by Ken Brown
HARDWICK – The Hazen Union girls’ basketball team made it three for three at the “Cat Den” to open the season after holding down Richford’s high powered offense, improving to 3-1.
Caitlyn Davison pumped in 20 points and secured 16 rebounds to lead Hazen to a 43-29 home win over Richford on Monday. Davison knocked down a pair of threes to help the Lady Cats race out to a 21-7 lead to start the game and a stingy defense held Richford to 17 points through three quarters. Tessa Luther scored six points for Hazen Union and frustrated Richford’s super sophomore Kyrielle Deuso all night, limiting her to just to six points.
“Defensively the girls played really well and as a team we rebounded much better than we did in the first three games. We knew going into this match-up that Deuso was a great athlete and very quick, but we thought Tessa’s height could really bother her shot and she did a great job shutting her down,” said head coach Randy Lumsden.
Freshman Julia des Groseilliers also had a strong night for the Lady Cats with seven points and six rebounds, Alexis Christensen added six boards and four steals, and Craftsbury Academy’s Ella Gillespie chipped in with five offensive rebounds. Sierra Derby led Richford with 13 points in what was their first loss of the season after an impressive home opening win over Vergennes.
“Caitlyn and Julia came out really aggressive in the first half and I’m looking forward to watch Julia’s game develop throughout the season. Three wins in a row it definitely lightens the mood a little bit for me on the sidelines, but we’re not going to get high too high as a team. We still are turning the ball over way too much and we’re going to put our head down and keep working at the things we need to improve on to make us better as a team,” said Lumsden.
Hazen Union will look to sweep their four game home-stand on Wednesday as they welcome Vergennes to town.