Route 116 rival next on schedule
Dec. 18, 2008
By Mal Boright
After maintaining their unbeaten record through some tough going Monday night against invading South Burlington High, the 3-0 Champlain Valley Union High girls basketball team will take to the Route 116 asphalt slab Thursday night to meet Mount Abraham Union High at its Bristol digs.
Observer photo by Karen Pike
Champlain Valley Union High’s Allison Gannon (center) battles for the ball during the second half of Monday’s game against the South Burlington Rebels.
Observer photo by Karen Pike
Champlain Valley Union High’s Kendal Kohlasch (21) and Shae Hulbert (5) stifle South Burlington’s Katie Neff (3) during the second half of Monday’s game.
The varsity game starts at 7:30 p.m. It will be the first road trip of the campaign for coach Stan Williams and his jolly and youthful quintet.
After two blowout victories over Middlebury Union and Vergennes Union, the Redhawks were looking for something different when 1-0 South Burlington hit town, and they got it, with a 41-38 victory.
Led by senior center Kelsey Beynnon (16 points, 11 rebounds), the Rebels reversed the usual CVU script and ran off 10 straight points to start proceedings. In general, South Burlington stayed reasonably cool in the face of the CVU’s defensive aggression, which had driven the Redhawks’ two previous foes to exasperation with more than two dozen turnovers each.
South Burlington coughed up the ball only 18 times — a sizeable number, but far from previous CVU gains — and benefited from some Redhawk offensive chills that at times left one wondering if the shooting hands were in some frozen Siberian gulag.
But after each team had its scoring runs, the Redhawks, with junior all-court presence Allison Gannon taking charge, rattled off 12 straight points to start the final period, turning a 29-26 deficit into a 36-29 advantage.
Gannon and forward Becca Russ had two hoops each in the game-turning run, while Russ set up sophomore Shea Hulbert’s layup for the other score.
South Burlington, which used a deliberate offense for the first four minutes of the period and took only two shots while turning the ball over three times, then started finding Beynnon. The center dropped in a jumper and went four-for-four from the line to help bring the Rebels back to a 38-36 lead with 1:50 left in regulation.
For CVU, it was Gannon time once again.
The three-year starter nailed two charity tosses to tie the game at 38 with 1:33 left.
After a Beynnon miss (around and out) and Carlee Evans rebound, Kendall Berry found Gannon inside for a short swisher that gave CVU a 40-38 edge with 43 seconds to go.
A Rebel field goal miss and three fouls later — the Rebels entered prime time having been called for just three fouls in the second half — Evans got to the line and sank the first of a one-and-one for the final tally with 10.6 seconds to go. The game was still in doubt until South Burlington missed a three-point hold-your-breath try at the buzzer.
Gannon finished with a season high 16 points and 13 rebounds plus a pair of assists and two steals.
Helping the Redhawks recover from early 0-7 shooting woes was senior Kate Bashaw, who came off the bench in the first period and snared a deuce and a trey. The points greatly aided CVU’s recovery from the early 10-0 deficit to a 12-12 tie by the end of the first quarter.
The Redhawks fired blanks again in the second quarter (1 for 14) to trail 20-16 at the half, helped somewhat by South Burlington’s misfiring (0 for 7) at the foul line.
“We were hurrying our shots for a while,” Williams said. “Once we got a little more patient we were okay.”
CVU wound up with 16 buckets in 50 tries, just over 30 percent. The ball was moved well as seven players had assists and eight of nine scored.
In a 68-24 bopping of Vergennes High last Thursday, 10 Redhawks scored. They were led by Gannon with 13 points, Evans with 11 and Kendal Kohlasch and Renick Lalancette with 10 each.
Coach Matt Lutz’s mighty jayvees kept up their winning ways, crunching Vergennes 47-17 and South Burlington 50-31 for a 3-0 mark.
SOUTH BURLINGTON (38)
Taylor 1 0-2 2, Wimett 1 0-0 2, Beynnon 4 8-11 16, Harris 0 0-2 0, Neff 4 0-1 8, Chappell 3 0-0 6, Gloyd 2 0-0 4, Bishop 0 0-2 0, DeVarney 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 8-18 38.
Kohlasch 0 1-2 1, Lalancette 2 2-2 6, Gannon 7 2-2 16, Berry 1 0-0 2, Kinneston 0 0-0 0, Bashaw 2 2-2 7, Russ 3 0-0 6, Evans 0 1-2 1, Hulbert 1 0-0 2. Totals 16 8-10 41.
South Burlington 12 8 9 9 — 38
CVU 12 4 10 15 — 41