LYNDON CENTER, Vt. – Friday night saw a battle until the very end as the Lyndon State College women's basketball team pushed past Thomas College in the final minutes for a 61-55 triumph.
At the start of the fourth quarter the Terriers were up 45-39. After Mikayla Hodge (Newbury, Vt.) drained a trey and Alexis Britch (Essex Junction, Vt.) hit a jumper, the Hornets trailed by one. Both teams continued to swap baskets until Hodge hit beyond the arc again to pull the Hornets ahead 53-51. Karli Stubbs (Auburn, Maine) and Jordan Turner (Casco, Maine) pulled the Terriers ahead by two again. Gabrielle Foy (Wilton, Maine) drove into the paint to tie the game once again at the 2:33 mark. With the Terriers in foul trouble, Faith Richard (Acushnet, Mass.) and Foy were able to capitalize and bring the score to 59-55 from the charity stripe with 20 seconds remaining. After two timeouts called by the Terriers they couldn't close the gap as Hodge finished off the game with a pair of free throws, earning the Hornets their second North Atlantic Conference win, 61-55.
The Hornets started off the match with a layup from Richard, but consecutive layups from the Terriers pulled them ahead 4-2. Marley Harmon (Buxton, Maine) tied it up until two minutes later Kelly Macomber (West Gardiner, Maine) knocked in two freebies. Foy drained a trey putting the Hornets up 7-6; however, the Terriers rallied to finish out the first stanza up 15-10.
The Hornets found themselves twelve points behind at the 7:13 mark as the Terriers opened up the second quarter with seven straight points. Chipping away, the Hornets brought themselves within five, 29-24, going into the second half.
Seven unanswered points lifted the Hornets to the 31-29 lead. They continued to hold the lead until Amira Jones (Chicopee, Mass.) hit a lay-up and a foul shot, tying the game up 39-39 with 3:39 left in the third quarter. The Hornets were held scoreless while the Terriers racked up six straight points to go into the fourth with the 45-39 advantage.
The Hornets rallied together twenty-two points in the fourth quarter to lift themselves past the Terriers.
Hodge recorded her seventh double-double of the season with 21 points and 16 rebounds. Foy knocked down 19 points. Alissa Mitchell (Milton, N.H.) contributed five points, seven rebounds, and six steals.
The Terriers were led by Jones's 14 points and six rebounds along with Weaver's six points and ten rebounds. Molly Carroll (Southwest Harbor, Maine) added ten points.
Lyndon (4-5, 2-3 NAC) hosts the University of Maine at Farmington tomorrow, Saturday, January 7th with a 3:00 p.m. tip off.
Thomas (5-7, 2-3 NAC) travels over to Johnson State tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. as well.
Written by, Hannah Piette, Student Assistant