The Green Mountain Union High School girls' basketball team recently made it three in a row to start the season, after knocking off the Arlington Eagles, 58-51, at Nason Gym in Chester.
And for the third straight game, the Lady Chiefs used a smothering, mostly full-court trapping defense to not create turnovers, and convert them into easy baskets on the other end.
"If we just play our game we should be okay," Green Mountain coach Terry Farrell siad during pre-game warm ups.
"They are quick, but also have a pretty young team, so hopefully we can play some good defense and create some turnovers."
The plan would ultimately work, however, it was the Lady Eagles who jumped out early, creating a nice passing game and a 17-13 lead late in the first quarter, with most of the offense coming from junior Haley VanOrman and sophomore forward Elizabeth Macksey.
But as the second quarter wore on, Green Mountain senior center Emma Lisle and junior forward Julie Comstock started benefiting from the pesky defense created by guards Sara Groshens and Mckala Benson with four straight transition lay ups to take a 33-32 half time lead.
Comstock was everywhere in first half with 12 points and a couple steals, while Lisle had five points and controlled the defensive rebounding.
For the Lady Eagles, VanOrman was nearly single-handedly keeping her team in the game with 16 points, several rebounds and and some tough defense.
In the third quarter, the Lady Eagles hung tough and traded baskets with Green Mountain, and headed into the final quarter tied at 44 after a Chieftains jumper was waved off at the buzzer.
However, at the start of the fourth quarter that pressure defense would start taking over as Green Mountain scored 10 straight points on a Comstock 3-point play, a Lisle lay up and free throw and a Groshens lay up for a 54-45 lead.
After VonOrman broke the string with a put-back inside, the Green Mountain would get two more baskets (from Comstock and Benson) before a Eagles 3-pointer closed out the scoring at 58-51.
"We did another good job defensively and created several turnovers off of that," coach Farrell said after the game.
"Julie (Comstock) had a great all-around game and Emma (Lisle) did a great job of passing out of double and sometimes triple-teams. They both did a great job on the defensive end as well."
Another big key to this game was the second half defense on VanOrman, who torched the Chiefs for 16 points in the first half, but could only muster six in the second half.
Comstock led the way offensively for Green Mountain with 18 points, while Benson pitched in with 13.
VanOrman led all scores with 22 points while Rayleen Sherman and Kathrine Macksey pitched in with 12 points each foe the Lady Eagles.