Lyndonville, VT - In a game where both teams struggled to find their shooting touch, Fisher College had just enough to get past Northern Vermont University-Lyndon, 53-47, in the final contest of the 2019 Northern Vermont University Tip-Off Classic. The Hornets are now 1-1 on the campaign while the Falcons improve to 3-1 on the season.
After Fisher's Jenny-Lynn Eggers opened the scoring, Lyndon's Alissa Mitchell (Milton, NH) answered with a free throw and a three-pointer to give the Hornets their first lead. A three from the Falcons' Vivian Lara converted a three gave Fisher the lead back. Fisher extended their lead to 13-6 before a Lea Crompton (Dunbarton, NH) layup and a Faith Poirier (Portsmouth, NH) three-pointer cut the margin to 13-11 after one quarter.
Mitchell knocked down a three for the first points of the second quarter, putting the Hornets back in front. The two teams then traded the lead back and forth before the Hornets were able to edge in front by four, 26-22, at the half.
Mitchell came up with a steal and layup just over two minutes into the third quarter to put the Hornets in front, 30-24, with what would turn out to be their biggest lead of the contest. Lyndon would then go scoreless for almost six minutes, over which time the Falcons would score ten points, capped by a layup and a pair of free throws from Lara, to recapture the lead. Shaylan Mosher (Newark, VT) scored to end the dry spell, then a Poirier layup tied things at 34-34 with 1:44 to go in the quarter. Shaniah Hazzard responded with a three to put Fisher back in front, and the Falcons were able to take a 39-36 advantage into the fnal frame.
After the teams traded scores early in the final period, Mitchell came up with a big steal, then Mosher scored inside to put the Hornets in front, 42-41, with 7:50 remaining. Unfortunately for Lyndon, they would hit another dry spell, going over five minutes without scoring. The Falcons went on a 9-0 run over that stretch, capped by a basket and foul from Angel Bernardi, to sieze control of the contest and move in front 50-42 with 2:29 to go. Fisher was able to keep Lyndon at bay from there and come away with the victory.
Both teams struggled to knock down shots throughout the contest. Lyndon made only 17 of 53 attempts (32.1%) and only four of 15 (26.7%) from behind the three-point arc, while Fisher only connected on 18 of 55 attempts (32.7%) and only two of 13 (15.4%) from distance. Fisher committed 24 turnovers to 22 for the Hornets. The big difference in the game was on the glass, where the Falcons held a 47-33 rebounding advantage.
Lara had a game high 14 points to pace the Falcons. Bernardi was the only other Fisher player in double figures, as she finished with ten points. Mitchell was Lyndon's only double figure scorer, finishing with 13 points and six steals. Alisha Celley (Cabot, VT) pulled down a game high 12 rebounds to lead Lyndon in that category, while Eggers had ten boards to top Fisher.
Mosher and Fisher's Meisha O'Neal were named to the All-Tournament Team, along with Catherine Torpey of Rivier University and Halie Tillotson of NVU-Johnson. Lara was named the Classic's Most Valuable Player.
In the day's first contest, Rivier outscored NVU-Johnson 34-16 in the second quarter and went on to post a 73-62 victory. Torpey led the Raiders with 21 points and ten rebounds. Arianna Motivala came off the bench to add 15 points and eight assists and Alexandra Grumblatt pulled down 15 rebounds. Lindsey LaPerle had 17 points to lead the Badgers.
The Hornets are off until next Saturday when they travel to Anna Maria College for a 1:00 pm non-conference contest.