Second-half surge propels Farmington over Lyndon

FARMINGTON, Maine - The fourth-seeded University of Maine at Farmington women's basketball team advanced to the North Atlantic Conference semifinals with a 77-51 victory over No. 5 Lyndon at Dearborn Gymnasium.

Ashley Busque and Jillian Ross each scored 13 points for Farmington, while Kenni Norton added 12 points and Emma Morrison chipped in 11. The Beavers, leading 30-22 at intermission, outscored the Hornets 42-17 over the first 14:39 of the second half to pull away to a commanding 72-39 advantage.

Farmington shot 47.5 percent (29-61) from the field, while the Hornets shot 25 percent (15-60), including only 12.5 percent (3-24) from beyond the arc. Farmington's defense was headlined by Paige Saunders with six blocks and Norton with four thefts.

Donna Lawson (Irasburg, Vt.) led all scorers with 15 points for Lyndon, while Maisie Sanchez (Waterbury, Conn.) came off the bench to score nine.

The Beavers strolled out to a 21-5 lead over the first 11 minutes of the game, holding the Hornets without a field goal for a 7:50 stretch. Morrison, Norton and Ross each scored seven points as Farmington led 30-15 with two minutes left to play in the half, but Sanchez scored five points to lead a 7-0 run to close the gap to 30-22 at intermission.

Norton scored five points in a 7-0 start to the second half for a 37-22 lead. The Beavers held a 43-28 lead with 16:08 to play when a three-point play by Ross and a Lindsay Gordon layup pushed the lead to 48-28 with 14:14 to play. With a 56-36 cushion, the Beavers outscored the Hornets 16-3 over the next four minutes to put the contest away. Layups by Katherine Gagne and Kelsey Graffam on back-to-back trips built lead to 72-39 with 5:21 remaining.

Lawson and Shauna Buck (Newport Center, Vt.) had three assists each and Naomi White (Danville, Vt.)  added a team-high seven rebounds for the Hornets, who finished their season with an overall record of 11-13.

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