BBA hangs on to beat Brattleboro

MANCHESTER - Brattleboro sophomore forward Meghan Powell grabbed the rebound off a missed shot and put it in off the glass to draw the Colonels within four points with 10.3 seconds remaining. Brattleboro quickly called a timeout, but in the end the four point margin was just too much for them to overcome as they lost to the Burr and Burton Academy girls basketball team 42-38.

Brattleboro sophomore guard Taylor Bird led all scorers on the evening with 12 points and also had three rebounds and three assists for the Colonels. Her counterpart, senior guard Rory Halligan had a comparable game recording 11 points and also having four rebounds and two steals.

Halligan and senior guard Devin Brown powered the Bulldog offensive, combining for 20 points.

While the two seniors set the tone, BBA coach Terry Merrow said after the game that it was a team win.

"Rory and Devin, they lead us," he said. "I thought Maggie Oliver played a great game tonight. I thought Angie Gaiotti was unbelieveable on the defensive end. She really kept us ahead with all her defensive plays down on the end. So, she was a really pivotal part of our game."

While freshman center Hannah Nicholson did not have her best night offensively she got things done on the defensive side of the ball recording four blocks and also grabbing nine rebounds.

BBA (10-9) led by as much as 11 with just under four minutes remaining before Brattleboro mounted a comeback, but turnovers proved costly for Brattleboro down the stretch.

"We're still grasping how to finish. I'm always sort of reminding them that I prefer four or five safe passes than to try to make that one great pass and to be patient and move the ball and then they'll get better shots," said Brattleboro coach Paul Freed. "In a game like that we did try to force it and make things happen all in one play and that's part of growing up and I think we'll get better at that as we go along."

Burr and Burton led for much of the game, but Brattleboro (9-10) briefly took control of the lead about midway through the third when Bird hit junior guard Kayla Savage - who had eight points - in transition for a layup to put the Colonels up 21-20 forcing Merrow to call a timeout.

Bird and sophomore guard Abbie Lesure were pivotal in keeping the game close throughout the third and going into the fourth quarter of the game.

"Both those sophomores, Taylor Bird and Abbie Lesure, both have grown a lot this year. [They] get thrown in the with the lions, learning on the fly, and they've come a long way," said Freed. "They started to get more composure and understand how to finish a game. That's something we're still working on. I was really proud."

Sophomore forward Claudia Mosher - one of the BBA's offensive threats - went down in the second quarter and did not return due to a laceration over her eye.

BBA will host Rutland at 7:30 p.m. on Friday for their season finale at E.H. Henry Gym.

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