Craftsbury Advances, Falcons Bow Out in Play-down Action
BHS 58, NCU 32BURLINGTON–North Country's foray into the 2013 post-season came to a close on Wednesday night, as they fell to the Burlington Seahorses."We didn't win, but it is nice to be associated with a great group of girls," said NCU coach Christiane Brown.Offense was hard to come by for the Falcons in the first half, as they managed only twelve points in the opening sixteen minutes.Things would get betting in the second half, as the Falcons would eventually out-score the Seahorses 13-12 in the final quarter, but by then it was too late.Desiree Coffin led the team with 10 points, followed by Anna Bingham with 8.Coffin, Bingham, along with Michaela Stanley and Britni Jewer will depart the team as the four girls will graduate this spring, and Brown spoke about her outgoing seniors, saying, "They left their footprints on my heart and on this team. They are great people, and they will find success in the future."North Country finishes the year at 6-15, while BHS moves on with a 14-7 record.Craftsbury 34, So. Royalton 31CRAFTSBURY–The Royals used a triangle and two defense to slow down the Lady Chargers, but it wasn't enough, as Craftsbury utilized their entire roster to their notch an opening round play-down win in front of a packed house on Wednesday."It was definitely hard to find a flow," said CA coach Rich Thomas on the tempo of the game.South Royalton jumped out to the early lead, going up 10-9 after one.Then a funny thing occurred.Both teams combined to score two points, one each, in the second.When was the last time anybody has seen that?Craftsbury got their game together in the third quarter, going out ahead 21-18 after 24 minutes.Thalia Thomas, who was covered by the Royals top defender, became the main ball distributor, dishing the rock to teammates for open looks."I was looking to the girls some good looks, using my dribbling to get them open," said the younger Thomas.Aysha Hodgdon was a big part of the Academy's 13 point fourth quarter, knocking down two clutch free throws and grabbing six rebounds, as the Chargers were able to come away with the win.Janet Bohannon led all scorers with 12 points, while Emily Berk had 11 for the Royals, who end the year at 6-15.Now standing at 17-4, Craftsbury will host either Arlington or Mid-Vermont in the quarter-finals on Saturday afternoon at 2:00.