Rideout, Pioneers made history on court

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BRATTLEBORO — The Smith College women's basketball team had just advanced to the Sweet 16 of the Division 3 Tournament for the first time in program history when the postseason came to a sudden end due to COVID-19 concerns.

The March 13 game against Messiah College was originally going to take place with no fans in attendance. The remainder of the tourney was officially canceled on March 12 and the Pioneers (26-4) were ranked No. 24 in the final poll.

Hinsdale, N.H. resident Kyra Rideout scored 67 points, pulled down 46 rebounds and blocked nine shots during her sophomore season with Smith. In 19 minutes of action against Mount Holyoke, she finished with a season-high 13 points.

The team from Northampton, Mass. defeated Desales University 81-72 in the first round of the tournament on March 6. That was followed by a 62-60 decision over New Paltz the next day, sending Smith to its first Sweet 16 ever.

As an eighth grader, Rideout helped the Hinsdale Pacers to a perfect 22-0 season. When they defeated Sunapee 48-35 in the 2014 Division 4 state championship game, she contributed with a clutch make from downtown.

The 6-1 forward was always one of the first players off the bench for coach Terry Bonnette's powerhouse, which also had Skylar Bonnette, Allison Scott, Bridget Bourne, Breanna Benjamin, Skyler LeClair, Kathryn Fecto, Megan Finnell, Katelyn Towle and Jacqueline Atkins on its roster.

After transferring, Rideout also won it all with Vermont Academy on March 5, 2017. She finished with a double-double (12 points, 11 rebounds) when the Wildcats whipped Southfield 67-20 in the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council Class D championship game.

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