Falcons Falter Late, Fall to Seahorses 44-38

NEWPORT – The North Country Lady Falcons played host to the Burlington Seahorses Friday night. After a tight contest throughout, the Seahorses were able to pull away to a 44-38 victory.The Falcons struggled offensively to start the contest, the were 0-7 from the field before Noelle Pinard would get them on the board with a nice base-line up-and-under to cut the score to 4-2 6 minutes into the contest. Anna Bingham would launch a long 3-pointer from 25 feet, coupled with a successful and-1 to give North Country their first lead of the contest, 8-7 at the end of the opening frame.An and-1 from Ajla Medic gave the Seahorses a 14-13 lead midway through the second, but it was short lived as Bingham would go coast-to-coast, on the next possession to retake the lead. After 2 Kylah Jones free throws the Burlington ball club was once again ahead, 19-17. Desiree Coffin would slice and dice her way through the lane to knot the score at 19 all heading into halftime.The Seahorses opened the 2nd half on a 7-1 run to extend the lead before Pinard would score off the give and go with Coffin to cut the score to 26-22 with 2 minutes to go in the 3rd. The Falcons would pull to within 3 points after a Coffin free-throw, sending the game to the 4th quarter with a score of 28-24.Using a 10-3 run to start the 4th, Burlington would find themselves on top by 11 at 38-27 with 5 minutes to go in the game. With just over 2 minutes to go in the contest Bingham would connect on an and-1. On her free throw attempt she would collect her own rebound and lay it in for 2 more, cutting the score to 40-34.North Country would have plenty of offensive chances late, but the shots would not fall and as the final buzzer sounded they found themselves on the wrong side of a 44-38 game.Coach Christiane Brown said after the game that, “They (Burlington) got too many easy buckets. We need to learn to get back in transition.” She would go on to add that her team “Needs to become more consistent and connect on the easy shots.”Ajla Medic would lead her Burlington team with a game-high 15, while Kylah Jones chipped in with 8.Anna Bingham paced her Falcons squad with 14, Noelle Pinard contributed with 9, and Desiree Coffin contributed 8.The loss runs the North Country record to 4-7 on the season as they head into a showdown with undefeated CVU Saturday afternoon (see below).