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NAC leading Castleton jumps out to early lead and downs Hornet women

NAC leading Castleton jumps out to early lead and downs Hornet women

Lyndonville, VT - The Lyndon State College women's basketball team fell behind 19-6 after one quarter and never recovered, falling to North Atlantic Conference leading Castleton University 59-41 in Stannard Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon.  With the win Castleton improves to 10-1 on the season and remains unbeaten in the NAC at 6-0.  The Hornets fall to 6-5 overall and 3-2 in conference play.

Castleton started the game by holding Lyndon scoreless for the first 4:45 of the contest.  The Spartans' Makayla Farrara (Shaftsbury, VT) connected on her firsof two three-pointers to cap the 9-0 Castleton run.  Faith Poirier (Portsmouth, NH) broke the ice for the Hornets when she converted a layup off of a feed from Alisha Celley (Cabot, VT).  With Castleton holding a 13-6 advantage the Spartans' Heather Kervin (Winslow, ME) sanwiched a pair of layups around one from Taylor Raiche (Ira, VT) to give the guests a 19-6 lead after one quarter.

Castleton scored the first two baskets of the second quarter to extend their advantage to 23-6.  At that point the Hornets staged a 6-0 run of their own off of a pair of Alissa Mitchell (Milton, NH) field goals and one from Hodge.  That was as close as Lyndon would get, however, as Castleton methodically build their advantage to 30-16 at halftime and 48-26 after three.  Lyndon was able to narrow the deficit to 56-41 iwth 1:53 to go in the contest, but Castleton scored the final three points of the game to account for the final margin.

Farrara led all scorers with 18 points, including 10 of 12 from the foul line.  Amanda Beatty (Williston, VT) chipped in with 13 points, while Taylor Raiche pulled down 15 rebounds for the Spartans.  Hodge recorded a double double with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Poirier added 10 points.  For the game, Castleton connected on 21 of 56 (37.5%) field goal attempts while the Hornets only converted 14 of 55 shots (55%)

Lyndon returns to action on Tuesday evening when they host Johnson State College in a North Atlantic Conference tilt.  Tip-off is set for 5:30 pm in Stannard Gymnasium.  Castleton will travel to Middlebury College for a non-conference affair on Tuesday.