April 26, 2017

North Country trip next for unbeaten CVU girls quintent

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

It was not easy at Burlington High Tuesday night, but the Champlain Valley Union High girls basketball team escaped with a final-second 49-47 victory and will take a 9-0 record to North Country Union in Newport on Friday.

The Falcons fell 27-20 to St. Johnsbury Academy Tuesday. CVU clubbed the Hilltoppers 60-24 at home Saturday afternoon.

Following the journey north, the Redhawks will make the short trek to Essex High on Tuesday for the season’s first showdown with the 9-1 Hornets.

There were chills and thrills at Burlington, where the 6-3 Seahorses, after trailing by as much as 11 points in the third quarter, rallied in the fourth quarter to force a nerve-pulsing final two minutes that included four lead changes before CVU freshman Laurel Jaunich sank a 10-foot baseline jumper at the closing buzzer.

The final shot came after BHS’s tough center Ilona Maher (eight points, 11 rebounds) had tied the contest at 47-all with one of two free throws with 19.3 seconds remaining.

Following a time out, CVU moved the ball into the forecourt to Emily Kinneston (12 points, four assists). Kinneston drove into the foul line, drew a double team, and then calmly passed inside to the unguarded Jaunich, who quickly fired up the winner.

Kinneston after the game agreed that when she lured the defense, instinct took over and she got the deft pass to the open Jaunich.

CVU had taken a 40-32 edge early in the fourth quarter thanks to a trapping defense that had kept the Seahorses off balance, plus poor BHS shooting (eight-for-41) through the first three periods.

Burlington went to a press, forcing two steals with resulting successful layups that fueled a 12-2 run that gave the Seahorses a 44-42 lead with two minutes to go.

CVU’s Kaelyn Kohlasch (17 points, three assists) sank a crucial three-pointer at 1:40, and the Redhawks retook the advantage. Kohlasch had a final-reel hot hand with nine points.

BHS’s Kaitlin Garrison put the ‘Horses back in the lead with a rebound shot with inside of a minute remaining, only to have Jaunich respond from underneath, the first of her two huge final-minute baskets. Jaunich finished with six points and three rebounds, plus an assist.

Burlington’s muscular game under the glass gave CVU problems on the boards and a 29-22 edge in grabs. The Hawks’ Amanda Beatty hauled down six rebounds to pace the winners’ inside operations.

The Redhawks had things mostly their way against St. Johnsbury on Saturday with all hands participating in a blowout win. CVU got off to a 33-9 halftime lead, then eased to the victory, forcing 26 turnovers from the visitors. Nine Redhawks scored, including Kinneston’s 15 points, Kohlasch’s nine and Jaunich’s eight.

Coach Kathy Kohlasch’s junior varsity hiked its record to 9-0 with a 37-25 triumph over St. Johnsbury and a 38-28 win at Burlington.


  1. youngvt says:

    I am writing in response to Mr. Hoxworth’s article on transportation costs for the poor in Vermont. I would like to suggest further research on this topic before we simply just give another handout or tax credit. The poor, may, have a higher disproportionate burden on their transportation costs than the wealthier residents of Vermont; however, they also have a lower disproportionate burden on taxes and housing. Pick your evil.
    We can simply just give every poor Vermonter an energy efficient car, gas card, free tuition, renter’s rebate, etc.…but the only way out of poverty is through the combination of education, hard work, and discipline. Education and degrees are not handed out or purchased; a person has to EARN them. This seems to be the only way out of poverty—sorry, there are no shortcuts.
    If we continue this trend of enabling, our entire state will be a welfare state.

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