Notre Dame Girls Overcome Bethel, Cruise Toward 'Bear Of A schedule'

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The Notre Dame-Fairfield girls' basketball team pulled away to topple host Bethel 69-38 and improve to 6-0 on January 9.

Yamani McCollough had 30 points and seven assists and Ciara brown had a double-double to lift the Lancers.

Bethel hung in there early on, and trailed just 9-8 late in the first quarter before Notre Dame finished the stanza on a 6-0 run. The Lancers went on a 13-2 run to build a 22-10 advantage by the mid point of the second.

Brook Lacey hit a 3-pointer and Maranda Nyborg scored down low to get the Wildcats to within seven, and Nyborg drew a charge to give the hosts possession with a chance to get closer. The teams traded stops on defense before Vicky Gracy canned a 3-pointer to pull Bethel to within just four at 22-18 with just over a minute left in the stanza.

McCollough's 3-pointer and a clutch front end one and one foul shot, and second free throw by Brown pushed the lead to 27-18 at the break. The Lancers seized control in the second half.

"Bethel is a good team but we buckled down on defense and stuck to our game plan, showed poise and patience on offense, and did a great job distributing the ball," Notre Dame Coach Maria Conlon said. "Truly a great team win."

After a home tilt with Stratford on January 14, the Lancers embark on a tough stretch of the schedule with games against Pomperaug of Southbury, Sacred Heart, Newtown and Hudson Catholic of New Jersey.

"These next two weeks we have a bear of a schedule so it will be a great test for us. We are really looking forward to that," Conlon said.

Yamani McCollough drives to the basket against Bethel.
Bethel's Brooke Lacey makes a pass as Maranda Nyborg gets into position and the Lancers defend.

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