After a rough first quarter, the BFA-St. Albans girls basketball team stepped up its defense in the final three quarters to come away with a win over Burlington.
The Comets gave up 15 points in the first quarter, as they trailed 15-7 in a quarter of rough play on both ends of the court. From there, they outscored the Seahorses 30-14 in the final three quarters to come away with a 37-29 win.
“We did not look very good at all in the first quarter,” said BFA coach Shawn Earl. “It was a tough game, a physical game, it was an ugly game and I tip my hat to the girls for persevering.”
The Comets only gave up four points in the second quarter and three in the third to get some separation.
Eight players scored for the Comets.
Hannah Earl had a game-high 13 points in the game for BFA, as she was the only player to score in double figures on either side.
Lilly McAllister added six points and Elise Archambault had five.
Elena Clark and Megan Buckley each had four points.
It was a good game for multiple people to step up like they did with Kelly Laggis having to sit out the game with an illness.
“We knew without Kelly being here, we would need to go deep; we need to go deep in every game,” said Earl. “I thought Megan provided a great spark on both sides of the ball with her coming up this week, and I’m happy that we are getting everyone on the floor and getting the experience, because you never know going forward when we will need them.”
After the rough first quarter, BFA went on a 10-0 run to start the second quarter to retake the lead 17-15. The teams were tied 19-19 at the half.
BFA outscored the Seahorses 9-3 in the third to start to pull away with a 28-22 lead going into the fourth quarter.
BFA’s offense took a little bit to get going in the fourth quarter, as Burlington’s Lily Mitchell hit a couple of baskets and a free throw to get the game within three points, 30-27.
A pair of free throws from Earl and a short jumper from Buckley extended the lead to three possessions and the defense took over from there.
The Comets improved to 13-4 on the season and will host Essex for their final home game of the season and their Purple Game to support cancer.
“Thursday will be a fun game against Essex, it always is,” said Earl. “We just have to lace them up and get back to it.”
Burlington 15 4 3 5 –29
BFA 7 12 9 9 –37
Burlington: Lily Mitchell, 8 points; Devin Libby, 6 points; Hannah Minall, 5 points; Lyly Dang, 4 points; Alexis Dowett, 3 points; Alida Besta, 3 points.
BFA: Hannah Earl, 13 points; Lily McAllister 6 points; Elise Archambault, 5 points; Megan Buckley, 4 points; Elena Clark, 4 points; Alivia McCarthy, 2 points; Mary Cushing, 2 points; Andi Esenler, 1 point.
Burlington: 28; Libby (10)
BFA: 28; McAllister, Earl (5)
Burlington: 10; Mitchell (3)
BFA: 11; Earl, Esenler (3)