BASKETBALLEssex Tops Falcons 44-34ESSEX–The North Country girls had well played, hard fought game against the Essex Hornets, but in the end they came up on the short end of the stick, falling by ten 44-34."It was a great game," said coach Christiane Brown, "It was a back and forth, well controlled contest."After being down by one 12-11 after one, the Falcons went on the attack to go up 21-16 at the half."We were super disciplined. By shortening the game we limited them from getting their running game going," said Brown.North Country managed to hold on to the lead until the final three minutes as Essex took the lead and the girls in maroon were forced to foul the Hornets in order to slow them down and stop the clock.The Hornets went 10/13 from the line in the fourth to help sew up the win.The Falcons were led by Emma Joslin's eleven points and great work on defense. She had a pair of deuces, one three, and was a perfect 4/4 from the line.Anna Bingham had seven points, as did Noelle Pinard.Next up 4-9 North Country is a trip to Barre to face Spaulding tomorrow. Game time is 6:30.UCA Bests Concord 69-41CONCORD– The UCA boys were able to pick up win number two against Concord on Tuesday night, as they rode a strong second half en-route the 69-41 victory.The team opened up the game with four strong minutes, starting at the tip. However they started to slide in the latter half of the first and in the second as well."We started to let the other team into the game," said head coach Tony DeLaBruere, "But after the half we re-committed to out philosophy of playing with intensity and the team took off."Take off indeed as they out scored Concord 17-5 in the third, and then just rolled over them in the fourth with a thirty point quarter.Chris DeLaBruere was outstanding, scoring a thirty-four points, grabbing fifteen rebounds, and went 13/18 from the line.Paul Saaman had twenty-three points, including twelve points from beyond the arc."He did his job very well," said the coach on Saaman's play, "When he is able to hit from the outside it really opens things up down low."Every member of the team was able to get their name on the score sheet, much like the coach said they would before the game, making the win a total team effort.UCA heads to Craftsbury on Friday night for the Stephen Willey memorial tournament, and will face Mid-Vermont in the opener.HANNA KINSEYFormer Lake Region standout and current St. Lawrence University sprinter Hannah Kinsey (Barton) has been named Liberty League Track Athlete of the Week after a strong showing at the Hamilton Invitational. Kinsey won the 200 in 26.85, meeting ECAC qualification status, anchored the winning 4x200 relay which ran 1:50.35 and finished third in the 60 meters.UPDATEThe NCU freshman basketball player listed as Aiden Hayes in yesterday's Express was actually Andrew Franklin.