Playoff pairings out for girls basketball



Sports Editor

BENNINGTON -- The pairings are out for the upcoming Vermont girls basketball state tournament and all three local teams are involved.

The Mount Anthony Union High School girls are the highest seed at No. 3 in Division I after a 15-4 season in which the Patriots had a 10-game win streak. MAU will host No. 14 Spaulding in the opening round on Wednesday at Kates Gym.

"The kids worked hard for that No. 3 seed," said MAU coach Brian Harrington. "They understand that process. We just want to come out and take care of business against Spaulding."

MAU and Spaulding faced off earlier in the year, with MAU putting up 99 points in a 42-point rout.

The last time the Patriots had as high of a seed was 2008 -- coincidentally, the last time MAU won a championship. But Harrington said his players aren't thinking about that.

"I don't think that's a big deal, the big deal for them is playing at home with the Kates Krazies," Harrington said. "They are loose and ready to go."

Also in Division I, first-year coach Ed Panzarino's Burr and Burton Academy team is the No. 11 seed and will travel to Brattleboro on Tuesday.

The Bulldogs finished 9-11 this season but have four wins in the last five regular season games, including two over MVL foe Rutland. Brattleboro topped BBA in both games this season.

Hannah Nicholson is the leading scorer for the Bulldogs at around 10 points per game.

In Division IV, Arlington is seeded seventh after a 10-10 campaign. They'll host 5-12 Concord, the No. 10 seed on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Eagles' Nest. Arlington has won three of its last five games, all Division III schools. Concord comes into the postseason on a two-game win streak.

Molly Elwell and Julia Lacoste have been a two-woman wrecking crew for the Eagles, with each averaging nearly 15 points per game.


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