Lady Presidents fall to West Rutland

Morgan Brown is a senior, who played her final game in a Black River uniform in the play-off game. Brown had a strong season for the Lady Presidents. Photo by Doug MacPhee.

LUDLOW, Vt. – The Black River girls’ basketball team met third seed West Rutland for the third time this winter in the first round of the Vermont Division IV Basketball play-offs and their luck was no better than the first two times they met.

West Rutland, who later last week pounded Cabot by a similar score, tuned up their high revving engines with a 53-14 conquest of the ladies from Ludlow. Black River Coach Howie Paul knew his team was paired against a juggernaut, but it didn’t stop him from appreciating how his team achieved what they could over the season.

“I couldn’t be more proud of the girls and the improvement. Our goal from the beginning of the season was to compete and the way I look at it, we only had one bad loss. Our scores have been more respectable, and I am pleased. And it is a testament to the girls work ethic. Hopefully it is also a sign of things to come next year in our last year of basketball at the school. Hopefully next year, we will be able to turn some heads,” Paul said, in summing up his team’s action.

Rebecca Rogers and Paige Kelley led Black River’s scoring in the tournament game with 5 each.

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