HARTFORD - The Burr and Burton Academy girls basketball team dropped their season opener Tuesday night at the division II defending champion, Hartford, 52-28.

After the first quarter BBA (0-1) was only down 10-8, but Hartford (1-0) pulled away in the second quarter with a 22-2 run, giving them the momentum as the first half ended.

"That's when they intensified the press," said BBA head coach Terry Merrow. "We kept turning the ball over dribbling into no-mans land. I called timeout, we readjusted some stuff and tried substitutions. They are the defending champions, they played like it last night. They pressed us and we couldn't handle it."

Hartford outscored the Bulldogs 20-18 in the second half.

BBA was led by sophomore guard Maggie Oliver who poured in a team high seven points, all of which came in the second half, in the loss. Stephanie Grob was the high scorer for Hartford, notching 17 points in the win. Chelsea Down also reached double figures with 10 points. BBA has lost their last three games against Hartford, and hoping not to see a trend. Last year the Bulldogs lost their first two games of the season to Hartford and then Middlebury, as this years first two games follow that same schedule, BBA is hoping for a different result.

"We have two practices before Middlebury's game. We will work on what we need to work on. We just have to keep the faith and stay positive and work hard," said Merrow. "We have the potential to be a good team we just have to get that confidence."

BBA looks to make its way to a .500 record as they travel to Middlebury on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 12:30p.m. Middlebury (0-1) is coming off a 53-10 loss against Fair Haven.