Colonel girls defeated in home opener

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BRATTLEBORO — Brattleboro Union High School varsity girls basketball coach Paul Freed believes that Sadie Stetson might be the best player in the state.

She certainly looked like it on Wednesday night.

The sophomore guard made backdoor cuts that Princeton legend Pete Carril would be proud of, defended every position, and finished with a game-high 19 points to lead Saint Johnsbury to a 43-32 victory over the Colonels.

"I admire the heck out of Sadie. She is always under control," said Freed. "In the beginning we tried to deny her and minimize her touches, but she is so skilled and beat us like four times on backdoor cuts."

In the rematch of last season's Division 1 quarterfinal, which BUHS won 50-46, Kayla Matte delivered twice from downtown to help the Hilltoppers steal a 10-4 lead over the first eight minutes. The early highlights for the hosts were a rejection by Gabby Carpenter and a fast break layup from Hailey Derosia, assisted by Devin Millerick (4 rebounds).

"Of all the teams we will play this season, they are the hardest one to fall behind. When you get behind against Saint J, it is so difficult. They play four guards," noted the BUHS head coach

Stetson took over once the second quarter began. She stole a lob pass by Megyn Ayotte, later ran the ball down just after Kai Boyd saved it, buried a 3 from the left wing, and also added a backdoor layup.

Derosia knocked down a 12-foot jumper and made a pair of sweet dishes before the Colonels went to the break trailing 24-15. The slashing guard passed ahead to Carpenter for an easy bucket and later set up Shenise Taliaferro for a bunny after grabbing a defensive rebound late in the first half.

Taliaferro carried the Colonels in the third frame, scoring nine points to help the hosts get within 36-28. The senior forward made four baskets from in close and also went 1-for-2 from the charity stripe in that time.

"I don't think she knows how good she is," said Freed of Taliaferro. "So many people would kill to have the God given skills and athleticism that she has. She kept us in it in the third quarter."

Carpenter (10 rebounds) blocked a shot by Josie Choiniere and made a pair of free throws to get the purple and white to within 36-30 with 5:40 remaining in the contest.

But Stetson would step up when the Hilltoppers (4-0) needed her the most, making two chip shots and a freebie to seal it.

The 2-2 Colonels, who hadn't played a game since Dec. 22 at CVU, will host 0-3 Burlington on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Box Score

Brattleboro: Shenise Taliaferro — 13 points, Hailey Derosia — 8 points, Gabby Carpenter — 6 points, Devin Millerick — 5 points, Kai Boyd, Danielle Wood, Megyn Ayotte, Rachael Rooney, Kelsey McAuliffe, Morgan Mazelli, Lauren McKenney.

Saint Johnsbury: Sadie Stetson — 19 points, Kayla Matte — 8 points, Neva Bostic — 7 points, Josie Choiniere — 7 points, Allison Brink — 2 points, Saleena Porter, Grace Phelps, Emilie Begin, Josie Moulton.


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