Redhawks roll over BHS in girls hoops (1/7/10)

CVU improves to 8-1

Jan. 7, 2010

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

Even after the Yule, the Champlain Union High girls are keeping their basketball cool.

On Tuesday night, the Redhawks hiked their season mark to 8-1 with a 47-34 win over a strong Burlington High team that was 6-1 coming in. But the Seahorses kicked up a late fourth quarter fuss before CVU’s free throw expertise finally put them away.

The 13-point triumph was pure leisure compared with post-Christmas wins over Spaulding High in Barre (47-44) and at home over South Burlington High (39-38).

On Friday, the Redhawks will journey to St. Johnsbury Academy for a swap of hoops with the 3-4 (week’s start) Hilltoppers. It will be back home Monday night to greet Essex High for a 7 p.m. varsity start.

Using a quickly shifting zone defense with some doses of full court pressure, the Redhawks on Tuesday held Burlington to 25 percent shooting (15 for 60) from the floor, taking charge with a 14-4 third period rumble when the Dark Blue hit on just one of 13 shots, the swisher with just 43 seconds left in the quarter.

The Redhawks were zeroed in, burying 16 of 38 (42 percent) from the floor and 15 of 21 from the free throw line. The frontcourt trio of Kendal Kohlasch (14 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists), Allison Gannon (14 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists) and Shae Hulbert (10 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists) was doing too much for the Seahorses to have an effective answer.

A potential CVU laugher became just a tad problematic when the Redhawks, thanks to a series of turnovers, watched a 14-point, fourth period lead fade to a nervous 39-34 edge with 1:58 left after a 10-1 BHS surge. Six CVU turnovers fueled the Burlington comeback.

The problem was solved by trips to the charity stripe, where Kohlasch went four-for-four and Hulbert two-for-two in the next minute. Hulbert put the final clicks on the clock with a layup off a pass from Carlee Evans.

Burlington’s run had been zinged when top scorer and rebounder Hannah Senftleber (12 points, 10 rebounds) fouled out at 1:58. BHS never scored after that.

During the contest, Hulbert and Gannon formed a CVU rejection section on the defensive end, combining to block five BHS shots, three of the slap aways by Hulbert.

There was also larceny as a CVU defensive tactic. Amanda Kinneston had four steals while Hulbert and Elana Bayer-Pacht each had two takeaways.

“I got a little nervous,” Kohlasch said of the tense late minutes. “But we have been in a lot of close games.”

One of those very close ones was last Wednesday night when the Redhawks nipped the Rebels of South Burlington on Evans’ shot with 4.1 seconds left, her lone (1 for 3) hoop of the contest.

Kinneston led the CVU scorers with 13 points as the Redhawks tripped the Rebs for the second time this season.


BHS-CVU, Score

BHS     11    7     4     12   –   34

CVU    12    10   14    11   –   47


      BHS (34)

      Hartley 3-6 0-2 6, Hines 2-5 0-0 4, Senftleber 5-15 2-4 12, Robertson 0-5 0-0 0, Conley 3-14 2-4 8, Burrington 2-13 0-0 4, Riley 0-2 0-0 0, Silver 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 15-60 4-10 34.

      CVU (47)

      Kohlasch 4-6 6-6 14, Hulbert 2-5 6-8 10, Gannon 6-10 2-4 14, Evans 2-6 0-0 4, Kinneston 1-7 1-2 3, Donnelly 0-1 0-0 0, Hawley 0-2 0-0 0, Bayer-Pacht 0-0 0-1 0, Giles 1-1 0-0 2, Riordan 0-0 0-0 0, Schenk 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 16-38 15-21 47.