Second-half run propels MCLA past SVC
BENNINGTON -- Sometimes in basketball it can take a little while to find the shot. But once that happens and your team is on the bad side of it, watch out.
MCLA's Lucy Tremblay scored all 14 of her second-half points in the first six minutes as she led the Trailblazers to a 80-34 rout against Southern Vermont College in a women's basketball game on Thursday night at the Mountaineer Athletic Center.
"MCLA is a very good team," said SVC (1-7) coach Mike Quinn. "But our age showed. We have a young team -- I started four freshmen and a sophomore. It was tough against an experienced team like that."
Up 33-18 at the half, the Trailblazers (8-4) blasted out of the gate, causing a turnover on SVC's opening possession and then going on a 14-1 run to crank the lead to 29.
"They hit some amazing shots to start the second half," Quinn said. "They are good shooters and they can make it. We were still playing well early in the second half."
Along with Tremblay's game-high 20, Kelsey Ouimet also added 10 for the Trailblazers.
MCLA's pressure defense was stout throughout, forcing SVC into 39 turnovers and not allowing the Mountaineers to get across mid-court on many possessions.
"We had a lot more structure defensively and more movement in transition," said MCLA coach Holly McGovern. "We were working on our rotation and I felt we did a much better job in the second half."
Despite the deficit, Quinn was pleased with the effort in the first half.
"We played superb in [the first 20 minutes]," Quinn said. "But something happened in the second. They just got tired."
MCLA started the game on a 14-2 advantage with Johanna Miner scoring eight of her 14 points, but two quick buckets by Kala McKenzie kept the Mountaineers hanging around. McKenzie, a Fair Haven product, was the leading scorer for the Mountaineers with a double-double -- 12 points and 10 rebounds.
"Kala had an excellent game," Quinn said.
Sarah McDonald added 10 points and three rebounds for Southern Vermont, who play again on Sunday in a non-league contest against Pine Manor.
"This is the kind of game you have to just forget about and move on to the next one," Quinn said.
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