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Feb. 23, 2012

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

 

Back on the winning track with a 54-40 victory at North Country Union Tuesday night, the 15-2 Champlain Valley Union girls hoop quintet’s hopes for the Division I playoff top seed could well rest with their next two games: Friday at Essex and Tuesday’s final regular season home game against Rice Memorial.

The Redhawks own victories over both challengers, a home win over the Hornets and a tense, final seconds triumph at Rice.

Essex, 13-4, is coming off two straight defeats — the latest a 61-35 setback Tuesday at St. Johnsbury Academy despite 21 points from Williston’s Kari Lavalette.

At 4-13 North Country, the Redhawks shook off a 23-19 Falcon halftime lead, and zoomed to the win. Emily Kinneston’s 16 points and eight thefts and 10 points from Elana Bayer-Pacht fueled the victory.

Sofia Lozon, one of coach Ute Otley’s confounding (to foes) Mighty Minis, led all scorers with 17 points, including a cool 8-for-8 from the free throw line in the closing quarter.

Last Friday (Feb. 17), the Redhawks paid the price for inconsistency in a 33-31 loss at 5-11 Burlington.

Twice during the game, CVU used small runs to open up three-point leads. On each occasion, however, the ‘Hawks could not apply further damage even despite good opportunities.

Midway through the final quarter, Kaelyn Kohlasch and Lazrin Schenck hoops put the ‘Hawks up 31-28 with 3:38 to play. After two missed shots from CVU, Burlington — believing victory was possible — got an open trey from freshman Ajla Medic at 2:09 for the tie. Medic then nailed the game winner with about 35 seconds remaining.

On a night when both teams shot approximately 25 percent, Kohlasch sank 5 of 6 shots from the floor to lead all scorers with 13 points. She also had three assists.

Burlington won the battle of the boards 32-25.

Burlington 33, CVU 31 (Feb. 17)

 

CVU (14-2)

Lozon, 0 0-0 0; Bayer-Pacht, 2 0-0 4; Donnelly, 1 0-0 2; Kohlasch, 5 2-2 13; Kinneston, 3 0-0 6; Limaneck, 2 0-0 4; Schenck, 1 0-0 2; Krupp, 0 0-0 0; Beatty, 0 0-0 0; Whiteside, 0 0-0 0.

Totals: 14 2-2 31

 

BHS (5-11)

Garrison, 3 0-0 7; Jones, 1 1-2 4; O. Maher, 3 0-0 6; I. Maher, 1 2-5 4; Pidgeon, 0 4-4 4; Black, 0 0-0 0; Medic, 3 0-0 8; Morris, 0 0-0 0; Farnham, 0 0-0 0; Bradshaw, 0 0-0 0.

Totals: 11 7-11 33

 

CVU       8   6  11   6  – 31

BHS       8   7  10   8  – 33

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