LYNDON–It was not the start that North Country girls basketball team had hoped for on Wednesday night as the team fell to Lyndon Institute 42-37.
"They wanted it a lot more than we did and it was visible," said coach Christiane Brown after the loss.
The team came out and took an 8-7 lead after one quarter, but signs were showing early that LI was not going to go away. The Vikings were hot to trot in the second, dropping fifteen point on the Falcons and taking a 21-16 lead into the half.
North Country outscored Lyndon in the second half 21-20, but just did not have the gas to make the comeback.
A couple of specific things really hampered North Country in the loss. The first thing was that the team seemed to lack conditioning, and the coach was not afraid to say so.
"We looked out of shape. We were dogging it, and you could tell that by the number of fouls we had."
That leads to problem number two. North Country was 8/19 from the line while Lyndon was 15 for 29. Sure both teams were around fifty percent (not good for NCU as they usually shoot at a much high percentage), but, while Brown admitted the contest was physical, she couldn't help but be a little steamed by the disparity in the balance of foul calls.
The third thing that Brown was unhappy with was the turnovers. The Falcons gave the ball away 15 times, not a pleasing number by any stretch.
Yes the team had 19 steals, but they could not convert them into points, missing several lay-ups.
"I hope this is a reality check," said Brown, "We have a lot of little things that need to get better and we must capitalize on our chances."
Desiree Coffin led the way for North Country, putting up 16 points, including four from three point land, to along with 4 rebounds and 4 steals. Anna Bingham had 11 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 steals.
The team will be back in action on Monday when they invite MVU in for their home opener. J/V goes at 5:00, Varsity tips off at