NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The Lyndon women's basketball team continued its mid-season improvement giving Norwich all it could handle in a 78-71 loss Tuesday. The Hornets led by five at the half, but could not hold the cadets off long enough to record their fourth win of the season.
With the win, Norwich improves to 14-4 on the year, while the loss drops Lyndon to 3-14 overall.
Heather LeBlanc matched her career-high 24 points, going 10-of-14, as she pulled down a team-high nine rebounds on the night. Aliah Curry added 16 points, five rebounds and seven assists, while teammate Kelsey Lotti contributed nine points, four rebounds, six assists and three steals for the Cadets.
Lyndon jumped out to a 5-3 lead before a three-pointer from Curry sparked a 12-4 run for Cadets, leading 18-9 at the 9:56 mark. The Hornets struck responded quickly, utilizing an 11-6 run in a span of four minutes to knot the game at 24 points. The game would tie once more before Mikayla Hodge (Newbury, Vt.) went up for the layup to give the Hornets their second lead of the half before adding six additional points to the Cadets' three as both teams headed into the locker with the score in favor of Lyndon State, 36-31.
The Hornets looked to keep the momentum going, adding four points to start the stanza, before Norwich marched its way back into the game, scoring seven unanswered points to tie it at 40 with 16:52 to play. Lyndon would re-take the lead to a four-point margin, only to watch the Cadets take it all back with another 6-0 run for the 46-46 score.
A pair of Allison Brown (Monroe, New Hampshire) jumpers allowed the Hornets to get ahead for their fourth and final lead of the night before LeBlanc feed the ball to Shyann Josler, who then nailed the three-pointer for the Cadet's third lead of the game, 51-50, with 9:40 on the board.
Norwich would rely heavily on LeBlanc, as she scored 13 points in a span of eight minutes to give the Cadets the 72-63 lead with 1:08 remaining on the clock. Lyndon State would muster a late rally in the final minute with Hodge putting up four of the eight points, but it was too late as time expired and the Cadets added six more of their own to hold on for the 78-71 victory.
Hodge collected a double-double on 18 points and 17 rebounds along with four blocks for the Hornets. Emily Gray (Quincy, Mass.) and Aimee Thompson (Barnet, Vt.) would score 16 points each.
Norwich struggled in the first half, hitting just 34.2 percent from the floor in the first half before turning it around in the second half nailing 50 percent from the field to end the night with 41.2 percent overall. The Hornets had a strong start in the first half, shooting 40.5 percent from the field before faltering the rest of the way to end the night with a 38.6 percent from the floor.
Lyndon would outrebound Norwich, 50-38, however the Cadets managed to score 25 points off of Lyndon's 18 turnovers.