LYNDONVILLE, Vt. – After dropping an overtime match-up to Johnson State College earlier in the season, the Lyndon State College women's basketball team came out on top this time with a 57-49 North Atlantic Conference victory Saturday afternoon in Stannard Gymnasium. Senior Marley Harmon was recognized at the beginning of the game for her contributions over the past four seasons.
Mikayla Hodge (Newbury, Vt.) recorded another double-double of seventeen points and fourteen rebounds along with two blocks to lead the Hornets. Gabrielle Foy (Wilton, Maine) added thirteen points, five rebounds, and five assists.
Nicole Menard (Milton, Vt.) had twelve points and four rebounds for the Badgers while Ashley Goddard (Jamaica, Vt.) pitched in eleven points and six rebounds.
The Hornets started out strong taking the 12-2 lead at the 2:51 mark of the first quarter. The Badgers fought back and narrowed the gap down to 12-10 as neither team scored in the final minute of the first.
Alissa Mitchell (Milton, N.H.) found Foy beyond the arc to put the score at 15-10 to start the second quarter. Soon after, Sarah Voorhis (Nashua, N.H.) knocked in a bucket within the paint to narrow the gap to three. After Hodge drained a jumper, the scoring was held at 17-12 for about two and half minutes until Foy found Alexis Britch (Essex Junction, Vt.) underneath the basket to push it to 19-12 at the 6:04 mark. Consecutive basket exchanges left the Hornets ahead 27-23 going into the second half.
Within the first minute of the third quarter, the Badgers tied the game at 27-27. A streak of missed shots at both ends caused for a scoreless two minutes until Hodge and Mitchell made back-to-back baskets to make the score 33-27. The Badgers narrowed the score down to one, 36-35, with 43 seconds left, but Britch would push the score to 39-35 off a trey at the end of the third.
Faith Richard (Acushnet, Mass.) and Marley Harmon (Buxton, Maine) hit a three pointer and jumper, back-to-back, to push a nine-point lead. The Badgers brought it within six after a transition three from the left wing by Goddard but the Hornets extended the lead out to 11 at the 4:39 mark. The Badgers began a 3-2 defense, slowing the Hornet offense, and were able to narrow it down to five with 1:22 left. With time winding down the Badgers began to foul, putting the Hornets to the line. Foy drained two, then Goddard drove the lane and kicked the ball out to find Domonique Carter-Stanley (Norwalk, Conn.) on the left wing of the arc to narrow the score to 53-49 with 15 seconds left. Hodge drained four free-throws to finish off the game at 57-49.
Lyndon (10-12, 7-9 NAC) hosts Castleton University on Thursday, February 16th at 7:30 p.m. and Johnson (10-12, 7-9 NAC) hosts Green Mountain College at the same date and time.