JOHNSON, Vt. – Castleton University opened a double-digit lead at halftime, but Johnson State rallied back in the third quarter and then held on down the stretch to defeat the Spartans, 61-59, Thursday night in a North Atlantic Conference women's basketball game.
For the second time in three games, Makayla Farrara posted a career-high point total, shooting 11-of-24 from the field, including 6-of-11 from behind the three-point line, as she scored 29 points, plus she collected three rebounds, three assists, and three steals. Lindsay Sabo hit three three-pointers on her way to a 13-point performance, and Amanda Beatty contributed nine points, eight rebounds, and two steals.
Down 34-19 at halftime, Johnson State scored the first nine points of the second half before Sabo stopped the run with a three-pointer. The Badgers went right back to work, scoring 12 unanswered points, punctuated by a three-pointer from Kaitlyn Brouard that gave the home team a 40-37 lead. Castleton retook the lead on consecutive baskets by Ajla Medic and Sabo, but two free throws by Nicole Menard put the Badgers back on top at the end of the third quarter, 42-41.
Johnson State (3-4, 1-1) opened the fourth quarter by scoring the first 11 points, with Sarah Voorhis starting the run with a layup and capping the surge with a traditional three-point play. Farrara scored Castleton's next 10 points to pull the Spartans to within four, 55-51, with 2:51 left in regulation, but Johnson State went 5-for-6 from the free throw line in the final minute to offset two three-pointers by Farrara and preserve the victory.
Voorhis notched a double-double, leading the Badgers with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Domonique Carter-Stanley and Kasey DeGreenia scored 12 points apiece, with Carter-Stanley also collecting five assists and six steals. As a team, Johnson State shot 36.8 percent (21-of-57) from the field, including just 1-of-12 from behind the three-point line, and 68.0 percent (17-of-25) from the free throw line.
Castleton shot just 28.2 percent (20-of-71) from the field, including 9-of-22 from behind the three-point line, and 66.7 percent (10-of-15) from the free throw line. Johnson State won the rebounding battle, 47-38, not allowing the Spartans to score any second-chance points.
Castleton (5-1, 3-1 NAC) hosts Lyndon State at Glenbrook Gym Saturday, Dec. 10, starting at 3 p.m.