Colchester will get a big boost down the stretch with the return of Jackie Sortor, a senior standout who’s spent the last six and a half months rehabbing after tearing her ACL.
After two full weeks of participating in practices, she made her season debut Thursday night in the Lakers’ home win against Missisquoi.
Sortor, a shooting guard who led Colchester in scoring in each of the previous three seasons, was a big part of the resurgent Lakers going from winless three years ago to a 17-6 record and trip to the Division I semifinals last year.
“She’s looked great in practice, like she hasn’t missed a step,” Colchester coach T.J. Sawyer said. “Not only does she score a lot of points and add another component to our offense, she brings so much leadership to our team.”
Also a star field hockey player at Colchester, Sortor’s knee injury robbed her of her entire senior season.
BHS closes out big win
Burlington was just a couple plays short of knocking off the top two ranked teams in Division I last month.
Instead, BHS suffered a buzzer-beating defeat to Champlain Valley and fell against defending-champion Rice after leading by 10 points in the second half.
The Seahorses finally got over the hump in a 48-43 win over Essex on Tuesday, ripping off an 11-3 run in the fourth quarter to dispatch the Hornets, the No. 3 team in the Vermont Principal’s Association index.
“We had to get to the point where we were playing to win late in big games, not playing not to lose,” BHS coach Doug Cheeseman said. “That’s where we are making big steps.”
BHS (10-5) has another big test tonight when it plays at undefeated Champlain Valley.
Lavalette nears milestone
After netting 19 points in a loss to Burlington this week, Essex senior Kari Lavalette sits 11 shy of 1,000 for her career.
Lavalette is seeking to join five other Essex girls basketball players to record the milestone. Libby Smith was the last to accomplish the feat, according to coach Shawn Montague.
The Hornets (11-4) play host to BFA-St. Albans at 7:30 tonight in a Pink Zone game.