CASTLETON, Vt. - Castleton State College went on a 25-3 run early in the second half and then had to hold off Plymouth State University in the final minutes Tuesday night, defeating the Panthers, 82-73, in a non-conference women's basketball game.
The host Spartans found themselves down 37-32 at the half, but rallied to go ahead by as many as 18 points with just over nine minutes to play. The Panthers would not go away and brought the game within six before Castleton made their free throws down the stretch to put the game out of reach.
Sophomore guard Jessica Banks led five Spartans in double figures with 20 points and five rebounds. Following Banks in the scoring column was LeeAnne Ketchen with 15 and seven rebounds.
The Panthers also had a balanced attack, with four players scoring in double figures. Freshman Karly Gray (Southampton, Mass.) led the Panthers with 14 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore Annie Alosa (Concord, N.H./Manchester Trinity) and junior Lauren Daniels (Concord, N.H./Concord) each finished with 12 points, and senior Heather Thomas (Merrimack, N.H.) added 10.
Castleton was buoyed by the strong play of senior guard Carley Amedore in the second half. Amedore finished with 12 points and six assists. Also contributing to the Spartan run was Mary Nienow, who scored 12 points off the bench.
CSC improves to 2-1 and is back in action on Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 5:30 p.m. when it hosts Middlebury. Plymouth State falls to 1-2 and is also back in action on the 28th when it hosts Colby-Sawyer (6:00 p.m.)
(Courtesy of Castleton State Sports Information)
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