Hornets best Mount Mansfield

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By Joe Cardello
The Essex Reporter

The Essex girls’ basketball team travelled to Jericho for their first game of the season on Friday. The Hornets took down the Cougars in a 29-17 victory.

Head coach Shawn Montague admitted that the overall play of the game was a bit sloppy, but that it was a typical nervousness of a new season.

The team only allowed four points from the Mount Mansfield team in the first half. So it comes as no surprise that Montague wanted to emphasize offense during this week’s practices.

“We played a solid game on the defensive end of the floor. We just need to execute better offensively and we need to do a better job finishing at the rim. That means making layups and shooting free throws,” Montague said.

The girls’ game at St. Johnsbury was rescheduled for Dec. 10, but Montague said improvements need to develop before then in order to compete.

“St. Johnsbury is a tough place to play. We need to have good practices and exert the effort to execute better offensively,” Montague said.

This weekend the Hornets will play in a tournament at Rutland on Dec. 13 at 5 p.m. and on Tuesday they will host South Burlington at 7:30 p.m.