North Country Round-up: Basketball Girls Fall to Spaulding, Hockey Sweeps Colchester

The North Country girls had a much better showing than their previous time out against Spaulding, but they still fell short of their goal, losing 53-39 to the Tide on Thursday night."We know that we can play with these guys, but we have to play with more discipline," said NCU coach Christiane Brown.Brown was referring to the Falcons' foul problem. Two players fouled out and Spaulding went 17-34 from the line, compared to NCU's 5-8 performance from the stripe.Morgan Greene had a double-double, scoring 14 points while grabbing 18 boards. She also had 3 steals."Morgan had a great night for us," Brown said.The loss drops North Country to 3-13, and next up is a matinee match-up with Burlington this Saturday.Turning to the ice, the Falcons hockey teams were in Burlington for a pair of make-up games against Colchester.First up was the girls team, and they avenged an earlier loss by scoring three goals in the third period to earn the 4-1 win.Crystal Moss had a hat trick and Corrina Cota had the other NCU tally.The girls, now 8-7-1 will host the CVU/So. Burlington Rebelhawks on Saturday at 5:30.That game finished before our deadline, so see the Express on 2-7-14 for more info.In the second game, hat trick fever must have traveled over to the Falcon boys, as Ross DeLaBruere netted three goals in North Country's 5-2 win over the Lakers to give them a season series split with Colchester.Assistant coach Matt Roberts was at the helm for this tilt while head coach Ryan Jacobs was serving a one-game suspension, and after the game Roberts said this about the team's play."The boys played a very good forty-five minutes of five-on-five hockey tonight. We passed the puck around well, we had good positioning, we pinned Colchester in down low, it was just an all around good effort."Ryan Paul and Ben Pecue had the Falcons' other two goals.Dana Marsh made 23 saves for NCUNow 10-6-1, the boys will be in action on Saturday at home against CVU at 6:30.