BFA, playoffs up next for girls hoopsters (2/11/10)

Feb. 11, 2010

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

The 15-4 Champlain Valley Union High girls basketball team will close out the regular campaign Thursday night in St. Albans against the rebuilding 7-12 Comets. Then the Redhawks will await the Vermont Principals Association’s Division 1 playoff pairings.

The Redhawks helped themselves last Thursday and Monday nights with wins over a young but resilient 7-12 St. Johnsbury Academy team at home and a reloading 8-11 Hornet aggregation at Essex.

Coach Stan Williams said Monday night that a fourth seed (home playoffs) is possible for his team.

CVU got a big game from senior center Allison Gannon (23 points, 11 rebounds) in a 55-41 victory over Essex that, despite the 14-point margin, was not decided until the final two minutes.

With five minutes to go, Shae Hulbert snapped a 39-39 tie with an inside hoop followed by Carlee Evans’ (9 points) critical three-point bomb (Amanda Kinneston assist) that put CVU in the driver’s seat, 44-39.

The Hornets’ Katie Greene hit a layup to pull Essex within 45-41 with two minutes remaining, but Evans then canned two charity shots and CVU went on a 10-point roll to finish the scoring.

CVU had a decent night from the line, swishing 19-of-27, led by Evans’ perfect six-for-six, Hulbert’s three-for-three and Kinneston’s two-for-two.

The Hornets did get on target in the second reel and twice opened five-point leads before the Redhawks came back, helped by Hulbert and Evans’ free throws (two each), to take a 23-22 advantage at halftime.

St. Johnsbury, which had nipped CVU earlier in the season in the Northeast Kingdom, hung around and hung around before Hulbert led a late explosion that snapped a 41-41 deadlock with 1:26 left and secured the important win.

Hulbert, the junior inside operator, had a fourth quarter for the ages, scoring 13 of her 15 points on four-for-four shooting from the floor and five-of-six at the line. She also found time to pass off for two assists, come up with a steal and block one of the five shots she rejected during the contest.

She gave CVU the lead for good at 54.6 with a put back, popped two free throws at 16.8 after a big Gannon defensive rebound, and then blocked a Hilltopper shot and grabbed the ball to then return to the line. Her two free flips that closed out the scoring.

Gannon, despite drawing a crowd of Green jerseys, contributed two hoops and two rebounds in the critical final quarter.

Hulbert paced the scorers with 15 points while Kinneston had 13.

 

CVU           10            13            14            18   –   55

Essex            8            14            12            7     –   41

 

CVU (15-4)

Kohlasch 0-6 5-9 5, Hulbert 3-6 3-3 9, Gannon 10-16 3-7 23, Evans 1-3 6-6 9, Kinneston 1-4 2-2 4, Giles 0-0 0-0 0, Bayer-Pacht 1-5 0-0 2, Donnelly 0-2 0-0 0, Riordan 1-4 0-0 3, Hawley 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 17-49 19-27 55.

Essex (8-11)

Lavalette 1-4 0-0 2, Visker 2-9 0-0 6, Greene 7-15 0-1 15, Hetling 1-4 0-2 2, J. Panton 2-8 0-0 4, Barry 2-5 0-0 4, Miles 1-2 0-0 3, Wells 2-6 0-0 5, Taylor 0-1 0-0 0, Harris 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 18-56 0-3 41.

 

 

ST. J                      10            2            12            17   –   41

CVU                        8            18            4            17   –   47

 

St. Johnsbury Academy (6-12)

Calkins 1-4 0-0 2, Moran 4-9 1-1 12, Kay 1-12 2-4 4, Rowe 1-5 2-2 4, Lane 5-9 3-4 15, E. Bruckner 1-1 0-0 2, A. Bruckner 0-0 0-0 0, Brown 0-0 0-0 0, Driscoll 1-3 0-0 2. Totals: 14-43 8-11 41.

CVU (14-4)

Kohlasch 2-10 0-0 5, Hulbert 5-8 5-6 15, Gannon 2-4 4-4 8, Evans 0-3 2-2 2, Kinneston 6-10 0-0 13, Bayer-Pacht 1-1 0-0 2, Giles 0-2 0-2 0, Hawley 0-0 0-0 0, Donnelly 1-1 0-0 2, Riordan 0-0 0-0 0, Schenk 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 17-40 11-14 47.