Friday January 4, 2013

WILMINGTON -- With their season off to a shaky start and with only one win in the standings, the Wildcats badly needed a victory Thursday.

"We’ve lost four games so far, and they were all close," said Twin Valley coach Buddy Hayford. "We have struggled to finish off games lately, so tonight’s win was much-needed."

Abbi Molner thought so too.

The Wildcat senior guard poured in 12 points, and Colton Butler and Jordan Niles each racked up 10, as the Twin Valley varsity girls basketball team triumphed over Mid Vermont Christian School (MVCS), 55-30.

The game began with a clean steal by TV’s Hannah Swanson. She got it off to Niles, who splashed in the first 3 of the evening.

The Wildcats had a 10-point lead going into the second quarter thanks to a Butler hoop and harm, and a last-second first quarter two-pointer courtesy of Christina Moore, who tallied five points and 11 boards.

Lexi Reinertson scored a bucket in every quarter but the third, and Swanson sunk one in every quarter but the last, to give them both six points total.

Twin Valley faltered under the hoop on numerous attempts, especially in the second period. But their defense held up on most occasions, was much more aggressive, and they still managed 11 points. Sammy Cunningham-Darrah chipped in with a 3.

"Overall we did great on defense," noted Hayford. "But we’ve got to tidy up a few things. We missed some easy shots inside. It’s been our Achilles’ heel all season."

Molner carried her team through the third quarter, putting away another six points and wrestling away a steal. Butler and Niles teamed up again, this time for a deuce and a trey apiece. Niles put hers in on a fast break, and Butler dropped in her trifecta to make it 39-13, with five minutes on the clock.

Molner also pulled down 10 rebounds and had seven steals.

"Twin Valley moved the ball very well," said MVCS coach Perry Seale. "They took some nice outside shots, but I was really pleased with our girls performance."

In addition to Swanson’s layup through the paint, the Wildcats had their most productive third quarter in a while, outscoring their opponents 18-7.

MVCS fought back in the fourth as freshman Anna Seale drained eight points and Phoebe Seale was almost perfect from the line to give their team 11 to Twin Valley’s 10. Abby Putnam made the Wildcats’ last downtowner in the same period.

The 2-5 Wildcats will host Springfield on Thursday.

David Aquino can be reached at daquino@reformer.com, or by calling 802-254-2311, ext. 164.