RANDOLPH — Amelia Mattrick’s basket as overtime was winding down propelled Randolph over Lamoille, 42-40, in girls high school basketball action Thursday evening. After starting the season with a nine-game win streak, the Ghosts hit a speed bump against Montpelier a week ago, and with the Lancers nipping at their heels in Division II, Randolph could not afford to let the Lancers get the best of them.
“I think tonight we hit some shots that we haven’t been hitting for the past week or so,” Randolph senior Rielle Brassard said. “We could have done a better job looking for those screens and the perimeter shots later in the game, but my teammates made their free throws down in the fourth and in overtime and that really helped. I think what this stretch has shown us, is that as a team we have to bring our A-game every night and we have to go out there ready to compete because right now every other team is trying to knock us off and move up.”
Brassard finished the game with a team-high 11 points, with teammates Ella Davignon netting nine and Kasie Mills chipping in seven. Lamoille freshman Heidi Tinker led her team with a game-high 14 points including a pair of huge three-pointers — one that tied the game in the fourth quarter and another that tied it in the overtime period. Isabelle Sullivan put up nine points for the Lancers.
After a foul-filled first quarter that had the Ghosts trailing, Brassard nailed a three-point play to get the Ghosts to 16-15. On the next possession she was fouled and went one of two at the line to knot things at 16-16. Mills hit a free throw a minute later to put Randolph up 17-16 as they started to find their groove, but Lamoille managed to stay up 20-19 going into the half.
Nadya Bean opened the second half with a basket for Lamoille and kept them up 22-19 as the teams continued to vie for momentum.
Randolph’s Morgan and Shea Fordham form an imposing frontcourt duo for the Ghosts, but it’s the cuts to the hoop and transition plays that Randolph benefited from more than spot up shooting, as each team took turns with the lead. Midway through the third, Lamoille’s Hailey Barry drained a three from the corner to make it 26-25. Davignon chased with one of her own for Randolph to make it 28-26 as the teams see-sawed back and forth to set up the final quarter.
A pretty reverse layup for Shea Fordham working the baseline extended the Randolph lead to 30-27 but a putback from Sullivan kept the Lancers close as neither team was able to pull away.
A corner three-pointer from Brassard nearly became and biggest shot of the game 33-29.
Both coaches took timeouts to dispense wisdom as the clock ticked down. With Randolph working the ball at the top of the circle, Brassard broke free with a strong drive to finish 35-29.
With under a minute left, Tinker drove and pulled up to bank home a basket and got fouled, but missed the free throw with the score at 35-32.She later banked home a three-pointer late in the fourth to send the game to overtime and set up Mattrick’s heroics.
Randolph (10-2) will travel to face U-32 on Saturday.