Falcon Girls Win, Boys Hoops Lose Close One to Essex

Staff ReportsGIRLS HOCKEYNo. Country 4, MVU 0HIGHGATE–Mikaella Doran picked up her first shut-out of the year and Crystal Moss scored again as the North Country girls earned their tenth win of the season by besting Missisquoi Valley Union on Monday night."We were not as sharp as we were on Saturday and we definitely played down to MVU's level," said NCU coach Claude Paul. "We looked good for spurts and we looked bad for spurts but we got the win."Jenna Moss opened the scoring in the first period, converting a feed from Whitney Bernier.Later in the period, Crystal got her seventh goal in the the last three games to make it 2-0 after one.Noting was doing in the second period, and the score remained the same heading into the final fifteen minutes of play.Corrina Cota wired a low shot into the back of the net to push things to 3-0 then Bernier capped off the scoring on goal that was assisted by Adrianna Fournier and Taylor Morley.Doran stopped 14 shots to earn the shut-out.Now 10-7-1, MVU will travel to Jay tonight to close out the season series.Puck drops at 6:00.GIRLS BASKETBALLNo. Country 37, MMU 26JERICHO–Strong scoring in the first and third quarters helped the North Country girls basketball team grab their fourth win of the season as they took down the Mount Mansfield Cougars."It was a real team effort tonight," said NCU coach Christiane Brown. "Everybody stepped up and we got some good scoring and made some great steals."The Falcons jumped out to a 13-7 lead after one, but had trouble getting points in the second, and it was 14-13 NCU heading into the break.North Country came back with solid effort in the third, scoring 15 points in much needed bounce-back quarter."We really came out to play in the third," said Brown.MMU out-scored the Falcons in the fourth, but by then it was too late and the Falcons won going away.Morgan Greene led the Falcons with 12 points and had 5 rebounds and 2 assists.Brittany Royer added 5 assists and Hollie Smith had 2.The 4-14 Falcons were in action last night against Essex, and we will have that story in tomorrow's Express. BOYS BASKTBALLEssex 53, No. Country 48ESSEX–Twenty-Four second-quarter points by the Essex Hornets made the difference as they defeated the North Country Falcons on Monday night.It was a two-point game after the first, as the Falcons trailed 10-8.The Hornets doubled up the Falcons in the second scoring 24 to NCU's 12 and it was 34-20 at the half.Another close quarter in the third made it 50-33 in favor of Essex.In the fourth North Country got hot, out-scoring Essex 15-3, but the second quarter scoring by the Hornets proved to be too much to come back from, and Essex held on for the win.Matt Duncan had 12 points, and Connor Hogan added ten.Thursday night will find the 5-10 Falcons at home against Spaulding.The game will be the boys' "Pink Out" game to help raise funds to battle cancer.There will be a bake sale and a raffle with the proceeds going to the Halo Foundation.Tip-off is slated for 6:30.