CHESTER, Vt. – There are people that take number 12 seeds lightly versus number fives in basketball tourneys. Surprises happen almost every year. Speaking to Green Mountain coach Terry Farrell a week ago, I thought he was overly concerned about Richford. He was right to be concerned. Their team played well and led Richford to a 42-40 victory over the Lady Chieftains at Nason Gym.
“As you know, I expected them to be tough,” he said when I spoke to him about the game. Anne Lamson led the scorers for Green Mountain with 11 points, Paige Karl adding 9, and Hannah Buffum adding 8 in a game where she had 6 of her points in the first period. At that point, the Lady Chieftains had their height in place to battle the northern visitors on the board. Then Buffum fell into foul trouble and Richford’s strong post players gained the advantage they needed to take the lead and capture the contest.
Three Richford players dominated offensive play and combined for 40 of their teams 42 points. The eventual winners came from behind in the second stanza to take a 26-24 halftime lead, but Farrell’s team kept things close with 33-31 after three quarters.
Farrell thought the game was well officiated, but, in an oddity, Green Mountain didn’t get to the foul line all night.
In the end, the season fell way short of what Green Mountain had hoped for when they earned the fifth seed. With more than eight months to absorb the loss and every Lady Chieftain returning next winter, chances are this team will be one of the most driven in the 2018-19 season.