Lyndonville, VT - Five outstanding seniors will join the Northern Vermont University-Lyndon women's basketball program for the Fall 2018 semester. Ashlynn Bardos, a forward from Beaumont High School in Beaumont, CA, Jade Berry, a forward from Lyndon Institute in Lyndonville,VT, Tayler Courchesne, a guard from Twin Valley High School in Wilmington, VT, Lea Crompton, a guard from Bow High School in Bow, NH, and Lauren Young, a forward from Danville Hiogh School in Danville, VT, have all paid deposits and committed to the Hornets.
Bardos was a 1st team all-Mountain Pass League selection as a senior and a 2nd Team selection as a junior. She was also an honorable mention All-Inland selection in her senior year. She averaged ten points, six rebounds, and three steals per game for the Cougars. A four-time Scholar Athlete Award recipient, Bardos will study Biology at Lyndon. Hornet head coach Sean Lynch remarked "We are very excited about everything Ashlynn will bring to our program. She is a versatile wing who can score in different ways. She is talented, competitive and she loves basketball. She is also a great student and a person of high character. She will be a tremendous addition to our program in so many ways."
Berry helped lead Lyndon Institute to the 2017 Vermont Division II State Championship and 68 total wins over four seasons. She was a two-time All-Capital League selection, earning 1st Team honors as a senior and 2nd Team honors as a junior. She was also an honorable mention All-State selection as a senior and was selected to play in the Vermont Basketball Coaches Association State Senior All-Star Game. She averaged 10.1 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.5 steals per game for the Vikings. Berry will study Applied Psychology. Lynch commented "Jade brings all of the intangibles. She is tough, gritty and never stops hustling. She is a great defender, has a high IQ and can score as well. S he's a winner. But perhaps most importantly, she is a team player and a good person."
Courchesne was a two-time 2nd Team All-Marble Valley League selection. She was also selected to the VBCA State Senior All-Star Game. She averaged 12 points, six rebounds, and three steals per contest and made 120 three-point goals over her career with the Wildcats. A four year honor roll student in high school, Courchesne will study Applied Psychology at Lyndon. Lynch said "Tayler's strength is definitely outside shooting. She will help us spread the floor on offense because you can't leave her open. More importantly though, she is a great teammate and fun to be around. She will fit in well with what we are doing."
Crompton was a three-time honorable mention All-State selection in New Hampshire, earnign Division III recognition as a sophomore and Division II recognition as a junior and a senior. She was named Bow's Female Athlete of the Year in 2017 and 2018. She was selected to play in the New Hampshire Basketball Coaches Organization Senior Game and received the 2018 New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association and New Hampshire Athletic Directors Association Scholar Athlete Award. She avaraged 11 points, five rebounds, three assists, and two steals per contest for the Falcons. Crompton will study Exercise Science at Lyndon. Lynch remarked "Lea is a talented combo guard who can handle the ball, create for teammates and score herself. She plays the game with a unique toughness, competitive spirit and enthusiasm. Off the court, Lea is humble, kind and has a great sense of humor. I can't wait to coach her."
Young was a 1st Team All-Mountain Division selection as a senior. She was also selected to the VBCA Senior All-Star Game. She averaged ten points, nine rebounds, three assists, and four steals per game for the Indians. Young will study Criminal Justice at Lyndon. Lynch commented "Lauren is a tough, hard working forward who can rebound and finish around the rim. She has a great work ethic and is always looking to improve. Her skills, her mindset and her vibrant personality will make her a valuable addition to our team."
Lynch sounded a very optimistic tone when talking about his incoming class. "This is a special group of young women. Not only are they talented, passionate, dedicated basketball players but they also excel in the classroom and are outstanding people. They will have a tremendous positive impact on our program, the University and the Lyndon community."
The Hornets expect to announce additional commitments in the near future.