Redhawk girls hoopsters nipped in first playoff round2/26/09

Feb. 26, 2009

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

It was not a mighty Hurricane that the Champlain Valley Union High girls basketball team ran into Tuesday night in White River Junction, but eighth-seeded Hartford High used a strong second half to eliminate the ninth-seeded Redhawks, 48-39.

“It was a tough game,” CVU coach Stan Williams said Wednesday morning. “They (Hartford) jumped out early and we could never get the lead.”

After trailing the Hurricanes 15-7 going into the second period, the Redhawks closed to within 20-19 by halftime.

“It was a one- to four-point game through most of the second half,” Williams said. “We would get to within a point, then Hartford would hit a big shot.”

CVU, hampered by chilly 11-for-52 shooting from the floor, could not engineer a serious run of points that might have gained momentum.

Hartford took advantage of necessary CVU fouls in the final minute to pull away.

Junior Allison Gannon and senior Renick Lalancette led CVU scorers with 13 points each.

It was the final appearance in the Red and White for forward Lalancette, guard Kate Bashaw and forward Becca Russ. The Redhawks ended the season with a 10-11 record.

Hartford (14-7), will meet top-seeded Bellows Free Academy (20-1) in the quarterfinal round Saturday in St. Albans.