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CVU girls basketball continues surge

Spaulding, North Country, Rice latest victims

Feb. 9, 2012

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

 

As Bremner Gymnasium emptied Tuesday night in the wake of the Champlain Valley Union girls basketball team’s 13th straight win to start the season, a 48-34 popping of visiting 5-9 Spaulding, coach Ute Otley was asked about the next test for her undefeated charges: Friday’s trip to BFA-St. Albans.

“They (BFA) always play well at home. It’s a tough place to go,” said the coach.

The Comets, 9-5, will be coming off consecutive losses at St. Johnsbury and Burlington.

The Redhawks return home Tuesday to face St. Johnsbury.

In the Spaulding win, CVU trailed briefly (18-16) early in the third quarter and then zoomed to a game dominating 19-4 run, with sophomores Kaelyn Kohlasch (six points) and Emily Kinneston (five points) doing the heavy lifting.

Kohlasch, seemingly everywhere the ball was, led game scorers with 14 points, including eight cord cutters in 10 free throw attempts.

Kinneston had five points, but contributed other valuable assets including six rebounds, four assists and a pair of steals.

Lazrin Schenck helped rule the boards (CVU 39-17 edge) with eight rebounds to go with eight points and three steals.

A big plus for the Hawks was the season debut of senior 5-8 inside operator Caroline Limanek, coming off a pre-season shoulder injury. Limanek scored nine points (seven in the second half) and hauled in five rebounds in limited minutes.

“It felt good,” the veteran said of her physical play.

“Caroline played very well tonight,” Otley said.

Tuesday’s triumph followed a victorious mix of high tension and emotion in last Friday’s (Feb. 3) 42-40 win at Rice Memorial and the following day’s comeback 44-38 home nipping of 4-8 North Country.

It was finger nail-chewing, hair-pulling drama at a nearly filled Rice gym, where a raucous crowd created a tournament atmosphere.

Kohlasch (four points) provided the garnishment with a 16-foot soft, arching twine twitcher from the baseline with six seconds left to crack a 40-all tie. It was just her fourth shot.

Elana Bayer-Pacht (seven points, six rebounds, two assists) got the ball to Kohlasch on an out-of-bounds play at the CVU end.

“I saw she was open and had a screen,” Bayer-Pacht later said.

The screen was provided by Schenck (four points, 10 rebounds), who was a vital presence during the contest.

Bayer-Pacht had two other key plays in the closing minutes. The CVU senior drew an offensive foul (and thus the ball) on a Rice player while the Green Knights were trying to stall out the closing minutes with a 41-40 lead.

Later, with just 17.8 seconds on the clock, she drew an intentional foul that gave her two free throws and CVU the ball. Bayer-Pacht missed the free throws — one when the scoreboard buzzer inexplicably sounded — but later set up the game-winning play.

Kinneston came up big in the win with 17 points, including four hoops in the third period when the Redhawks recovered from a 26-17 halftime deficit. She also had four assists, three rebounds and three steals.

Rice (8-4) was led by 6-2 center Cassidy Derda with 17 points and seven rebounds. Williston’s Emma Chicoine had three points, three rebounds and a pair of assists for the Knights.

The following afternoon, with emotions drained from the previous night’s white-knuckle adventure, the Redhawks held on to knock off the young, upset-minded Falcons from North Country — thanks to Bayer-Pacht’s big second half of 14 points.

Led by Remi Donnelly (10 bounds), Bayer-Pacht (nine) and Schenck (seven), the Redhawks controlled the boards and rallied in the third quarter (after trailing 26-23). Donnelly and Bayer-Pacht each scored four points during the run.

Kinneston added 11 points for CVU, along with four rebounds.

 


 

CVU 48, Spaulding 34 (Tuesday)

 

Spaulding (5-9)

Lafrance, 4 0-0 10; Dessureau. 1 1-2 3; Bellavance, 0 4-6 4; N. Fowler, 2 0-2 5; M. Fowler, 1 4-4 6; Thygesen, 0 0-0 0; Lawson, 0 0-0 0; Bello, 2 0-0 4; Metevier, 0 0-0 0; Hardy, 0 0-0 0; LeCours, 0 2-2 2.

Totals: 10 11-16 34

 

CVU (13-0)

Schenck, 3 2-2 8; Bayer-Pacht, 1 1-6 3; Donnelly, 0 0-0 0; Kohlasch, 3 8-10 14; Kinneston, 2 1-2 5; Krupp, 1 1-2 3; Grasso, 1 0-0 2; Limanek, 4 1-3 9; Whiteside, 1 0-4 2; Beatty, 1 0-0 2; Leach, 0 0-0 0.

Totals: 17 14-29 48

 

Spaulding     4   9   9  12  – 34

CVU            8   8  19  13  – 48

 

 

CVU 44, North Country 38 (Feb. 4)

 

North Country (4-8)

Bingham, 3 0-0 8; Pinard, 2 0-1 4; Coffin, 1 0-0 3; Joslin, 3 2-5 9; Morin, 0 0-0 0; O’Donnell, 3 0-1 6; Stanley, 0 0-0 0. Keefe, 1 0-0 2; Jewer, 3 0-0 6.

Totals: 16 2-7 38

 

CVU (12-0)

Lozon, 1 0-0 2; Bayer-Pacht, 3 7-8 14; Donnelly, 2 2-4 6; Kohlasch, 1 3-4 5; Kinneston, 4 3-4 11; Whiteside, 0 0-0 0; Schenck, 1 0-0 2; Krupp 0 0-0 0; Beatty, 0 1-2 1; Leach, 1 0-0 3.

Totals: 13 16-22 44

 

NCUHS    6  16   6  10  – 38

CVU       12   7  10  15  – 44

 

 

CVU 42, Rice 40 (Feb. 3)

 

CVU (11-0)

Lozon, 0 1-2 1; Bayer-Pacht, 3 1-6 7; Donnelly, 4 1-2 9; Kohlasch, 2 0-0 4; Kinneston, 7 3-3 17; Schenck, 0 4-7 4; Krupp, 0 0-0 0; Beatty, 0 0-0 0; Whiteside, 0 0-0 0; Leach, 0 0-0 0.

Totals: 16 10-20 42

 

Rice (8-4)

Akinpetide, 1 0-0 2; Chicoine, 1 1-2 3; Derda, 5 6-8 17; Barron, 5 0-2 10; Boucher, 0 2-4 2; Kowalski, 0 1-2 1; Bunch, 0 0-0 0; Snell, 2 0-0 5.

Totals: 14 10-18 40

 

CVU           7  10  14  11  – 42

Rice           9  17    7    7  – 40