WESTMINSTER — The Green Mountain women’s varsity basketball team finished Wednesday’s thriller inside Holland Gymnasium on a 9-0 run and beat Bellows Falls 40-33.
The score was blocked six times, including 0-0, 9-9, 25-25, 29-29, 31-31 and 33-all. After GM’s Grace Vargas drained a 15ft jumper to level it at 33-33, Kim Cummings made a 3 then a layup, and Grace Tyrrell added her own chip shot as the visitors swung were moving away.
Vargas, a freshman, ended up with a game-high 15 points. She knocked down four midrange jumpers, scored on a drive, and also buried five free throws.
Tela Harty (7 points, 8 rebounds) carried the Terriers 1-6 early, making a few layups in the first quarter – assisted by Aliya Farmer and then Savannah Sylvester Neal. Laura Kamel (14 points, 8 rebounds) had four baskets in the second frame, helping the hosts to a 21-18 halftime advantage.
As the live stream announcers often pointed out, Bellows Falls turned the ball over way too many times in the second half. The Chieftains took advantage and quickly equalized at 25-25.
With injured playmaker Julia Nystrom watching from the bench in street clothes, Delaney Lockerby made back-to-back hoops to keep the hosts on the inside.
Kamel, who had to spend much of the game with foul issues, managed to play the entire fourth quarter without blowing a fifth whistle. After Eryn Ross hit a 10-foot jumper and Harty scored on a base drive to put the Terriers up 33-31, the visitors would score the final nine points of the contest.
Sylvester Neal saved three shots to lead the BF defence. Ross and Farmer each finished with three interceptions.
Green Mountain score: Karen Vargas 15 points, Kim Cummings 13 points, Grace Tyrrell 8 points, Luna Burkland 2 points, Sierra Sorensen 2 points.
Bellows Falls score: Laura Kamel 14 points, Tela Harty 7 points, Delaney Lockerby 6 points, Aliya Farmer 4 points, Eryn Ross 2 points.
Shane Covey can be reached at [email protected] or 802-254-2311 X163. On Twitter: @ShaneCovey.