Late Free Throws Key in Victory for Hornets

Late Free Throws Key in Victory for Hornets

LYNDON CENTER, Vt. – Lyndon took down Johnson with a 76-60 victory on Saturday in North Atlantic Conference women's basketball action.

With the victory, Lyndon moves to 3-8 in the NAC and 5-14 overall while Johnson moves to 5-6 in league play and 5-12 overall.

The first half saw Lyndon's offense take charge as they came out and took a 9-0 lead. Emily Gray (Quincy, Mass.) led all Hornets with 18 points while Kasey DeGreenia led the Badgers attack with 13 points.

"We came out ready to throw the first punch and the team was ready to go," said Lyndon Head Coach Vinnie Maloney. "The fans gave them energy and that's what they needed."

Lyndon was 15-31 and shot 48 percent from the field in the first half while Johnson went 12-35 and shot 34 percent. The Hornets went into the half with a 37-30 lead.

Lyndon had a rocky start to the second half, turning the ball over on five of their first six possessions and giving up nine straight points, finding it trailing in the game for the first time. Maloney remained faithful in his team's abilities.

"It's just us," he said. "Basketball is a game of runs and normally we have trouble responding to the other teams runs but tonight we came back."

Lyndon then went on an 11-0 run to take a 50-39 lead and would not look back. Johnson would get within four with 7:29 remaining in the game but found itself in foul trouble. The Hornets made a flurry of free-throws in the final six minutes of the game to seal the victory.

"I'm proud of them they played well tonight," said Maloney. "We shoot 40-50 free throws during every practice and it's starting to pay off."

Lyndon's next game will be this Tuesday, February 3rd, when they host Green Mountain College. That game gets underway at 7:30 p.m.

"It was fun," said Maloney. "I hope to see the crowd again on Tuesday night."

By Matt Drew
Sports Information Assistant