Rough first half sinks Lyndon

Rough first half sinks Lyndon

LYNDON CENTER, Vt. – Lyndon fell to 3-10 on the season and 2-6 in the North Atlantic Conference with an 84-68 loss to Castleton Saturday at Stannard Gymnasium.

The Spartans shot 52 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes of play and built a 52-24 advantage heading into halftime. In the second half, the Hornets were the aggressor, shooting a sizzling 63 percent from the floor and outscoring Castleton 44-32 to make the final score more respectable.

"We played much more aggressively in the second half," said Lyndon Head Coach Vinnie Maloney. "We moved the ball well, ran our pick and rolls and just played with confidence. I'm very proud of our effort."

Jade Desroches poured in 18 first-half points and the tandem of Meghan O'Sullivan and Ali Jones tossed in 10 and nine points, respectively to power the Spartans to a 28-point lead heading into intermission. In the second half, Sarah Cornell (Lyndonville, Vt.) tallied 10 points and teammates Abby Salvadore (Portsmouth, N.H.) and Marley Harmon (Buxton, Maine) added eight each as the Hornets charged back to pare down the halftime deficit, much to the delight of Maloney.

"This is the kind of performance we are going to expect from now on," he said. "Whether it's in practice Monday, our game with Pine Manor Tuesday or into the weekend, we need to be consistent and play with confidence."

Desroches finished the contest with 21 points, four rebounds, four assists and four steals while Bryanna DuPont added 12 points, 10 rebounds three assists, one blocked shot and one steal. O'Sullivan had 12 points and Jones had 11.

Harmon had a team-high 13 points to go along with four rebounds and two assists and Cornell had 12 points five rebounds, and two steals. Salvadore had 10 points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal in the loss.

With the win, Castleton improves to 11-3 overall and a perfect 7-0 in the North Atlantic Conference. The loss drops Lyndon to 3-10 overall and 2-6 in league play.

The Hornets will play host to Pine Manor College Tuesday at 7 p.m.