Round-up: Busy Week for Local Basketball Teams

Staff Reports GIRLS BASKETBALLNo. Country 43, St. Johnsbury 36NEWPORT– The Falcons got out to a 19-9 lead in the first half and never looked back, exacting a little revenge on the Hilltoppers for defeating them earlier this season."It is nice to see the kids be happy," said NCU coach Christiane Brown. "When you win you are happy, when you play well, you're happy. It was nice to see them go out and execute our game plan, playing at our tempo."The tempo was set in the first quarter, when the Falcons nearly matched their point total form the last time these two teams met (20), scoring nineteen points.Michaela Stanley and Desiree Coffin were on fire in the first. Stanley had six points, while Coffin led with eight.In the second, the points were a little harder to come by, but NCU managed to stretch the lead to eleven, as they headed into the break up 28-17.St. J's best quarter came in the third, when behind Casey Carbones six points, the Hilltoppers out scored the Falcons 12-9.They would win the point race in the fourth quarter too, but NCU’s first-half lead was too much to overcome, and the Falcons earned win number six to move to 6-10 on the year."This win was very important," said senior guard Desiree Coffin. "We all went into the lockeroom and talked, we were very excited and it is nice to win after going against competitive teams."Coffin led the Falcons with 13 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals.Anna Bingham had 10 points, 5 assists, 5 rebounds and a steal while Michaela Stanley added eight points to go with her 4 boards.Britni Jewer contributed 8 rebounds in the win.Johanna Driscoll led 3-13 St. J with twelve points.Next on the agenda, the girls will head west to face top-ranked CVU on Tuesday night.Mid-VT 46, UCA 25NEWPORT-Playing with just six players, Mid-Vermont was able to defeat UCA, thanks to a 22 point effort from Phoebe Seale.Things were close late, as Hannah Piette's three pointer put the Lady Crusaders within one at 32-31 at the end of the third, but the Eagles were able to pull away in the fourth.Piette would lead the team with 15 points.On Friday the girls were able to grab a 30-24 win over Trinity Baptist."Balanced scoring along with great team defense had us coming out on top. Their support of one another is remarkable, no pointing fingers, worrying about minutes, just looking out for one another," said UCA coach Tony DeLaBruere on Friday's win. "These young ladies are the epitome of a true team."The 8-12 girls will be back in action on Wednesday, taking on the VT Common School at the municipal building at 5:00.BOYS BASKETBALLMMU 53, No. Country 46 NEWPORT–Despite losing on Saturday afternoon, NCU coach Brian Bonvechio was extremely pleased with his team's defensive effort against the Cougars."This is what I have been looking for for the last four years," he said. "We kept it a two possession game for most of the way, and it was a real pleasure to watch."Down ten after one, the Falcons kept inching close to MMU, trailing by just four points heading into the fourth, but the defending state champs were able to pull away with the win.Matt Duncan had 16 points to lead the team in scoring, while Rejean Roberge had a career-high 10 points to go along with his 7 rebounds."Those guys showed a toughness that has been missing for us all year," said Bonvechio.The coach also said it was a night and day difference compared to their previous game on Thursday, which they lost to So. Burlington 73-64.Now 2-16, the team will travel to Barre today to face Spaulding. Tip-off is at 6:30.Mid-VT 45, UCA 40NEWPORT–The Mid-VT Eagles were able to jump out to 13-10 first quarter lead, en-route to their win over UCA on Saturday."Very close through the first half. We found a way to stop everyone else except their leading scorer, Austin Sayers. He's an excellent scorer that never quits in any situation," said UCA coach Tony DeLaBruere. "We have a full week of practice, after 4 games in 5 days, in preparation for our game against Websterville next Saturday. I guarantee that we will be ready to play the brand of basketball that it takes to compete."Marquel Taylor-Webster led UCA (13-6) in scoring with 17 points.Much like the girls, the Crusaders were able to pick up a win on Friday night when they bested Trinity Baptist 45-34.Taylor-Webster led UCA in that game as well, scoring 16.The boys will travel to Barre to take on Websterville at 5:00 on Saturday.NORDIC SKIINGCRAFTSBURY–Thursday's Night Relay's, normally held on the NCU campus, were moved due to a lack of snow.In the boy's race, the duo of Alex Cotnoir and Sam Brunnette finished in ninth place, with Dan Decelles and Brian DeLaBruere right behind them in tenth.Adele Woodmansee and Haley Jo Tetreault had a strong showing on the girls side, coming in seventh, while Laura Smith and Jade Dandurand were eleventh.The mixed race showcased the Falcons’ best finishes of the evening. Tetreault, Woodmansee, Brunnette and Cotnoir combined to place sixth while the Smith, Dandurand, DeLaBruere and Decelles quartet came seventh.The team will be back in Craftsbury on Thursday at 10:00 for the state meet.INDOOR TRACKNORTHFIELD–Lake Region’s indoor track teams had a 7th place (girls) and a 13th place (boys) finish at the state meet on Saturday.Emily Close’s 3rd place finish in the 300 was a highlight for the Rangers at the event.