Third quarter woes doom BBA

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MANCHESTER >> A familiar refrain came to pass again for the Burr and Burton Academy girls basketball team on Thursday night against Brattleboro.

In many of their games this season, the Bulldogs have a stretch where they struggle, whether it's for a couple minutes or a full quarter.

Against the Colonels, it was the third quarter as Brattleboro outscored BBA 22-8 in the frame en route to a 56-37 win.

"This is our thing," said BBA coach Ed Panzarino. "We've done this all season, whether it's for two minutes, five minutes or a quarter, we have a point in the game where we have trouble putting it together."

The loss is the sixth straight for the Bulldogs.

Down 28-22 at halftime, the Colonels turned to Devin Millerick for their offense. The junior accounted for eight points in the quarter, including a pair of big three-pointers to turn a close game into more of a blowout.

Millerick led all scorers with 15 points, the only player in doubles for the Colonels. Gabrielle Carpenter added nine and eight rebounds, while freshman Hailey Derosia pitched in with eight.

For BBA, Jade McLellan led with nine points, while sophomore Emily Bleakie added seven and Tessa Roberts added seven. Hannah Nicholson had five points, all in the first half.

The first quarter was back-and-forth, neither team getting to a large lead. A McLellan three and a pair of baskets from Bleakie made it 17-13 Brattleboro heading into the second quarter.

The Brattleboro defense clamped down a bit more in the second, allowing only two field goals — a Bleakie triple and a Nicholson hoop, but they couldn't get too many of their own either and took a six-point lead into intermission.

Burr and Burton Academy drops to 5-13 with two games remaining in the regular season and they face MAU on Monday, a team they took to the brink earlier this month before falling 65-61. Brattleboro improves to 7-12.


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