Thursday January 30, 2014
It was a battle of offensive weapons this past Wednesday, as the combined team of CVU/South Burlington battled Spaulding to a 5-5 tie. Remarkably, nine out of the ten goals scored in the game came from just two players in the contest; Spaulding’s Julia Ormsby netted all five goals for her team, while South Burlington’s Molly Dunphy scored four times for the Rebels. Even more remarkably, Dunphy scored all four of her goals in a whirl-wind second period, while assisting teammate Courtney Barrett on the team’s fifth goal. Barrett returned the favor, assisting Dunphy twice in the contest, while teammate Sarah Fisher contributed three assists. Courtney Peyko made 29 saves to hold onto the tie, as the Rebel-Hawks record improves to 4-6-1. The Rebels continued to improve their position in the Metro League on Satuday, upending visiting Harwood 6-1.
South Burlington continued to have success on the court this past week, with the Rebels defeating the North Country Falcons 62-40 on Thursday. South Burlington took an early lead, jumping out to a fifteen point advantage over the Thunderbirds in the first quarter. The Rebels offense went to work with a rhythmic precision, while the South Burlington defense kept constant pressure on the Thunderbird’s shooters, playing aggressively under the hoop and creating extra possessions for their team. Leading the way offensively for South Burlington were Isaac Gittelsohn, Zach Piper, and Jacob Smith, who all finished with double-figures in scoring. Gittelsohn finished with a game-leading 14 points, while Piper and Smith added 10 apiece. With the victory, the Rebels improve to 7-3 on the season.
South Burlington returned home this past Friday and came up short in a narrow 47-41 loss to the Essex Hornets. The Rebels got some great individual performances from Bryant Hinchcliffe, Patrick McMackin, and Zach Piper, but couldn’t coordinate their offense against a beatable Essex team that entered the game with a 3-8 record. Hinchcliffe and McMackin tied for a team lead with 12 points, while Piper added 10. The Rebels are home again this Friday, when they look to bounce back with a rematch against Spaulding.
Between South Burlington’s offense and Vergennes’ inability to find the basket, there was little doubt of the outcome of the Rebels 46-10 victory over the Commodores this past Wednesday. In the first and third quarters combined, the Rebels outscored their opponent 32-0, with reliable scorers Sage Barton and Kayla Gilding leading their team. Gilding finished with 12 points, 5 steals, and 4 rebounds, while Barton netted 11 points and pulled down 7 rebounds. With the victory, South Burlington improves to 7-4. The South Burlington girl’s six-game winning streak was snapped this past Saturday, when the Rebels fell to Colchester at home, 44-31.
The South Burlington boys fell to BFA 2-1 in last Wednesday’s contest at St. Albans. The Rebels and the Bobwhites battled through a scoreless first period, before St. Albans took a 1-0 lead after scoring early in the second. Later in the period, South Burlington’s Ryan Leonard found teammate Peter Camardo with a pass, and Camardo fired the puck past BFA’s Sean Hengemuhle for the Rebel’s lone score of the contest. The matchup continued to be characterized by aggressive play and tenacious defense on both ends of the ice. The game was knotted at 1-1 with just over three minutes remaining in the final period when the Bobwhites’ Donald Muller found the South Burlington net with a score, off a nifty pass from teammate Nick Berno. South Burlington continued to skate hard through the final whistle, but was unable to overcome the deficit. Ben Greenstein made 24 saves, as South Burlington falls to 7-6 with the loss.
The Rebels bounced back on Saturday, January 25 with a decisive 10-4 home victory over Rutland.
South Burlington suffered its first loss of the season this past Saturday, falling to Essex at home by a score of 140.50-127.75. The Rebels will look to bounce back, but will have to do so on the road, as they travel to St. Johnsbury next Saturday, February 1. With the loss, South Burlington has a record of 4-1.