Women’s hoops remain perfect

Castleton's Amanda Beatty drives to the hoop against New England College defender Jada Black in their game on Dec. 2 at Glenbrook Gym. Photo by Oliva Maher. 

The Castleton women’s basketball team continued its reign of dominance this past Saturday as they defeated Husson 71-56.

The victory pushes the Spartans to 9-0 (5-0 NAC) on the season. Meanwhile Husson got their first taste of in-conference defeat falling to 3-3 (3-1 NAC).

Castleton was off to a hot start after scoring eight unanswered points. In the closing minutes of the 1st quarter, Ashlie Fay made a pass by the Husson defense to Makayla Farrara, who hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to go up 21-13.

Husson would fight their way back into the game in the 2nd quarter, closing within two points after a mini run of eight strait unanswered points.  With Sarah Bragg and Kenzie Worcester each contributing four points.

The Spartans were able to regain some control as the half came to a close behind two baskets from Morgan Raiche May and Katlyn Toomey, pushing the lead back up to six.

The Eagles would fall further behind toward the end of the third quarter but would battle back once more, this time from a nine-point deficit. Anna Mackenzie capped off the eight-point run off of a put back layup.

The Spartans remained unfazed as they once again pushed the lead back to eight.

After back-to-back three-pointers from Brooke Raiche and Alexis Quenneville to start the fourth, the game was completely in the Spartans control.

The Eagles pulled it back to within single digits part-way through the quarter but the rally would not amount to much more as Castleton would close out the victory.

Worcester led both teams with a double, shooting 7-17 from the field and 10-10 from the line.

She would finish with 25 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Castleton was led by Farrara, who put up 21 points of her own after shooting 8-15 from the field.

Husson controlled the battle of the boards with 19 offensive rebounds but Castleton’s defense remained stout regardless, only giving up 13 second chance points.

The Eagles struggled to put the ball in the basket all game as well, only shooting 32.2 percent (19-for-55) from the field on top of 3-for-15 from beyond the arc.

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