Redhawk girls to host Rice on Thursday
Dec. 22, 2010By Mal Boright Observer correspondent
Zinged by a narrow 36-35 loss at 2-0 South Burlington High Friday night, the 1-1 Champlain Valley Union High girls basketball team made a road appearance at Vergennes Union High on Tuesday night.
The game was scheduled for after press deadline.
Head coach Jeff Evans and his Redhawks return home Thursday for a 5:30 p.m. engagement against a Rice Memorial High squad thought to be its usually difficult to handle outfit.
CVU was difficult for the Rebels to handle, but could not get a good clear shot for the win in the closing seconds. Shae Hulbert’s free throw with 18.7 seconds left pulled the Redhawks within one point at 36-35, and a cleverly executed mid-court trap got the ball back with 12 seconds to go.
But CVU missed an 18-foot shot in the final seconds and the Rebs had their second victory of the young season.
Three veteran seniors — Rachel Crews, Natalie Wimett and Caitlyn Bishop — kept the South Burlington effort on track by combining for 23 points and 20 rebounds. Wimett, who swished four vital three-pointers, paced the scorers with 14 points. Crews added nine points and 13 rebounds.
CVU won the first period, helped by Sara Riordan, who came off the bench into a generally offensively challenged game and quickly nailed two treys to put the Redhawks up 5-1 and 8-3.
CVU led 12-8 early in the second quarter when matters suddenly went, er, south.
Nine turnovers and 3-for-9 shooting allowed the Rebels to pull ahead 18-17 by halftime as Wimett uncorked a pair of treys plus a deuce for a seven-point session.
The Redhawks trailed by five points in the third quarter, but pulled back into a 28-all deadlock on a Riordan two-point shot with an assist from Amanda Kinneston early in the fourth.
After the Rebels, keyed by another Wimett threebie, went back in front 33-28, Remi Donnelly hit two inside hoops and set up a Kinneston two-pointer while South Burlington’s Crews hit a free throw. Thus the game was tied at 34 with less than two minutes left.
At 1:22 the Rebs’ Reilly Simoneau went to the line and calmly sank two charity shots for her only points of the game and a 36-34 South Burlington advantage.
CVU’s backcourt tandem of Carlee Evans and Kinneston drove the Rebs a little whacky in the final reel, combining for four steals and a pair of assists to fuel the Redhawks’ comeback against the Rebs, who committed seven turnovers in the last eight minutes.
Donnelly’s 10-spot led CVU scorers while Riordan had nine points and Kinneston seven. Hulbert paced the rebounders with seven grabs and also contributed three blocked shots.
The junior varsity engaged in an overtime drama, losing 49-48 but only after the Hawks’ freshman Kaelyn Kohlasch forced the extra session with first a running one-hand two-pointer and then a three-pointer as regulation time expired.
Hulbert 0 1-2 1, Bayer-Pacht 0 0-0 0, Donnelly 4 2-3 10, A. Kinneston 3 0-0 7, C. Evans 0 0-0 0, Riordan 3 0-0 9, Giles 0 0-0 0, Schenck 2 0-0 4, Lozon 1 0-0 2, Limanek 1 0-0 2, E. Kinneston 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 3-5 35.
South Burlington (36)
Crews 2 5-9 9, Simoneau 0 2-2 2, Derda 4 0-0 8, Bishop 0 0-0 0, Wimett 5 0-0 14, Audette 0 1-3 1, Flaherty 1 0-0 2. Totals 12 8-14 36.
CVU 10 7 9 9 – 35
SBHS 7 11 9 9 – 36
(Junior varsity: South Burlington 49, CVU 48 in overtime)