by Harris Kinsey
copyright the Chronicle 2-11-2013
CRAFTSBURY COMMON — Coming off a loss, the Craftsbury Academy girls varsity basketball team hoped to get a win at home against Rochester. They played hard all four quarters, and came out on top in a 55-28 win. Janet Bohannon led all scorers with 23 points, and Thaila Thomas added 16 points for the Chargers. Phoebe Parrish led Rochester with 11 points but had no help, as the Charger defense was very good all game long.
The first quarter started well for Craftsbury with Sarah Dunbar connecting on a layup to go up 2-0. It was very obvious after that first basket it was going to be a struggle for Rochester. Craftsbury dominated the quarter on the defensive end. They forced turnover after turnover on bad passes, travels, and out of bounds. Craftsbury didn’t allow Rochester to score until the 1:30 mark on a free throw by Sierra Ostrow–Remy. Rochester would only score five points in the quarter while Craftsbury scored 13 points. The first quarter ended with the score 13-5 in favor of Craftsbury.
The second quarter started and no one scored until Savannah Shepard of Rochester connected on a jumper at the 6:50 mark in the quarter. Craftsbury would finally score at the 5:40 mark on a layup by Bohannon. Both defenses played well in the quarter. Rochester forced some turnovers, as did Craftsbury. Craftsbury would score 10 points in the second quarter while Rochester almost matched them with eight points. At halftime the score stood at 23-13 Craftsbury.
The second half started fast as Craftsbury would score only 37 seconds in on a layup by Thomas. Craftsbury 25, Rochester 13. Their defense would be very good again and they held Rochester scoreless until the 5:10 mark when Parrish connected on a jumper. Craftsbury’s defense forced many turnovers in this quarter. Mainly they closed the passing lanes and forced Rochester to throw passes into crowds, and force their passes. Rochester couldn’t do anything right in the third quarter and scored only six points, while Craftsbury scored 14 points as a team. After three quarters the score stood at 37-19 Craftsbury.
The Craftsbury girls seemed confident going into the fourth quarter, and they did not disappoint. Rochester would get the first score of the quarter on a layup by Ostrow-Remy. However, Craftsbury would answer right back when Bohannon scored on a layup to put them back up by 18. Craftsbury 39, Rochester 21. Craftsbury’s defense would continue to dominate as the girls showed no sign of tiredness. They held Rochester to nine points in the quarter and Craftsbury scored 18. The game ended with the score 55-28 in favor of Craftsbury.
After the game, Coach Rick Thomas said, “I am very happy with the way we played. We played some of the best lock down defense I’ve seen us play all year. We forced 21 turnovers, so we were great in all aspects of our defense. It was a team effort.”