POULTNEY, Vt. – Green Mountain College held a slim third quarter lead but was unable to convert it into a victory as the women's basketball team closed out the 2017 portion of the schedule with a 61-53 loss to Johnson State College in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) play on Thursday evening at the Eagle Dome.
Johnson (1-7, 1-4 NAC) jumped out to a 6-0 lead within the first three minutes of action and took an 8-3 lead at the 5:36 mark of the first following a layup by Emily Marshall.
Green Mountain (1-7, 0-6 NAC) stormed right back using a 6-0 run of its own to claim a 9-8 lead on the strength of a three-pointer from Mercedes Rideout (Nashville, Tenn.). The teams battled back and forth from there with Johnson claiming the one-point lead at the end of the quarter, 13-12.
Jocelyn Pellerin caught fire for Johnson in the second quarter from beyond the arc hitting on 3-of-4 attempts to help the visitors extend its slim first quarter lead into a 32-22 half time advantage by outscoring the Eagles 19-10 in the quarter.
Green Mountain opened the second half on a 15-4 run to retake the lead with 3:52 to go in the quarter after Rideout hit another from behind the arc. Sharena Armstrong (St. Thomas, Virigin Islands) had six points during the run for the Eagles and the team held that lead throughout the end of the third quarter heading into the final stanza with a slim 45-42 lead thanks to outscoring the Badgers 23-10.
Johnson's Devin Libby unlocked a scoreless drought for both teams that lasted through the first five plus minutes of the final period with a layup at the 6:55 mark to close the gap to just one. The visitor's Kaitlyn Brouard and Pellerin then each hit a pair of treys down the stretch to help the Badgers pull away and build a 60-51 lead with just under two minutes to go. The Eagles would only score once more as time expired giving the visitors their first victory of the season.
Pellerin led all scorers with 29 points in the contest hitting 8-of-17 shots from deep. Brouard notched 14 points while Libby contributed four points in addition to her game-high 13 rebounds.
Riley Lane (Arlington, Vt.) busted out of her shooting slump in a big way posting 16 points which included five triples. Rideout tallied 14 points and six assists, while Armstrong led all reserves with six points and seven boards. Britanny Frasier (Warrensburg, N.Y.) hauled down a team-high 11 boards for the Eagles.
Green Mountain will reconvene after the holiday break as it starts the New Year on the road against Johnson at 1 p.m.