Lauren Gidney led another strong defensive effort and Madison North’s double double helped the Yellowjackets sweep their regular-season games with Vergennes, winning 49-32 in Monday night’s makeup game.
Milton continued to stifle the opposition early, holding Vergennes to 13 first-half points after allowing just five and eight in the opening quarters of its two previous games.
On Monday night, the Jackets kept the pressure on throughout, creating turnovers with a variety of defenses.
Offensively, after making just 9 of 48 field-goal tries Saturday against Mt. Mansfield, the Yellowjackets (8-9) hit on 22 of 47 against the Commodores, grabbed 25 rebounds, and coach Mike Wells said all 11 players contributed to the victory.
In addition to turning in an outstanding defensive effort, Gidney scored nine points. North notched 10 points and 10 rebounds, and Cassidy Button netted a team-high 12 points along with five assists.
Kate Gosselin led Vergennes (3-14) with eight points.
Trailing by 10 at the half, Vergennes hit three 3-pointers in the third quarter in a bid to get back in the game but Milton’s defense ended the threat and the Jackets’ lead was up to 16 midway through the fourth.
“We executed on both sides of the ball tonight,” Wells said. “The girls have been doing a tremendous job making it very difficult to score for our opponents the last six of seven games.”
Milton has allowed fewer than 40 points in all but one game since Jan. 20, giving up 54 in a loss to 10-4 Mt. Abraham. The streak of stingy defensive play began with the Yellowjackets’ first Vergennes meeting, a 32-29 win on the road.
“Tonight the ball went in for us,” Wells added, “and the coaches could not be happier for the girls. They have played through some injuries and a tough stretch shooting. A good team win”, and a much-needed win as we head down the final two weeks of the season.