The Castleton Lady Spartans showed no sign of letting up on their record breaking season as they came out of the gate running and never looked back as, triumphant yet again over Green Mountain 76-29.
Alyssa Leonard led the Spartans with 14 points and 12 rebounds for the games’ only double-double. Teammates Heather Murdough and Stephanie Bull came off the bench to score double figures combining for 23 points. Meghan O’Sullivan was another offensive force for the Spartans scoring 10 of her own.
Green Mountain’s offensive attack proved not enough for Castleton’s defenders and had no players score double figures. Chelsea Paul took charge for the Eagles and dropped nine points, eight rebounds, four assists and three takeaways for her side. Jacque Caster scored eight points with a rebound while teammate Maria Lafond has six of her own off a pair of three’s.
The Spartans came prepared and started the game with a 27-2 run with 12 minutes remaining capped off by a layup by Alyssa Leonard. Shortly after, Caster pulled up and drained a shot from beyond the arc for her first three points. The rest of the half wasn’t much different and the Spartans slowly added to their tally eventually giving them a 20-point lead as the first half came to an end.
The first five minutes of the second half gave Green Mountain a glimmer of hope as they battled back and forth for points but it was short lived. With 15 minutes remaining the Spartans scored 15 points in just 7 minutes led by Murdough, Leonard and Bull. The run was halted by a layup from Chelsea Paul with eight and a half minutes in regulation. The next five minutes were back and forth, turnover after turnover, and neither team seemed to be able to find the basket until Maria Lafond made her second 3-pointer of the game.
Green Mountain failed to establish an offensive attack and the Spartans were too much for their defenders to handle. The Eagles drop to 3-17 overall and 1-15 in the NAC. Castleton improves on their outstanding season to 21-1 and 14-1 in NAC play. Castleton is on their way to their best record in over 20 years.
Castleton had 10 different players score in Saturday’s game and had four players hit double digits.
Junior Guard, Alyssa Leonard commented on the cause of their success saying, “I think the biggest difference is this year anybody can step up at any given time and give us a lift,” Leonard said. “We have a very balanced score attack and don’t rely on any one person every game. Every win is a team win.”
The Spartans travel to play New England College Feb. 14.