SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – When the Springfield girls’ basketball team found out Randolph would be their play-off opponent this year, it had to be comforting. They had already been there and done that. They had not beaten Randolph in an away game, but they had played well and come close.
There would be one more trip up Interstate 91 to Interstate 89, and hopefully it would lead to a different outcome. The Lady Cosmos played better this time, and both teams had grown during the season. The end result did not fall into the win column this time, but the Cosmos played well and ended up one point closer 42-27. The score the first time around had been 43-27.
Summarizing the contest, Coach Joe Costello said, “For three and a half quarters, we put together a strong team effort, committed to our game plan of good ball movement, and playing inside out. We carried a four-point lead into the fourth quarter, but then I thought fatigue caught up to us (partially contributed to by the return of injured players who didn’t have the practice time to fully recover). Once tired, we had a few possessions, where players tried too hard to carry the load.”
Playing in her final high school game, Madee Stagner led the Cosmos in scoring versus Randolph with 12, and Gabby Wardwell added 9. Randolph showed their seasonal growth by next surprising Enosburg 48-41 before giving top seed Fair Haven a run for their money in a 35-31 loss.
Obviously, Springfield lost to a real quality opponent.