Barre, VT - The Northern Vermont University-Lyndon women's basketball team was unable to climb out of a first half hole and dropped a 66-50 decision to Castleton University in the Granite City Shootout at Barre Auditorium on Friday afternoon. The Hornets fall to 1-3 on the season while the Spartans reamin unbeaten at 4-0.
With the Hornets holding an early 4-2 lead, Castleton went on an 8-0 run, capped by a basket and free throw from Brooke Raiche to take early control. The Spartans maintained the six point advantage after the first quarter, and extended their lead to as much as 17 in the second, before four Hornet free throws, two from Shaylan Mosher (Newark, VT), and two from Alissa Mitchell (Milton, NH) made it a 13-point game at the half.
Lyndon would cut the Castleton lead to single digits, 39-30, following a basket and free throw from Alisha Celley (Cabot, VT) at the 7:32 mark of the third quarter. Castleton promptly built their lead back to 15, but the Hornets got it back to nine following a three-pointer from Mitchell with 2:00 to go in the third.
The Hornets would continue to slimb back into the game, and when Faith Poirier (Portsmouth, NH) converted two free throws, Lyndon was within 53-47 with 8:11 to go. That would be as close as the Hornets would get, as they went scoreless for almost six minutes while the Spartans regained a double figure advantage. Castleton would finish the contest on a 13-3 run to account for the final margin.
Alexis Quenneville topped four double figure scorers for the Spartans, finishing wiht 15 points. Kylie Wright came off the bench to score 14, while Emilee Bose and Raiche chipped in 13 and 12 respectively. Mitchell finished with a game high 20 points to pace the Hornets. Celley was the only other Hornet to reach double figures, as she finished with ten points.
The Hornets conclude the two-day Shootout at the Barre Auditorium on Saturday afternoon at noon when they face Norwich University.