Going up against the CVU girls basketball team is always a tall task, as the Redhawks have been a powerhouse in Division I basketball for a number of years.
The BFA-St. Albans girls basketball team kicked off the season with a three-game road trip with the final leg of the trip coming at CVU on Thursday.
The Comets played well in the first quarter to take a lead after the opening eight minutes, but some rough shooting in the second and third proved costly as the Redhawks capitalized to come away with a 44-27 win.
The Comets opened up strong to start the game as they came out of the first quarter with a 10-9 lead.
The Redhawks came alive in the second quarter, as they outscore BFA 12-5 in the quarter to go into halftime with the 21-14 lead.
They pulled away in the third outscoring the Comets 17-6 and BFA couldn’t pull off a comeback.
“We played very well in the first quarter to take the lead,” said BFA coach Paul LaFountain. “The secret in my opinion was our discipline and consistency. In the second quarter, some of that waned and we took some bad shots, which hindered out ability to score and allowed CVU to get out and run a little bit.
“We were unable to score for most of the second and third quarters,” he added. “Against their 3-2 zone, we struggled to be decisive and settled for way too many jumpshots. All things we will continue to work on going forward.”
The Comets only had four players score throughout the game with Caitlyn Dasaro leading with 11 and Maren McGinn tallying 10.
“It’s difficult to win games like that,” said LaFountain. “We need to be more balanced scoring and other players willing to step up into that role when necessary. All of our players can score, but the just need to seek it out during the games when they are open or have openings.”
It was the first loss of the season for the Comets, who fell to 2-1 on the season, but despite the outcome, LaFountain said if his team puts a full game together like the first quarter, it would have been a different story at the end.
“I thought this was a good test for our team and now we know where the bar is and how far we have to go to reach it,” he said. “We can compete with CVU talent-wise without a doubt. Where we need to improve is our consistency and discipline across all 32 minutes of the game.”
The Comets are back in action on Monday when they will have their first home game of the season when they host St. Johnsbury.