MANCHESTER -- Brattleboro sophomore forward Meghan Powell grabbed the rebound off a missed shot and put it in off the glass to draw the Colonels within four points with 10.3 seconds remaining. Brattleboro quickly called a timeout, but in the end, the four-point margin was just too much for them to overcome, as they lost to the Burr and Burton Academy girls basketball team 42-38.
Brattleboro sophomore guard Taylor Bird led all scorers on the evening with 15 points and also had three rebounds and three assists for the Colonels.
Her counterpart, senior guard Rory Halligan, had a comparable game, recording 11 points and also having four rebounds and two steals.
Halligan and senior guard Devin Brown powered the Bulldog offensive, combining for 20 points.
While the two seniors set the tone, Merrow said after the game that it was a team win.
"Halligan and Brown, they lead us," he said. "I thought Maggie Oliver played a great game tonight. I thought Angie Gaiotti was unbelieveable on the defensive end. She really kept us ahead with all her defensive plays down on the end. So, she was a really pivotal part of our game."
While freshman center Hannah Nicholson did not have her best night offensively, she got things done on the defensive side of the ball, recording four blocks and also grabbing nine rebounds.
BBA (10-9) led by as much as 11 with just under four mninutes remaining before Brattleboro mounted a comeback, but turnovers proved costly for them, down the stretch.
Burr and Burton led for much of the game, but Brattleboro (9-10) briefly took control of the lead about midway through the third when Bird hit junior guard Kayla Savage -- who had eight points -- in transition for a layup to put the Colonels up 21-20, forcing BBA coach Terry Merrow to call a timeout.
Bird and sophomore guard Abbie Lesure were pivotal in keeping the game close throughout the third and going into the fourth quarter of the game.
"Both those sophomores, Bird and Lesure, both have grown a lot this year. [They] get thrown in the with the lions, learning on the fly, and they’ve come a long way," said Freed. "They started to get more composure and understand how to finish a game. That’s something we’re still working on. I was really proud."
Sophomore forward Claudia Mosher -- one of BBA’s offensive threats -- went down in the second quarter and did not return due to a laceration over her eye.
The 8-11 Colonels will host MAU on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
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Wilson scored 17 points and Kendrick Mills followed with 11 in a first-round Division 3 playdown on Tuesday. The Terriers, who finished up with a 7-14 mark, trailed by just one point at the end of the first quarter and then 38-22 at the break. Coach Evan Chadwick noted that his Terriers played with a lot of heart and that he couldn’t be any prouder of them.