Lyndonville, VT - The Northern Vermont University-Lyndon women's basketball team took a two point lead into the fourth quarter of Wednesday's home opener against Castleton University. Unfortunately for the Hornets, they were unable to hold off the Spartans in the final quarter and came out on the short end of a 63-58 final score. The Hornets fall to 2-1 on the season while the Spartans remain unbeaten in three starts.
Lyndon came out with a strong defensive effort right from the opening tap. Victoria Carlson (East Haven, CT) connected on a three-pointer on the game's first posession to get the Hornets started as they jumped out to an 11-2 advantage under six minutes into the game. Another Carlson three made it 16-6 with just under three minutes to go in the quarter, but Castleton's Ajla Medic and Shay Mosher converted a pair of layups to make it 16-10 Hornets after one.
Castleton's Brooke Raiche cut the Lyndon lead to 22-21 with less than three minutes to go in the half, but a Lea Crompton (Dunbarton, NH) layup and a pair of threes from Alissa Mitchell (Milton, NH) extended the lead back to nine. Raiche's basket and free throw cut the Hornet lead to 33-27 at the half.
Lyndon maintained the lead throoughout the third quarter but never extended it beyond seven points before the Spartans cut the gap to two going into the final quarter.
Layups from Katlyn Toomey and Raiche gave the Spartans their first lead of the contest, 49-47, with 8:47 to go. Carlson immediatley answered with a three-pointer to put the Hornets back in front. A Toomey free throw tied things, but back to back layups from Carlson and Crompton followed by a Crompton jumper put the Hornets back in front, 56-50 with 4:17 to go. Raiche converted a basket and free throw, then scored a layup off of a Hornet turnover to cut the Lyndon lead to one. Crompton's jumper moved the lead back to three, but those were the final points that the Hornets would score, as Castleton closed the game on an 8-0 run to come away with the win.
Castleton dominated the Hornets on the glass, outrebounding Lyndon 42-17. That proved to be just enough to offset the fact tht the Hornets forced 28 Castleton turnovers while only giving it up 15 times themselves. Lyndon shot 36.1% from the floor, while Castleton shot 48.1%.
Raiche led the Spartans with a game high 31 points and pulled down nine rebounds. Alexis Quenneville also reached double figures with 12 points while Toomey pulled down 12 rebounds. Carlson paced four double figure scorers for Lyndon ith 18 points. Mitchell added 12 points eight rebounds, and four steals. Crompton and Faith Poirier (Portsmouth, NH) also reached double figures with 11 points each.
The Hornets return to action on Saturday afternoon when they host Plymouth State University. Tip-off is set for 3:00 pm in Stannard Gymnasium.