The Essex Hornets arrived in Hinesburg last Saturday determined to leave town with their winning streak intact, and they did just that. Essex hit ten of eleven shots from the charity stripe, and forced Champlain Valley to commit 17 turnovers en-route to an impressive 65-49 win.
Demir Smajovic paced the Hornets attack with 15 points, followed closely by Ben Ferris and Chris Boque with 13 apiece. David Valley contributed another dozen for Essex who won their eighth in a row, to stand at 9-1 halfway through their season. Jake Donnelly led the Redhawks with 17 points and Will Hurd added another 11 to the losing effort. CVU, with the defeat, stand at 7-3 at their halfway point.
Falcons down Redhawks
Things didn't go much better for the girls from Champlain Valley last Friday when they visited Saint Johnsbury, to take on the hometown Hilltoppers. After Adama Kay hit one of two free throws to put Saint Johnsbury on top 42-39 with 15 seconds CVU got the ball back. But thanks to an impressive defensive effort by the Hilltoppers, CVU couldn't get a shot off, and Saint Johnsbury pulled off a huge upset with the 42-39 win. Kay scored 18 to lead the Hilltoppers, who improved to 4-6 with the upset win. CVU's Allison Gannon led all scorers with 19 points. The Redhawks, wit the loss, are 8-2 halfway through their season.
The Mount Abraham Eagles started their second half with 49-29 home win over the Missisquoi Thunderbirds last Friday night. Jen Loyer paced the Eagles, scoring more hen half of their points with a 25 point night. K.C. Cousino added another 10 for Mount Abraham, who improved to 5-6 with the win. Kelsey Ward led the visiting Thunderbirds with nine points.
In an Addison County showdown the Middlebury Tigers pulled out a five point, 37-32 win last Friday night in Vergennes over the hometown Commodores. Katie Ritter led the victorious Tigers with 18 points. Ally Provost had 13 for Vergennes. The game marked the halfway point for both squads. Middlebury improved to 7-3, while Vergennes fell to 3-7 on the year..