In girls basketball: CA improves to 12-4 with win over Rochester

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.”

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In girls basketball: Rough first half sinks UCA Crusaders 59-30

UCA Crusader Moriah Lafoe (center right) blocks the progress of Massey-Vanier high Viking Jasmine Heon as Lafoe's teammate Hannah Piette (obscured left) and Heon's teammate Brooke Stoddard move into position.  Photos by Richard Creaser

UCA Crusader Moriah Lafoe (center right) blocks the progress of Massey-Vanier high Viking Jasmine Heon as Lafoe’s teammate Hannah Piette (obscured left) and Heon’s teammate Brooke Stoddard move into position. Photos by Richard Creaser

by Richard Creaser

copyright the Chronicle 1-13-13

NEWPORT — A strong first half by the visiting Massey-Vanier High School Vikings girls basketball team led to defeat for the home team United Christian Academy Crusaders on Wednesday night, January 9.  The visitors from Cowansville, Quebec, would emerge on top with a final score of 59-30.

“We are definitely a second-half team,” UCA Coach Molly Smith said after the game.  “We don’t start as aggressively as sometimes we should.”

The Crusaders hung tough through the early goings keeping pace with Massey-Vanier.  Then the Vikings turned up the heat and recorded ten straight points before UCA could rally.  At the end of the first quarter the home squad found themselves down 22-10.  Though UCA’s defense tightened and limited the Vikings to just 12 points in the second quarter, that defense came at the expense of UCA offense.  UCA would only post seven points of their own and enter halftime down 34-17.

“I think we had a little bit more drive coming out in the second half,” UCA’s Hannah Piette said after the game.  “Everyone was giving that little bit extra and I think it showed.  Everyone stepped it up and not just a few girls but the whole team.”

Coach Smith commended her team on the newfound aggression they displayed in the second half.  Their willingness to take a foul to break up Massey-Vanier’s momentum derailed what had been a smoothly operating offensive machine.

“In the second half we had more movement in our offense,” Coach Smith said.  “Our man-to-man was solid and we started taking away scoring chances.”

With a tremendous deficit ahead of them, UCA focused on playing the best game they could, Ms. Piette said.  The second half became less about a team desperate to win a match and more about a team displaying its pride and its confidence in its ability.

“I think we had the mindset that we just wanted to close that gap,” Ms. Piette said.  “We wanted to get 30 points and we weren’t going to give up.”

UCA girls layup

UCA Crusader Amy DeLaBruere (right) goes in for the basket after outpacing Massey-Vanier’s Rikki-Lee Blumenfeld (center) and Erika Champigny-Rolfe.

Though the Lady Crusaders were outscored 25 to 14 in the second half, it was clear that Massey-Vanier no longer ruled the court unchallenged.  At every turn and on every pass or shot a Crusader was there.

“We need to remember that this game has four quarters and we can’t just be a second-half team,” Coach Smith said.  “We just need to dial it up through the whole game.”

Viking Rikki-Lee Blumenfeld led all scorers with 22 points while Azizza Goyette also added 14 points for Massey-Vanier.  Hannah Piette recorded 11 points for UCA while Amy DeLaBruere and Kathryn Daigle each added six points.

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In girls basketball: Craftsbury Chargers hang tough in loss to Richford


Janet Bohannon goes up for a shot against Richford. Photo by Harris Kinsey

by Harris Kinsey

copyright the Chronicle 12-12-2012           

CRAFTSBURY COMMON — Coming off a nice win against United Christian Academy, the Craftsbury Academy girls basketball team was hoping to win their first game in their brand new gym.  They fought hard through four quarters, but came up short in a 42-36 loss to Richford on Monday night, December 10.

Elle Purrier paced Richford with 10 points and the Richford Falcons rode well balanced scoring to the victory.

Janet Bohannon led all scorers with 23 points but didn’t have much help on the scoring, as other players just couldn’t get their shots to fall.

The game started slowly, with the teams trading misses until the 3:38 mark of the first quarter.  Richford scored first with a layup.  Richford 2, Craftsbury 0.

Craftsbury then scored two field goals to take the lead at 4-2.

The score stood that way for a while until Craftsbury scored three more points, and Richford got a free throw.  After the first quarter the score stood Craftsbury 7 Richford 3.

The teams traded misses again to start the second quarter, until a three-pointer by Richford cut the lead to seven to six. Scoring really picked up in the second quarter of play. Janet Bohannon led all scorers in the second quarter scoring 11 points to pace Craftsbury.  Craftsbury held the lead throughout the second and ended the first half of play with an 8-point lead, Craftsbury 23, Richford 15.

The third quarter also started with a scoring lull with the teams trading misses again until Craftsbury made two field goals to take a 27-16 lead three minutes into the third.  Craftsbury 27, Richford 16.

But Richford would then close the gap considerably.  With good defense and good shooting, they were able to get to the basket for layups, and got to the foul line.  They closed the gap to four by the end of the third.  After three quarters the score stood Craftsbury 30, Richford 26.

At the beginning of the fourth, the teams were still fighting hard and Richford hung close.  They traded baskets to start the quarter.  Then Richford began to really make shots and they ended up taking the lead by a point.  Craftsbury answered with a basket of their own to take the lead right back.  Craftsbury 36. Richford 35.

Richford took a 3-point lead with 2:07 left in the game 39-36.  Craftsbury just couldn’t make their shots fall.  The game ended with Craftsbury losing by six, Richford 42, Craftsbury 36.

After the game, Craftsbury coach Rick Thomas said,  “We are very young.  We played well and we played hard.  To hang with a veteran team as long as we did is an accomplishment in itself.  Everybody contributed.  It was a team effort.”

Craftsbury is a very young team with only four juniors and no seniors.  They have two eighth-graders, four ninth-graders, and two sophomores.  Richford on the other hand has a lot more experience with three seniors, four juniors, three sophomores, and one freshman.

Craftsbury played a great game, but came up just short.  Their next game is on December 18 when the varsity girls host Stowe at home.  The game starts at 5:30 p.m..

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CA Chargers girls basketball team beats UCA Crusaders, 44-20

Craftsbury Academy Lady Charger Janet Bohannon (second from left) sets up the basket as she works past UCA defender Laura Libby (left). Hannah Piette (back right) and Whitney Carter move in for a potential rebound. Photos by Richard Creaser

by Richard Creaser

copyright the Chronicle 12-9-2012

NEWPORT — The visiting Craftsbury Academy Chargers girls basketball team won their first meeting of the season against the home team United Christian Academy Lady Crusaders 44-20 on Saturday morning.  The Chargers rode a dominant second quarter where the team recorded 14 points while keeping the Crusaders entirely off the score sheet.

Though the Chargers would outscore the home side in all four quarters it was not the entirely lopsided affair the final score might suggest.  The Crusaders hung tight against the Chargers through the first quarter trailing only by two points.  It was the second half, dominated by Craftsbury’s Janet Bohannon who recorded eight of her team’s 14 points in the quarter, that turned the tide against UCA.  The 16-point buffer Craftsbury put up before halftime proved an insurmountable barrier to the home side.

Bohannon’s superb play persisted throughout the contest as she racked up 24 of Craftsbury’s 44 points on the day.  Hannah Piette put in a solid performance for the Crusaders knocking in ten of the team’s 20 points including a pair of field goals.

Other key contributors were Craftsbury’s Aysha Hodgdon who recorded six points and UCA’s Laura Libby who also added six points for her team.

UCA’s Christina Maxwell (right) and Craftsbury Academy’s Meghan Brown battle for control of he ball in girls’ varsity basketball action on Saturday.