Playoff hopes stay alive for Hornets

Playoff hopes stay alive for Hornets

LYNDON CENTER, Vt. - The Lyndon women's basketball team defeated Maine Maritime 48-40 to keep their 2014-15 North Atlantic Conference playoff chances alive.

The Hornets were tied with the Mariners 19-19 at half time. The game remained close until Alison Brown (Monroe, N.H.) hit two three pointers to put the Hornets up by six early in the second half.

Brown led Lyndon with 11 points while Aimee Thompson (Barnet, Vt.) added eight points and seven boards. Sarah Cornell (Lyndonville, Vt.) picked up five points and four steals on the day and Mikayla Hodge (Newbury, Vt.) had four points and eight rebounds. Emily Slayton (Morrisville, Vt.) and Abby Salvadore (Portsmouth, N.H.) had three assists each in the game

Maine Maritime's Mary Badeen and Maggie McConkey had had 12 points each in the loss and Kristi Willey added with 11 points, four assists and nine rebounds.

"I was happy to see that we got the mental toughness back today and played a great game," said Lyndon Head Coach Vinnie Maloney. "We still have some things to work on but our defense was really strong tonight. Allison Brown hit a couple big shots in the game from the bench. Everyone starters and the bench really played a big key in the victory today."

The Hornets are trying to get the last playoff spot but need to win their last two games on the season in order to do so. The Hornets are now 7-16 on the season and 6-10 in the North Atlantic Conference while Maine Maritime falls to 10-13 on the season and 7-9 in the NAC.

Lyndon will return to the court this Thursday at 7:30 p.m. against Colby Sawyer College.

By MICHAEL DESMOND, Sports Information Assistant