St. Johnsbury- The Spaulding High School Crimson Tide were swept away by the St. Johnsbury Academy Hilltoppers 45-31 on Tuesday night. The St. Johnsbury Academy girls basketball team entered the game (8-4) on the season playing a Spaulding team that has yet to win a game (0-12).
The Hilltoppers started off the first half with turnovers and missed shots. The game took a turn late in the first half when the game was tied at 18 before a huge block by freshman guard Sadie Stetson. The block lead to a two-point basket and the crowd erupted chanting Stetson's name. The play seemed to spark energy and confidence in the team going into the locker room.
The Hilltoppers went into the second half with a four-point lead, 22-18, and they didn't look back. The Crimson Tide didn't have an answer to the Hilltoppers Offense as they started to drain three-point shots and draw fouls. Defense was also a factor as they allowed just 13 points to the Crimson Tide in the second half.
"It felt good, we didn't start off to well but we played really well in the second half," senior forward Gunnhildur Attladottir said about the win Tuesday night.
With this win, the Hilltoppers record is now 9-4 for the season, and they looking for two home playoff games.
"We're in a competition right now to get a top four spot for the playoffs, so we're still in the running for that," St. Johnsbury Academy girl's basketball head coach Jack Driscoll said. "Every game is going to be big for us from now on moving forward toward the end of the season."
The girls have seven games left during the season and hold a two game lead for the fourth spot in the playoffs. Being one of the top four seeds during the regular season would result in the Hilltoppers clinching at least two home games for the playoffs.