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Weekend Round-Up: Falcons Lose, Lady Rangers Win, More

January 26, 2014

Jenna Moss (2) does battle with Spaulding's Kassandra Perantoni (6). Photo Mike Olmstead

GIRLS HOCKEY
Spaulding 1, No. Country 0 OT
JAY–For the first forty-nine minutes and thirty-two seconds of the game nobody could find the back of the net, but with twenty-eight seconds remaining in overtime, Spaulding's Julia Ormsby shot a puck that went off of Falcon goalie Mikaella Doran's glove and into the back of the net to give the Crimson Tide the win.
"I think we competed well right from the start," said NCU coach Claude Paul. "We had a strategy of matching up with their best player, and we succeeded for the most part, and I think it was really a constant battle the whole game."
Both teams had chances to score in the contest.
Spaulding's best opportunity came in the second as a puck trickled through Doran and sat on the line before before Taylor Morley knocked it out of the way.
North Country had some great looks in the third, highlighted by a Whitney Bernier breakaway, but they just seemed snake bitten.
This game marks the third straight contest in which the Falcons have not scored a goal, and it has coach Paul concerned.
"We have to get off the slide of not scoring. This makes it three games we have not scored and we really need to pin that back," he said about his team's offensive drought.
Mikaella Doran stopped 18 shots for 6-6-1 NCU, while Morgan Gosselin had 23 saves for 8-3-2 Spaulding.
The girls will look to stop their losing streak at three games today, when they head down to Waterbury for a rematch of the Division II finals with Harwood.
Game time is at 3:30.
BOYS BASKETBALL
So. Burlington 62, No. Country 40
MMU 67, No. Country 48
JERICHO/SO. BURLINGTON– The Falcons three-game winning streak came to a close on Thursday night when they fell to the South Burlington Seahorses.
NCU coach Ed Duncan had a particularly unpleasant experience in the contest as he was the recipient of two very questionable technical calls that put him on the sidelines for the Falcons next two games.
After his first technical, Duncan had to stay on the bench except to sub in players or call a time-out.
In the third, he was in the process of subbing his players when the official came over and T'd him up again, which resulted in the ejection and subsequent suspension.
According to sources, the officiating was flat out awful, and the South Burlington coach was just as irate as Duncan was.
Collin Myrick's 11 points led the NCU in the contest.
The Falcons were right back at on Friday evening, taking on Mount Mansfield.
George Azur and Ian Dinzio were at the helm for the Falcons, but the Cougars were too strong, and the home team picked up the win.
Sitting at 4-7, the Falcons will have their hands full when they host St. Johnsbury on Tuesday evening.
Tip is slated for 6:30 and the game will be broadcasted live on NSNSports.net.
GIRLS BASKETBALL
Lake Region 55, Burr & Burton 50
MANCHESTER–The Lake Region Lady Rangers notched their third win in a row with a 55-50 defeat of Burr and Burton Saturday.
"We did a great job today of everyone stepping up just a little bit to help make up for Katie's absence," said LR coach Joe Houston. "Tyrah played really well for us, she seems to be more confident and relaxed and is giving good contributions at both ends of the floor the last few games. Kiana Royer came off the bench and grabbed nine rebounds and she is looking more and more comfortable handling pressure situations."
Burr and Burton jumped out to a 16-11 advantage after one quarter before Lake Region clamped down on defense and allowed only two field goals in the second quarter to go into halftime down 24-23.
A see-saw third quarter saw the lead change hands multiple times before ending with a 41-41 stalemate.  In the fourth quarter Lake Region took the lead on baskets from Emily Lawson and Tyrah Urie, then hit 8 of 12 free throws to seal the win.
Urie led the Rangers with 21 points while Emily Lawson chipped in 12.
"We are defending better without fouling and at the same time getting ourselves to the foul line which has been a big boost for use the last couple of games,” said Houston. “This was a big playoff point win for us and hopefully we keep building from our recent success."
Now at 5-6 on the year, the Rangers will look to even their record up at Stowe on Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m.
The Lady Rangers also had a win on Thursday, defeating Winooski 56-52.

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