Hornets drop season-opener to Mountaineers

Hornets drop season-opener to Mountaineers

LYNDON CENTER, Vt. - The Lyndon State College Women's Basketball team started the 2015-2016 season off at home against the Southern Vermont College Mountaineers on Saturday.  Unable to overcome a five point deficit at the half, the Hornets fell to the Mountaineers 81-59. 

Southern Vermont's Turquoia Johnson led all scorers with 24 while adding nine rebounds.  Shaniquewa Barnes chipped in 14 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.
Aimee Thompson led the Hornets with a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds while Mikayla Hodge posted 13 points and eight rebounds.
Throughout the first quarter both teams were evenly matched.  Lyndon came out strong and took an early five-point lead in the first few minutes of the game.  Southern Vermont then when on a 9-0 run before a Lyndon timeout stopped the run with the score 18-12.  The Hornets battled back to take the lead at 21-20 off a Marley Harmon jump shot before Amber Dow hit a three with time winding down to put the Mountaineers up 23-21 after the first quarter.
The second quarter played out similarly as teams swapped leads until Chloe Longe's jumper put the Mountaineers up 37-36.  Four straight points would give the Mountaineers a 41-36 lead entering the half.
The Mountaineers came out defensively minded in the second half, turning over the Hornets six times in four minutes, spurring a 16-0 run.  Unable to make a good run, the Hornets went into the fourth quarter down by 15 points.
Aimee Thompson whittled the lead to 11 with offensive rebounds and put backs in two consecutive possessions.  That would be the closest the Hornets could get for the remainder of the game as the Mountaineers pushed the lead up to 23 before finishing the game 81-59.