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Lake Region, Windsor advance to VPA D-III state title game

Lake Region's Danika Gallup leads the Rangers into Saturday's Division III state title game.
Lake Region's Danika Gallup leads the Rangers into Saturday's Division III state title game.
Shawn Corrow,

For the third straight season and the fourth time in the last five the Lake Region and Windsor high school girls basketball teams will play for the Division III title Saturday at Barre Auditorium.

The Rangers punched their ticket to their fifth straight state title game with a 53-37 win over third-seeded Oxbow on Thursday.

Lake Region, the second seed with a 22-1 record, put three players in double figures. Danika Gallup scored 15 points, Paige Wells had 12 points and 11 rebounds, Cailyn Gallup had 10 points and Carly Perron had six points and 15 rebounds.

In the other semifinal Thursday, top-seeded Winsdor (20-3) beat fourth-seeded Enosburg 56-38.

Allison Wilcox led Windsor with 15 points and 18 rebounds. Kaitlin Callahan added 13 points, and Amber Heath and Abigail Wright each scored six for the Yellow Jackets, won the title last season and lost to the Rangers in the title game two years ago.

The two teams met in the regular season with Lake Region winning 44-32. Point guard Kylie Atwood, who is committed to play at UVM, tore her ACL in that game.

Lake Region is aiming for its third state title and second in Division III. Windsor is looking for its fifth title. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

Also on tap in Barre are the Division II and Division IV championships.

In Division II, top-seeded Lamoille (20-1) has won 18 straight games, including a 51-29 win over fifth-seeded Middlebury in Turesday's semifinal.

Jillian Emery had 13 points and nine rebounds, Chelsea Dunham had nine points and 10 rebounds and Katie Lafreniere had nine points for the Lancers, who are aiming for their fourth title and third in during their run of five straight trips to the state title game.

Game time is 3:45 p.m.

Third-seeded Mount Abraham (15-7) advanced to the title game with a 53-37 win over second-seeded Lyndon in Wednesday's semifinal.

Jenn Loyer led the Eagles with 22 points and eight rebounds. Mt. Abe is seeking its second title and first since 1997.

In Division IV, third-seeded Arlington (19-4) takes on fourth-seeded Poultney (17-5) at noon.

Arlington is seeking its 10th state title and its third in Division IV. The Eagles are 3-0 all-time in the playoffs against the Blue Devils. Arlington won two regular-season meetings, one by 12 points and one by two.

This is just the second finals appearance for the Blue Devils, who last reached the finals in 1990. They lost to Richford in that game. This is the first season since 1995 when Poultney reached the Final Four.

The Eagles advanced with a 44-39 victory over Rivendell on Wednesday.

Sylvia Pike had 14 points and Cici Wade finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Poultney advanced with a 59-45 upset win over top-seeded Twinfield.

Ali Jones had 21 points for the Blue Devils.


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