MILTON — Milton Girls Basketball played a nail-biter of a game Monday night against BFA-Fairfax. The Yellow Jackets won in overtime 37-36.
“I definitely expected this to be a close game,” Head Coach Alissa Giroux said. “We have a tendency to rest back on our heels in the beginning and then come out strong in the second half.”
The game began at 6 p.m. March 8 in the Milton High School gymnasium. In what Giroux said was a surprise, Milton came out strong with a quick 9-0 lead.
By the end of the first half, Milton was still leading 17-9.
“All of those little things we worked on in practice come into play here,” Giroux reminded the team as they circled up around her during the break. “Keep up the intensity, I can’t emphasize that enough.”
The game became tied for the first time, 27-27, with 3:15 left in the fourth quarter. Soon after, a 3-point shot by BFA-Fairfax’s Paige Superneau increased the stakes with only 45 seconds left.
Milton’s Noelle McElheny, a senior, forced the game into overtime with a monumental basket just seconds before the end of regular play. Giroux, Assistant Coach Kaitlyn Brouard and the rest of the team leapt from their seats in the bleachers and rushed the court in excitement.
Giroux noted that McElheny, senior Gabby Wooten and junior Malorie Chalmers were the players that impressed her the most during the game.
Chalmers led the team in scoring with 20 points. Wooten scored nine. McElheny’s only points were the most impactful for Milton — the point that led to overtime and the final 2-pointer that won the game.
BFA-Fairfax’s high scorers included Jaycee Douglass with 19 points and Superneau with eight points.
The Yellow Jackets play next at 6:30 p.m. March 12 at Winooski.