Lakers hit stride before state tournament

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Senior forward Maggie Brigante dives after a loose ball during the Lakers' final regular season game last Thursday against the Milton Yellowjackets. After a slow start, Colchester won 38-27 en route to securing the eighth seed in the state tournament, which began earlier this week. (Photo by Kyle St. Peter)

Senior forward Maggie Brigante dives after a loose ball during the Lakers’ final regular season game last Thursday against the Milton Yellowjackets. After a slow start, Colchester won 38-27 en route to securing the eighth seed in the state tournament, which began earlier this week. (Photo by Kyle St. Peter)

The Lakers are saving the best for last.

After managing only a .500 record after their first 10 games,  the Colchester girls basketball squad is among Division-I’s hottest teams heading into the state tournament.

They’ve won eight of their last 10, including five double-digit victories, good enough to secure the eighth seed and home-court advantage for the first round.

The Lakers wrapped up their regular season last Thursday by hosting the Milton Yellowjackets.

Falling behind out the gate, Colchester regained its composure and dominated the second half, outscoring milton 28-7 en route to a 38-27 win.

Gabby Gosselin led the way with 19 points and six rebounds.

Colchester was set to host No. 9-seeded Middlebury on Wednesday in a game that concluded after the Sun went to print.

A victory in the opening stages would pit the Lakers against St. Johnsbury, the state’s top-seeded team, in a Friday night matchup.