The high school boys basketball playoffs got underway this week and this past Monday all three Addison County teams won their play downs and advanced to the Division-II quarterfinals. Below is a recap of those victories. In Bristol Kevin Labas scored twenty-five points to lead the top seeded Mount Abraham Eagles past the determined, sixteenth seeded Woodstock Wasps 48 - 39. Labas hit two thee pointers, and was seven-for-eight from the foul line for the defending state champions, who are now just three wins away from repeating. Will Manly contributed ten more points to the victory. The Wasps, who finish their season at 4 - 17, were lead by Sam Stockwell with fifteen points. The Eagles enter the Division-II quarterfinals with an impressive 19 - 2 record. The eighth seeded Middlebury Tigers earned the right to face the Eagles in those quarterfinals by eliminating the ninth seeded Springfield Cosmos 65 - 56 in Middlebury Monday night. The 7 - 14 Cosmos trailed the hometown Tigers 34 - 22 at the half, and were down by as much as sixteen early in the fourth. Springfield fought back, but couldnt get any closer. Middlebury, led by Bill Audet with eighteen points, held off the Cosmos fourth quarter charge to claim the play-down win. Tucker Burnes and Travis Betourney also reached double digits, adding fourteen and ten points respectively. The 7 - 14 Cosmos were led by Grant White with twenty-one points. The Tigers enter their Division-II quarterfinal math-up against the top seeded Eagles with a 13 - 8 record. Finally in Vergennes the sixth seeded Commodores, led by Jesse Lalumiere who scored fourteen points, knocked out the eleventh seeded Mill River Minutemen, 54 - 39.. Vergennes attacked the Minutemen in a consistent manner, outscoring them in the first half 23 - 15, and then building on that with a 31 - 24 second half. The Minutemen, who end their season at 9 - 12 were led by Austin Bicskei with thirteen points. COMMODORES ROUT THUNDERBIRDS
Alison Bourdon turned in a huge double - double to lead her Vergennes Commodores past the Missisquoi Thunderbirds 62 - 40 in high school girls basketball action Monday night. Bourdon pumped in sixteen points and hauled down sixteen rebounds as the Commodores improved to 12 - 7 on the year. Allison Provost added twelve more points and Erin Provost chipped in with an additional ten, while Kelly Burkett helped Bourdon on the boards grabbing thirteen herself. The 14 - 4 Thunderbirds wee led by Ashton Hubbard with fifteen points. That win over such a good opponent was a huge one for the Commodores, who were still reeling from the 46 - 42 loss they suffered at home last Saturday to the Milton Yellow Jackets. Miltons Heather Little hit a three pointer with just over a minute left, and Ashleigh Adams made two free throws to turn a 42 - 41 Commodore lead into a 46 - 42 Yellow Jacket win. Milton, who improved to an impressive 18 - 1, was led by Courtney Pidgeon with fourteen points and fifteen rebounds. Bourdon turned in a double - double in this one too scoring fourteen points and pulling down thirteen rebounds. Abby Benton However was Vergennes leading scorer with fifteen points. In other high school girls basketball action last Friday in South Burlington Kelsey Beynnon scored nineteen points, grabbed ten rebounds and had six steals to lead her Rebels to a 36 - 20 win over the Middlebury Tigers. Rachel Crews contributed an additional nine points and seven rebounds to the victorious Rebels who improved to 8 - 10 with the win. Stephanie Bishop had six points to pace the Tigers.