SVC hangs on to defeat Elms; extend win streak

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CHICOPEE, Mass. — The Southern Vermont College men's basketball team extended its winning streak to 13 with a 75-72 win over New England Collegiate Conference foe Elms on Thursday night.

Leading by one going into halftime, the Mountaineers offense began to pick up the pace in the second half, extending their lead to 11 with 10 minutes left to play.

The Mountaineers double-digit lead though didn't hold up as Elms stormed back to tie the game at 61-61.

SVC shook off the Elms comeback to regain the lead once again and led by five with just over three minutes remaining.

The Mountaineers were able to hold on to their lead this time around to improve to 15-9 on the season.

SVC senior Rayshawn Taylor scored a team-high 22 points in the win for SVC.

Nate Goldsmith and Josh Borders each scored 11 points in the win, while Mike Pierre knocked in 10 for the Mountaineers.

With the win, SVC improves to 13-2 in conference play and clinches the No. 1 seed in the NECC playoff tournament.

The Mountaineers will finish regular season play on Saturday when they travel to face Daniel Webster at 1 p.m.

MAU Nordic second at Freestyle race

BRATTLEBORO — The Mount Anthony Nordic ski team each finished runner-up at the Marble Valley League Freestyle championships on Thursday.

The MAU boys finished with 33 points, behind Brattleboro's 21 and Woodstock's 46. The MAU girls were second behind Brattleboro 14-26.

Natalie Jelley and Allie Boudreau were third and fourth, respectively, while Brianna Zipprich and Bethany Hassett were ninth and 10th.

On the boys side, Ben Doucette and Jack Drew went fifth and sixth. Austin Buttle was eighth and Noah Payne finished the scoring, ending up 14th.

Mountaineers downed by MCLA

BENNINGTON — On Wednesday night, the Southern Vermont College women's basketball team had a slow start doom them in a 80-48 loss to the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

MCLA got out to a 23-11 lead to begin the contest and led SVC 45-18 going into halftime.

Trailing by 27, SVC was able to get its offense going in the second half, but it was too little to late as the Mountaineers drop to 1-22 on the season.

Junior Chloe Longe scored a team-high 16 points off the bench for SVC in the contest.

Sophomore Amber Lesure finished with 13 points in the loss for the Mountaineers.

SVC will next play its last New England Collegiate Conference game of the season, traveling to face Regis on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Goals tough to find for Bulldogs

MANCHESTER — The Burr and Burton girls hockey team put in a yeoman's effort against the top team in Division I, Essex, in a 3-0 loss.

"We kept them scoreless in the third period and I was really happy with everyone's effort and desire out there," said BBA coach Ed Lewicki.

Lewicki cited the play of Annalise Bartlett and Jennifer Kiernan, two players who had to take on different roles with starters out due to illness.

Molly Dingley had 29 saves for BBA, who drop to 0-16.

"It was a light night for her, last time we played Essex (a 10-1 loss), she had almost 60 saves," Lewicki said.

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