Just call it the 23 (or 24) Steps.
That is the number of games involved for the Champlain Valley Union High girls’ basketball team to defend their 2013 Division 1 crown.
Steps numbers one and two were put down Saturday and Tuesday, with victories in the annual Spaulding High of Barre holiday tournament.
The next two steps require more bus time—Friday against Mount Abraham in Bristol and Monday (howdy, y’all) in deep southern Vermont against Mount Anthony Union in Bennington.
In wrapping up the tournament Tuesday, CVU took down South Burlington High 41-23, as sophomore inside operator Laurel Jaunich netted 14 points and clicked on the glass for 10 rebounds.
Last Saturday, the Redhawks trimmed Colchester High 57-33 in the tournament and season opener.
Jaunich posted 13 points and eight rebounds, the same numbers put up by senior forward-guard Emily Kinneston. Guard Kaelyn Kohlasch hit for 10 points.
The Redhawks will be in front of the home folks for the first time Dec. 27 when Div. 1 runner-up Rice Memorial High pays a visit to Bremner Gym.
—Mal Boright, Observer correspondent