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Getting in the Zone, Terriers Bite Wasps

Westminster, Vt. — Bellows Falls, losers of seven straight, used a 3-2 match-up zone defense that confused Woodstock as the Terriers snapped the Wasps four-game winning streak with a 62-55 win Friday night in a Vermont Division II game at Holland Gym.

“They were long like Syracuse,” Woodstock coach Jeff Thomas said of the Bellows Falls defense, referring to the collegiate Orange. “They had long arms and grabbed those boards and seemed to get every loose ball.”

Woodstock, after stumbling in the early season, came into the game at 6-4 against an opponent that hadn’t won since Jan. 4. The Terriers, however, got an offensive surge from sophomore Zac Streeter, who hit six 3-pointers, including three in the pivotal third quarter.

“Lots of good things went their way tonight,” Thomas said. “We knew he could shoot the three, but we just didn’t do a good job on him.”

Bellows Falls had a 33-30 lead at the half, and each time it looked as though the Wasps would stage a comeback, Streeter would find himself alone in the corner, and he did not miss, going 3-for-3 from the same spot behind the arc.

Woodstock got the first basket of the third quarter to make it a one-point game, but Streeter drained a shot and the lead was back to four points. And when Streeter got his second 3 of the period, it pushed the lead up to 44-34, and the Terriers led 48-40 after three periods.

“We all knew Streeter could shoot the ball and it was nice to see his hard work paying off,” Terrier coach Evan Chadwick said.

The Bellows Falls zone limited inside play of the Wasps, who struggled to penetrate and spent the night shooting from the outside. It also hurt when their junior forward, 6-foot-2-inch Connor Fegard, got a bloody nose in the fourth period and lost valuable minutes on the floor.

In the fourth quarter, the Wasps got 3-point baskets from Doug Avellino and Dylan McDonough, and the Terriers lead stood at 49-48 and with 6:11 still to go up.

The Wasps, however, could never put a sustained run, and Bellows Falls, which got another 3-pointer , extended the lead to 56-50 with 2:50 to play.

McDonough was then fouled on a 3-point attempt and swished all three free throws to make it 56-53 with 2:34 to play. But that was the last gasp for the Wasps, as Bellows Falls got a big put-back basket from Kendrick Mills, who followed that with two free throws and ended with 21 points.

Streeter finished with 20 points and Brian McAnuff added 11.

Avellino, who made 11 of 15 free throws, had a 22-point game for Woodstock. Fegard added 14 and McDonough 10.

Springfield visits Woodstock Tuesday.