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January 15th, 2012
Cota Lifts Falcons in OT
NORTHFIELDâ€“ Although it would take a almost the entire fifty minutes of regulation and overtime, the North Country girls came away with the 3-2 win over Northfield on Saturday.
"The girls showed their rust early, but they shook it off and played well the rest of the game," said head coach Claude Paul.
Having not had a game in ten days, and limited practice last week due to exams and weather, it is to be expected that the team might be a little slow out of the gate, but it was the Falcons getting out to the early lead in the first.
NEWPORTâ€“Playing through rebuilding season can be tough road to hoe, and it continues to be so for the UCA Crusader girls, as they lost to Masse Vanier 60-37 Wednesday afternoon.
"We are really struggling out there. We beat our selves up and down the court, and we can't have that many turnovers and expect to be in games," said coach Sarah Roy
Having the game held at the Municipal Building made things a little trickier for the Crusaders, as they had to contend with strange lighting, a smaller court, and some very unfriendly rims to say the least.
NEWPORTâ€“If you caught the second half of the UCA double-header on Wednesday, you had to be impressed with the skill set of the Masse Vanier Vikings boys team, as they built a 42-15 lead at the half, and then cruised to an 80-46 over the Crusaders.
"They are the best team we are going to face all year," said coach Tony DeLaBruere, "They are better than Websterville. they have five seniors, two juniors, and they are all big, can jump, and they can all play ball."
DANVILLEâ€”When Lake Region traveled to Danville Monday night, they were looking for a way to knock off the Indians and run their win streak to 3. After a close first half that found the Rangers winning by only 9, they were able to pull away in the 2nd half to a convincing 24 point win.
Caylin Gallup gave the Lady Rangers their first lead of the contest, when she connected on a long 3 to put LR on top 9-6 at the end of 1.
Drew Neal extended the lead to 9 for the blue and white at the half when she received a nice no-look pass from Gallup and buried it to run the score to 20-11.
NEWPORTâ€“A slow start against the CVU Red Hawks spelled doom for the North Country boys basketball team on Wednesday, as they fell to Champlain Valley 44-41.
"This is two games in a row where we failed to deny three point shooters shots," explained coach Bonvechio, "Last time in Essex we gave their big guy four threes in the first quarter and today we gave up five of those in the first half without getting a hand out on them."
STOWEâ€“The North Country nordic teams headed to the Mount Mansfield Resort Nordic Center in Stowe on Friday.
Christina Cotnoir was in attendance and said that, "The weather was mild and the atmosphere was festive!Â The raceÂ went quickly due to the mass starts. It was fun to watch as the skiers started en mass, furiously double-poling to gain a good position on the narrow trail which wound into the woods. The next time the skiers appeared was on the top of aÂ hill. The spectators cheered all the skiers as they whizzed past us down the hill. Many spectacular crashesÂ kept it exciting."
NEWPORTâ€“With a win now under their belt, the UCA boys came out and on their home court and made it two in a row, defeating Concord 56-41.
"Our overall effort was good, there was some laziness going on in the beginning, but we straightened that out in a hurry," said coach Tony DeLaBruere.
Whether it was due to laziness or not, both teams were having difficulty scoring out of the gate. Paul Saaman put up the first point when he went 1-2 from the line, and Concord came back to take their lone lead of the game with a two from Brody Young.
NEWPORTâ€“Fresh of their first win of the season, the UCA girls had a tough battle on Saturday afternoon when they played host to the Concord Wildcats at Newport Elementary, dropping the contest 61-33.
The first quarter was an evenly played eight minutes for the Crusaders, as they displayed a competitive brand of hoops in the early going.
Concords' Kasey DeGreenia got the game started with a lay-up, and UCA's Laura Libby answered right back with three pointer. They followed that with a pair of buckets from Hannah Piette to jump out to a 7-2 lead.
NEWPORTâ€“If you thought the hurt that the North girls basketball team put on MMU the first time they met was bad, it was nothing compared to the demoralizing 42-7 whopping they dished out on Thursday night.
"We were all stoked, we pretended like it was going to be Rice and we played better defense" said Kelsey O'Donnell on how NC was able to reduce the number of points allowed.
Quite frankly, she is right. They did not just play better defense, they played stifling defense which led to North Country allowing an average 1.75 points per quarter in the win.
Lady Chargers out last Rockets
CRAFTSBURY â€“ The Lady Chargers of Craftsbury Academy took on the Richford Rockets Saturday afternoon and they walked away with a hard fought 41-33 victory.
Coach Rick Thomas said that, â€śrebound was the determining factor of the game.â€ť His team was able to shoot 55% from the field, while collecting 20 offensive rebounds.
Coach Thomas would later add that, â€śthe New yearâ€™s resolution of the team was to go undefeated in January. We are feeling our confidence rise and the girlâ€™s seem to be having fun out on the court.â€ť