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14-1 ‘Hawks top St. J, three-game road trip next

Feb. 16, 2012

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

 

The Champlain Valley Union girls basketball bench reacts after a successful free throw narrows BFA-St. Albans’ lead to 31-28 with 18 seconds left on Feb. 10. The Redhawks lost 32-30, their first defeat of the season. (Courtesy photo by Josh Kaufmann)

After a confidence rebuilding 42-23 home victory over St. Johnsbury Academy (8-7) Tuesday night, coach Ute Otley and her 14-1 Champlain Valley Union girls basketball team take to the road for their next three contests. The swing begins Friday night at 4-11 Burlington. The ‘Hawks then travel to North Country in Newport next Tuesday.

Tuesday’s win was a significant bounce-back for the Redhawks, who came off their first loss of the season last Friday (Feb. 10) — a 32-30 ouch at BFA-St. Albans. CVU hit only 9 of 45 shots from the field, an icy 20 percent.

There was no ice on their shooting hands Tuesday as the Hawks found nothing but net on their first three tries against a decent Hilltopper team and rolled to a 24-8 lead by halftime. For the game, the Hawks nailed 18 of 30 flips from the field, an astounding 60 percent.

CVU’s lady-to-lady defense, with its occasional pressing and traps, produced 11 first-half turnovers and limited the Hilltoppers to just 13 shots.

Leading the way for the victors was the Mighty Minis, 5-1 senior Sofia Lozon and 5-0 (and a half) junior Alex Krupp.

“Sofia is taller than me,” Krupp said.

Lozon, with quick open looks, snapped home 5 of 6 shots (including a trey) for a game-high 12 points. Krupp slashed her way inside the St. J. defense, hitting 4 of 5 buckets for a season-high nine points.

“I was feeling it,” said Lozon, after the game.

Elana Bayer-Pacht with seven rebounds, three assists and five points was big for the ‘Hawks; so was Emily Kinneston with five rebounds, five assists and four points. Center Remi Donnelly had five points and three assists. All 12 CVU players got into the game with eight scoring.

Junior forward Isabelle Meinhart led St. Johnsbury with eight points and four rebounds.

In the loss to 10-5 BFA, Donnelly paced the Hawks with seven points.

The Junior Redhawks hiked their record to 13-2 Tuesday with a 31-20 triumph over the Little Hilltoppers.

 

BOX SCORE

 

CVU 42, St. Johnsbury 23 (Tuesday)

 

St. Johnsbury Academy (8-7)

Driscoll, 0 0-0 0; Meinhart, 3 1-2 8; J. Brown, 0 0-2 0; Bruckner, 3 0-0 6; Brigette, 2 0-0 5; Carbone, 2 0-0 4; Thomas, 0 0-0 0; A. Brown, 0 0-0 0; Roberts, 0 0-0 0.

Totals: 10 1-4 23

 

CVU (14-1)

Lozon, 5 1-2 12; Bayer-Pacht, 2 0-0 4; Donnelly, 2 1-2 5; Kohlasch, 0 0-0 0; Kinneston, 2 0-0 4; Limaneck, 1 1-2 3; Schenck, 1 0-0 3; Krupp, 4 1-2 9; Grasso, 0 0-0 0; Leach, 0 0-0 0; Beatty, 1 0-0 2; Whiteside, 0 0-0 0.

Totals: 18 4-8 42

 

St Johnsbury   3   5   6   9  – 23

CVU             10  14   9   9  – 42

 

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