Dream Dozen announced
BENNINGTON >> The annual Dream Dozen, the list of the top 12 underclassmen basketball players in Vermont, was released on Tuesday and two local players made the list.
Mount Anthony junior Madison Little and Burr and Burton Academy junior Carter Vickers each earned the honor, which is split up between Divisions 1 and 2 and Divisions 3 and 4 and is sponsored by the Vermont Basketball Coaches Association.
Coaches get to vote on the Dream Dozen, but can't vote for their own players.
Little was the leading scorer for the Patriots, who reached the quarterfinals in Division I and finished the year at 11-11.
Little scored more than 300 points this season, averaging better than 15 points per contest.
Her best game of the season scoring-wise was a 27-point effort against Burr and Burton Academy, a game the Patriots scored 104 points.
The rest of the Division I-II girls Dream Dozen includes: Rice's Lisa Sulejmani, Lamoille's Emily Peck, Middlebury's Keagan Dunbar, South Burlington's Emma MacDonough, North Country's Kylie Wright, Burlington's Norah Mitchell, St. Johnsbury's Sadie Stetson, Lyndon's Shylan Mosher, Fair Haven's Haile Coloutti, Mount Abraham's Emma Carter and BFA St. Albans' Hannah Earl.
Vickers led the Bulldogs in scoring as well, leading BBA to the Division I quarterfinal and ending the season at 12-10.
Vickers was the go-to option along with teammate Griff Stalcup in the Burr and Burton offense. He scored more than 300 points as well and averaged better than 15 points a game. His high point total of the year was 26 in early February against Mount Anthony, but he scored at least 19 points in eight other games.
"Carter is a three-sport athlete and he's all-league in all three," said BBA coach Dave Shehadi. "A lot of upper echelon teams have players that are specialized. I'd love it if he focused on basketball, but he's a great kid and a heck of an athlete."
Vickers was also good in rebounding and assists, many games coming up with double-doubles. In one game, Vickers had nine assists.
But Shehadi said he believes the reason he was chosen was because of his defense.
"He defends and he's tough," Shehadi said. "Lot of kids can score it, but not a lot of kids can do everything well and he does. He was one of our best defenders and that made him stand out. Carter was just really consistent."
The other members of the Division I-II boys Dream Dozen includes: Mill River's Mike Morgan, Rutland's Nathaniel Kingsley and Kyle Cassarino, Burlington's Kevin Garrison, CVU's Walker Storey, Rice's Elliot Nelson, Fair Haven's Darren Brown, Harwood's Shiv Seethepalli and Lucas Baron, Enosburg's Calvin Carter and Hartford's Christopher Nulty.
The VBCA will host four senior all-star games on Saturday at Windsor High School, where the Dream Dozen awards, along with many others will be handed out. After the first two games on Saturday, there will be a dunk contest and three-point competition as well, but competitors in that haven't been announced yet.
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