Dec. 10, 2009
By Mal Boright
It may take a while, but once the Champlain Valley Union High girls basketball team gets into high gear, the results speak for themselves: Two wins in its first two games.
Observer photo by Jeff Schneiderman
Champlain Valley Union High junior Lindsay Hawley carries the ball past half court during the Redhawks’ game against South Burlington High on Tuesday night. The visiting Redhawks won, 49-41.
The latest triumph came Tuesday night at South Burlington and required a 20-7 fourth period surge to put away the now 1-2 Rebels, 49-41.
On Friday, the Redhawks opened the season with a dramatic, 55-51 overtime triumph at Bremner Gym over Mount Mansfield Union High. CVU returns home Friday night to meet Vergennes Union High at 7 p.m.
Tuesday, the Redhawks trailed South Burlington 36-31 just a minute into the fourth period and the outlook appeared rather grim.
But center Allison Gannon set up in a low post near the basket and got the ball twice from Shae Hulbert and once from Kendal Kohlasch for turn around lay-ins, the three consecutive hoops putting CVU up 37-36.
Guard Carlee Evans, a solid all-around performer, got loose for a fast break layup. Evans followed that with two free throws at 2:28 to kick the lead to 41-36.
South Burlington responded with a pair of hoops around two Kohlasch charity tosses, but Gannon, with another low post layup (pass from Hulbert) and free throw put the Hawks up 46-39 with less than a minute left.
Evans hit three of four foul shots to finish the job.
CVU’s glowing fourth quarter play (just two turnovers) was a nice recovery from a difficult first three periods, particularly the second when a 10-9 first quarter advantage became a 22-16 halftime deficit. The Rebels scored on six occasions in the eight minutes as a result of getting the ball via six of the eight CVU miscues in the stanza.
While the Redhawks, still troubled by turnovers in the third quarter, were able to cut only one point from the South Burlington lead, previews of coming attractions were there as Gannon nailed two inside baskets and Hulbert popped a trio of hoops.
Hulbert wound up with eight points, seven rebounds and three assists.
Gannon led the scorers with 17 points, hitting eight of 12 shots. Kohlasch chipped in 12 points and five assists while Evans had 10 points, four rebounds and three helpers.
The CVU defense was solid, holding the Rebels to 17 baskets in 46 shots. Rachel Crews, a junior, led South Burlington with 13 points.
Overtime in Hinesburg
The drama with Mount Mansfield had to be saved before the overtime could begin.
Gannon’s two clutch free throws with 24.2 seconds remaining tied the score at 48 to force overtime.
The Cougars scored first in the extra session on a hoop by forward Erin Simmons.
Evans with a jumper and Gannon with a shot from the key then put CVU up 52-50.
Elana Bayer-Pacht nailed a foul shot at the 52-second mark and Kohlasch with a pair of charity tosses at 14.8 seconds applied the clinchers.
Gannon led CVU scorers with 14 points and added seven rebounds plus five steals. Bayer-Pacht made going to the hoop pay off in 14 free throws tries of which she made nine in amassing 11 points. Kohlasch had 12 points and seven rebounds.
Simmons with 16 points and Halley Fisher with 15 paced the youthful MMU crew.
CVU 10 6 13 20 – 49
SBHS 9 13 12 7 – 41
Kohlasch 4-6 3-3 12, Hulbert 4-6 0-0 8, Gannon 8-12 1-1 17, Giles 0-4 0-0 0, Evans 2-6 6-7 10, Donnelly 0 0 0-0 0, Riordan 1-3 0-0 2, Bayer-Pacht 0-0 0-4 0, Schenk 0-1 0-0 0, Hawley 0-1 0-0 0, Kinneston 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-39 10-15 49.
South Burlington (41)
Wimett 2-5 2-4 6, Crews 5-11 3-4 13, DeVarney 3-6 0-0 6, Chappell 1-7 1-3 3, Taylor 1-5 0-0 3, Gloyd 3-7 0-1 6, Bishop 1-3 0-0 2, Audette 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 17-46 6-12 41.