ENOSBURG – A blistering run of 12 points in a 2:15 span from Sophie Burns helped Enosburg to a 22-point second quarter on Wednesday and a second win over Lamoille on the season, this one by a 57-31 score.
Burns finished with a game-high 24 points on the night for a Hornet (6-1) team fresh off its first loss of the season. Knotted at 5-5 midway through the first quarter, Enosburg closed with a 7-0 run and played the second beautifully to grab a 34-14 halftime lead.
“The girls came out of the blocks a little slow but we picked it up on defense and Sophie, Sophie led us offensively in that first half,” said Hornet coach Gary Geddes. “But it’s all predicated on our defense to get her going. She’s a tough one.”
A pair of coast-to-coast layups from Lydia Bowen helped Enosburg hang on to an 18-12 lead when Burns went to the free-throw line and made both attempts with 5:15 on the clock in the second quarter. The Hornets quickly took possession back from the Lancers (5-3) and Burns hit another shot. Lamoille failed to make much of its next attempt down the floor and Burns quickly sunk a three, then stole the ball and made a layup.
Lamoille called a timeout to stop the bleeding with 4:06 left in the quarter and nine straight points surrendered to Burns in just over a minute of play. Enosburg regained possession and Emily Adams scored two of her six points before Burns got the ball back on the next trip down the court and hit another three with 3:00 to go.
Just 2:15 after heading to the free-throw line with her team up six, Burns had scored all but two points in helping Enosburg to a 32-12 lead.
“Sophie was on tonight and I got contributions right down through the bench,” said Geddes.
It may not have been Madison Square Garden and Spike Lee almost assuredly wasn’t in the Enosburg stands, but Burns’ second-quarter run was otherwise a suitable Reggie Miller impersonation.
Burns notched 17 of her 24 points in the first half and spent much of the second on the bench as Geddes worked his full roster into a game his Hornets led 48-20 after three quarters. From the starters down, Enosburg bounced back well after suffering its only defeat of the season in North Country on Friday.
“They’re resilient,” Geddes said of his team. “They give me 100% and I can’t ask for anything better.”
Lydia Bowen finished with nine points for Enosburg and Hannah Burns scored seven. Adams and Megan Gervais scored six apiece.
Geddes said it was his team’s defense which impressed him most on Wednesday and allowed Burns and the offense to shine.
“Everyone is rotating up and taking that next pass away,” he said. “Like I told them, I wouldn’t want to play against us. It looks like there’s eight of us out there sometimes.”
The next unlucky team to face this Hornet squad is Missisquoi, which heads to Enosburg for a 7:00 tipoff on Tuesday.