Pilgrims slip by Lyndon

HENNIKER, N.H. – Katarina Muska would hit a layup with just 10 seconds remaining to lift New England College to a 78-77 win over Lyndon.

The two teams would battle back-and-forth throughout the first half which saw 16 lead changes. NEC would go up three points with just over two minutes remaining in the first, but Lyndon State would close out the half on a 6-0 run to head into halftime with a 40-37 advantage. The battle would continue in the second half but Lyndon would work to build a five-point lead (55-50) with 10:56 remaining.  NEC would battle back, regaining the lead at the nine-minute mark and grabbing their largest lead of the game at 69-63 with 3:02 left to play. 

Lyndon would take the lead on a three-pointer by Danielle LaFont (West Glover, Vt.) at the one-minute mark to give the Hornets a 74-71 lead. NEC's Rachel Williams would respond, finishing a layup and converting a free throw to knot the game at 74-74. LaFont would come back down the court and give Lyndon another three-point lead, sinking her fourth trey of the afternoon, but again Williams would answer scoring a layup with 20 seconds on the clock to cut the Hornet lead to 77-76. 

Williams would then tip the in-bound pass, which was scooped up by Muska, who would put in a layup with 10 seconds on the clock giving NEC the 78-77 lead. Lyndon would get one last look, but LaFont was unable to connect as the Pilgrims held on for the 78-77 win.

Leading the way for NEC was Williams, who finished with a game-high 27 points. Jessie Ledy chipped in 15 points and Stephanie Parker was the only other Pilgrim in double-digits, scoring 13 points Leading NEC on the boards was Jenna Ledy, who grabbed seven rebounds and Kate Levy dished out a game-high eight assists.

For Lyndon, Naomi White (Danville, Vt.) recorded a double-double with a team-high 23 points and a game-high 13 rebounds and teammate Donna Lawson (Irasburg, Vt.) repeated the feat with 18 points and 10 rebounds. LaFont chipped in 14 points shooting 4-for-5 from beyond three-point range and Shauna Buck (Newport Center, Vt.) led the Hornets with seven assists on the afternoon.

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