led the 12 - 2 Chieftains with fifteen points. The 8 - 6 Golden Horde were paced by Katie Lincoln with fourteen points. Finally in Fair Haven the Bellows Falls Terriers held the hometown Slaters to a mere dozen points in the second half en-route to a 46 - 33 road win. Abbey Welch and Sami Hodgkins led the way offensively for the 10 - 4 Terriers. Welch scored eleven, and Hodgkins contributed ten more to the win. Freshman Devyn Reed led the 6 - 7 Slaters with ten points and Emily McIntyre added another seven. It was Fair Havens third straight defeat. ---- The Rutland Raiders jumped out to a 2 - 0 lead over Spaulding in high school boys hockey action last Saturday, only to squeak out a 3 - 2 win in the end. Rutland built up a 2 - 0 lead heading into the final period on goals from Shayne Barrett and Taylor Porrier. But then in the third period Spaulding's Eric Thompson scored two goals in fifty-eight seconds to tie the game at 2 - 2. But then with 8:53 done in the period Alex Porrier scored the game winner for the Raiders. Spaulding goalie Jake Whitaker made thirty-six saves, while Ian Veilleux made twenty-eight saves for the Raiders.

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