Girls hoops squad faces rematch with Rebels12/24/08

Dec. 24, 2008

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

This is probably not a good week to suggest to members of the Champlain Valley Union High girls basketball team that it might be nice to go to the local bakery for some tasty turnovers.

Victimized by the basketball variety of un-tasty turnovers in a narrow, 35-33 loss to 3-1 Rice Memorial High on Monday night at Bremner Gymnasium, the 4-1 Redhawks will try to get back on the winning side of things Saturday when they visit South Burlington High for a late morning match.

The varsity team tips off at 11:30 a.m. CVU nudged the Rebels, 41-38, on Dec. 15 in Hinesburg.

Despite being severely hampered by a 26-16 disadvantage in those pesky turnovers, the Redhawks were able to take Rice into the closing seconds before bowing on a driving layup by the Green Knights’ slick guard Brittany Pfaff (game high 17 points). The basket snapped a 33-33 tie with eight seconds left in regulation.

Down by nine points, 21-12, at halftime, CVU fell behind by as much as 13 points early in the third quarter when it turned the ball over on four of its first six possessions in the second half.

But the long road back began with a Becca Russ rebound lay-in and free throw, which ignited a 16-3 surge that pulled CVU into a 33-31 lead when Renick Lalancette passed inside to an open Allison Gannon for a layup with 2:21 remaining in the game.

It was the Redhawks’ first lead since Rice went on a 17-point tear in the first and second periods to erase a game-opening 7-0 burst by CVU.

But, as happened earlier, the late lead proved a curse for the Hawks, as their turnover bugaboo once again reared its ugliness.

Immediately after Gannon’s lead-producing basket, Rice’s Sydney Bouchard nailed a jumper at the other end to tie the game at 33.

Three CVU turnovers in the next two minutes broke the CVU offense and, after a Rice timeout, Pfaff got the winning score. A three-point attempt by CVU was off the mark at the buzzer.

There were some positives that coach Stan Williams and the Hawks could take from the contest, including a 39-23 advantage on the boards and a defensive effort, especially in the second half, that limited Rice to an overall 15-for-53 (28 percent) shooting from the field. For much of the second half, the Knights simply tried dialing long distance and went stone cold.

Gannon, who sat out most of the first half due to two early fouls, led the board crew with nine rebounds.  Reserve Shea Hulbert had six.

The Redhawks, led by Amanda Kinneston’s eight points and Lanlancette’s seven, fired up only 41 shots and hit 12. The toll of the turnovers was readily evident in the fewer pops at the wicket.

Last Thursday, Gannon sizzled for 24 points, including 20 in the first half, as the Redhawks scored a 51-25 victory over Mount Abraham Union in Bristol.

“She played the point for most of the first half and did a great job keeping everything under control,” Williams said of the veteran junior.

Rice Memorial (35)

Bachand 0 0-0 0, Bouchard 2 0-0 4, Hartley 4 0-2 9, Jewell 2 1-1 5, Pfaff 7 1-2 17, Steiger 0 0-0 0, Rice 0 0-0 0, Durkee 0 0-0 0, Hee 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 2-5 35.

CVU (33)

Kohlasch 1 4-6 6, Lalancette 3 0-0 7, Gannon 2 0-0 4, Berry 0 0-0 0, Kinneston 3 1-2 8, Bashaw 0 0-0 0, Russ 1 2-3 4, Evans 0 0-0 0, Hulbert 2 0-1 4. Totals 12 7-12 33.

       10    11    7    7 — 35

CVU         7    5    9    12 — 33