By Mal Boright
This coming winter will bring at least six new faces to the Champlain Valley Union High girls basketball team, but the future looks strong thanks to a junior varsity team that went 17-3 this past season.
Coach Cathy Kohlasch praised the work of the team members who she said, “played well together.”
The junior Redhawks scored at a 46-point clip per game while allowing foes only 31 points per outing.”All of our players brought something to each game,” Kohlasch said. “Different games meant different leading scorers.”
As to which players are destined to move up next season, the coach was reluctant to make forecasts. “Next year we will have a different varsity team from this year,” Kohlasch said. “We will need some height.”
CVU, which made it to the Division 1 championship game, graduates six players, five from the front court.
In looking ahead, Kohlasch said much depends on players gaining experience through AAU and various basketball camps prior to November’s tryouts. She also pointed to a superior Jayvee (freshmen) B team, plus a strong incoming group from junior high leagues.
One player who saw action with the varsity this past season was sophomore Amanda Lougee, called up to fill in when injuries depleted the roster. Kohlasch said sophomore Kirsten Bird was a strong presence inside and freshman Caitlin Grasso handled the ball most of the time and ran the offense.
Others included freshman Amari Boyd (“rebounder”), freshman Maddie Turnau (“versatile, tremendous improvement”), sophomores Jenna Brassard (“good height, defense, blocked shots”) and Sydney Lalancette (ditto),
Also sophomore Talia Cohen (“outside shooting”), sophomore Kestrel Grevatt and freshman Katherine Scotnicki (“played well when and where asked”) along with freshmen Sami Harvey and Sarah Bergkvist (“solid seasons”).
“I was very pleased with the season,” Kohlasch concluded. “We had a nice group of athletes.”