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 boys basketball: Chargers struggle, fall to Rochester

by Harris Kinsey

copyright the Chronicle 2-11-2013

CRAFTSBURY COMMON — Coming off a loss to Richford, the Craftsbury Academy boys varsity hoped to get a win at home against Rochester.  They tried but came up well short in a 74-27 loss.  Pavin Parrish of Rochester led all scorers with 31 points and he had well balanced scoring behind him as Rochester did a great job sharing the basketball.  Kyle Adams led Craftsbury with 14 points but the other players just couldn’t get anything done.  Craftsbury looked lost all game playing without their point guard Alex Vetere, due to injury, and this game was an indication that they badly need him.

The first quarter started out fast for Rochester as Parrish would score only 32 seconds into the quarter when he connected on a three-pointer to put Rochester up 3-0.  Craftsbury did not score until the 2:08 mark on a jumper by Brandon Locke.  Rochester would score 19 points in the quarter.  Craftsbury, not having Vetere, could not get organized, and scored only five points.  The first quarter ended with the score 19-5 in favor of Rochester.

The second quarter would start off fast again for Rochester with Parrish connecting on a layup only 40 seconds into the quarter.  Craftsbury would not score until the 4:50 mark when Frank Spiese made a layup for Craftsbury’s first score.  Play was stopped for a little while in the second quarter when Parrish scored a basket for his high school career point number 1,500.  The game picked up where it left off, and Rochester scored 23 points in the second to 6 points for Craftsbury.  The first half ended with Rochester leading 42-11.

Coming out from the locker room, Craftsbury hoped to shake off the struggles of the first half.  However Rochester would score only a minute into the quarter on a layup by Parrish.  Rochester’s defense was dominant.  They forced turnover after turnover.  Bad passes and forced plays by Craftsbury continued to be the story of the game as they continued to struggle, not having an established point guard on the floor.  Craftsbury would score only four points in the quarter, while Rochester again scored in double digits in a quarter with 15 points.  The third quarter ended with the score 57-15 in favor of Rochester.

The fourth quarter started fast again for Rochester as they scored only 12  seconds into the quarter on a layup by Tanner Pratt.  Their defense again took over and took advantage of Craftsbury, who, without Vetere to calm them down and direct play, seemed scattered and rushed.  Rochester again dominated and scored 17 points in the quarter, and held Craftsbury to 12 points.  The game ended with Rochester winning 74-27.

After the game, Coach Rick Thomas said, “We are struggling right now and playing scattered because we don’t have Vetere.  He is our calming presence and not having him for the rest of the season is going to be a struggle.  We just have to figure out how to play without him.”

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In girls basketball: LR Rangers fall to 5-2 with loss to Hazen

by Harris Kinsey

copyright the Chronicle 1-23-2013

Coming off a disappointing loss at home to Lamoille, the Lake Region girls varsity team hoped to get back to their winning ways vs. Hazen Friday night, January 18.  They fought hard for four quarters but came up just short in a heartbreaking 48-45 loss.  Alyssa Whitney led Hazen with 13 points.  Jordan Manning and Renae Hall each added 11 points for Hazen.

Tyrah Urie led Lake Region with 11 points, but like her teammates, she just couldn’t consistently get her shots to go in.  Lake Region struggled to score as they got good shots, but just too many failed to fall.

The first quarter began with Hazen scoring the first basket early to go up 2-0.  Ashley Locke then answered back with two of her nine points to tie the game at two.  Ally McAllister answered with a score of her own.  Hazen 4, Lake Region 2.  Sabrina Roberge then hit a three pointer to give Lake Region the lead.  Lake Region would score again on a steal and a three-pointer from Drew Neal.  Lake Region would also get a three-pointer from Urie, and a score from Michelle Thibeault.  The first quarter ended with the score 16-9 in favor of Lake Region.

The second quarter began with Locke hitting a free throw for the first score.  Hazen then took over the quarter as their shots began to fall and Lake Region’s shots didn’t.  However, the second quarter was a very low scoring quarter.  Hazen got well balanced scoring as Whitney was the high scorer of the quarter with four points.  As a team, Hazen would score 11 points, while Lake Region scored just five.  At halftime the score stood at Lake Region 21, Hazen 20.

Nobody scored in the third quarter until the 6:50 mark when a layup by Whitney gave Hazen the lead 22-21.  Lake Region didn’t score until the 4:15 mark on two free throws by Locke to take the lead back 23-22.  Hazen then scored seven unanswered points on a three-pointer and a three-point play by Manning, and a layup by Whitney.  Hazen 30, Lake Region 23.  Lake Region would only get four more points in the quarter on jumpers by Locke and Urie.  Hazen would again outscore Lake Region in the quarter 10-6.  After three quarters the score stood 32-27 in favor of Hazen.

Hall got the first score of the fourth quarter on a layup.  Hazen 34, Lake Region 27.  Sarah Burnham answered back with a layup of her own to pull Lake Region back to within five.  Lake Region would score six more points to pull within one, 36-35.  The quarter went back and forth.  Hazen would go up by seven again 43-37.  However, Lake Region came roaring back to pull within two with two minutes left, 43-41.  Hazen had the answer again by scoring five more points, while Lake Region was only able to score two more.  Each team scored 16 points in the quarter but the final score was 48-45 in Hazen’s favor.

After the game LR coach Mark Tinker said, “We need to work on getting up and down the floor.  We like a faster tempo, but we also need to work on our execution in our half-court offense.  We aren’t getting the best shot, and that is hurting us as well.  On defense we are not communicating, and we are fouling way too much.  That has been our biggest problem, is the fouls.  We are trying multiple defenses, which is nice to have a variety, and we are getting better.  We played better than we did against Lamoille, but we need to improve more.”

The Rangers next game is at Windsor on Saturday, January 26.  They will play at home on Monday, January 28, against BFA Fairfax at 7 p.m.

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In boys basketball: Lake Region improves to 6-0

by Harris Kinsey

copyright the Chronicle 1-9-2013

After playing three consecutive games on the road, the Lake Region boys varsity hoped to get a win at home. They played hard and came out on top 75-65 over Missisquoi Thursday night, January 3.

Drew Gallup paced Lake Region with 20 points.  Clint Provoncha and Caleb Prue added 17 points apiece to guide the Rangers.  Matthieu St. Amour of Missisquoi led all scorers with 39 points but didn’t get much help, as the other players for Missisquoi just couldn’t get it done against Lake Region’s defense.

In the first quarter Missisquoi scored first on a shot by R.J. Machia to go up 2-0. Then a steal and a layup by Drew Gallup tied the game at 2.  Then St. Amour hit a three pointer.  Missisquoi 5, Lake Region 2.

Lake Region scored again to pull within one, but St. Amour hit two more threes.  Missisquoi 11, Lake Region 4.

Lake Region then came back with strong defense and timely scoring.  The first quarter ended with the score 15-13 in favor of Missisquoi.

Lake Region came out with a great showing in the second quarter.  The first score of the second quarter came on two free throws by Provoncha to tie the game at 15.

Then Lake Region’s defense took over the quarter.  They forced turnover after turnover.  Mainly on steals, but they forced bad plays.  Their defense was so good that Missisquoi didn’t score until the 1:55 mark of the second quarter on two free throws by St. Amour.  They only hit a three and a two-point shot for a total of seven points in the entire quarter.  Lake Region turned many of those turnovers into baskets, and scored 18 points in the quarter.  At halftime the score stood at 31-22 in favor of Lake Region.

Lake Region came out in the third quarter and picked up where they left off.  Caleb Prue scored the first points of the quarter for Lake Region.  Lake Region’s defense was just as good as in the second quarter, and held Missisquoi scoreless until the 4:33 mark of the third quarter, when St. Amour made a free throw.  Missisquoi was held to 14 points in the third while Lake Region also scored 14 points.  After three quarters of play Lake Region led 45-36.

The fourth quarter turned out to be the most exciting quarter.  Matthieu St Amour took over the quarter with 16 points to lead a hard charge by Missisquoi.  However, Drew Gallup contributed ten points of his own in the quarter for Lake Region.  Caleb Prue scored the first bucket of the quarter and Alex Larose answered back a minute later for Missisquoi.  The game went back and forth the whole quarter.  Missisquoi pulled close, but Lake Region made key free throws and hit timely shots down the stretch to put the game away.  The final score was Lake Region 75,  Missisquoi 65 .

After the game LR coach James Ingalls said, “We played very well tonight.  Our calling card is our defense, and again our defense was very tough.  Our defense leads to offense for us as we like to run the floor, and tonight was no different.  Everybody contributed tonight.  It was a real team effort.”

Lake Region’s next games are January 5 at Lyndon, and then Monday, January 7, against Winooski at home.

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In girls basketball: LR improves to 2-0 with big win at Lyndon

copyright the Chronicle 12-18-2012

LYNDON — Coming off a win over Oxbow to start the season, the Lake Region girls varsity carried that momentum right into Lyndon and left with a 56-32 win.  Tyrah Urie led all scorers with 18 points, and Drew Neal added 14 points to power Lake Region.  Kayla Jardine led Lyndon with 13 points but didn’t get much help, because her teammates just couldn’t get the ball in the basket consistently.

The game started with Lake Region scoring first to go up 2-0.  Lyndon then got a three-point play from Jardine.  Lyndon 3, Lake Region 2.  Lyndon would then score again to go up 5-2.

Lake Region would then dominate on the defensive end of the floor including two steals from Urie to finish the quarter strong.

After one quarter of play the score stood Lake Region 13, Lyndon 8.

The second quarter would be all Lake Region.  Their defense held Lyndon to five points the whole quarter on five free throws.  Lyndon didn’t score a field goal all quarter as Lake Region’s  defense didn’t let up.  They created turnover after turnover, steals, jump balls, travels, bad passes.  LR would score 17 points in the quarter.  At halftime the score stood at Lake Region 30, Lyndon 13.

The third quarter Lyndon came out and played much more soundly than they did in the first half.  They crashed the boards better on offense as well as defensively.  They would score 11 points in the quarter and Lake Region scored 15, so the third quarter was played out well by both teams.  At the end of the third the score stood 45-23 in favor of Lake Region.  Lyndon didn’t allow as many fast breaks as they did in the first half, and Lyndon played well on offense with mostly a half-court set.

The fourth quarter would start with no scoring until Lyndon hit two free throws at the 6:21 mark of the quarter.  Lake Region didn’t score until the 5:18 mark on a layup by forward Emily Lawson.  Lake Region’s defense would dominate again, holding Lyndon to only one field goal and seven free throws.  Lake Region would score 11 points in the quarter with two points each from, Tyrah Urie, Emily Lawson, Ashley Locke, Sabrina Roberge, and three from Drew Neal.

The final score of the game was 56-32 in favor of Lake Region.

After the game Lyndon Coach Eric Berry said, “Lake Region is a top six team in the division.  It was a tough matchup for us being we are somewhat young and inexperienced.  The main thing that hurt us was the turnovers.  You can’t have a gazillion turnovers and expect to win a game.  However we played much better in the second half.  We played better defense and crashed the boards on both ends of the floor.  All we can do is learn from this game, improve, and move on.”

Lake Region coach Mark Tinker said,  “We played well defensively.  We have always taken pride in our defense.  We definitely need to improve on our fouls.  We are fouling way too much, but part of that is playing very aggressive in-your-face defense.  We tried a couple new defensive sets tonight, being we are still trying to gauge what set works best for us.  Overall we played very well.  Our defense created opportunities on the offensive end.  The whole team contributed.  It was a team effort.”

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

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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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In LR girls basketball: Six players gone; overall outlook still good

by Harris Kinsey

copyright the Chronicle 12-5-2012

With six of last year’s players graduated, the Lake Region Union High School girls basketball team is younger this year, but the outlook for the season is still good, said Coach Mark Tinker.

“We have a lot more youth, but we still have some good players on the team,” he said.  “The only real difference is that we’re younger.”

The team has four seniors, three juniors, and two sophomores.  With some good talent on the junior varsity, the future also looks good.

“If we’re going to be successful, we need contributions from everybody,” Coach Tinker said.  “Drew Neal, Ashley Locke, and Sarah Burnham are the three with the most varsity experience.  As seniors, they need to prove leadership and contributions every game.”

The season hasn’t officially started yet, so it will take a while before each player discovers her role on the team.  The question mark this season is how they will mesh.  Coach Tinker suggested it’s his job to figure out successful groupings.

“Each of the players needs to learn their roles and how they can contribute to this team,” he said.  “I need to juggle the lineups to see which players play the best together out on the floor and be successful.”

There are some similarities to last year’s team.  “We’re not very big,” said Coach Tinker, “This is nothing new.  Our tallest player is about five-foot, eight, so we need to play with attitude, but the players on this team are capable of playing bigger than they really are.”

The team also has girls who can play at different tempos.  Some can run the floor and be a fast-break team, and some can slow the game down into a half-court set.

“It all depends on who is on the floor and how we play,” Coach Tinker said.  “We have a little more quickness than we did last year with sophomore Tyra Urie, but we still have the ability to slow the game down if we need to.  It all depends on who is on the floor.”

Asked if there are any real starts on the team, he said, “We don’t have one person on the team that can be counted on to go out there and score 20 points every game.  It’s more important this year than in the past years that we play as a team.  Winning will really need to be a team effort this year.  We have a tough schedule, but if we play as a team I think we can be very competitive.”

Lake Region has switched to Division II this year, so the girls will have a tougher schedule than in recent seasons.  The girls will play their first two games away — against relatively new Division II rival Oxbow on December 11, and at traditional rival Lyndon on December 14, before coming home to play against Oxbow in front of home fans on December 21.

“Our future teams look good,” Coach Tinker said.  “We have some players on junior varsity that could get called up for the playoffs.  The season is only a week old so I’m still going to evaluate our younger players to see who is ready for playing on the varsity.”

Coach Tinker has high expectations again this year for his team.

“We may have a tough schedule ahead, but I have a lot of confidence in my team,” he said.  “We still have the ability to go out there and win games.  As long as we play as a team, we will be successful.”

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