by Ken Brown
PLAINFIELD – The Twinfield-Cabot girls basketball team raced past Craftsbury Academy (CA) last week to earn their first varsity win as a program in over two years after playing a COVID-shortened junior varsity schedule last season.
Kendall Fowler and Carley Mancini scored eight points apiece to lead the Lady Trojans over CA at home last Wednesday, 34-18. Twinfield-Cabot jumped out to an 18-7 lead at the break and never looked back, improving to 1-3 on the season.
“We got off to a little slower start than we thought we would this season, but we’re still a really young team and we all were really happy and excited to get that first win under our belt,” said head coach Jason Cushing. “The girls executed our press really well in this game, it made CA handle the ball more than they wanted to and we were able to capitalize on some of the turnovers we created,” added Cushing.
Ella Gillespie led the Lady Chargers with 11 in the loss as they fell to 0-5 on the season. Twinfield-Cabot was handled by Blue Mountain over the Holiday Break, 61-17, as the Lady Bucks continued to dominate Division IV with a 6-1 record. Friday’s game against Northfield was postponed due to COVID protocols as multiple schools, including Twinfield-Cabot are dealing with several positive tests among students and staff. Cushing hopes to get closer to full strength this week as the Lady Trojans tackle a full slate of games.
“It has been a really tough season for everyone this year to get into any kind of rhythm and you have to keep working through the challenges. We’ve been able to practice with 11 and, hopefully, we’ll only be down a couple of players going into some tough tests this week. We built up some confidence last season with the schedule we played, but the girls are still definitely adjusting to the physicality and athleticism of the Mountain League. There are no easy wins, and we are still learning our way a little bit. Hopefully we can build some confidence off of our first win, continue to work hard on the defensive end as we continue to develop our identity offensively in half court sets,” said Cushing.
Twinfield-Cabot is scheduled to host Danville on Wednesday before hitting the road against Milton on Friday.