Colonel girls rally to defeat Hartford

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BRATTLEBORO — Not long after Friday night's varsity girls basketball game at Brattleboro Union High School came to an end, Lauryn Sargent was checking out the scorebook.

But the things that make her so valuable couldn't be found on the sheet of paper she was staring at.

The sophomore center set screens all evening, boxed out whenever a shot was taken, and played great team defense to help the Colonels to a 49-42 victory over Hartford.

"She was excellent. She was one of those bright spots for us. She has a passion for the game," said BUHS coach Paul Freed of Sargent. "She set nice ball screens. She has developed an excellent mid-range shot."

Super subs Sargent (7 points), Nicole Norcia (5), Julie Hendricks (4) and Mya McAuliffe (4) injected life into a team that was held scoreless for the first 4:07 of the contest. They also combined for 16 rebounds.

"We had four subs playing in the fourth quarter when the game was tight," stated Freed. "Their play was huge for us."

The Hurricanes went on the attack right out of the gate, earning 10 trips to the line in the opening half. Morgan White made seven of her eight attempts at the charity stripe in the first 16 minutes.

Brattleboro's early highlights were three-point plays by Hailey Derosia and Sargent. Alyssa Scherlin wowed the crowd with a nice move down low.

The visitors would take a 27-23 advantage to the intermission.

"We were not moving our feet defensively in the first half and we got into big time foul trouble. I thought we were much more disciplined in the second half," noted the winning coach.

The Colonels went on a 10-0 run early in the third quarter to claim the lead for good. It started with a sweet post move by Lauren McKenney (8 points). The hosts then got layups from Megyn Ayotte, Rachael Rooney and Hendricks, before Sargent knocked down a 15-foot jumper.

Derosia (6 assists) set two of those buckets up, sending a pass into McKenney on the low block and later finding Hendricks in transition.

"We want her to be more aggressive so that defenses respect her shot," Freed said of Derosia. "She is a great facilitator. She made several excellent passes to the interior. That's what she likes to do best."

Norcia and Hartford's Madison Druge traded trifectas in the fourth quarter, and the Colonels were up 42-37 with three minutes remaining. That's when Ayotte delivered the dagger — a 12-foot make following a feed in rhythm by Norcia.

Rooney (9 points) would then make a trio of free throws down the stretch to seal it for the 4-4 Colonels.

After the buzzer sounded, Freed gathered his team together in the locker room and moments later Sargent was asking him where the scorebook was.


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