Lady Spartans improve to perfect 8-0

On Friday, Dec. 7 the Castleton women’s basketball took down Husson with a 69-47 victory.
 The Spartans went on a 20-3 run midway through the second half after being up only by 3 to keep a steady lead and take the game for to 7-0 record on the season, and 3-0 in NAC play. This loss drops Husson to a record of 0-4 and 0-2 in NAC competition.
  Tarryn Bolognani led scoring with ten points and was one of 13 teammates to record a point. Sophomore Meghan O’Sullivan greatly contributed to the Spartans win with nine points, five rebounds, three steals and two blocks. Liz Douglass helped in part off the bench with nine points, three rebounds and three steals.
Castleton held the lead for the entire game after grasping it in under five minutes of the contest starting, with six of the nine points belonging to Bolognani. The Eagles came back within three at the 11:27 mark. Husson could not take a lead when the Spartans made a 10-3 run, putting the score at 23-13 with 5:27 left in the half. The Eagles closed the half within five in the final four minutes, but Castleton led at the break 33-32.
In the second half, both teams went back and forth for the first five minutes. Heather Murdough put Castleton 40-29 with a layup at the 15:17 mark. However, Husson would go on an 8-0 run started by Stephanie Comstock closing the gap to three points. The score was then left at 40-37 with 13:36 remaining.
O’Sullivan drained a shot from beyond the arc to push the lead back to five, 43-37. The Spartans next possession went for a 20-3 run over eight minutes to take a their biggest lead of the night, 60-40. The teams went back and forth the final five minutes as Castleton won it’s second straight game by at least 20 points.
The following day, Castleton took a 50-47 victory against Maine Maritime. The Spartans held the Mariners to 34 percent shooting while forcing 19 turnovers. This win puts Castleton at 8-0 and 4-0 in the North Atlantic Conference. Maine Maritime drops to 3-3 overall and 2-1 in conference.
Jade Desroches led the Spartans with 13 points, six rebounds and two blocks. O’Sullivan recorded six points and eights boards, while Freshman Stephanie Linder added six points and six rebounds.
Castleton led by two with 57 seconds left after Courtney Dufour made a pair of free throws to make the score 47-45. O’Sullivan shot a jumper 10 seconds later to give the Spartans a 49-45 lead until the Mariner’s Alexis Bennett made a pair of free throws with 16 minutes left to make it a two-point game, 49-47. The Spartans were able to hold their lead when Desroches made a free throw with 14 seconds left. Maine Maritime got two shot attempts in the final 10 seconds as Castleton took the win.
The Mariners went on a 7-2 lead six minutes into the game. Hannah Lyons and Karl Jones both scored on layups and Everest drained a three for Maine Maritime. Their lead would not last long with a 6-0 run by the Spartans. Two points were scored each from O’Sullivan, Shelby LaBarge and Heather Murdough, to go up 8-7, with 9:28 left in the opening half.
Maine Maritime earned a run of one of its own, Jackson and Everest made two each to make the lead 15-8 with 6:49 left in the half. The Spartans ended the Mariners scoring surge with a 9-0 run which put them ahead by two, 17-15, with 2:21 left in the first. Desroches began the run with a pair of threes; Alyssa Leonard hit a jumper and LaBarge followed up with a free throw for the Spartans. Everest tied up the game with a jumper to make it 17-17. Castleton went on a 6-2 run to lead 23-19 at the half.
The first half went back and in the first 14 minutes, both teams were even 40-40 with 6:09 left in the second. The Spartans put a nail in the coffin with six unanswered points to take a 46-40 advantage with 3:02 left in the game. Castleton held a two-possession lead until the final minute of play.
The Spartans will return to action on Tuesday, Nov. 11 when they travel to face Norwich at 7 p.m.

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