Craftsbury 33, Mid-Vermont 19
CRAFTSBURY–In an uncharacteristically low-scoring game, the Craftsbury Lady Chargers defeated Mid-Vermont in the first game of a basketball doubleheader on Saturday afternoon.
"We wanted to play some half-court, grinding defensive games the last three or four games of the season to get ready for the play-offs as we know that is what we are going to be dealing with," said Craftsbury coach Rick Thomas. "I thought our defensive intensity was pretty good. We didn't box out very well, but I thought our perimeter play was quite good and we denied them those looks."
Neither team had a quarter where they hit double digits, with the highest scoring eight minutes of basketball being the first when each team put up eight points.
Craftsbury's Janet Bohannon led all scorers with 12 points, followed by her teammate Megan Pennock, who had 9.
Saturday's game was the final regular season home game for the Lady Chargers, and they honored their four departing seniors, Janet Bohannon, Meghan Pennock, Thalia Thomas and Emma Spiese before the contest.
Said Thomas on his big four, "They have meant everything to us. They have basically developed a system of excellence that we continue to talk about. We don't set goals. We like to set up objectives and develop standards to meet them, and those girls have really been part of the development of this entire process. They have built not just on-court excellence, but standards for behavior in the locker room and standards for behavior in the classroom."
Craftsbury finishes the season in fourth place in Division IV with an impressive 16-1 record, and when the pairings for the post-season are announced today, it looks like they will likely host Black River or Twinfield in the opening round of the play-offs.
Rice 74, No. Country 21
NEWPORT–Saturday was senior day for the North Country Falcon girls as they played host to Rice in their final game of the regular season, and the two Falcon seniors, Hollie Smith and Kelsea Cutting, were honored prior to the start of the contest.
Unfortunately the game was a bit of a rough go for the home team, as they fell to the 2nd ranked Green Knights by a large margin to close out the regular season.
"The good thing about today was that we got to honor two great kids," said NCU coach Christiane Brown. "Hollie and Kelsea have worked extremely hard for us all year. They are both very dedicated and did what ever we needed them to throughout the season, and after the game I really felt for these girls."
MacKenzie Caswell led the Falcons in scoring with 12 points.
North Country ends the regular season at 4-16 and in 16th place in the Metro Division.
They will likely travel to face undefeated CVU in the first round of the play-offs.
Lake Region 64, Lyndon 25
LYNDON CENTER–The Lake Region Lady Rangers closed out their season in fine style, as they picked up their eleventh win of the season to finish the regular season at 11-9.
"We did a great job on the defensive end handling screens and giving weakside help to challenge shots then cleaning up the boards when they missed," said LR coach Joe Houston. "Offensively we are playing confident and aggressive, and when girls are given opportunities they are taking advantage of them."
It was a sluggish start for the Lady Rangers, but Olivia King came off the bench late in the first to provide the spark that got the team going.
Up by 19 at the half, Tyrah Urie scored 11 points in the third to salt the game away.
She would lead her team in scoring with 18 points, followed King and Emily Lawson, who each had 12.
On Thursday night, prior to their 65-36 win over Hazen, the team honored their lone senior Nicole Roy with a pre-game ceremony.
Coach Houston commended Roy for her leadership skills, and her willingness to put team before self, among the other quality attributes she brought to the team this season.
Lake Region's 11-9 record puts them in 6th place, and they should get a home game against Mill River to start the post-season.
"I think we're right where we want to be going into the playoffs, if we continue to play like we have the last two games we should be a tough out," said Houston.
BFA 61, NCU 52
ST. ALBANS–Three pointers were the name of the game for the North Country Falcons during the first three quarter of their game against the BFA Bobwhites.
Rejean Roberge and Tyler Jenne each had three, Matt Duncan had two and Keenan Warner had one.
But a fourth quarter that was spent on the foul line changed the complexion of the game, and in the end that was the difference as BFA came away with the win.
"Our boys played hard, but in the fourth quarter BFA shut us down," said NCU coach Ed Duncan. " We were 8 deep on the bench, missing Charlie Bevins and Chandler Martin. The kids did everything right on the floor and played hard, but the foul shots they made was our downfall."
BFA made 13 free throws in the final quarter to help them improve to 8-9 on the year.
Rejean Roberge had a team-high 15 points, and Tyler Jenne added 13 as North Country drops to 5-12.
Tonight the boys will host Spaulding for their "Pink Out" night.
The team will be raising money for the Halo Foundation, a local organization that helps families that are fighting cancer.
Fans are encouraged to come and not only cheer on the Falcons, but to help support a great cause.
Game time is at 6:30.