Montpelier vs. Winooski Girls Basketball 2

Montpelier guard Mikaela Luke-Currier, center, rises to block the shot of Winooski’s Lucy Surma, left, during Monday’s girls basketball game.

MONTPELIER — Bella Luhr scored nearly half of Montpelier’s first-half points and the Solons overcame a sluggish third quarter during Monday’s 47-41 victory over Winooski.

Luhr recorded 10 of her game-high 18 points in the opening two quarters and the Solons rallied in the fourth quarter to deny the Spartans.

“Bella just had a spectacular night,” first-year Montpelier coach Brian Donoghue said. “And everybody there should feel good on the team. Six players scored. And ultimately, we got it done. The kids feel really good about opening the home slate with two wins.”

Azwayla Taylor tallied six of her eight points in the second half for Montpelier. Cypress Levitt also scored eight points and fellow Solon Mikaela Luke-Currier added seven points.

“We had a real rough night with our shot selection, but it was better in the fourth,” Donaghue said. “And we really dominated the glass. We only had three field goals in the third, but in the fourth we had a bunch of transition opportunities. We had seven field goals in the fourth, and almost all of them were in transition off of defensive stops.”

Kiara Mack scored 17 points for Winooski (1-4). She made 5 of 10 free-throw attempts.

“She kept them in the game,” Donaghue said. “She got to the foul line a lot and was a physically strong guard who knew how to play.”

The Solons led 12-9 after the first quarter and stretched their lead to 21-17 at halftime. Winooski stormed back in the third quarter, pulling ahead 30-28. Montpelier used a 19-11 run during the final eight minutes to remain perfect at home.

“Nineteen fourth-quarter points, when you have seven in the third, that’s a substantial jump-up-and-go,” Donaghue said. “And we had five scorers in that quarter.”

Montpelier (2-2) will host Randolph at 7 p.m. Friday.

GYMNASTICS

St. Johnsbury 123.55, Montpelier 104.45

WATERBURY — All-around winner Lizzie Jones placed first on vault and bars in addition to finishing second on beam and floor for the Hilltoppers at the Central Vermont Gymnastics Academy.

Jones earned an 8.6 on vault and tied with Montpelier’s Luna Pompei with an 8.85 on bars. She recorded an 8.6 on beam and an 8.8 on floor. Jones posted an all-around score of 34.85, holding off Pompei (33) and fellow Solon Jenna Krussman (32.45).

Krussman was third on vault (8.4) and third on beam (8.4). St. Johnsbury’s Anna Cushing and Lake Region’s Paige Currier tied for second on vault with scores of 8.55. Cushing finished third on bars with a 7.2, while Montpelier’s Eva Stumpff placed second with a 7.3. Lake Region’s Bryanna Palmer claimed top honors on beam with an 8.7. Cushing prevailed on floor with an 8.95, while Stumpff (8.6) was third.

“Both teams did very well,” Montpelier coach Shannon LeBoeuf said. “We pulled out all the stops to make up for taking three zeroes towards the team score, competing some clean and consistent routines. We beat some personal goals today and their energy continues to shine. The few are just as fierce as at the beginning of the season, and they are hungry to get better each meet. It’s been really great seeing them go big for their skills to pick up the slack, and I admire each and every one of them.”

Montpelier will travel to Randolph for a meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

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