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Hornets Lift Themselves Past Beavers in Final Stanza

Hornets Lift Themselves Past Beavers in Final Stanza

FARMINGTON, Maine – Friday night was a fight until the end as the Lyndon State College women's basketball team lifted themselves past the University of Maine at Farmington with the 71-66 victory in North Atlantic Conference play.

Marley Harmon (Buxton, Maine) held the top spot in scoring with 20 points for the Hornets along with three rebounds, while Mikayla Hodge (Newbury, Vt.) finished with a double-double of 18 points, 17 rebounds, and four blocks.

Morgan Crocker led the Beavers in scoring with 17 points while tallying five rebounds and two steals.  Kennadi Grover notched 16 points to go along with seven rebounds. 

Crocker came out of the gate hot hitting multiple threes to give UMF the lead 20-14 with just under two points to go in the first quarter.  The Beavers went on a 5-0 run to finish out the quarter 25-14.

Each team's defense stepped up in the second stanza as neither team scored until about the two-minute mark.  Hasson and Crocker each hit a free throw to keep their lead at 11.  Alissa Mitchell (Milton, N.H.) hit a jumper for the Hornets which started their run.  Harmon hit back to back shots to pull the Hornets within five with under five minutes to go.  Gabrielle Foy (Wilton, Maine) hit back to back free throws to pull the Hornets within three at the half with UMF ahead 35-32.

Crocker opened up the second half with a quick layup to put UMF back up by five.  The Hornets would battle back bringing it within one after a pair of shots from Hodge and Harmon.  The Hornets continued to trail by a few baskets until Alexis Britch hit a trey at the 1:19 mark to tie the game at 49-49.  Grover hit a jumper with 38 seconds on the clock to close out the third quarter with the Beavers up 51-49.

The Hornets battled back to tie the game in the fourth quarter at the five-minute mark but a Crocker free throw would give the Beavers the lead once again.  The Hornets would go on an 11-6 run, picking up big stops on the defensive end to close out the game and take home the win with the score at 71-66.

Lyndon (7-10, 4-7 NAC) travels to Thomas College to finish off their weekend on Saturday with a 3:00 p.m.

UMF (3-13, 3-8 NAC) hosts Johnson State College Saturday, January 28th at 3:00 p.m.