Burlington lost leading scorer Ajla Medic to injury in the fourth quarter, opening the door for visiting Essex to grab a 46-40 win over the Seahorses in a high school girls basketball game on Thursday night.
Kara Sheftic scored a game-high 13 points to help Essex (11-4) recover from an early deficit and carry a 37-28 lead into the fourth quarter. Mychaela Harton chipped in 10 points for the Hornets.
Medic scored 12 points and Breanna Pigeon added 11 for Burlington (7-8), which was hampered by its struggles at the free throw line (9-of-24).
* Rice 65, Spaulding 41: Hailee Barron had 11 points, nine assists and five steals as Rice downed Spaulding on the road.
Lexy Avonda led all scorers with 19 points for the Green Knights (12-2), who lead 45-21 at the half.
Katie Thygesen led Spaulding (4-10) with 12 points.
* Colchester 44, Mount Abraham 36: Pearl Abiti knocked down 15 points and Colchester grabbed a win over visiting Mount Abraham.
Alana Feeley added 10 points and Jackie Nagle chipped in seven points for the Lakers (11-3).
Ashlie Fay led Mount Abraham (10-4) with 15 points and Meghan Livingston had 11 points.
* Hazen 43, Winooski 35: Hazen ended the game on a 12-5 run to seal its victory over host Winooski.
Becca Whipple connected on six three-pointers on her way to a game-high 19 points for Hazen (8-5), which also received 12 points from Jordan Manning.
Riley Corrigan paced Winooski (6-9) with 13 points.
* Champlain Valley 56, BFA-St. Albans 23: Champlain Valley scored 33 first half points as they ran past host BFA-St. Albans.
Emily Kinneston scored 12 points to lead the Redhawks (13-0) and Kaelyn Kohlasch chipped in with 10.
Halle Sam-Boudreau lead the Comets (8-5) with seven points.
* Milton 43, Vergennes 29: Visiting Milton rattled off 14 unanswered points in the second quarter to build an insurmountable lead against Vergennes.
Paige Johnson (10 points, 12 rebounds) and Selena Patterson (10 points) tallied four points apiece during the decisive run by Milton (9-4).
KC Ambrose turned in a double-double (11 points, 10 rebounds) for Vergennes (3-10).
* St. Johnsbury 38, North Country 18: St. Johnsbury outscored host North Country 23-9 in the second half to hand the Falcons a loss.
Jordan Pady had 13 points and Mooly Fried added nine points to lead th Hilltoppers (6-8).
Morgan Greene scored eight points to lead North Country (3-10).
* Randolph 45, Montpelier 23: Kelsey Jacobs scored 10 of her 19 points in the fourth quarter to help Randolph separate from Montpelier and grab the win.
Brittany Lafraniere had 10 points for Randolph (5-8), who outscored the Solons 22-6 in the fourth quarter.
Jennifer Sweeney had nine points to lead Montpelier (0-13).
* Lake Region 39, Peoples 26: Tyrah Urie had 17 points to lead Lake Region in a win over visiting Peoples.
Megan Menard added eight points for Lake Region (7-6), who led 24-10 at halftime.
Megan LeMarc had eight points to lead Peoples (2-11).
* U-32 49, Lyndon 33: Madison Bennett had 17 points to help U-32 grab its sixth win in a row with a victory over Lyndon.
Kaylee Herring and Avery Alberghini each added eight points for the Raiders, who move to 13-3.
Madalyn Sanborn (12 points) and Taylor Cushman (11 points) led Lyndon (5-10).
* Richford 46, Northfield 31: Richford sprinted out to a 26-7 halftime lead and never looked back as they beat Northfield.
Morgan McAllister had 15 points to lead Richford, who moved to 9-5.
Northfield (6-8) was led by Ashley White’s 11 points.
* BFA-Fairfax 51, Danville 21: BFA-Fairfax held visiting Danville to eight first half points and Chace Carpenter had 17 points to help the Bullets beat the Chiefs.
Mikayla Sullivan had 12 points for BFA-Fairfax (8-5) and Lyndsay Potter grabbed 12 rebounds.
Miranda Buck scored eight points to lead Danville (6-8).
* Burlington 7, Peoples 3: Max Moreau notched a hat trick and an assist as Burlington picked up its first win of the season against Peoples on Wednesday night.
Jack Breen had a goal and three assists for the Seahorses (1-9-2) and Grant Headrick added a goal and two helpers.
* Champlain Valley 2, Rice 0: Brandon Murakami struck in the first period and Hoyt McCuin added an insurance goal in the second period to fuel Champlain Valley’s shutout against Rice on Wednesday night.
Thomas Samuelsen set up Murakami for the opener and Owen McCuin had the assist on the Redhawks’ (14-0-1) second goal.
Greg Talbert had 10 saves in the win. Evan Chagnon stopped 29 shots for Rice (2-12-1).
Women’s college basketball
* Norwich 58, Simmons 34: Eleven players hit the scoresheet to lead Norwich to a win over Simmons in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) action on Thursday evening.
Aliah Curry scored 12 points in the game to move into second-place on Norwich’s all-time leading scorers list.
Following today’s 12 points, Curry sits firmly in second-place with 1,398 and is now 164 points away from breaking a 19-year-old all-time scoring record of 1,561 points held by Lisa Trujillo ’95.
Kelsey Lotti added 13 points for the Cadets (9-8, 2-3) and Erin Clark added 11 points and 12 rebounds.
The Sharks (2-13, 0-4) were led by Liz Brasa with 11 points and five rebounds.