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Vt. Girls Roundup: Hornets Down Falcons, 57-34

ESSEX JUNCTION -- Essex shook off North Country with a 25-6 run that spanned three quarters to earn a 57-34 Division I win Friday night over the Falcons.

Essex led 11-2 early, but the Falcons rallied behind a 3 by Michaela Stanley; three free throws by Anna Bingham; and then a 3 by Bingham to tie it at 11 with 1:15 to play in the first quarter.

But the Falcons would go just 1-for-12 from the field with four free throws while the Hornets ran off to a 31-17 halftime lead and an eventual 36-17 lead 1:46 into the third quarter.

Essex held their biggest lead with 1:07 to play in the game at 57-32. Kari Lavalette (11) and Kara Sheftic (10) led the Hornets in scoring. Sheftic also had seven rebounds.

Michaela Stanley led the Falcons in scoring with nine, while Anna Bingham added eight and Morgan Greene six. Desiree Coffin led the Falcons with eight rebounds, while Stanley and Britni Jewer each had five. Bingham had four steals and took two charges.

"Michaela Stanley and Anna Bingham are just a super bright spot for me," NCU coach Christiane Brown said. "They exhibited their passion for the game. Anna taking two charges says a lot about her as a player. She sacrifices herself for the team.

"Michaela -- it was so nice to see an up and under move from her. Morgan Greene had one, too. They were nice post moves."

Go Green

NCU will end the regular season as either the 12 or 13 seed in D-I and meet either Colchester or South Burlington in a playdown game Tuesday or Wednesday.

The NCU JV team rallied from a 15-point fourth-quarter deficit to improve to 17-3 for the season. "It was a fantastic win to end a great season," said NCU JV coach Bob Joslin.

NCU (6-14): Morgan Greene 2-2-6, Kate Bowen 1-0-2, Hollie Smith 1-0-2, Michaela Stanley 3-2-9, Anna Bingham 2-3-8, Desiree Coffin 1-0-3, Nicole Therrien 1-0-2, Britni Jewer 1-0-2. Totals: 12-FG 7-9-FT 34.

EHS (15-5): Macie Bessette 2-1-6, Taylor Truax 0-3-3, Hillary Danis 2-0-4, Jessica Barnett 1-5-7, DJ Couture 0-1-1, Kari Lavalette 4-0-11, Alex Macfarlane 3-0-6, Lauren Miles 4-0-9, Kara Sheftic 4-2-10. Totals: 20-FG 12-24-FT 57.

NCU 11 6 11 6 -- 34

EHS 13 18 15 11 -- 57

3-Point FGs: N 3 (Stanley, Bingham, Coffin), E 5 (Lavalette 3, Miles, Bessette). Total Fouls: N 17, E 15. Fouled Out: None. Referees: J. Francis, G. Chioffi. JV: N, 44-40.

RICE 61, SJA 35: In St. Johnsbury, the Hilltoppers had a rough time controlling Rice center Cassidy Derda and point guard Hailee Barron, who teamed up for 31 points in the first half, en route to a 45-24 halftime lead. Derda and Barron would finish the game with 25 and 20, respectively.

The Hilltoppers needed the win to qualify for the playoffs and thus will miss the postseason this year.

"We had a fairly injury-riddled season and it was hard to get any traction or any momentum going," SJA coach Jack Driscoll said.

Friday night was also senior night for the girls and Andrea Roberts, Marcy Daley, Johannah Driscoll, Sarah Lynch and Casey Carbone were all recognized before the start of the game for their dedication to the St. Johnsbury basketball program. The five seniors were also the starters for the game.

"I think our seniors led the team as far as bringing hard work and coming ready to play and improve everyday," Driscoll said.

RICE (18-2): Michelle Bolger 1-0-2, Alex Pochop 1-0-2, Tomi Akinpetide 3-0-6, Alexis Avonda 1-0-2, Ellie Zuk 1-0-2, Hailee Barron 7-2-20, Cassidy Derda 12-1-25, Allie Doe 1-0-2. Totals: 27-FG 3-5-FT 61.

SJA (4-16): Andrea Roberts 1-0-2, Jenni LaFerriere 2-1-6, Molly Fried 2-0-6, Brigette Rankin 4-0-10, Johannah Driscoll 2-0-6, Casey Carbone 2-1-5. Totals: 13-FG 2-6-FT 35.

RM 24 21 9 7 --61

SJA 10 14 6 5 --35

3-Point FG: R 4 (Barron 4), S 7 (Driscoll 2, Rankin 2, Fried 2, LaFerriere). Total Fouls: R 11, S 12. Referees: Randy Miller, Ed Clodfelter.

HAZEN 58, DANVILLE 43: In Hardwick, Hazen wrapped up its regular season as Alyssa Whitney scored a game-high 29 points for the Wildcats. Renae Hall added 19.

Pam Greaves led the Indians with 24 points, five blocks and five steals and Miranda Buck scored seven.

"We ran the floor pretty well and got a lot of good looks," Hazen coach Gary Bellavance said.

"They came at us with the press and we saw fire," Danville coach Dean Valentine said. "Their defense killed us." For the playoffs, Valentine wants his team to be aggressive in the paint offensively and defensively. "We're gonna pound it inside on any team we play. I plan on attacking the basket."

The Indians will have to wait until Monday for their tournament seed to be decided, but at the moment are looking at the No. 11 seed and a trip to take on Arlington in the opening round.

The Wildcats will confidently enter the Division III tournament as the top-seeded team. "We need to just continue to attack whatever defense is there," Bellavance said. "We've been working on that and getting better. We haven't played our best yet, but we have time for that," Bellavance said.

DANVILLE (8-12): Theresa White 1-0-2, Kassie Thresher 1-0-2, Miranda Buck 2-1-7, Mary Hahr 1-0-2, Pam Greaves 8-8-24, Britani Buck 3-0-6. Totals: 16-FG 9-12-FT 43.

HAZEN (17-3): Kagan Beachum 0-2-2, Jordan Manning 1-2-4, Ally McAllister 1-0-2, Alyssa Whitney 11-2-29, Briana Camp 1-0-2, Renae Hall 7-5-19. Totals: 21-FG 11-24-FT 58.

DS 7 9 8 19 -- 43

HU 15 18 12 13 -- 58

3-Point FG: D 2 (M. Buck 2), H 5 (Whitney 5). Total Fouls: D 19, H 13. Referees: John Rock, Jonathon Quang.

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