Rutland girls’ hoops made a statement out of its first win of the season.

The Ravens held the lead for all but one minute of Tuesday’s battle against South Burlington, and RHS came away with a 40-21 victory on the road.

Rutland improved to 1-3, and SBHS fell to 3-1 following its first loss.

On the boys’ side St. Johnsbury took care of Essex on the Hornets’ home court.

The Hilltoppers closed the game out strong to beat EHS 32-20, despite a late push from Essex.