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These are 40 photos of EHS girls’ basketball vs. U-32, the Hornet Game of the Week

Baskets came early and often Monday night as the Essex High School (EHS) girls’ basketball squad cruised to its 13th-straight victory dating back to last season.

The Hornets topped U-32 by a 78-29 margin March 1 in their home gym to remain undefeated on the year.

Game at a glance

The Hornets jumped out to a 22-4 lead by the end of the first quarter Monday night with the help of 4 3-pointers -- two coming from senior captain Emma Sabourin. EHS continued to increase its lead through the next eight minutes as it outscored the visitors 17-6 in the second frame with junior Paige Winter scoring 8 points, 6 of them coming from beyond the arc.

The downtown shooting remained effective following the break with the hosts drilling five 3-pointers in the third quarter; junior Madison Rabidoux had a pair of those while senior captain Anna Sabourin poured in 12 points herself. The Hornets added 2 more 3-pointers in the final stanza to cap the night, finishing the game with 13 baskets from the outside.

Game notes

  • Essex improves to 6-0 on the season with the win.
  • EHS has now won its last seven games with the Raiders dating back to January 2015.
  • Anna Sabourin had a game-high 24 points while White finished right behind with 23.
  • Emma Sabourin tallied 10 points, Rabidoux had 6, and senior captain Olivia Noyes notched 5.
  • Four other Hornet players recorded points in the victory.
  • EHS is averaging 67 points per game this year; Monday was not the highest score it’s reached as the Hornets posted 85 in a February win over Spaulding.
  • Essex has two games left on the schedule, the first being a 7 p.m. tip at Mount Mansfield on Friday.

Thoughts from EHS Head Coach Shawn Montague

“We shared the ball; that was one of the things the girls talked about -- just sharing the ball -- which is something we try to do. Just try to get everyone involved, just try to make it fun for everyone, make sure everyone's contributing. Just trying to take advantage of all the moments, because there's so few games.

“We have a lot of people that can contribute -- that's the thing. It's not a one-person show. We try to make it a team effort.”

How do you feel about the team heading into the last couple games of the season?

“Good; we're just going to keep doing what we've been doing -- nothing different. We're just going to get our practices in and just keep working on what we try to do. That's all.”

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