By Mal Boright
The late season hoop exams keep on coming for the 16-0 defending Division 1 champion Champlain Valley Union High girls’ basketball team.
After passing with flying colors Monday night’s home test against visiting 4-12 Spaulding High (a 75-27 victory), coach Ute Otley’s clicking combine goes to Essex High Thursday to meet the 11-5 Hornets, coming off Monday’s overtime sting by 14-2 Rice Memorial High.
CVU tripped up Essex 49-34 at Bremner Gym on Jan.17 in a physical struggle.
This Saturday, Mount Anthony Union, a run and gun outfit, will roll into Bremner Gym for a 2:30 start. CVU scored a 49-30 triumph against the Patriots in December.
The Redhawks close out the regular season next week on the road Tuesday at Burlington High and at St. Johnsbury Academy Friday.
Spaulding’s Crimson Tide got drained at the very start on Monday’s visit to CVU’s Denizens of Defense. The Hawks had their Pilfer People in high theft mode, forcing numerous Spaulding turnovers in opening an early 12-0 lead and later running off 20 straight points as the advantage went from 14-4 to 34-4 midway through the second quarter.
For CVU, it became an entire roster rumble as all members had a role in the victory.
Emily Kinneston found time to lead the scorers with 18 points. Her hands were very busy, and effectively, as she came up with nine steals, eight of those larcenous deeds in the first half.
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Kinneston also chipped in five rebounds and three assists.
Amanda Beatty and Laurel Jaunich had 10 points each, while four players, Sadie Otley (5 assists), Kaelyn Kohlasch, Amanda Lougee and Kestrel Grevatt had six points each.
Annabella Pugliese came off the bench and fired in eight points, all in the fourth quarter.
Amari Boyd was a leading rebounder with four to go with four assists.
The Redhawks, getting frequent layups thanks to the steals, hit 32 of 60 shots and were a nifty 11-for-12 from the free throw line.
Last week, CVU popped Bellows Free Academy 56-27 Thursday night in St. Albans and then scored a 54-18 triumph over North Country Union Saturday in Newport.
The CVU JVs were 62-35 winners over the Spaulding juniors.