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January 30th, 2013
North Country Girl's hockey team beats Stowe 3-0 while the boys tie Spaulding 3-3. UCA boys hoops fall short against Richford, plus results from the Crusader girls game in Friday's Express.
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NEWPORTâ€“A much better looking North Country girls basketball team took to the court on Tuesday night to square off against the BFA Comets. Although they did not get the win, dropping the contest 57-45, it was a greatly improved showing from last week's match with CVU.
"I am really proud of the fight that the girls showed," said NCU coach Christiane Brown. "It is not like we are two fighters in the ring, but when someone throws that first punch, are you going to lay down or are you going to get up and say is that your best shot, and the girls stood up and I am proud of them."
North Country's girls played a much improved game against BFA St. Albans, but fell short in their goal, losing 57-45.
Also, the Lake Region boys defeated Peoples Academy 62-48. Now the question remains, who can stop them?
Details of the games in the next issue of the Newport Daily Express.
CABOTâ€“The UCA Girls picked up their fourth win of the season while the Crusader boys loss their third of the year as the two teams earned a split on Monday evening.
For the girls, it was a well-rounded effort, utilizing their triangle and two defense to shut down the Cabot bigs while getting offense from multiple players in their 39-38 win.
â€śOur play movement was the best it has been all year and the balance of scoring was nice to see,â€ť said coach Molly Smith.
Laura Libby had ten points while Christina Maxwell and Olivia Foster each had nine.
ORLEANSâ€“Fans in Ranger Country were treated to arguably the best basketball game that the Lake Region girls have played this season as the Lady Rangers defeated the top-seeded, undefeated BFA Fairfax Bullets 48-43 on Monday night.
"We played great," said coach Mark Tinker. "We got contributions from a lot of players, rotating in a lot of kids, and I thought everybody made significant contributions."
The team has been trending upwards since their game against Enosburg, something the coach expanded on after the game.
JAY-North Country was without two key forwards when they hit the ice on Saturday morning to take on the Rutland Red Raiders, but coach Claude Paul made the necessary adjustments, and the Falcon girls came away with the 3-0 win to improve to 9-3-1 this season.
"I thought we played a disciplined, defensive game... after the first," said coach Paul after the game. "I liked the way the D played and I liked the way we were moving the puck up the ice quickly."
JAY-Kody Halikas had three goals and an assist and Ryan O'Donnell returned from his two game suspension to score his first career varsity goal as the North Country boys dispensed with the Stowe Raiders 7-1 to conclude an excellent afternoon of Falcon hockey on Saturday.
"I think we moved the puck around well and some guys buried the pucks when they had the opportunity to do so," said coach Andrew Roy.
Chase LaCourse and Chris Bronson combined to stop fifteen shots for the Falcons. Dylan Whitaker was a very busy man in this game, blocking thirty out of thirty seven shots for Stowe.
WINDSORâ€“The Lake Region girls defeated Burr and Burton Academy on Saturday afternoon to improve to 8-2 on the season.
"Our team defense showed improvement with better rotations and strong help D," said coach Mark Tinker. "With the better defense we were able to hold them to just twenty-two percent shooting for the game."
This is the third win in a row for Lake Region.
After defeating Lyndon Institute a week ago, they had a fine comeback win over Enosburg on Thursday evening at the Don Harter Memorial Gym.
There is no two ways about, the Champlain Valley girls basketball team is a force to be reckoned with.
Coming into Friday's game with North Country, their record stood at 9-0.
Heading out of the Falcon gym it was 10-0, as they handed North Country a 63-22 loss to improve on their already impressive record.
Sadie Otley, on the strength of her four three's, led all scorers with sixteen points.
Desiree Coffin and Hollie Smith each had a team-high four points as the Falcons dip below .500 at 4-5.
Tuesday will see the NCU host BFA St. Albans with tip-off scheduled for 6:30.
The Falcons swept their Saturday Matinee Doubleheader with the girls winning 3-0 and the boys 7-1.
The story will unfold in Monday's Express 1.28.13.