5 area teams are seeded
BRATTLEBORO >> The Leland & Gray, Twin Valley, and Hinsdale varsity girls basketball teams will all host a playdown game tonight at 7.
The young Rebels, who have just one senior on their roster, got 16 points from Hannah Buffum and 14 more from Caroline Tietz in a rout of Poultney in their regular-season finale. Seventh-seeded Leland & Gray (11-9) will now face No. 10 Northfield (9-11) in the first round of the Division 3 Tournament.
In that same bracket, No. 6 Twin Valley (12-8) will open up against 11th-ranked Oxbow (7-13). The Wildcats were able to celebrate coach Buddy Hayford's 400th career victory this season and they also got a 30-point game from Kirra Courchesne.
Skyler LeClair, who helped Hinsdale to an NHIAA Division 4 championship two years ago, will attempt to lead the No. 5 Pacers (13-5) past 12th-ranked Newmarket (8-10) at "the Stable." LeClair pumped in 14 points and Jacqueline Atkins followed with a dozen during a recent victory over Pittsfield.
In a Division 1 girls basketball playdown tonight at 7, No. 14 Brattleboro (8-12) will play at third-seeded Essex (14-6). The never-say-die Colonels battled back from a 14-point deficit to beat rival MAU earlier this month, behind Devin Millerick's 16 points, freshman Hailey Derosia's 15, and super sub Shenise Taliaferro's 10.
On Wednesday night at 6, 16th-ranked Bellows Falls (7-13) will attempt to be a giant killer when it plays at top-seeded U-32 (19-1) in a D-2 playdown game. The Terriers have to be feeling good following a thrilling 42-40 victory over Woodstock, when Hannah Kelly poured in 23 points, including the game-winning bucket just before the buzzer.
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