MIDDLEBURY - The Middlebury Tigers jumped out to a 25-7 halftime lead last Friday night in Middlebury, and then held on to defeat the visiting Colchester Lakers 42-32 in girls high school basketball action. Katie Ritter and Nicole Brown paced the Tiger's offense by scoring twelve and eleven points respectively. Paige LaPlant scored nine points to lead Colchester. The Tigers improved to 10-4 with the win, while the Lakers remained winless at 0-12.
The same night in Hinesburg the Champlain Valley Union Redhawks led the hometown North Country Falcons 24-13 at the break, and they didn't let up in the second half. By the end of the third quarter CVU had extended their lead to 37-19, and went on to claim an impressive 59-30 win. The Redhawks spread the wealth on offense, displaying a well balanced scoring attack that was led by Karlee Evans with just ten points. North Country, which fell to 5-8 on the year with the loss, was led by Emma Joslin with seven points.
The Vergennes Commodores and Mount Abraham Eagles girls teams were also in action last Friday evening. But unlike the Tigers and Redhawks neither one could pull out a win.
In Bristol, the hometown Mount Abraham Eagles fell to 5-9 on the year when they dropped a heart breaker to the visiting Mount Mansfield Cougars 29-25. The Cougars, who improved to 7-7 with the win, were led by Hannah Nichols with nine points. Mount Abraham's Jen Loyer led all scorers with 14 points.
In Vergennes Brittaney Rice scored 21 points and had a dozen steals to record a double-double while leading her Milton Yellow Jackets to a 62-42 thumping of the hometown Vergennes Commodores. Stephanie Bull added 16 points while Tess Quintin contributed another 10 for the Yellow Jackets, who remained unbeaten at 13-0 with the convincing win. The Commodores, who fell to 4-10 on the year, were led by Allison Provost with 14 points.