The high school girls basketball playoffs began on Monday, February 23rd and of the six Rutland County teams, only the Division IV top seeded West Rutland Golden Horde made it to the semifinals. Once their they eliminated the fifth seeded Danville Indians 66-54 in the semifinals, only to lose last Saturday's Division IV State Championship to the third seeded Chelsea Red Devils 47-41.
West Rutland, who received an opening round buy, advanced to the state semifinals by defeating the ninth seeded Rochester Rockets 61-45 in quarterfinal action Feb. 27 in West Rutland. Katie Lincoln, the Horde's leading scorer during the season, had a monstrous night scoring 32 of West Side's 61 total points. Emily Sumner contributed another ten for the Golden Horde.. Paityn Boyer scored 11 for Rochester, who end their season dead even at 11-11.
West Rutland's season almost ending the following Monday in Barre when they found themselves trailing the Danville Indians 45-30 halfway through the third quarter. But West Rutland emerged from a timeout like a team possessed, and they outscored the Indians 36-9 the rest of the way to avoid the upset and advance to last Saurday's championship game. Senior guard Emily Sumner turned in a double-double of 21 points and ten rebounds to lead the Horde in the come from behind win. Lincoln contributed an additional fifteen to the victory. Molly Morgan and Courtney Elliot led Danville in their upset bid. Morgan poured in 18 points, while Elliot scored 16 more and hauled down 16 rebounds for her own double-double. Danville finished the year at 15-8.
But the upset did come in last Saturday's state championship when West Rutland fell to Chelsea 47-41. Behind the strength of a 10-3 run in the second quarter, the third seeded Red Devils led 25-16 at the half. At that point Chelsea would bend a little, but not break as the Horde would get no closer than four points the rest of the way. Robyn Kennedy set the pace for the victorious Devils by scoring 21 points. West Rutland, who end the year at 17-6, were once again led by Lincoln. The West Rutland junior scored 23 points, including her 1000th career varsity point, with still a full season ahead of her. For Chelsea, who finished the year at 20-4, it was their first girls title since 2005, and the seventh in the history of their school.