NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — The Southern Vermont College women's basketball team saw its four-game losing streak end on Monday night in a 68-59 loss to MCLA.

In their first game back from winter break, the Mountaineers had a slow start and fell behind by eight going into the second quarter. SVC would cut their deficit to five by halftime, thanks to the play of senior Shaniquewa Barnes, who scored eight of her 10 points in the second quarter.

In the second half, SVC crawled back in the game and tie things up at 52-52 with seven minutes to go in the fourth quarter. That's when MCLA forward Kayla Hotaling took over the game, scoring seven of her game-high 26 points in the final six minutes of the game to lead the Trailblazers to their eighth win of the season.

Senior Amber Flagg had a team-high 13 points in the loss for SVC. Amber Dow and Kala MacKenzie each 12 points in the Mountaineers' third loss of the season as well.

With the loss, SVC falls to 6-3 on the season.

The Mountaineers will host Mitchell in their next game on Saturday at 1 p.m.

SVC men's basketball get steamrolled by Middlebury in non-conference match up

MIDDLEBURY >> The Southern Vermont College men's basketball team saw its current winning streak end on Monday night, in a lopsided 92-74 defeat at the hands of Middlebury.

SVC, winners of seven straight going into winter break, had a tough time stopping the Middlebury offense in the first half. The Mountaineers' defense gave up 55 first half points to the Panthers, 18 of them coming from guard Matt St. Amour, who had a game-high 24 points for Middlebury.


SVC was down 55-32 going into halftime.

In the second half, SVC was able get their defense straightened out to hold Middlebury in check and climb back into the game, but the deficit going into the half was too much to overcome and the Mountaineers would fall to their third loss of the season.

Senior DeShawn Hamlet had a team- high 20 points for SVC in the losing effort. Nate Goldsmith and Casey Hall, each had 12 points in the loss for the Mountaineers as well.

With the loss, SVC drops to 8-3 now on the season.

The Mountaineers will face Mitchell on Saturday with a start time of 3 p.m.

Schedule change

Tuesday's X-C Ski Race at Wild Wings is cancelled. Thursday's Freestyle race at Woodstock at 5:00 p.m. is still on.

Free Adaptive ski lessons

January is national Learn to Ski and Snowboard month and there are many opportunities for people to learn new snowsports at a discount, or even free. Vermont, being home to several adaptive sport associations, is also providing free adaptive lessons at alpine and Nordic resorts.

Resorts nationwide will host the World's Largest Lesson on Friday. Vermont Adaptive is offering free adaptive lessons at 10 a.m. at each of their locations: Pico Mountain, Sugarbush Resort and Bolton Valley. For more information visit Winter Trails Day is another national learn-to program offering free cross country skiing and snowshoeing on Saturday.

AbilityPLUS at Mount Snow provides adaptive ski and snowboard lessons to individuals of all ages with any type of disability, from children with autism to individuals with severe physical impairments. AbilityPLUS is a special part of Mount Snow where children and adults with physical or intellectual disabilities team up with extraordinary instructors and experience the joy and freedom of sliding down a snowy slope unencumbered by a wheelchair or braces. Our lessons are specially tailored to each individual's abilities and goals.

Pico Mountain is home to Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing recreational opportunities to people with disabilities. Vermont Adaptive offers ski and snowboard clinics at Pico, where Vermont Adaptive instructors teach lessons for all ability levels. Students may book lessons as individuals or as part of a group. Family members or friends of the Vermont Adaptive students are invited to participate and, if interested, can learn the adaptation needed to help their skier achieve as much independence as possible. Clinics are by appointment only, and include lift ticket, private adaptive instruction and adaptive equipment. For more information, call 802-353-7584 or 802-786-4991 for the administrative office or visit Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports.

MAU youth nights set

BENNINGTON >> The Mount Anthony Union High School athletic department is once again sponsoring a pair of youth basketball nights for the boys and girls area youth basketball players.

Girls youth night will be Monday, Jan. 11 when the MAU JV and varsity girls basketball teams play host to Hoosick Falls. JV action starts at 5:30, followed by the varsity game at 7 p.m. All girls playing in the MAYAA Basketball League will be admitted free of charge by wearing their game jerseys.

Boys youth night will be on Friday, Jan. 22 when the Patriot JV and varsity boys basketball teams host Otter Valley with JV action starting at 5:30, and varsity play at 7 p.m. All boys playing in the MAYAA Basketball League will be admitted free of charge by wearing their game jerseys.

At the halftime of each junior varsity game there will be a 10-minute exhibition game featuring two MAYAA teams. A drawing for a basketball signed by the varsity team will be held after the exhibition game for the MAYAA participants in attendance.

Bennington Special Olympics winter sports

BENNINGTON >> Practice for the Bennington Special Olympics cross country skiing and snowshoeing season will take place every Sunday at noon at the Vermont Veterans' Home in Bennington, meeting in the large parking lot adjacent to the Park Street entrance. Practice will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. until the State Winter Games competition, held March 4-6. All individuals with an intellectual disability, eight years and older are welcome. No previous skiing or snowshoeing experience is necessary and there is no cost for participating. Equipment is provided but athletes should dress warmly and wear boots.

Special Olympics' mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendships with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Questions can be addressed to Chris Lantz, 802-922-5399.