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Hornet women can't hold early lead and fall to Maine Maritime

Hornet women can't hold early lead and fall to Maine Maritime

Lyndonville, VT - The Lyndon State College women's basketball team jumped out to a 20-10 lead but was unable to hold off Maine Maritime Academy on Friday evening.  The Mariners rallied for a 62-52 North Atlantic Conference victory in Stannard Gymnasium.  With the win Maine Maritime improves to 8-6 overall and 4-4 in conference play.  Lyndon falls to 9-6 and 5-3 in the NAC.

The Hornets started the contest strong.  With the teams tied at 7-7, Lyndon went on a 13-3 run, fueled by two Faith Poirier (Portsmouth, NH) three-pointers, to move ahead 20-10 with just under three minutes remaining in the opening quarter.  The Mariners then capitalized on three successive Hornet turnovers to marrow the gap to 20-16, before Megan Johnston's (Concord, NH) layup just before the buzzer gave Lyndon a 22-16 lead after one.

Maine Maritime opened the second quarter on a 7-0 run, capped by a three from Melinda Ogden (Searsport, ME), which put the Mariners up, 23-22.  Two free throws from Mikayla Hodge (Newbury, VT) briefly gave the Hornets the lead back.  Alayne Felix (Mahopac, NY) scored off of a pass from Chloe Smedley (York, ME) to put Maine Maritime back in front, and two Caitlin Kane (Wilton, ME) free throws extended the Mariner advantage to three before another Poirier three tied things at 27.  After the two teams traded scores, a Smedley jumper with 37 seconds to go in the half sent the Mariners into halftime with a 31-29 lead.

Holding a one-point advantage early in the third quarter, the Marniners went on an 8-0 run, capped by a Kane steal, layup and foul, to move in front 41-32.  The Hornets then got seven straight points from Hodge to cut the Mariner lead to 43-39 heading into the final quarter.

The Hornets still trailed by four, 49-45, midway through the final quarter, when two Smedley layups sandwiched around a jumper from Mikayla Charters (Newport, ME) extended the Maine Maritime advantage to ten at 55-45 with 4:11 to go.  The Mariners were able to keep the Hornets at bay the rest of the contest and come away with the 10-point win.

Felix paced the Mariners with 17 points and six rebounds.  Kane added 15 points and six boards and Smedley chipped in with 13.  Hodge posted her 15th double double in 15 starts this season to lead the Hornets.  The senior tallied 23 points and 11 rebounds.  Poirier was Lyndon's only other double figure scorer, as she connected on four of five three-point attempts for 12 points.

The Hornets return to action on Saturday afternoon, when they host Husson University in a 1:00 pm tip-off.  Maine Maritime travels to Johnson State College on Saturday.