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Trip to St. Albans next for Redhawk girls

Jan. 27, 2011

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

Champlain Valley Union High’s Shae Hulbert (right) blocks a shot during Monday’s loss to Essex High. (Observer photo by Shane Bufano)

Coach Jeff Evans and the Champlain Valley Union High girls basketball team will be out to restore their winning ways Thursday night. The Redhawks motor to St. Albans for a 7:30 p.m. game, their first meeting of the season with Bellows Free Academy.

The Comets are 5-5 but coming off a 41-28 victory over defending Division 1 champion St. Johnsbury Academy Monday night.

For CVU, this will be the finale in a four-game stretch of road games. The Redhawks return home Monday night to entertain Vergennes Union High.

While the recent cold weather snap ended Tuesday, the Redhawks are hoping that their offense can heat up Thursday after going through a deep chill Monday night. A 41-19 loss at Essex High snapped CVU’s six-game victory string, leaving the season mark at 8-4.

The CVU shooting woes (7-for-40) of 17 percent were greatly encouraged by a stifling defense put up by the veteran Hornets, who ran their record to 8-3.

There was little doubt about the outcome after the first period. CVU, perhaps rusty after a 10-day layoff, turned the ball over six times in the first three minutes to fall behind 8-0.

With 1:34 remaining in the quarter, Essex sophomore Kari Lavalette of Williston rang up the first of two consecutive three-pointers and Jamie Panton added a deuce for a 16-0 Hornet lead at the end of the quarter.

Carlee Evans ended a zip-for-11 CVU shooting drought from the field with a soft jumper from the key to start the second reel, but Essex guard Ali Wells answered with a trey to put the Hornets up 19-2. The Redhawks never got closer than within 14 points after that.

Lavalette, who was coming off an ankle injury, wound up with 10 points while Panton paced all scorers with 12.

Shae Hulbert led CVU with six points while Elana Bayer-Pacht hauled in nine rebounds and had three steals for the Redhawks.

Essex bagged 18 for 48 shots from the field for 37 percent shooting.

CVU (19)

Hulbert 2 2-5 6, Bayer-Pacht 0 0-2 0, Donnelly 1 1-2 3, A. Kinneston 1 1-2 3, C. Evans 1 0-0 2, 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 2 0-0 4, E. Kinneston 0 0-0 0, R. Evans 0 0-0 0. Totals 7 5-13 19.

Essex High (41)

Lavalette 4 0-0 10, B. Panton 1 0-0 2, Sheftic 1 0-0 2, Wells 2 0-0 5, J. Panton 6 0-1 12, Harris 0 0-0 0, Esposito 2 0-0 4, Miles 1 0-0 2, Barry 0 0-0 0, Maglione 1 2-2 4, Taylor 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 2-3 41.

CVU 0            9            6            4   –   19

Essex 16            9            8            8   –   41

Junior varsity: Essex 41, CVU 39

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