By Mal Boright
Fifteen outings and 15 happies.
That’s the record for the youthful Champlain Valley Union High girls basketball team coming off Tuesday night’s 44-25 victory at St. Johnsbury Academy and awaiting Friday night’s clash with big 10-5 Burlington High.
The Seahorses pose a serious threat to the unblemished Redhawks. CVU escaped Burlington with a 49-47 victory thanks to a last second eight-foot jumper by freshman Laurel Jaunich.
On Tuesday, BHS went to Essex High and downed the strong Hornets, 48-43.
The Seahorses open a three-game home stand for the Redhawks, with North Country Union coming in Tuesday, followed by Essex a week from Friday.
Junior guard-forward Emily Kinneston had all aspects of her game going Tuesday night, popping 21 points while making eight thefts of the ball and even blocking three Hilltopper shots. Backcourt mate Kaelyn Kohlasch added 12 tallies.
On the previous night, the Redhawks used a strong 29-13 second half flurry to knock off the visiting 8-5 Bellows Free Academy Comets 50-33 and sweep the two-game series. Unlike the first game last month in St. Albans, where CVU struck hard and fast for a 20-2 first quarter advantage, the Hawks led at the half by just 21-20.
For some, it might have been nervous time. For freshman Sadie Otley, it was just another night at the office. At the start of the third quarter, Otley took a pass from Kinneston and launched a three-point bomb. Otley then passed to Kinneston for a short jumper and CVU was off and running to a 10-2 burst. BFA never got closer than within five points afterward.
Kinneston finished with 13 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals along with the usual floor burns. Otley nailed 10 points, plus a pair of rebounds and two assists.
The important labors in elbow country under the glass were handled nicely by Amanda Lougee with nine rebounds and Taylor Goldsborough and Jaunich with seven apiece.
Coach Otley had particular praise for Lougee, who added nine points and an assist in a very effective night in the paint.
CVU swished 21 of 51 floor shots while limiting the Comets to 13-of-48 shooting. Junior Lauren Larose led BFA with 11 points.