BURLINGTON — Housatonic’s Emily Geyselaers scored the first six points in the Mountaineers’ 43-34 girls basketball win at Lewis Mills High School Friday night.
Teammate Olivia Forstmann scored the next four.
After that, it was down to sheer effort on both sides, but Geyselaers (team-high 14 points) and Forstmann (12 points) saw to it that Mills (9-9, 9-7 Berkshire League) never quite caught up, despite a game-high 18 points by Spartan star Samantha Chadwick.
“We have a long-standing rivalry with Mills,” said Geyselaers, who often sparked the Mountaineer energy with shots outside and rebounds inside on the same play.
“Whenever it’s Mills, we’re excited,” said Mountaineer center Forstmann, whose battles underneath meant multiple shots for Housy (12-6, 12-4 BL) on a night when both sides had trouble with layups.
“We have ups and downs, but we’re not going to be out-hustled,” said Housatonic coach Steve Dodge.
“You just can’t get down 10-0 to a team like that, especially when you’re giving them second and third chances,” said Mills coach Al Ciarlo.
Geyselaers scored eight points in the first half, then gave way to Forstmann in the second for a star turn with eight points for Forstmann. Geyselaers was back sealing the win with four straight foul shots in the last five minutes.
In between, Mills’ Chadwick made it exciting with nine points in the second and third periods.
Chadwick’s final basket, with 58 seconds left in the third, drew the Spartans all the way up to a 31-28 deficit.
Then the Mountaineer hustle took it back over.
HOUSATONIC 43, LEWIS MILLS 34
(at Lewis Mills High School)
HOUSATONIC 10 14 9 10 – 43
LEWIS MILLS 4 13 11 6 – 34
Housatonic (43): Caroline Hurlbut 0-1-1; Sierra O’Niell 3-2-8; Alison Holmes 4-0-8; Emily Geyselaers 5-4-14; Christina Winburn 0-0-0; Madelynn Olownia 0-0-0; Olivia Forstmann 5-2-12; Totals: 17-9-43.
Lewis Mills (34): Abby Mills 1-1-4; Lauren Alvarez 0-0-0; Alyssa Wrabel 2-0-4; Emily Hunt 0-0-0; Brooklyn Murdick 1-0-2; Samantha Chadwick 6-4-18; Gabby Bagdonas 2-2-6; Totals: 12-7-34.
3-point goals: LM – Mills; Chadwick 2.
Half-time score: 24-17 Housatonic.
Records: Housatonic 12-6; 12-4 Berkshire League; Lewis Mills 9-9; 9-7 BL.