Tough foes await Redhawk girls hoops team (1/28/10)

Jan. 28, 2010

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

Its once-rumbling offense stalled Monday night by a pesky Rice Memorial High team for the second time this season, the 12-3 Champlain Valley Union High girls basketball team will try to get back into high gear Thursday night. The Redhawks face 9-6 Spaulding High, a team they nipped 47-44 in Barre in late December.


    Observer photo by Shane Bufano
Carlee Evans (3) of Champlain Valley Union High fights for a loose ball during the Redhawks’ 50-30 drubbing of North Country Union High on Friday.

On Monday, the Redhawks will travel to Burlington High to tangle for the second time with the 12-2 Seahorses, who have been rolling along since CVU nailed them 47-34 at Bremner Gymnasium on Jan. 5.

Rice, a mighty obstacle in scoring a 29-26 victory over the Redhawks in Hinesburg in December, once again derailed the Hawks, riding a third quarter 18-8 bash to a 47-39 victory on the Knights’ floor. Coach Stan Williams’ Redhawks had averaged better than 60 points a game in their previous four outings, all wins.

Allison Gannon fired in 13 points for CVU while guard Carlee Evans notched 10, hitting double figures for a second straight game.

In the Redhawks’ Friday night, home 50-30 victory over 6-6 North Country Union, Evans not only scored 10 points to lead the winners, but added six steals, four rebounds and three assists. She provided a steady hand in a loosely played affair dominated by more than 50 turnovers from the two teams.

After emerging from a narrow, 12-10 lead midway in the second period, the Redhawks, chilled by cold shooting, used a suffocating defense to gain a 24-13 edge by halftime and a comfortable 37-19 advantage at the third period buzzer.

Gannon, held scoreless and boardless in the first half, wound up with nine points and four rebounds, plus two steals and two assists.

Shea Hulbert rose up for a game-high 11 rebounds (8 points) and Kendal Kohlasch took down six rebounds to go with three assists.

Off the bench came Sara Riordan with a pair of threebies and Lindsay Hawley with seven points and two steals.