Lyndonville, VT - The Northern Vermont University-Lyndon women's basketball team came up just short in Tuesday's non-conference matchup with Fisher College as the Falcons came away with a hard fought 63-54 victory. With the win Fisher, an NAIA school, improves to 14-8 on the season while the Hornets fall to 9-8.
The contest was tight throughout. Faith Poirier (Portsmouth, NH) knocked down a jumper with 39 seconds to go in the opening quarter to give the Hornets a 17-16 lead after one. Lyndon was able to extend their lead to as much as seven points at 28-21 following a pair of Alissa Mitchell (Milton, NH) free throws with 3:30 to go before half. Fisher was able to narrow the gap, however, and a three-pointer from Choon-Hee Chae cut the Hornet lead to 32-31 at halftime.
The two teams battled on even terms early in the third quarter with Rylee Moore's (Livermore, ME) jumper pulling the Hornets into a 40-40 tie at the 5:41 mark. Fisher then went on a 9-0 run over the next four minutes fueled by a three and a jumper from Vivian Lara, to open up a 49-40 lead with 1:45 to go in the period. Lyndon's Lea Crompton (Dunbarton, NH) converted a pair of free throws to cut the Falcon lead to 49-42 after three.
Lyndon continued to chip away at the lead as the fourth quarter started, with Crompton's jumper pulling the Hornets to within 52-49 with 7:03 to go. Lara and Alisha Celley (Cabot, VT) then went back and forth, exchanging baskets twice and leaving Fisher with a 56-53 lead at the 5:20 mark. Lara then connected on a three to move Fisher's lead back to six and the Falcons held on as the Hornets could only muster a Crompton free throw over the game's final five minutes.
Lara finshied with a game high 20 points to lead the Falcons. Piper Mali was the only other Fisher player in double figures as she chipped in ten points. Crompton played a strong all-around game in pacing the Hornets as she tallied 18 points and five assists on the night. Mitchell pulled down a game high 14 rebounds and also dished out five assists and Celley grabbed 12 rebounds to go along with eight points.
The Hornets return to North Atlantic Conference play this weekend when they host the University of Maine at Presque Isle for a pair of games. The Hornets and Owls will tip off at 7:30 pm on Friday evening and again at 3:00 pm on Saturday.