BENNINGTON -- The third-seeded MAU girls basketball team completed the sweep of Brattleboro, taking the teams’ third meeting of the season, 50-37, in a Division 1 quarterfinal on Saturday.
"We just could not get the ball in the basket," said BUHS coach Paul Freed, whose team went 8 for 54 from the field over the first three quarters of play. "Almost every shot was a good shot...a good look."
Ari Harrison racked up 19 points and 18 rebounds to pace the No. 6 Colonels. Kayla Savage chipped in with 10 boards, four steals and four assists, along with some tenacious defense. And freshman Devin Millerick added five points, including three made free throws on four attempts, and grabbed nine boards despite being the smallest player on the court.
Brattleboro finished up with a 15-7 record.
"We actually only lost to one team in the last 13 games that we played," stated Freed, referring to rival MAU. "This is a group I miss already. Great people who really just enjoy being together, working on and learning basketball. What a pleasure to coach."
Enosburg Falls 47,
Twin Valley 38
ENOSBURG FALLS -- After winning 11 games in a row, the Wildcats fell short up near the Canadian border.
"The effort was awesome. Right to the final horn, the girls gave it everything they had," said Twin Valley coach Buddy Hayford.
Savannah Nesbitt hit a 3 with two minutes left to get the No. 5 Wildcats within 37-35. But the visitors turned it over a couple of times and found themselves playing the fouling game down the stretch.
Emilee Bose, Catherine Wright and Chloe Longe all scored in double figures for No. 4 Enosburg Falls. Nesbitt had a game-high 20 points and Sammy Cunningham-Darrah added 13 points, six rebounds and five steals for the team from Wilmington.
After taking an 11-6 lead in the first quarter, Twin Valley had a long drought and went to the break trailing 20-17.
"Their defense made it difficult for us to run any kind of offense. We lost our composure," noted Hayford.
The Wildcats, who were on an 11-game winning streak, finished the season with a 17-5 mark.
Twin Valley 65,
Green Mountain 52
WILMINGTON -- Colin Lozito (16 points), Cade Nesbitt (14), Dal Nesbitt (12) and Sam Molner (11) provided the offense as the Wildcats improved to 19-1 and clinched the Marble Valley League title. They had already earned the top seed in the upcoming Division 4 tournament. Molner also had 13 rebounds to get the double-double.
In a previous contest, Twin Valley got revenge with a 72-56 victory over Poultney. Lozito went off for 25 points, while Dal Nesbitt followed with 13 and Molner chipped in with 11.
Northfield 4, Brattleboro 0
NORTHFIELD -- Jackson Tucker tallied twice, while Casey Baroffio and Jordan Lumsden also scored to lead No. 5 Northfield past No. 12 Brattleboro on Friday. Riley Corey made four saves to earn the shutout. Greg DiSilva stopped 37 shots for the Colonels.