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‘Hawks girls hoopsters face final playoff tuneup

CVU takes on Spaulding Friday, will be Division I playoff’s top seed

March 1, 2012

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

 

Essex’s Kari Lavalette (42), a Williston resident, drives to the hoop during Champlain Valley Union’s 44-37 win on Feb. 24. (Observer photos by Shane Bufano)

With the Division I playoff top seed socked away, the Champlain Valley Union girls basketball team takes its 16-3 record to Barre and Spaulding Friday night hoping to capture a third triumph over the 7-12 Crimson Tide.

CVU edged Spaulding 44-39 in an early season tournament in Barre, and 48-34 at Hinesburg in early February.

The Redhawks are no doubt smarting from Tuesday’s 55-50 home loss to Rice Memorial, which evened their season series at a game apiece. The Green Knights are now 14-5.

CVU, which had built an eight-point lead late in the third period, led 47-43 midway through the final reel when its offense went askew, and Rice rallied behind sophomore guard Hailee Barron.

Barron fired a slick pass inside to 6-1 center Cassidy Derda for an easy layup. The Redhawks then turned the ball over three straight times. Barron, who had nine of her 22 points in the quarter, set up Derda for another inside deuce and hit a fast break layup of her own to help the Knights to a 51-47 advantage with just under three minutes remaining.

Elana Bayer-Pacht knocked down a driving layup at 1:19 to get the ‘Hawks within a basket, but Barron fired two free flips with 29 seconds left for the clincher.

The turnovers, plus an un-Redhawk-like tendency to foul, turned the tables on a night when CVU snapped the strings a decent 20 times in just 43 shots from the floor. Rice, after a chilly 6-for-17 from the line in the first half, went a much warmer 15-for-20 after intermission. The ‘Hawks were 5-for-11.

Senior Kathleen Leach, who was a key figure in CVU’s 44-37 win Friday at Essex, swished a pair of treys in a big second quarter and finished with 11 points and three rebounds.

Emily Kinneston had 11 points, two assists and a blocked shot. Remi Donnelly produced eight points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Lazrin Schenck burned the twine with three treys for nine points to go with six rebounds in limited playing time due to early foul trouble.

CVU’s Emily Kinneston tries to dribble past an Essex defender on Feb. 24.

It was the final regular season home contest for seniors Lozon, Bayer-Pacht, Donnelly, Schenck, Leach and Caroline Limanek, who sat out due to a shoulder injury.

Rice included Williston residents Emma Chicoine (four points, five rebounds), Tomilayo Akinpetide (two points, one rebound), Ellen Boucher (six points, three rebounds) and Michelle Bolger.

Kinneston led the scorers Friday at Essex with 11 points while adding four steals and two assists in the top-seed clincher over the Hornets.

Limanek had eight points and five rebounds before injuring her shoulder in the final quarter of a physical contest. Leach notched six points and four rebounds while Bayer-Pacht contributed five points, four rebounds and four assists.

Williston’s Kari Lavalette led Essex with a game-high 15 points.

 

Rice Memorial 55, CVU 50 (Tuesday)

 

Rice Memorial (14-5)

Akinpetide, 1 0-0 2; Chicoine, 0 4-8 4; Derda, 4 2-4 10; Barron, 7 5-9 22; Boucher, 0 6-8 6; Kowalski, 1 0-1 2; Bunch, 0 0-0 0; Snell, 2 4-7 9.

Totals: 15 21-37 55

 

CVU (16-3)

Lozon, 1 0-0 2; Bayer-Pacht, 3 0-2 6; Donnelly, 4 0-0 8; Leach, 4 1-2 11; Schenck, 3 0-0 9; Kohlasch, 0 0-0 0; Kinneston, 5 1-3 11; Beatty, 0 3-4 3; Krupp, 0 0-0 0.

Totals: 20 5-11 50

 

Rice          10   9  15  21  – 55

CVU          11 12  14  13  – 50

CVU 44, Essex 37 (Feb. 24)

 

CVU (16-2)

Luzon, 1 0-0 2; Bayer-Pacht, 1 3-5 5; Limaneck, 4 0-0 8; Schenck, 2 1-2 5; Kinneston, 4 3-4 11; Kohlasch, 2 3-3 7; Leach, 2 1-2 6; Beatty, 0 0-0 0; Krupp, 0 0-0 0; Grasso, 0 0-0 0.

Totals: 16 11-16 44

 

Essex (13-5)

Esposito, 2 0-0 4; Miles, 1 0-0 3; Sheftic, 1 4-6 6; Wells, 2 2-2 8; Lavalette, 6 2-4 15; Barnett, 0 1-5 1; Harris, 0 0-0 0; Bassette, 0 0-1 0; Macfarlane, 0 0-0 0.

Totals: 12 9-18 37

 

CVU    9  13  12  10  – 44

EHS  11  10    8    8  – 37