ENOSBURG — Capitalizing on an abundance of turnovers and a strong defensive effort, Enosburg improved to 8-2 with a 38-21 victory over Milton last Friday night. Enosburg improved their record to 8-2, while Milton fell to 5-7.
The Hornets held Milton (5-7) to just eight first-half points while they poured in 17, earning six of their 11 steals in the first two quarters.
“Defensively I thought we played a real strong game,” Enosburg coach Gary Geddes said. “We held them to just 21 points with a few minor breakdowns, but that’s to be expected. Especially after being a week without a game. We were a little rusty.”
Kyra Jewett led Enosburg in the first half with six of her game-high eight points, while teammates Marika Luneau, Eliza Blake, Sophie Burns, Randi Barry, Hannah Burns and Bri Severance provided the rest of the scoring. Scoring for the Yellowjackets were Bailey Reilly, Kate Rowley, Madison Chalmers and Cassidy Button.
The second half began with Jewett draining a long jumper 17 seconds in. Hannah Burns was fouled going to the hoop and made one of two. Severance hit a left-handed hook shot for a 22-8 Enosburg lead.
Bailey Reilly scored Milton’s first points of the second half on a nice 3-pointer with 5:21 on the clock. Mariah Archambault made a strong move for the Hornets to score with less than four minutes remaining in the third. Yellowjacket Cody Hyldburg put an offensive board up and in, into the Enosburg lead with 3:46 remaining, and Madison Chalmers’ basket got Milton squad within nine, 24-15.
Sophie Burns was fouled driving the lane and made one of two, expanding the Hornet lead back to 10. Enosburg senior Cheyanne Gagne came away with a steal and an assist to Kyla Perry, and Sophie Burns’ added two more free throws to make it 29-15. With 29 seconds remaining, Button’s jumper put the score at 29-17 heading into the final quarter.
Enosburg upped its defense again in the fourth, holding Milton to just four points — from Buttons and Hyldburg. Rylee Combs, Sophie Burns, Barry, Luneau and Blake provided nine for the Hornets.
In addition to Button’s seven, Milton got five points from Bailey Reilly, four each from Hyldburg and Chalmers, and one from Kate Rowley. For Enosburg, behind Jewett’s eight Sophie Burns finished with seven; Luneau and Barry four each; Hannah Burns, Severance and Blake three; and Combs, Perry and Archambault two.
Milton coach Mike Wells was frustrated with the Yellowjackets’ play.
“I am not happy with my team, obviously, as we threw the ball away all over the gym tonight. I think it was a sloppy-played game. We need to get better. We held a team to under 40 points and lost by 17 points. I mean, you watched it, we probably turned the ball over 30 times. It was a self-inflicted wound. It’s nothing they did to us, it was very self inflicted.”