Lyndonville, VT - The Lyndon State College women's basketball team was defeated by Colby-Sawyer College, 62-53, on Saturday afternoon. Colby-Sawyer improves to 5-2 overall and 2-1 in North Atlantic Conference play, while the Hornets fall to 5-4 and 3-1 in the NAC.
The first half was a tightly contested affair. Mikayla Hodge (Newbury, VT) converted a pair of free throws with 36 seconds remaining in the first quarter to give Lyndon an 11-10 lead. Colby-Sawyer's Lexie Hamilton (Sunapee, NH) answered with a three-pointer to give the Chargers a 13-11 lead after one. After trading the lead back and forth for most of the second quarter, Tianna Sugars (Oxford, ME) and Emmani Robinson (Newburgh, NY) converted a pair of layups to send the Chargers into halftime with a 30-27 lead.
The Chargers took control of the contest in the third quarter, outscoring the Hornets 15-6 in the period to build a 45-33 advantage heading into the final quarter. In the fourth, Colby-Sawyer extended their lead to 14 at 54-40 following a Mackenzie Buzzell (Lovell, ME) three-pointer with just over seven minutes to go. The Hornets crawled their way back in it, however, and when Hodge drained a three Lyndon was within 58-53 with 1:18 to go. That was as close as things would get, as Hamilton went four for four from the line in the final minute to secure the win for the Chargers.
Colby-Sawyer featured a balanced attack that saw five players reach double figures. Sugars led the way with 15 points and added nine rebounds. Amanda Calvo (South Deerfield, MA) chipped in with 12 and Buzzell came off the bench to score 11. Hamilton and Robinson tallied 10 points apiece, with Hamilton dishing out 11 assists.
Hodge was the only double figure scorer for Lyndon, tallying 22 points and adding 16 rebounds. Alisha Celley (Cabot, VT) handed out a team high four assists.
The Hornets are now off until after the holidays. They return to action on January 3rd when they travel to Plymouth State University for a 5:30 pm non-conference tilt. Colby-Sawyer's next contest will be on January 2nd at Salem State University.