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Slaters Advance Over Otter in Division II Playoffs
Fair Haven opened play in the Vermont Division II playoffs by handling local rival Otter Valley 78-44 at the Fair Haven High School Gym. With the win the #4 Slaters advance to meet another familiar foe, MSJ on Friday. The Slaters and Mounties split a pair of regular season contests.
Otter Valley battled the Slaters close for the first quarter, but Fair Haven led by as much as 20 in the second quarter and widened the margin over the final 16 minutes.
Sawyer Ramey led the charge in the first half, pouring in 24 points.
Ramey ended the night with 31 points and connected on six 3-pointers.
Brandon Eastman added 16 points for the Slaters.
The #13 Otters end the season 4-17.
Young Blue Devils Fall in Playoff Opener
The Poultney boys basketball team under first-year coach Todd Montana is full of promise. The Blue Devils are a young team that will be together for years to come. Last night the #11 seed led at the half but ended up falling to #6 Mid-Vermont Christian 44-32.
Things looked good for Poultney in the first half as they went to the locker room with an 18-15 lead. The Eagles however outscored the Blue Devils 29-14 over the final 16 minutes to erase the deficit and advance to the quarterfinals.
Joel Roberts led Mid-Vermont Christian with 15 points. Abel Goodwin and Roman Goeppner chipped in 10 each.
Mason Boudreau led Poultney with nine points. Marcus Lewis and Peyton Book added eight each and Craig Baptie chipped in six.
Corinth Suffers First Loss in Class C Semis
There may not be a bracket in the Section Tournament loaded with as many talanted teams as Class C girls. The Adirondack League champion Corinth Tomahawks came into last nights semifinal matchup unbeaten on the season, but quickly found out that the competion level had risen greatly from what they faced during the season.
#1 seed Duanesburg, who also ranked #1 in the state, jumped out to an insurmountable first half lead and went on the defeat Corinth 66-23 to advance to Saturday's final against #2 Greenwich.
The Purple Eagles used a stifling defense to race out to a 16-0 first quarter lead. Duanesburg increased the lead to 32-4 at the half.
Duanesburg outscored the Tomahawks 27-4 in the third before Corinth finished the game on a positive note with a 15-7 fourth quarter.
Madison Meyer led Duanesburg with 24 points. Alex Moses added 11.
Emily Dingmon had seven points for Corinth. Deandra Gill added six.
Corinth ends the season 22-1.
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With the Border Country Sports Blog, I'm Keith Harrington.