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Feb. 24, 2011

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

It has been a week of grit and grind for the Champlain Valley Union girls basketball team.

With three consecutive home games against foes who in their own dens beat them the first time around, the Redhawks retaliated with victories on Feb. 17 against St. Johnsbury Academy and Monday against Essex.

BFA-St. Albans now comes to Bremner Gymnasium Thursday (5:30 p.m.) to close out the regular season.

The grit this past week came in tough, laborious defenses by the Redhawks and their foes. The grind was of teeth, as the Hawks and their opponents endured long stretches of shooting woes.

The Big D was CVU’s rite of passage Tuesday in a 40-29 win over 14-5 Essex in which the man-to-man playing Hawks held the Hornets to 19 percent shooting (10-for-53) and outrebounded them, 43-26.

“Yeah, this was much better,” said a smiling CVU guard Carlee Evans, who recalled the 41-19 loss CVU suffered at Essex after a 10-day layoff in January.

“It was a big win,” agreed Carlee’s dad, coach Jeff Evans, who was thinking about how it could give the Redhawks a higher playoff seeding.

The Redhawks took the lead for good in the second period, breaking out of a 9-9 first period tie with a 9-4 run sparked by Shae Hulbert’s inside work of a hoop and feed to Remi Donnelly for an inside turn around twine twitcher.

Sophomore Lauren Miles came off the Essex bench and sank four straight deuces to haul the Hornets back to within 20-19, but Hulbert’s two charity tosses with 2:02 left in the half started a five-point CVU run to intermission.

Defenses took charge in the third period. CVU was 1-for-11 from the floor, and Essex was 1-for-12.

The Redhawks snapped an 0-for-8 scoring slump when Amanda Kinneston hit Carlee Evans with a sharp pass for an easy layup to help CVU enter the final reel with a 27-23 advantage.

The Hawks then snapped off a 9-2 run started by another Kinneston pass to Evans for a layup, followed by inside lay-ins from Caroline Limanek and Hulbert. That put Essex down by 11 points, and it never got closer than eight.

Hulbert had a big day with 17 points, 10 rebounds and a pair of assists. Joining her in the rugged stuff on the boards were Lazrin Schenck (8 rebounds), Donnelly (7). Limanek, Elana Bayer-Pacht and Carlee Evans each had five grabs.

Amanda Kineston had four assists, four rebounds, and four steals.

CVU stymies St. Johnsbury

In whacking defending Division 1 champ St. Johnsbury, the defensively gritty Redhawks dug in for a 21-6 lead at halftime, containing the Hilltoppers to 3 of 19 shooting in the first half.

St. Jay had its own tough defense and showed it in the third period, holding CVU scoreless and forcing seven turnovers.

The Hilltoppers crept to within 21-14 early in the fourth quarter, and furrowed brows of worry were seen on the CVU bench.

A Hulbert free throw and shortly thereafter a 3-point bomb by Amanda Kinneston (assist to Hulbert) got CVU past the crisis.

The Redhawks held the Hilltoppers to 18 percent shooting from the floor and held a 33-23 rebounding. Limanek, Hulbert and Bayer-Pacht lead CVU’s board fury with six rebounds apiece. Hulbert paced the scorers with eight points. Amanda Kinneston and Schenck each scored six.

Box Scores

Monday

Essex (29)

Lavalette, 0 3-6 3; B. Panton, 2 2-4 6; Sheftic, 1 0-0 2; Wells, 2 0-0 4; J. Panton, 0 2-2 2; Harris, 1 2-2 4; Miles, 4 0-0 8; Esposito, 0 0-0 0; Barry, 0 0-0 0; Maglione 0 0-0 0. Totals: 10 9-14 29

CVU (40)

Hulbert, 5 7-9 17; Bayer-Pacht, 1 2-4 4; Donnelly, 2 1-2 5; A. Kinneston, 1 0-0 2; C. Evans, 2 4-5 8; Riordan, 0 0-0 0; Giles, 0 0-0 0; Leach, 0 0-0 0; Schenck, 0 1-2 1; Lozon, 0 0-0 0; Limanek, 1 0-0 2; E. Kinneston, 0 0-0 0; R. Evans, 0 1-2 1. Totals: 12 16-24 40

Essex 9  10   4   6  – 29

CVU 9   16   2 13  - 40

Junior Varsity: CVU (15-4) 47, Essex 31

Feb. 17

St. Johnsbury Academy (20)

Calkins, 0 0-0 0; Carbone, 1 0-0 2; Kay, 4 1-4 9; J. Brown, 0 4-6 4; Bruckner, 2 0-0 5; A. Brown, 0 0-0 0; Thomas, 0 0-0 0; Elliott, 0 0-0 0. Totals: 7 5-10 20

CVU (33)

Hulbert, 0 8-12 8; Bayer-Pacht, 0 1-3 1; Donnelly, 1 2-2 4; A. Kinneston, 2 1-1 6; C. Evans, 1 0-3 2; Riordan, 0 0-0 0; Giles, 0 0-0 0; Leach, 0 1-2 1; Schenck, 3 0-0 6; Lozon, 0 0-0 0; Limanek, 1 0-0 2; E. Kinneston, 1 0-0 2; R. Evans, 0 1-2 1. Totals: 9 14-25 33

St. J. 4   2   8   6  – 20

CVU 10  11   0 12  – 33

Junior Varsity: CVU 36, St. J. 25

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