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Addison County Shootout: Eagles square off against Tigers

Two Addison County teams squared off last Thursday in high school boys basketball action. The Mount Abraham Eagles jumped out to a 20 - 5 lead over the Middlebury Tigers in the first quarter, and from there cruised to a 75 - 62 win in division II play. Kevin Labas led the Eagles offense with thirty-two points, while his teammate Chad Estey hit seven three pointers to score twenty-two more for the victors. Will Manley also registered double digits for Mount Abraham, contributing eleven more points to the win. Tucker Burns had nineteen points and Travis Betourney added sixteen more for the 6 - 5 Tigers. Mount Abraham remained undefeated at 8 - 0 with the win. In high school girls basketball last Saturday in Vergennes Erin Provost scored nineteen points too lead her Commodores to a 45 - 33 win over the Montpelier Salons. Abby Benton added twelve more for the Commodores who improved to 5 - 3 with the win. Jill Dellipriscoli paced the 6 - 3 Salons with fourteen points. The Mount Abraham Eagles and the Middlebury Tigers girls teams were in action last Saturday as well, but neither fared as well as the Commodores. Mount Abraham lost a heart breaker, 40 - 38, on the road to the South Burlington Rebels. Kelsey Beynnon, who led South Burlington with eleven points, hit a fast break basket to give her Rebels the victory. Lindey Gloyd and Katie Neff added ten more apiece for South Burlington, who got just their second win in eight games. Jade Dingler led the 5 - 3 Mount Abraham Eagles with fifteen points. Meanwhile in Bennington Alyssa Herrington scored twenty points and hauled in ten rebounds to lead her Mount Anthony Patriots to an easy 71 - 32 win over the Middlebury Tigers. Michelle King added eleven more to the slaughter, while Johanna Kelley led the Tigers with nine points. Mount Anthony improved to 5 - 3 with the win. The Middlebury Tigers girls hockey team dropped their eleventh straight game of the season last Saturday, losing to the Burlington Seahorses 3 - 1 in Middlebury. Kelsey Bara, Janelle McCann and Trish McGrath scored for Burlington, who evened up their record at 5 - 5 with the win. Laura Barber, with an assist from Katie Mandigo, scored the lone goal for the 0 - 11 Tigers. The Middlebury Panthers mens ice hockey team gave themselves a belated Christmas present by winning their own Holiday Classic Tournament played in Middlebury last weekend. On Friday night Senior forward Mickey Gilchrist and freshman forward Kevin Suchoski Scored two goals apiece to lead the Panthers past the Brockport Hawks 6 - 4. Hawks goalie Greg Van't Hof kept Brockport in the game which was dominated by the Panthers. Despite being out shot 41 - 17 Brockport was never out of the game thanks to Van't Hof and his thirty-five saves. Chaz Svoboda and John Sullivan scored Middleburys other two goals, and Middlebury goalie Doug Raeder made thirteen saves to get the victory. In Saturdays championship game against Lake Forest the Panthers found themselves trailing 1 - 0 heading into the third period. Fortunately for Middlebury a hockey game is three periods long. Panthers junior defenseman Mack Cummins scored twice in the first five minutes of the third to put Middlebury ahead 2 - 1. Then with just under three minutes left to play in the game Suchoski scored his third goal of the weekend to put the Championship into Middleburys pocket with a 3 - 1 win. Middlebury out shot Lake Forest by a two to one margin 43 - 21, but Lake Forest goalie Scott Campbell was magnificent with a forty save performance. Ross Cherry made twenty saves for the Panthers who improved to 6 - 7 - 1 with the win.

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