CVU hoop squad soars to 9-0
Jan. 26, 2012
By Mal Boright
After dispatching 3-5 Burlington Tuesday night at Bremner Gymnasium, coach Ute Otley and her 9-0 Champlain Valley Union girls basketball team await two more invasions of the home hoop house.
North Country Union comes out of the Northeast Kingdom Friday evening and once-beaten Essex is scheduled for a Tuesday night showdown.
Once again, it was a combination of a motivated defense and patient offense with an ability to see and pass to open shooters that vaulted the Redhawks past the Seahorses 52-35.
The contest was essentially over after a second period in which CVU broke a 9-all deadlock with a 14-6 run to open a 23-15 advantage by intermission. The Redhawks boosted the lead to 20 points early in the final stanza before letting up on the gas pedal.
Burlington coach Doug Cheeseman was preaching patience to his charges in the first period against CVU’s helter-skelter, trapping defense that, to foes, appears that gremlins have gotten loose in their backcourt.
The Seahorses, hampered by turnovers, stayed somewhat on course in the opening reel with 3-for-7 shooting and an 8-2 edge on the boards. The gotcha came in the second canto as CVU began to dominate on the glass and outshot BHS.
By halftime, the Hawks had taken 31 shots and hit 11 while BHS, snookered by 11 turnovers, was just 6-for-18 from the field.
Center Remi Donnelly was a solid citizen in the middle for the victors with 10 points on 5-for-9 shooting, 11 rebounds and six assists in CVU’s slick inside-out passing attack.
Guard Kaelyn Kohlasch was 6-for-8 from the floor for 13 points and contributed three steals. Forward Elana Bayer-Pacht had her usual sparkling floor game, adding 11 points and eight rebounds.
Emily Kinneston was all over the place with eight points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals. Lazrin Schenck came off the bench to add six rebounds, three assists and a swipe.
The Seahorses were led in scoring by speedy guard Kylah Jones with nine points (seven in the closing quarter). Junior forward Olivia Maher had six points and six rebounds.
“We spend two-thirds of our practice time on defense,” Otley said.
Earlier, CVU’s jayvees hiked their record to 7-2 with a 54-14 triumph over Burlington.
Last Friday (Jan. 20), the Redhawks took the often-difficult trip to St. Johnsbury and came home with a 39-31 victory. Kinneston got cracking with a daunting all-around performance of nine points, eight steals, seven rebounds and six assists.
Bayer-Pacht led scorers with 12 points and Donnelly added nine.
CVU 52, Burlington 35 (Tuesday)
Garrison, 3 0-0 7; Jones, 3 2-4 9; O. Maher, 3 0-0 6; I. Maher, 1 0-2 2; Black, 2 2-6 6; Pidgeon, 0 0-0 0; Medic, 2 0-0 4; Prufer, 0 0-0 0; Morris, 0 0-0 0; Farnham, 0 1-2 1.
Totals: 14 5-14 35
Lozon, 1 0-0 2; Bayer-Pacht, 3 5-11 11; Donnelly, 5 0-0 10; Kohlasch, 6 0-0 13; Kinneston, 3 2-4 8; Krupp, 1 0-0 2; Schenck, 1 0-0 2; Whiteside, 0 0-0 0; Beatty, 1 0-0 2; Grasso, 0 0-0 0; Leach, 1 0-0 2.
Totals: 22 7-15 52
BHS 7 8 7 13 – 35
CVU 9 14 14 15 - 52