Bellows Falls girls hold off Colonels
BRATTLEBORO — After helping their school's varsity field hockey team rack up 51 consecutive victories, Taylor Goodell and Halle Dickerson have powered the Bellows Falls girls to nine wins in a row on the court.
Their latest triumph may have been the most difficult of all.
Goodell pumped in 17 points and Dickerson added 15 as the Terriers held on to beat host Brattleboro 57-50 on Wednesday.
"This was an important game for us, absolutely. We needed to win a tough game like this," said BF coach Todd Wells, whose team improved to 9-4 after an 0-4 start.
A make from downtown by Maya Waryas late in the third quarter gave Bellows Falls its largest lead of the game at 47-29. That's when Rachael Rooney decided to take over.
The Brattleboro senior scored 12 of her game-high 20 points in the last eight minutes, going 4-for-4 from the charity stripe and also draining a couple of trifectas. Members of the BUHS student section stood up and signaled for a made 3 as Rooney let her second trey go from just in front of them.
The Colonels were within 50-46 with four minutes remaining. The tide had turned. It felt like BF's winning streak was about to come to a sudden end.
Coach Wells would then switch to a box-and-one defense, allowing Dickerson to shadow Rooney the rest of the way.
"You've got to stop a shooter like that at some point. We put our best defender on her and she shut her down," he mentioned.
A couple of Rooney free throws and a layup by Alyssa Scherlin cut BF's lead to 52-50, however the visitors would score the last five points of the contest — on foul shots by Emily Bazin and Goodell.
"I thought we shot really well," noted Wells. "We did a lot of good things."
The first eight minutes were up and down, with each team on fire from the field. Both sides swished three shots from beyond the arc in that span, with Rooney (2), Nicole Norcia, Molly Potter, Dickerson and Goodell all showing off their range.
A 9-2 run in the second quarter helped the Terriers to a 36-25 halftime advantage. Goodell buried a 15-footer, Potter finished in transition, Phaedra Cilibrasi hit a mid-range jumper, and Waryas splashed a 3 from the right wing during that surge.
Goodell would make a layup and a trey, Potter added a free throw and a 17-footer, and Waryas connected again from deep to put the visitors ahead 47-29 late in the third quarter.
Goodell scored 17 points to pace the 9-4 Terriers. Dickerson (15 points), Potter (11) and Waryas (10) also reached double figures.
Rooney went off for 20 points, Scherlin followed with eight, and Madison Johnson added seven for the 4-10 Colonels. Natalie Hendricks was crucial during the comeback bid, sinking a couple of outside jumpers during the rally.
Bellows Falls roster: Coaches — Todd Wells, Sara Lovell. Players — Halle Dickerson, Sydney Bazin, Maya Waryas, Bre Stockman, Taylor Goodell, Molly Potter, Emily Bazin, Madison Pencek, Phaedra Cilibrasi, Jaia Caron.
Brattleboro roster: Coaches — Chris Worden, Meghan Pacheco. Players — Natalie Hendricks, Rachael Rooney, Jessica Tatro, Chloe Givens, Alyssa Scherlin, Nicole Norcia, Kiki McNary, Brenna Beebe, Madison Johnson, Julie Hendricks, Lily Giroux, Lauryn Sargent.
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