November 27, 2014

Hoop girls gain top seed for the title defense

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For a second straight winter, the Champlain Valley Union High girls basketball team, sporting a perfect 20-0 regular season record, will enter the one (loss)-and-done second season as Division 1 top seed.

The title defense opened Wednesday (after the Observer’s press deadline) when 16th seeded North Country Union High brought its 4-16 mark to Hinesburg and Bremner Gymnasium.

The Redhawks visited North Country in Newport Feb. 1 and motored away with a 54-18 triumph in tow. The Falcons came to the Redhawks’ nest in early January, where CVU administered a 73-20 licking.

A victory would put coach Ute Otley’s Hawks in a home quarterfinal contest Saturday (2 p.m.) against either eighth seed Essex High (13-7) or ninth seed South Burlington High (13-7). The two Chittenden County foes also played Wednesday.

The Division 1 semifinals will take place Tuesday night at the University of Vermont’s Roy L. Patrick Gymnasium. The championship contest is scheduled for the following Saturday afternoon.

Second seed in Division 1 is 18-2 Rice Memorial High.

The Redhawks rolled to a 56-28 victory Saturday afternoon at St. Johnsbury Academy in their weather-delayed regular season finale and their 43rd straight triumph over the past two campaigns. The game had been scheduled for Friday night.

Senior Emily Kinneston stayed busy, scoring eight points and also copping eight steals and knocking away five Hilltopper shots.

The inside tandem of sophomore Laurel Jaunich and Amanda Beatty flipped in 14 and nine points respectively.

—Mal Boright,
Observer correspondent

 
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