Thursday January 23, 2014
In just over a year, the Rebels have transformed their varsity basketball program. The tenacity, work ethic, and athleticism that have become the hallmark of this new brand of South Burlington basketball was on brilliant display Friday night, as the Rebels battled back to defeat Colchester 40-39. The Lakers weren’t about to roll over for this South Burlington 2.0, however, and Colchester surged in the first half, lighting up the gymnasium to lead the Rebels 27-12 at halftime. While other high school teams might have seen a fifteen point lead as an insurmountable obstacle, South Burlington proved up to the challenge. The reliable Isaac Gittlesohn lead his team in scoring with nine points in the game, and netted key buckets to help whittle down the Laker’s lead in the second half. With less than a minute to go in the contest, South Burlington’s Kyle Murakami hit a clutch free throw to take the lead for his team, after a reenergized Rebel’s defense held Colchester to nine points through the final two periods. Zach Piper was also effective from the free-throw stripe, hitting a pair of shots with ten seconds remaining in the contest to extend South Burlington’s lead to 40-36. The Laker’s Ricky Giroux gave South Burlington’s crowd a nailbiting moment late in the game, hitting a three pointer with 4.3 seconds left to cut the Rebel’s lead to a single point, but an effective inbound pass allowed South Burlington to run out the clock and improve to 6-2 on the season. The Rebels host the Essex Hornets Friday, January 24.
The Rebels weren’t intimidated last Friday when they faced off against a Milton program with only a single loss on its record. South Burlington continued to play disciplined basketball on both ends of the court and left the gym with a 33-26 victory over the Yellowjackets. South Burlington’s Samantha Barrett was able to create extra possessions for her team and convert them into points, finishing with six points and nine rebounds in the contest. The Yellowjackets were able to hold teammate Kayla Gilding to just two points through the first three quarters, but the junior continued to work for open looks at the basket, netting six of her eight points in the final quarter. With the victory, South Burlington improves to 5-4 on the season, while Milton falls to 6-2. The Rebels face a string of home games against Vergennes, Colchester, and Middlebury in the coming week.
The combined South Burlington/CVU team struggled against visiting Essex this past Saturday, as the Hornets shut-out the Rebels 3-0. Courtney Peyko made 22 saves for South Burlington, who fall to 4-6 with the loss. The Hornets continue their dominant season on the ice, improving to 8-1-2 with the victory. South Burlington will look to bounce back from the loss when they play against Harwood Saturday, January 25, in the first of four straight home games.
The South Burlington program had its first road meet of the season this past Saturday, travelling to Norwich with the goal of improving on what has been a breakout season for both the boy’s and girl’s programs. The South Burlington boys team scored another 1st place finish, edging out Mt. Anthony and Lebanon, while the girls team finished 5th, behind the victorious Essex Hornets.
Some of the individual performances that helped lead South Burlington included…• Katherine Cook finishing 2nd in the 1600m run, 5:31.7h and finishing 1st in the 3200m, 11:47.2h
• Teammate Meghan Cook finishing 3rd in the 3200m, 12:53.0h
• The girl’s 4x200 team finishing 2nd, 2:00.9h
• Tina Arani finishing 6th out of a field of thirty-eight competitors in the long jump, with a distance of 14-05.0
• Ismail Temirov finishing 3rd in the 300m, 38.24, followed by teammate Jack Graham who finished 5th, 38.44
• Joey Staples taking a 1st place finish in the 1000m run, 2:51.2h
• Pat Hickey, Sidi Abdoulaye, and James Gregoire finishing 1st, 4:38.4h, 2nd,4:40.5h and 4th 4:47.9h respectively in the 1600m run
• Andy Tuttle, Sidi Abdoulaye, James Gregoire, and Joey Staples finishing 1st, 10:07.4 2nd, 10:07.6, 5th, 10:32.9, and 6th, 10:33.0, in the 3200m run
• Malik Hines finished 4th in the shot-put, with a distance of 42-06.0
• The South Burlington relay team claimed a 1st place finish in the 4x200m, 1:39.5h