Big First Quarter Paves Way for Lady Crusaders Third Win

NEWPORT–The UCA girls picked up their third win of the season, and their second over Cabot, as they won a close one 40-37.It didn't start out too close as UCA came out on fire, scoring sixteen points in the first."We talked about coming out strong and it was nice to see them come out strong and be confident," said coach Molly Smith.Hannah Piette was dealing, knocking home two from downtown and one from a bit closer.Amy DeLaBruere continues to improve her game and she had four points, as did Laura Libby."We had this drive today and the lord really blessed us with this win and giving us the strength to push through," said Libby after the game. "We've come a long way since the beginning of the season so I am really thankful for that. We gave it our best and we are going to continue to do so."Things evened out in the second quarter as each team put up nine points, leaving the score at 25-16 UCA going into the break.Even Steven was the name of the game in the third as well, with Libby scoring four points on a field goal and two from the stripe, and Christina Maxwell had her only bucket of the game.UCA was outscored 13-9 in the third, but thankfully, their early scoring held up and they were able to add another mark in the win column."This was a good test for us so we could learn that we have to stay with our game plan, even if we get a high lead," said Smith. "I was impressed with our girls. They wanted this win and they worked for it."Libby led all scorers with 15 points for the now 3-5 Crusaders, while 0-5 Cabot's Alisha Celleu had 13, tops for the Huskies.UCA goes on the road to face Mid-Vermont on Saturday at 1:00.