Paxton, MA - The Northern Vermont University-Lyndon women's basketball team was locked in a two-point game at the half at Anna Maria College. The Hornets stuggled on offense after the break, however, allowing the AMCATS to pull away for a 66-53 non-conference victory on Saturday afternoon. The Hornets fall to 1-2 on the season, while the AMCATS were winners for the first time in three starts.
The Hornets quickly jumjped in front, as Lea Crompton (Dunbarton, NH) converted a pair of free throws due to a technical gfoul to start the game. Crompton then found Alisha Celley (Cabot, VT) for a layup, and Lyndon held a 4-0 lead. A Celley free throw made it 5-0 before Anna Maria got on the board. With Lyndon still leading by five, Anna Maria's Sienna Johnson knocked down a jump shot, then back to back scores from Alexis Levels gave the AMCATS their first lead, 10-9, with 5:28 to go in the opening quarter. The two teams went back and forth, before a Johnson three and a pair of free throws from Amber Wilson put Anna Maria in front, 19-14, after one.
Anna Maria opened the second quarter on a 10-4 run to extend their advantage to 29-18 with 3:28 to go until the half. At that point the Hornets responded. Alissa Mitchell (Milton, NH) Made a jumper and a three ball. Following a Levels layup, Faith Poirier (Portsmouth, NH) drained a three. Lauren Young (Concord, VT) converted one of two free throws, then Shaylan Mosher (Newark, VT) scored following a Mitchell steal and the Hornets narrowed the gap to 31-29 at the half.
Anna Maria scored the first six points of the second half as Hailey Moore converted two free throws anad a layup, then Wilson made two more from the foul line. After Ashlynn Bardos (Beaumont, CA) made one out of two from the line to break the second half ice for Lyndon, Jumpers from Wilson and Johnson gave the AMCATS a double figure advantage, 41-30, three minutes into the quarter. Anna Maria extended their lead to as much as 13 before the Hornets closed the period on a 6-0 run to cut their deficit to seven after three complete.
The Hornets were able to cut the Anna Maria lead to six at 52-46 after Crompton found Celley for a layup at the 6:22 mark. That would be as close as the Hornets would come, however, as the AMCATS built their advantage to as much as 15 points before cruising to the 13-point win.
Wilson paced Anna Maria with 22 points, ten rebounds, and five assists. Johnson added 15 points and Levels came off the bench to chip in 14 points. Mitchell led the Hornets with 11 points, eight rebounds, and five steals. Celley was Lyndon's only other double figure scorer, as she finished with ten points.
The Hornet offensive struggles were the difference in the game. Lyndon only connected on 16 of 48 shots (33.3%) in the contest, including only six of 24 (25.0%) in the second half. The Hornets were also only 3/11 from behind the three-point line and 18/34 from the foul line. Meanwhile Anna Maria was 25/68 (36.8%) from the floor and 12/14 (85.7%) from the line. The Hornets also committed 27 turnovers, compared to 22 for the AMCATS.
The Hornets will return to action on Friday afternoon at 3:00 pm when they face Castleton University on the opening day of the Granite City Classic at the Barre Auditorium in Barre, VT.