Derosia, Rideout face off for 1st time

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KEENE, N.H. — Two of the area's best players faced each other for the first time in a women's basketball game between the Keene State College Owls and the Smith College Pioneers on Tuesday night. The visiting Pioneers prevailed 53-39.

Freshman Hailey Desrosia, a Brattleboro Union High School graduate, scored seven points and grabbed three rebounds for the Owls (0-6). She is averaging 11 points per game.

On the other side, sophomore Kyra Rideout, a Vermont Academy graduate from Hinsdale, didn't score but did grab three rebounds and blocked one shot in less than five minutes of playing time.

The undefeated Pioneers improved to 6-0. Last year, they made it to the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament.

After the game, both players said that even though they had grown up in nearby communities, this was the first time they had ever played against each other.

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"I like the coaches. I think we have a good program going over there. Everything we run is like cohesive and I think we get along really well as a team," mentioned Rideout, who has scored 11 points and ripped down eight boards this season for the Northampton, Mass. squad.

Rideout had went to the game on the team bus, but said that after the game she was going directly to her home in Hinsdale for Thanksgiving with her parents.

Derosia said she loves playing college hoops at Keene State.

"It's like way better competition. I've been learning so much since I've been here. Coach Boucher has been really pushing me, which is what I've always wanted in a coach and I finally have it."

And like Rideout, the Vernon resident doesn't have far to go for Thanksgiving.


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