Women’s Basketball Uses Balanced Effort in Victory Over Hornets

Women’s Basketball Uses Balanced Effort in Victory Over Hornets

LYNDONVILLE, Vt. – Castleton University received contributions from several players, as four different Spartans scored at least 10 points in Thursday night's 80-62 victory over Lyndon State in a North Atlantic Conference women's collegiate basketball game.

For the fourth straight game, Amanda Beatty scored at least 20 points to lead the Spartans, shooting 7-of-16 from the field and a perfect 7-of-7 from the free throw line for 21 points to go along with six rebounds. Alexis Quenneville went 6-of-9 from behind the three-point line for a career-high 18 points, while Lindsay Sabo and Taylor Raiche scored 10 points apiece.

Castleton jumped out to a 6-1 lead two minutes into the game, including two baskets by Raiche, but a layup by Faith Richard and a three-pointer from Gabrielle Foy tied the game at 6-6. The Spartans outscored the Hornets, 16-4, during the rest of the first quarter, led by three three-pointers from Quenneville.

Beatty scored Castleton's first seven points of the second quarter, followed by consecutive baskets by Raiche as the Spartans put together a 14-0 scoring run, capped by back-to-back three-pointers by Quenneville and Sabo. Lyndon State scored the final nine points of the quarter on a three-pointer by Mariah Ramos, a traditional three-point play from Richard, and a buzzer-beating three-pointer banked in by Victoria Carlson from half-court.

Lyndon State (10-13, 7-10 NAC) scored the first five points of the third quarter to complete a 14-0 run and close its deficit to 11 at 41-30, but Castleton responded, scoring 11 unanswered points starting with consecutive baskets by Sabo. The Hornets again fought back with a 10-2 scoring run thanks to the combination of Ramos with six points and Carlson with four points.

The Spartans scored the final seven points of the third quarter on a Quenneville three-pointer and consecutive baskets by Morgan Raiche. Lyndon State went on a modest 8-3 scoring run early in the fourth quarter, but could not get any closer than 14 points down as the two teams basically traded points the rest of the way.

Ramos shot 7-of-10 from the field as she led the Hornets with 18 points, while Foy finished with 15 points. Mikayla Hodge, one of the top players in the league coming into the weekend, was held to seven points and nine rebounds. As a team, Lyndon State shot 34.5 percent (19-of-55) from the field, including 6-of-13 from behind the three-point line, and 78.3 percent (18-of-23) from the free throw line.

Makayla Farrara did not shoot the ball well, but contributed in other ways, finishing with six points, three rebounds, seven assists, two steals, and two blocked shots, and Ashlie Fay contributed three points, eight rebounds, four assists, and four steals. Off the bench, Morgan Raiche scored eight points and Abbie Lesure added five rebounds and four assists to the winning effort.

As a team, the Spartans shot 44.4 percent (28-of-63) from the field, including 8-of-19 from behind the three-point line, and 84.2 percent (16-of-19) from the free throw line. Castleton won the rebounding battle, 39-34, and scored 19 points off 19 Lyndon State turnovers.

Castleton (16-8, 14-3 NAC) closes the regular season by hosting Johnson State at Glenbrook Gym Saturday, Feb. 18, at 3 p.m. The Spartans have already clinched a bye into the NAC Tournament semifinals and can still earn a share of the regular season title with a victory and some outside help. The Badgers defeated Green Mountain Thursday night, 65-45, and are now in sixth place in the league standings, the final spot to qualify for next week's NAC Tournament.