Johnson, VT - The Lyndon State College women's basketball team was able to hold off Johnson State College and came away with a 59-45 North Atlantic Conference road win on Saturday afternoon. The Hornets improve to 11-7 overall and 7-4 in the NAC with the win. Johnson falls to 2-16 on the season and 1-11 in conference play.
Johnson scored the game's first six points on a three-pointer from Emily Marshall (Malone, NY), a free throw from Sabrina Roberge (Irasburg, VT), and a jumper from Lindsey Laperle (Bethel, VT). The Hornets responded by going on a 10-3 run, capped by a three from Alexis Britch (Essex Junction, VT) which gave Lyndon its first lead at 10-9. Marshall countered with a layup with 14 seconds to go in the quarter to give the Badgers the lead after one.
Lyndon scored the first eight points of the second quarter, as Mikayla Hodge (Newbury, VT) and Britch both converted steals into layups, Alisha Celley (Cabot, VT) finished a putback, and Faith Poirier (Portsmouth, NH) converted a pair of free throws. After a jumper from Johnson's Teya Johnson (West Dover, VT), the Hornets ran off another nine unanswered points, the last five from Celley, and took control, 27-13. The Hornets kept the Badgers at bay for the rest of the quarter and took a 34-19 lead into halftime.
Alissa Mitchell's (Milton, NH) rebound basket on the opening posession of the third quarter gave Lyndon a 17-point lead, its biggest of the contest. At that point the Hornets went ice cold, going scoreless for the next 8:28, as Johnson began to climb back into the contest. Ellery Keifer's (Wayland, MA) layup with two minutes remaining in the third cut the Hornet lead to 36-28, before Mitchell was able to make the second of two free throws and send the Hornets into the final quarter with a nine point advantage.
Mitchell opened the scoring in the final quarter with a pair of free throws. Megan Johnston (Concord, NH) followed with a made jumper, then Hodge added a pari from the line, and Lyndon was back up 15 at 43-28 with eight minutes remaining. The Badgers again chipped away, and a three from Marshall made it 47-39 Lyndon with 4:47 to go. Mitchell countered with a big three-pointer. Hodge scored inside, was fouled, and added the free throw. Poirier followed with her third three ball of the game as the Hornets extinguished any hopes of a Johnson comeback.
Hodge finished with her 18th double double of the season, scoring 14 points and grabbing 20 boards. She courrently leads the NAC in both categories. Poirier added 13 points, while Mitchell chipped in with ten points and handed out a game high six assists. Marshall led the Badgers with eight points.
Neither team shot the ball well from the floor. Lyndon converted only 22 of 69 shots (31.9%), and only 5 of 23 from behind the arc. Johnson struggeled even more, making only 17 of 65 attempts (26.2%) and only 5 of 22 (22.7%) from distance. Lyndon held a 52-45 rebounding advantage and forced 21 Badger turnovers while committing 18 themselves.
The Hornets return to action on Tuesday evening when they travel to Nac leading Castleton for a 5:30 pm tip-off. Johnson will host Thomas College on Friday evening.