Both Lynx Teams Fall in Elite 8 Quarter-Finals
From Thursday thru Sunday, February 19-22, NHTI hosted the YSCC Elite 8 Men's and Women's Basketball Playoffs, featuring the top eight teams in the Yankee Small College Conference. Unfortunately, both the men's and women's Lynx teams were eliminated in the first round of play, and failed to advance to the higher brackets.
In game number three of the women's quarter-finals, U-Maine Augusta jumped out early to a 41-22 halftime lead, and held on to defeat NHTI 72-46. UMA’s Jamie Plummer scored 36 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the way for the Moose. Kylie Kemp also scored 13 points for the Moose in the win. NHTI was led by Danielle Kimball (Derry) and Haley Jakubens (Gilmanton), each scoring 11 points, with Allura Leblanc (Northwood) chipping in with 10 points.
The third matchup in the men’s quarterfinal round featured NHTI and U-Maine Machias. The Clippers topped the Lynx 89-74. The Clippers held a 12 point lead at the half and would hold on in the second half despite only outscoring the Lynx by three in the second half. The Clippers were led by four players in double digits; both Ben Teer and Floyd Higgins scored 16 points, and Higgins also added 11 rebounds. The Lynx were led by a pair of scorers, Yordy Tavarez (Nashua) and Ethan Rutledge (Curacao). Tavarez scored 32 points and Rutledge added 20 points in the loss.
In recognition of his contributions throughout the season, Yordy Tavarez was named to the Men's All-Conference First Team. Ethan Rutledge was named to the Men's All-Conference Second Team, and Allura Leblanc was named to the Women's All-Conference Second Team. Congratulations to these fine players!
Yordy Tavarez (left), Allura Leblanc and Ethan Rutledge receive their All-Conference awards
from NHTI head basketball coaches Paul Hogan and Jen Fithian.