JOHNSON, Vt. – It was an overtime thriller between Lyndon State College and Johnson State College women's basketball teams, Saturday afternoon, as Johnson's Ashley Goddard hit the game winning trey taking the 83-82 victory in North Atlantic Conference play.
At the start of the fourth quarter, the Badgers had the 62-46 advantage, but the Hornets kicked it into fifth gear, feeling the energy of the Lyndon fans in attendance. Within the first five minutes, the Hornets were able to come within ten at 68-58. After a Kasey Degreenia layup, Gabby Foy (Wilton, Maine) drained eight straight points bringing the score to 70-66. A Badger layup, then two Hornet layups and three free-throws put the Hornets ahead 73-72 at the 00:51 mark. Degreenia sank a jumper to pull ahead by one, but Foy answered back with two made foul shots to put the Hornets back on top. It all came down to Sarah Voorhis hitting both of her shots from the charity stripe. She missed the first but drained the second, tying the game at 75-75 at 00:25. Both teams had a few chances to pull ahead but neither could capitalize, pushing the game to overtime.
The Hornets went on a 5-0 run to take the early advantage, 80-75. With both teams in foul trouble, the Badgers drained five straight free-throws to knot the score. After Mikayla Hodge (Newbury, Vt.) was fouled she hit both freebies, putting the score at 82-80 with 00:13 left. The Badgers' Degreenia found Goddard beyond the arc, who nailed the trey and lifted the Badgers 83-82, leaving the Hornets no time to get a good shot up.
Foy led all scorers with 28 points while Hodge added 22 points and 18 rebounds. Alissa Mitchell (Milton, N.H.) also had a double-double, scoring 12 points and snatching 10 rebounds.
DeGreenia led the Badgers with a double-double, putting up 24 points and pulling down 17 rebounds. Goddard also recorded a double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Domonique Carter-Stanley contributed 15 points, five steals, and five rebounds.
A made jump shot from the Hornets' Foy, which cut their deficit to two, would be the closest the Hornets would come to the Badgers in the first quarter as they went on a tear and outscored the Hornets 21-8 in the opening stanza.
Both teams went back and forth until the 3:24 mark when a Ladona Quinn made free throw sparked the Badgers to close out the half on a 7-1 run, pushing the Badgers ahead 41-24 at the end of the second quarter.
The Badgers came out strong from the break, pushing their lead to 53-28 with just over seven minutes to go. The Hornets would then claw back and go on an 18-9 run to cut the Badger lead to 16 at the end of the quarter, putting the score at 62-46.
The Badgers came into the quarter sluggish, allowing the Hornets to outscore them 29-13, with 18 from Foy, to tie up the game at 75-75 and pushing it to overtime.
Lyndon (6-9, 3-7 NAC) travels to Norwich University on Tuesday, January 24th for non-conference action at 7:00 p.m.
Johnson (7-9, 4-6 NAC) will travel to Thomas College on January 27th, slated to start at 7:30 p.m.