JOHNSON, Vt. --- Senior Katie McAllister (Pittston, Maine / Gardiner Area) scored a game-high 20 points but Thomas College fell to Johnson State, 68-44, in North Atlantic Conference women's basketball play Friday night.
Johnson State (8-10, 5-6 NAC) grabbed an early 4-0 lead on a pair of free throws by Kasey DeGreenia and a jumper by Nicole Menard. For Thomas (2-16, 1-10 NAC), nearly half the opening period ticked away before McAllister cracked the scoring column with a layup at the 5:01 mark. The Terriers scored on three of their next five trips down the floor, drawing even at 8-8 on a layup by junior Tess McClenahan (Salmon, Idaho / Salmon) at the 2:29 mark.
Amanda Bednarick drained a three-pointer to put the Badgers back in front then hit a free throw to extend the lead to four points before a layup by senior Ashleigh Gagne (Waterville, Maine / Waterville) made it 12-10 headed to the second quarter.
McAllister drained a jumper and sophomore Jordan Agger-Barnes (South Portland, Maine / Wells) hit a pair of free throws as the Terriers opened the second quarter on a 4-1 run and took a 14-13 lead. The lead would be short-lived, however, as the Badgers went on a 12-2 run to end the quarter and took a 25-16 lead into the locker room. Thomas' only score in that stretch was a McAllister layup with 4:31 to play.
Johnson State outscored Thomas, 24-12, in the third quarter to take a 49-28 lead into the final stanza. The Badgers went on a 10-2 run to open the quarter to push the lead to 17 points. The Terriers responded, cutting the lead back to 12 with 5:10 left in the quarter on a traditional three-point play by McAllister and a jumper by Gagne. Thomas would be held scoreless for the next four-plus minutes as Johnson State rattled off 11 points in a row to build a 46-23 lead with 1:31 remaining in the third.
A McClenahan layup with 55 seconds remaining ended the run and the teams traded three-pointers as the quarter drew to a close.
In the fourth, McAllister tallied nine points on 3-of-3 shooting both from the field and from the free-throw line. After she opened the quarter with a layup, Johnson State went on an 8-0 run behind three-pointers from Nicole Menard and Allyson Bruckner and a layup by Ashley Goddard. Layups by Agger-Barnes and Gagne and another three-point play by McAllister brought the lead back to 20 at 57-37 with 5:04 remaining.
The Badgers followed with an 11-3 run over the next four minutes to build the lead to a game-high 28 points with just over one minute remaining before McAllister scored four straight points to close out the game.
Thomas shot 33.3 percent (17-of-51) from the field but came out on the short end of the rebounding battle, 40-25, and committed 19 turnovers. Johnson State shot 39.1 percent (27-of-69) from the field, including 41.2 percent (7-of-17) behind the arc. The Badgers also had 14 steals.
McAllister shot 7-for-16 from the field and was a perfect 6-for-6 at the free throw line en route to her game-high point total. She also pulled down five rebounds and now has 963 career points. Gagne added nine points, five boards and a pair of steals. McClenahan had eight points and three rebounds. Agger-Barnes led the team in rebounding with six and totaled four points.
Bednarick scored a team-high 15 points off the bench on 5-of-10 shooting including four three-pointers for Johnson State. Menard added 13 points and Domonique Carter-Stanley had 12 points and five steals. Kasey DeGreenia recorded a 10-point, 11-rebound double-double.
The Terriers make the short trip to Lyndonville, Vt. to face Lyndon State (3-14, 2-9 NAC) at 1 p.m. Saturday. The Badgers entertain UMaine-Farmington (10-7, 8-2 NAC) at the same time. UMF dispatched Lyndon, 73-48, last night in Vermont.