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Local roundup: Windsor, MVCS bow out of VPA tournaments

Staff Reports
Published: 3/23/2021 10:44:48 PM
Modified: 3/23/2021 10:44:47 PM

WINDSOR — The journey ended at the VPA Division III semifinal stage for the Windsor High girls basketball team on Tuesday night.

The second-ranked Yellowjackets, for the first time this season, struggled to generate offense in a 38-31 defeat at the hands of visiting and third-seeded Vergennes at Windsor High.

Windsor (10-1) held an 18-17 lead at halftime but was undone by a 12-3 run by Vergennes in the third quarter.

The Jacks made a run in the fourth quarter to get the score within two points, but the visitors made enough free throws late to hold on for the win.

“Our shots were not falling,” Windsor coach Kabray Rockwood said. “You have to credit their length and their experience. They’re a veteran team with size, and they played very physical. It took us out of what we wanted to do.”

Reese Perry led the way for Windsor with 11 points. Ashley Grela added eight and Adi Prior had five points.

The Jacks came into this game averaging 66.3 points per game but were never able to solve Vergennes’ physical, attacking defense.

Grela, Prior and Evelyn Page (four points) will graduate for Windsor, which will return five juniors from this team for what should hopefully be a COVID-free 2021-22 campaign.

“With COVID and changing coaching staffs (longtime coach Bruce Mackay retired in the preseason), it really just galvanized us. For 95% of the season, we had an amazing run and did some remarkable things,” said Rockwood, a former Mackay assistant. “To get all the way through the season with no issues related to COVID is a testament to the whole team We just picked the wrong night to not have the shots fall.”

Proctor 55, MVCS 48

PROCTOR, Vt. — The No. 3 seed Eagles came up just short in a tough, physical matchup with No. 2 seed Proctor in the VPA Division IV semifinals.

“They’re bigger than us, and we bounced off them a bit,” MVCS coach Chris Goodwin said. “It’s a small gym (in Proctor), a small court; it just makes everything worse. It was a rough game, very physical. They press on D and use that to their advantage.”

Proctor held the Eagles at bay the whole game, retaining narrow edges in each quarter.

Maggie McKearin had 22 points for Proctor, including an 8-for-12 showing from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter.

Hayley Goodwin had 19 points for the Eagles (9-3). Senior Sydney Goodwin had 13 points to fall just short of 1,000 for her career with 995 points.

Rachel Horner-Richardson added nine points. MVCS will lose Sydney Goodwin, Lydia Eastman and Molly Kinnarney to graduation.

“It’s good for them how they reacted all year, playing through COVID. I’m proud,” Chris Goodwin said. “We played hard tonight even when calls weren’t going our way. We battled back twice tonight from big deficits, and it was back and forth the whole way. We just didn’t convert when we had to.”

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