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Westside Girls Roll to Division IV Finals
The West Rutland girls basketball team got a battle from Blue Mountain early, but once they took the lead the Golden Horde never let it go and went on to roll past the Bucks 50-30 in the Vermont Division IV semifinals at the Barre Auditorium.
#2 Westside now moves on to meet top seed and local rival Proctor in Saturday's title game.
Blue Mountain led 13-11 in the opening stanza but a 3-pointer by Peyton Guay gave the Golden Horde a 14-13 lead. They never trailed again.
West Rutland increased their lead to 28-17 at the half and 40-24 after three.
A 10-6 third quarter by Westside finished off the Bucks.
Guay led West Rutland with 23 points. Arianna Coombs added eight. Isabel Lanfear and Mallory Hogan chipped in six points apiece.
Jordan Alley led Blue Mountain with 13 points.
West Rutland is now 21-2 on the season. Blue Mountain ends the season 17-5.
OESJ Defeats Scots in Class D Semifinals
Shooting the basketball can sometimes prove difficult for teams when playing at Cool Insuring Arena. Often the team that adjusts the quickest wins the game. That may have been the case last night as OESJ got out to a big first quarter lead and took advantage of a difficult shooting night for Argyle in a 53-34 win in the Section II Class D semifinals.
#4 OESJ moves on to meet either North Warren or Northville in Saturday's title game.
The Wolves led 14-4 after a quarter and extended the margin to 26-10 at halftime.
A 21-10 third quarter, which at one point saw the lead increase to 41-14 after a 15-4 spurt by OESJ put the contest out of reach.
Paetyn Logan-Dillenbeck led the Wolves with 17 points and seven boards. Colten Christensen aadded 14 points and eight rebounds. Mason Snell had 13 points and 10 boards for a double-double.
Hunter Ingram paced Argyle with 11 points. Justin McWhorter added eight and Jared Montello six.
The Scots took court with heavy hearts a day after learning of the tragic passing of Nicholas Montello, the cousin of Jared Montello in a car-pedestrian accident.
Argyle ends a highly succcessful season with a record of 18-4. The Scots defeated Lake George a couple of weeks ago to win the Adirondack League championship.
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With the Border Country Sports Blog, I'm Keith Harrington.