March 19, 2009
By Mal Boright
With seven sophomores and five freshmen, the Champlain Valley Union High girls junior varsity basketball team piled up victories in its first nine games en route to a final 13-6 record.
(For a game at Vergennes High, coach Jeff Evans’ freshmen — or B team — made the trip and recorded a triumph.)
Junior varsity coach Matt Lutz called it a strong season and agreed there will be strong competition for the few slots available next season on the varsity squad, which graduates just three from this year’s combine.
Lutz summed up his club, noting there were “ a lot of specialists” and good scoring balance.
“I think every player had one game of at least seven points,” he recalled. “It was a case of who was hot on a certain day.”
Leading point getter was freshman Elana Bayer-Pacht, whom Lutz called “very consistent,” averaging around 15 points per outing.
Sophomores Emma Cohen, Sara Riordan and Cayla McCarthy had big moments behind the three-point arc and were solid point producers. Dunn recalled that Riordan had one 20-point night.
Freshman Remi Donnelly led the rebounding corps while another freshman, Lazrin Schenk, and sophomore Daphnee Vandal were solid contributors.
Sophomore Emma Gause was termed by Lutz as his “best post position player,” and defensively very good.
Sophomore Lindsay Hawley missed more than half the season with an injury, but got back in uniform for the final eight games to become one of the team’s top scorers.
Ali Carey, another sophomore, was a defensive standout despite, according to Lutz, playing with a tricky shoulder.
Freshman Miranda Evans was a tough defender and shot blocker. Sofia Lozon, also a first year player, dropped in a welcome 12 points in the season finale.
Lutz said one of the highlights of the season came on the road in St. Albans, where the Redhawks found themselves down by 15 points in the third quarter to Bellows Free Academy, at which time they rallied to pull out the win.
The coach said most if not all of the athletes will be playing AAU basketball over the summer.