It is time once again to announce our Border Country Sports Bennington Martens Players of the Week for this week. The Bennington Martens of the ABA are our area's only professional basketball team. Catch them soon at the Heritage Family Field House in Rutland. The season is nearing an end!
This will be our final week of naming POTW's as the regular seasons are coming to end. Sectionals and the Vermont State Tournament will soon be getting started.
Border Country Sports Bennington Martens Girls Player of the Week
This week I am going to do something I have not done before. I am going with two players for the girls POTW. One has had it before and had perhaps her best performance this week. The other has been deserving all season and I just could not end the season withour honoring her.
First up is Emily Dingmon of Corinth girls basketball. The 10th grader played a huge role in Corinth winning the Adirondack League title game, their first ever. In the semifinals against North Warren Dingmon led the Tomahawks with a 22 point effort.
In the 62-47 championship game win over Hartford, Dingmon stepped up her game with the Tanagers focusing on Maddie DeLisle. Dingmon finished with 26 points and 15 rebounds for the Tomahwks in leading them to the title and a perfect 20-0 record.
Our second girls POTW for the week is Samantha Howland of Whitehall. Her coach Boyd Hunt is the first to admit that it is hard for his players to get recognized because of their style of play. However, Howland has been derserving all season. The sophomore checks every box. She scores, defends and rebounds.
In the ADK semifinals against Hartford, Howland had one of her best offensive games of the season with 20 points. Howland had an 18 point game against Argyle in a Railroader win on Monday. In a win over Salem on Tuesday Howland scored 14 points.
Way to go Samantha!
Border Country Sports Bennington Martens Boys Player of the Week
The boys POTW this week is Brandon Saunders of Adirondack League champion Argyle. With the Scots only scoring four points in the first quarter of the title contest against Lake George, Saunders kept them in the game with his 3-point shooting.
Then, with Argyle putting together a rally after trailing by eight heading to the fourth, Saunders hit the trey that brought the Scots even with Lake George. Saunders led Argyle with 16 points of their 39 points.
In the semifinal win over North Warren Saunders was one of four Scots in double digits, scoring 10 points.
Nice job Brandon!