BARRE — The Spaulidng girls basketball team equaled its win total from the previous four years combined with Tuesday’s 47-42 victory over Lyndon.
The Crimson Tide improved to 3-5 after an up-and-down performance at both ends of the floor. Spaulding led 17-7 after one quarter and headed into halftime with a 23-13 cushion. The Vikings clawed back throughout the third quarter and pulled ahead 34-32. The Tide were recharged in the fourth quarter, showcasing more defensive intensity and improved poise on the offensive end.
“We struggle when we’re down to keep our energy up, and that started happening in the third quarter,” Spaulding coach Tanya MacAuley said. “Something sparked in them in the fourth quarter and they decided they weren’t going to give up. It was great that they could dig in and come up big. They found it tonight.”
Foul shooting played a major role in the final outcome. Lyndon went 2 of 11 from the stripe, while Spaulding was 11 of 15. Emily Poulin (13 points), Natalie Folland (12 points) and Sam Donahue (eight points) paced the Tide’s offense.
“They were packed into a zone and we were struggling with it at first on offense,” MacAuley said. “We couldn’t move the ball around very well. We got lazy on defense in the third (quarter) and they hit six 3-pointers. But all of a sudden in the fourth quarter we decided to start running our plays. And it worked out for us.”
Teagan Whitcomb and Kadienne Wheeler scored nine points apiece for LI (1-6). The Vikings will travel to play Thetford at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.
“We knew that their hot shooter was Lindsay Joyal,” MacAuley said of the Vikings. “I stuck Emily Poulin on her and we held her to six points all night.”
Spaulidng will host Rice at 7 p.m. Friday.
Hazen 41, Danville 36
HARDWICK — Colleen Flinn (15 points) and Carlie Beliveau (nine points) propelled the Indians during Tuesday’s victory. Alleigh Gabaree (12 points) and Alexis Christensen (nine points) powered the Wildcats, who trailed 25-15 at halftime. Danville (5-4) will host Peoples Academy on Jan. 23 at 7:30 p.m. Hazen (1-6) will travel to play BFA-Fairfax on Jan. 21 at 6 p.m.
Essex 131.15, Randolph 109.85
RANDOLPH — Essex’s Livia Ball won the all-around with a 33.05 to give the Hornets a big boost during Tuesday’s double-digit victory over the Galloping Ghosts. Rounding out the podium were Randolph’s Makayla Clement (28.7) and Beatrice Lake (27.45).
Essex swept the top three places on vault, led by Gabby Schmida (8.3), Anna Pringle-Corcoran (8.0) and Amelia Flannigan (7.95). Ball prevailed on bars with an 8.65. She was followed by Pringle-Corcoran (8.35) and fellow Hornet Claire Emery (7.95). The Hornets also earned a podium sweep on beam. Ella Lesny triumphed with 9.05 in front of Abby Brooks (8.7) and Pringle-Corcoran (8.65). Ball (8.2) and Lesny (8.15) led the way on floor.
Clement (8.05) placed third on floor for Randolph, which improved its season-best team score by seven points. Individually, the Ghosts showed major improvements in every event. Junior Phoebe Hickin lead Randolph on beam with a career-high score of 8.0. Freshman Beatrice Lake earned a 7.6 on floor and a 7.7 on beam, while classmate Barden recorded a 7.0 vault and 5.5 on bars.
“Phoebe confidently stuck each move and finished with an aerial dismount,” Randolph coach Lindsay Meyer said. “On floor, Makayla thrilled the audience with an engaging routine, flipping and dancing her way to another career-high score. And Beatrice and Rosa are beginning strong varsity careers.”
The Ghosts will travel to face South Burlington at 7 p.m. Thursday. The Hornets will host Montpelier on Jan. 22 at 7 p.m.