CVUs Gannon named best in state (3/18/10)

Redhawk player leads All-Star team to win

March 18, 2010

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

Just a few days after learning that she is Gatorade’s Vermont high school girls basketball player of the year, Champlain Valley Union High senior Allison Gannon made the selection look top notch by leading her Division 1 and 2 North All-Stars to a convincing 86-47 victory over the South at Windsor High School on Saturday.


    File photo by Shane Bufano
Champlain Valley Union High’s Allison Gannon (11) boxes out a player from North Country Union High during a game in January. Gannon was recently named Gatorade’s Vermont high school girls basketball player of the year.

The four-year varsity starter scored a game-high 15 points as the North got off to a quick start and never looked back.

“We were ahead 18-0 in the first six-and-a-half minutes,” Gannon said.

The CVU frontcourt veteran said she knew almost all the players on her team, including high scoring Burlington High center Hannah Senftleber, with whom she alternated in the low post and outside.

“It was good not to be double-teamed,” she said.

In helping lead the Redhawks to a 17-5 record and the Division 1 quarterfinals, Gannon averaged 14.7 points, 8.2 rebounds, nearly three steals and one blocked shot while drawing a crowd of defenders when she went into an inside position.

But she was also able to nail shots from downtown, as proved by a three-point bucket in the galaxy contest Saturday.

Gannon is the first CVU basketball player to win the prized Gatorade honor, for which athletic ability, academic achievement and outstanding character are among considerations.

Last year, she was named to the Vermont Basketball Coaches Association’s Dream Dozen girls underclass stars and to the Burlington Free Press All-State third team.

This fall, Gannon will be pounding the books at Oberlin College in Ohio, where she is looking forward to continuing her roundball career.

In the meantime, she hopes to connect locally with a women’s league to keep the skills at a high level.