Girls basketball gets back on winning track1/8/09

Jan. 8, 2009

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

With a week off before a trip to a probably tough St. Johnsbury Academy team Tuesday, the Champlain Valley Union High girls basketball team got its sparkle back this past Tuesday with a convincing 48-26 victory over North Country Union at Bremner Gymnasium.

The Redhawks win over the 5-3 Falcons was not the feather flapper one expects when the two sets of birds match up. The flapping was pretty much on the CVU side as the Redhawks opened a 15-7 first quarter lead behind a turnover-producing defense and steady shooting. North Country never seriously challenged after that.

The triumph helped coach Stan Williams’ crew recover from a bumpy stretch of three losses in four games, including a 62-27 ouch last Friday in St. Albans at the hands of then undefeated Bellows Free Academy.

(BFA lost Tuesday night on the road at Burlington High, 55-53.)

Troubled by turnovers in recent games, the Redhawks turned the tables on North Country and used a tough inside defense to produce eight NCU boo-boos in the first quarter, which helped CVU bolt to a 13-3 run and blow away an early 4-2 deficit.

Frontcourt operators Allison Gannon (9 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist) and Renick Lalancette (5 points, 2 rebounds) paced the offense with help from guard Amanda Kinneston (2 assists, 1 steal) and others.

The Redhawks cooled off in the second quarter, missing their first six shots before guard Carlee Evans dropped a trey from downtown with 3:59 left to restore order. The Falcons, however, were unable to do much damage in the interim, being held to six shots in the quarter as they were bedeviled by seven more turnovers.

CVU led 22-11 at intermission, and after North Country cut the gap to 22-15 and 26-18 in the third period, a nine-point charge — fueled by Kendal Kohlasch’s four tallies — put the Redhawks permanently in command.

Gannon led the CVU scorers with 13 points and also hauled in seven rebounds. Lalancette chipped in with 11 points, six rebounds and an incredible five blocked shots, four of those in the fourth quarter.

Williams could take added satisfaction in that his entire roster contributed to the victory. Nine players scored and took down rebounds, while eight produced steals.

It was the Hawks’ last home game until Jan. 16, when a strong, veteran Spaulding High of Barre comes calling.

 

NORTH COUNTRY (26)

Roberge 0 0-0 0, Fournier 3 0-0 6, Therrien 4 4-8 12, Guyette 1 2-4 4, Willis 1 0-0 2, DeLaBreure 0 0-0 0, Bathalon 0 0-2 0, Geoffrey 0 0-0 0, McMichael 1 0-0 2. Totals 10 6-14 26.

CVU (48)

Kohlasch 2 3-4 7, Lalancette 4 1-2 11, Gannon 6 1-2 13, Berry 0 0-0 0, Kinneston 0 1-2 1, Russ 1 2-2 4, Evans 1 1-2 4, Bashaw 2 0-0 5, Hulbert 1 0-0 2, Rock 0 0-0 0, Giles 0 1-4 1. Totals 17 10-18 48.

NCU    7    4    9    6   — 26

CVU    15    7    13    13 — 48