CVU girls heat up hoop nets vs. Essex (1/14/10)

Jan. 14, 2010

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

Visitors to Bremner Gymnasium at Champlain Valley Union High on Thursday night may see smoke still rising from the flashing sneakers and hot shooting the Redhawk girls exhibited in putting away Essex High 75-52 on Monday.

Coach Stan Williams’ 9-2 aggregation will close out the home stand at 7 p.m. Thursday against 5-6 Bellows Free Academy of St. Albans, meeting the Comets for the first time this season.

In racing past a youthful Essex squad, the Redhawks cast aside any doubts in the wake of a tough 42-39 loss Friday night at St. Johnsbury. CVU responded with its highest scoring outburst of the season, aided by an overwhelming 47-21 advantage on the boards.

Frontcourt stalwarts Allison Gannon (25 points, 17 rebounds), Shae Hulbert (10 points, 15 rebounds) and Kendal Kohlasch (13 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists) provided power inside and cool heads against Essex defensive pressure. Their poise led to fast break layups, with quick guard Amanda Kinneston scoring 12 points, eight in the first period.

A steady presence for CVU was guard Carlee Evans, who scored nine points by going seven of eight from the free throw line and also contributed seven big assists.

The Hornets (5-6) stayed close through the first half on the scoring of freshman Kari Lavalette (10 points) and junior Jamie Panton (9 points). The Essex press forced CVU to cough up 16 turnovers but the Redhawks nevertheless were able to open a 35-28 halftime edge with a six-point run just before the buzzer.

Whatever Williams told his team during intermission — “Go get ‘em” may have been enough — the Hawks went on a stampede both on the floor and the boards in the third period; a 29-point blaze took away any stings the Hornets may have had remaining.

Gannon nailed five of six shots for 11 points and with Hulbert (6 points) completely controlled the boards. Kohlasch added six points and Evans four tallies and four assists.

With only four turnovers, CVU easily ran through the Essex pressure to find happy hunting at the offensive end.

Williams said the team played well Friday at St. Johnsbury and nearly pulled the game out of the loss column.

Down by seven points with 45 seconds left, Kohlash nailed a trey and Evans two charity shots to pull the Hawks to within two points. A final shot at the buzzer failed to fall.

Gannon led CVU scorers with 19 points.

 

Essex-CVU, Score

Essex                                    14                  14                  11                  13   –   52

CVU                                    14                  21                  29                  11   –   75

 

Essex High (52)

Lavalette 4-8 1-2 10, Visker 1-5 2-2 4, Greene 2-4 0-0 4, Wells 2-3 0-1 4, J. Panton 4-12 1-2 10, B. Panton 0-5 1-2 1, Miles 2-8 0-0 6, Harris 0-1 0-0 0, Taylor 0-2 0-0 0, Barry 5-6 1-2 13, Denison 0-5 0-0 0, Hetling 0-0-0 0. Totals 20-59 6-11 52.

 

CVU (75)

Kohlasch 5-12 3-6 13, Hulbert 4-12 2-2 10, Gannon 10-12 4-4 25, Evans 1-3 7-8 9, Kinneston 6-12 0-1 12, Bayer-Pacht 0-4 0-3 0, Giles 0-2 0-0 0, Riordan 1-2 0-0 2, Donnelly 1-2 0-0 2, Schenk 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 29-63 16-24 75.