Lady Cats Roll to Third Straight Win

by Ken Brown

WINOOSKI – After starting the season with three straight losses, the Hazen Union girls’ basketball team evened their record at 3-3 last week with a road win over Winooski.

Alexis Christensen poured in a game-high 16 points to lead Hazen Union past Winooski on the road last Wednesday, 36-28. Kaitlyn Davison chipped in with eight for the Lady Cats in the win. Hazel Albee led Winooski with 15 in the loss as they fell to 0-5 on the season.

“It’s been an interesting year so far, the way we started and where we are right now. Overall, as a team we are working harder on defense and starting to figure out where certain players work best for the team and, hopefully, we can continue to work hard and come together,” said head coach Tim Whitney.

Friday’s game against Stowe was postponed, but Hazen Union dominated BFA-Fairfax at home over the Holiday Break to keep the win streak intact on what was ‘Banner Night’ for the 2020 Hazen Union girls’ soccer team who finished runner-up to Proctor in the Division IV state title match. Davison was the leading scorer in that one with 15, with Christensen and Tessa Luther chipping in with seven apiece. Whitney’s squad has thrived since moving the versatile Davison to the point guard position and he hopes to add another shooter soon in standout freshman Baylie Christensen who has been out with a concussion. He’s pleased with his team’s recent play but cautions that the young Lady Cats still have a long way to go.

“The point isn’t Caitlyn’s natural position, but she’s a good ball handler and decision maker and having the offense go through her has freed up Alexis to get some really nice looks. They are starting to work really well together, and I think when we get fully healthy we can continue to improve if we keep putting in the work. A lot of girls’ basketball programs around the state are operating without a junior varsity team like we are, unfortunately. It’s scary to see even some of the larger schools struggle with participation numbers this winter and, hopefully, it will rebound once we can get COVID a little more behind us. These last three games have given some validation to the girls about the work ethic they need to continue to put in at practice and it has also allowed us to build some confidence. Hopefully, we can get healthy and keep it going,” said Whitney.

Hazen Union was scheduled to host Milton on Tuesday before traveling to BFA-Fairfax on Friday. Monday they are scheduled to travel to Vergennes to take on Cabot legend Billy Waller and his squad.