by Harris Kinsey
copyright the Chronicle 2-20-2013
Coming off a recent win, the Craftsbury Academy girls varsity hoped to continue their winning ways against Cabot. They played hard for four quarters and came out on top 51-17.
Janet Bohannon led all scorers and outscored Cabot by herself, with 23 points. Maelily Robison led Cabot with eight points but, like her teammates, struggled to put the ball in the basket.
The first quarter started out slow but picked up speed at the 4:55 mark on a layup by Bohannon, who scored the first eight points for Craftsbury. She scored 11 points in the quarter, with Thaila Thomas and Meghan Pennock each contributing two points. Cabot failed to score all quarter and couldn’t figure out, or break down, Craftsbury’s defense in any way. After the first quarter of play, the score was 15-0 in favor of Craftsbury.
The second quarter got underway with Sarah Dunbar connecting on a layup at the 5:45 mark to make it 17-0 Craftsbury. Craftsbury’s defense continued to dominate, forcing turnovers and getting steal after steal. Cabot finally put points on the board at the 1:38 mark when Brittany Houghton hit two free throws. Craftsbury scored 12 points in the quarter, eight by Bohannon to give her 19 points in the first half.
At halftime the score stood at 27-2, Craftsbury.
The third quarter started fast for Craftsbury with Bohannon scoring on a layup only 25 seconds into the quarter. Coach Rick Thomas mostly had taken out his starters by this point, but Craftsbury continued to play well and get some good bench minutes.
Cabot finally scored at the 3:02 mark of the third on a three-pointer by Robison. Cabot scored eight points in the third quarter, while Craftsbury scored 16.
After three quarters of play, Craftsbury had a commanding lead at 43-10.
The fourth quarter got underway, and it was clear this game was going to be a blowout. Cabot scored 25 seconds into the quarter on a layup by Brittany Houghton.
Craftsbury answered back at the five-minute mark on a layup by Aysha Hodgdon. Hodgdon scored six points in the quarter, and Craftsbury as a team, scored eight.
Cabot scored seven points in the quarter. The game ended with the final score 51-17 Craftsbury.
After the game, coach Rick Thomas said, “It was great to see the bench play so well tonight. That’s our development, so to see them play well, and play some key minutes, was great.”