Tigers snuff out Yellow Jackets, 73-42

Tucker Burns pumped in 23 points Monday night in Milton to lead the Middlebury Tigers to a 31 point win, 73 - 42, over the hometown Yellow Jackets in high school boys basketball action. Travis Betourney contributed another fourteen points for the Tigers who improved to 8 - 5 with the win. Dustin Hendy led the 0 - 12 Yellow Jackets with fifteen points. In other high school boys basketball action Logan Williams scored 27 points Friday night to lead the Vergennes Commodores to a 79 - 66 home win over the Missiquoi Thunderbirds. Twenty-one of Williams 27 points came from beyond the three point arc, where he shot a deadly seventy eight percent, hitting seven out of his nine attempts. Josh Carter and Allen Laberge also reached double digits in scoring for the victorious Commodores, pumping in eleven and ten points respectively. Eric Colgan and Reggie Robair scored sixteen apiece, with Shawn Corbiere adding fifteen more for the 3 - 7 Thunderbirds. Vergennes improved to 7 - 3 with the win. The Mount Abraham Eagles, who after an 8 - 0 start suffered back-to-back home losses to Vergennes and Otter Valley, got back to the business of winning last Friday night with a 58 - 45 win over BFA-St. Albans in Bristol. The Eagles, who were trailing 22 - 21 at the break blew the game wide open with a 29 - 7 third quarter. Kevin Labas led Mount Abes third quarter surge, scoring 16 of his games high twenty-eight points during that eight minute span. Will Manley contributed 16 more to the win. The 5 - 7 Bobcats were led by Ryan Jacobs with 25 points. Mount Abraham improved to 9 - 2 overall, and to 3 - 1 in the Lake Division with the win.

In girls high school action last Saturday, Erin Provost scored twenty points to lead her Vergennes Commodores to an easy 73 - 32 win over the Missisquoi Thunderbirds. Alison Bourdon contributed 16 more and Abby Benton added another 15for the Commodores who improved to 7 - 3 with the victory. Maeve Evans led the Thunderbirds with 15 points. In Middlebury last Saturday the Tigers utilized a well balanced scoring attack to overcome a 14 - 5 first quarter deficit and defeat the South Burlington Rebels 44 - 39. The Tigers got offensive production from seven different players, none of whom reached double digits. It was truly a team win. Johanna Kelley led the pack with nine points, followed closely by Kayla Whittemore with eight more. The Rebels however got most of their production from one player, Kelsey Beynnon, who accounted for 26 of their 39 points. Middlebury improved to 3 - 5 with the win.
Both the Middlebury Tigers boys and girls ice hockey teams were in action last weekend, but neither got the result they were hoping for. The girls squad remained winnless, dropping to 0 - 13 after falling at home 7 - 1 to the Essex Hornets last Saturday. Laura Neal tallied to goals and two assists to lead Essex to their tenth win of the year, while her teammate Julie Pearl did her share by scoring two goals of her own. Chelsea Owen, Carrie Smallwood, Jorie Farnsworth rounded out the scoring for the 10 - 2 - 1 Hornets with single goals. Sarah Boudah scored the lone Tiger goal. The boys loss in Montpelier last Saturday bowing to the hometown Salons 3 - 1. It was the Lahart Brothers show for the victorious Salons. Loren Lahart scored twice and his brother Justin scored Montpeliers remaining goal. Salon goalie Bennett Augustoni did his share as well with twenty saves for the 2 - 6 - 1 Salons. Adam O'Neil scored Middlebury's lone goal and Taylor Ryan kept the game close with an impressive 35 saves.

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