Comets roll past Colonels; will travel to Rice in quarterfinals

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ST. ALBANS – The BFA-St. Albans girls basketball team saved one of its most impressive starts to a game for the beginning of the postseason.

After rough starts to games had cost the fifth-seeded Comets down the stretch of the regular season, they made sure it didn’t happen again in their playdown round game against No. 12 Brattleboro on Tuesday.

The Comets jumped out to a 17-5 lead after the first quarter with six different players getting on the scoresheet.

The quick start propelled them to a comfortable 62-39 win over the Colonels to advance to the Division I semifinals.

“The energy level was there and the girls were ready to start this game,” said BFA coach Shawn Earl. “The veterans led by example knowing what it takes in the postseason, and we still have a lot of work to do, but this was a good start.”

By the end of the game, nine different players scored for BFA, as it moved the ball well all game long to find the easy baskets.

The unselfish play helped the Comets jump out to a 36-18 lead by halftime and never look back.

“Seeing so many players contribute like tonight is something you always like to see happen,” said Earl. “To see nine players score in a game, that to me means we are doing what we have to do to be successful.”

Brattleboro didn’t have an answer for Kelly Laggis in the post, as she finished the game with 22 points to go along with nine rebounds.

“That was a great game out of Kelly tonight,” said Earl. “She did a good job of getting open and everyone did a good job of being unselfish out there tonight.”

Hannah Earl (12 points) and Andi Esenler (11 points) also reached double digits for the Comets.

The Comets moved the ball with ease the entire game to get everyone involved in the scoring. Elise Archambault and Lily McAllister each dropped four points in the game, Megan Buckley had three while Sarah Newhall, Alivia McCarthy, and Katie LaBelle each had a basket.

With the win, the Comets move on to Friday’s quarterfinal where they will travel to No. 4 Rice, who came away with a 70-42 win over No. 13 Mt. Mansfield on Tuesday.

The Comets (15-6) and Green Knights split the season series with both teams winning on the opponent’s home court. BFA hopes to keep that trend going Friday when they travel to South Burlington, as it looks to knock Rice out of the postseason on their home court for the second season in a row.

“I think Rice is similar to us with some veteran players and they are a balanced team,” said Earl. “It’s going to be a dogfight. It’s never easy to go and play in their place, but we know we can play on the road at Rice. We already did it this year. So, I’m excited to go down there and hopefully we play our game and come out with a win.”

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