By ROBBIE MAHER
ENOSBURG — Former Hornet Jade Desroches became the 31st player to be inducted into the Enosburg Falls H.S. Hall of Fame on Wednesday night, before the girls basketball team defeated visiting Hazen Union, 54-43.
After a standout four-year Hornet career that saw Desroches join the 1,000-point club and become a state champion in 2008, she went on to play for Castleton University. There, she became a North Atlantic Conference player of the year and ranks fourth all-time on the Spartans scoring list with 1,470 points.
Enosburg coach Gary Geddes spoke highly of his former standout.
“It was pretty special. I told her before the game tonight I could probably sneak a uniform to her if she’d like to come back. She was a real hard worker and a real good competitor,” Geddes said
In the Mountain Division basketball game that followed Desroches’ induction, after a competitive opening quarter that saw the Wildcats trailing the Hornets by just two, 12-10, the Enosburg defense took over.
Steal after steal, the Hornets rattled off a 21-5 streak in the second quarter for a 33-15 halftime lead.
“Our defense clamped down. We opened up the break and hit some big threes. We are at our best if we are creating turnovers on defense and creating those into transition buckets,” Geddes said.
Hazen crept back within 11 points in the waning moments of the fourth quarter.
The balance and depth of this year’s squad was clear as 12 of the 14 Hornets to suit up scored, and all but one collected at least one rebound.
“We have got some real balance and depth. I was really happy with the first half, especially after the first few minutes. The second half, I was not as happy with as we let them have way too many easy baskets,” Geddes said.
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