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Commodores, Tigers win playoff games

After defeating BFA-St. Albans in the opening round of the Division I Girls Basketball Tournament, the fourth-seeded Champlain Valley Union Redhawks were upset in the quarterfinals last Saturday, 40-37 by the no. 12 seeded Saint Johnsbury Hilltoppers.

The Hilltoppers, earlier in the week, knocked off fifth-seeded Rice 45-39, were led by Amanda Kay and Britney Lane in their second straight post season upset. Kay led the charge with 14 points, while Lane contributed another 13 to the huge win. The win earned them a spot in the Final Four at Barre, where they were scheduled to face their toughest test yet, the top seeded Burr and Burton Bulldogs this past Wednesday in the semifinals. If they managed a third straight upset in that one then they will face either Rutland or Burlington this weekend for the Division I State Championship.

Allison Gannon, Kendal Kohlasch and Shae Hulburt scoreded 10 points each for CVU, who finished their season at 17-5.

The Redhawks weren't the only team to be derailed in the quarterfinals. In Division II the Mount Abraham Eagles, Vergennes Commodores and Middlebury Tigers all won their play down games, only to be eliminated in the quarterfinals last weekend.

After eliminating the Springfield Cosmos 64-42 in their opening round game the seventh seeded Mount Abraham Eagles 2010 season ended at Hyde Park last Saturday when they were defeated in the Division II quarterfinals 59-36 by the second seeded Lamoille Lancers. Chelsea Dunham scored 15 points to lead the Lancers. She was helped by Katie Lafreniere who added 11 more.

The Lancers pulled away from the Eagles in the third quarter when they outscored their guests 17-5. Lamoille earned their seventh straight trip to the final four at Barre, and with a 20-1 record they hold high hopes for a state championship. They were scheduled to face the third-seeded Fair Haven Slaters in the semifinals this past Wednesday. If they won that one then they would face either the fourth-seeded Lyndon Vikings, or the top-seeded Milton Yellowjackets this Saturday for the Division II State Championship.

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