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Davison Reaches Milestone as Lady Cats Win Tenth Straight

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Hazen Union Senior Caitlyn Davison reached her thousandth point while shooting a foul shot during a home game against Twinfield-Cabot, January 25. She needed 28 points and got them all in the first half. Also in the photo is her teammate Sarah Collier (center) and Carley Mancini (left) of Twinfield-Cabot.

WILLIAMSTOWN – Senior Caitlyn Davison became the first Lady Cat in almost seven years to reach one-thousand career points last week as the Hazen Union girls’ basketball team swept Williamstown, Twinfield-Cabot, and Blue Mountain to run their winning streak to 10 straight games.

Freshman Kelsie Rivard poured in 20 points and hauled in 12 rebounds to power Hazen Union to a 46-37 road win over Williamstown last Tuesday, snapping their eight-game winning streak. Davison added 12 points, nine rebounds, and five steals in the win.

Paige Dwinell led the Lady Blue Devils with nine and Hannah Spencer chipped in with eight as they suffered just their second loss of the season.

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Hazen Union coach Randy Lumsden (left) holds the game ball that he presented to his niece Caitlyn Davison (right) for reaching her thousandth point in basketball, January 25. As a surprise for her special occasion, her brother, Cody, flew in from Utah. Caitlyn is pictured when she spotted him walking toward her. She is the daughter of Jessica and Chris Davison.

Davison needed only 16 minutes to enter the history books at the Cat Den on Thursday night, sinking a pair of free throws at the end of the first half to reach the milestone in a dominant 59-17 win over Twinfield-Cabot. The senior point guard dazzled a packed house with 28 first-half points, including 16 in the first quarter alone. The game was stopped after Davison calmly converted her second free throw, and she was mobbed by her teammates and presented the game ball.

The usually stoic Davison broke into tears when her brother Cody (a former standout multi-sport athlete at Hazen) emerged from the crowd to embrace his sister after secretly flying in from Utah to witness potential family history. Davison is the first Lady Cat to reach 1,000 career points since Becca Whipple in 2017.

“Getting my thousandth point at home in front of all my family and friends was the most memorable moment I’ve ever had playing basketball. The support from my team and the atmosphere at the Cat Den was amazing. Seeing my brother, who flew in from Utah to surprise me, was the best feeling in the world!” said Davison.

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Senior Lady Cat Tessa Luther (left) looks to pass around Kendall Fowler (right) of Twinfield-Cabot, during a game held at Hazen Union, January 25. Hazen won 59-17.

There was no letdown from Davison over the weekend, as she pumped in 23 more points, including a trio of three-pointers to help Hazen down Blue Mountain on the road 56-20.

Rivard added eight and fellow freshman Autumn Dailey chipped in with six as the Lady Cats took a 33-10 advantage into the break and never looked back.

Jordan Alley led Blue Mountain with nine as they fell to 5-5 on the season.

Hazen Union struggled with converting free throws early in the season, but seems to be turning a corner, converting on 23 of 26 chances in their last two games. Their 11-1 record has them cemented in the No. 2 spot in the current Division III rankings behind defending champ Windsor. Davison likes the dynamic of their young team and believes they can only get better by the end of the season.

“Our goals as a team are to be the best we can be and to push each other past our limits. Before playoffs start, I just hope to continue to build more chemistry as a team and see more players grow into their roles and become more vocal,” added Davison.

Hazen traveled to Stowe on Tuesday and will finish up their season series with Blue Mountain at the Cat Den on Friday night. They are scheduled to host Enosburg next Monday.

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