NEWPORT â€“ UCA played host to the Whitcomb Hornets Saturday afternoon and after a close first quarter, they were held scoreless for 2 quarters of play, ultimately losing 48-16
The Lady Crusaders trailed early by a score of 6-0, but a 3 by Hannah Piette and a long 2 by Olivia Foster, set the stage for Christina Maxwell to pump in a 2 of her own with 2 minutes left in the 1st quarter to cap of the comeback and put UCA on top 7-6. Piette would add a free throw and Whitney Carter connected on a nice jumper from the left elbow to give the Lady Crusaders a 10-8 lead.
This however would be the last time United Christian Academy would get on the scoreboard until the fourth quarter.
The Hornets would be ahead 21-10 at halftime and the lead would swell to a 20 point gap at 30-10 at the end of 3 quarters of play.
Whipple got the Crusaders back in the scorerâ€™s column with a step back jump-shot; on the next possession Piette would hit a long 2 to cut the score to 30-14. Whitney Carter finished off UCAâ€™s scoring on the day with a nice turn-around jumper from the low block to bring the score to 38-16. The Hornetâ€™s would tack on 10 more points before the buzzer, as they walked away with a 48-16 victory.
After the contest coach Sarah Roy was all smiles despite the lopsided scoreboard. â€śWe came out strong in the first, and then we couldnâ€™t buy a basket.â€ť She would go on to add that she, â€śWas proud of the girls attitude, they didnâ€™t let the scoreboard get them down, and they continued to work on the things that we have been needing to work on.â€ť
Christina Maxwell led the team with 6 points, while Hannah Piette chipped in with 4, and Olivia Foster, Whitney Carter, and Sydney Whipple all added 2.
Reba Hunt led the Hornetâ€™s with a game-high 14 and Rachel Wood added 13 of her own.
The loss drops the Lady Crusaders to (1-10) on the season. They will resume action when they travel to Mid-Vermont Christian School this Saturday. Game time is set for 1:00.