The South Burlington girls were tripped up by CVU on December 17, falling to the Redhawks in a 41-23 loss. Samantha Barrett led South Burlington with nine points in the loss. CVU continued to drive to the glass offensively and gain extra possessions on the defensive end of the court through coordinated team play and defensive rebounding that was able to shut down South Burlington under the boards. CVU’s Laurel Jaunich led her team with a double-double in the contest, dropping fourteen points on the Rebels while pulling down ten rebounds for her team.
South Burlington got a valiant effort from Shannon Flaherty, but even seven points, six steals, and five rebounds from the senior was not enough to get her team on track, as the Rebels fell to the Essex Hornets 35-25 Monday, December 23rd. The Hornets played smothering defense throughout the game, forcing challenging attempts from the Rebels on a night when South Burlington struggled to convert positive offensive possessions into badly needed points. With the loss, the Rebels fall to 1-2 on the season.The Rebels continued to struggle in their third straight loss, falling 43-38 to Burlington Friday, December 27th. The Seahorses held the Rebels in check throughout the game, but never more so than in a Burlington-dominated third quarter that saw the Seahorses outscore the Rebels 8-2. Kayla Gilding led South Burlington with nine points, but was outpaced by a dynamic scoring performance from Burlington’s Ajla Medic, who attacked the rim for sixteen points for the Seashorses in the contest.
Coming back to Cairns Arena after opening the regular season with four road games would be viewed as a relief for most teams. It didn’t turn out that way for South Burlington this past week- after going 3-1 in four games that included a trip to Quebec and a more localized competition at Leddy Park, the Rebel’s promising young season was turned on it’s ear following three straight losses to Colchester, CVU, and Essex.South Burlington netted just three scores in the three matchups, falling 5-1 to Colchester, and 3-1 to both CVU and Essex. Despite struggling to find their game in the matchups, South Burlington’s Matt Baechle, Mike Blauvelt, and Theo McDowell continued to skate aggressively and create scoring opportunities for their team. Blauvelt scored a goal for his team in the loss to Colchester, while McDowell and Baechle scored against CVU and Essex, respectively. Defensively Ben Greenstein and David Streeter split time in goal for South Burlington. In order to right the ship, the Rebel’s road fortunes must continue, as they begin the new year by travelling to Spaulding on January 4 and North Country on January 8. South Burlington is 3-4 on the regular season.
South Burlington controlled the court offensively and defensively Thursday, December 19 with a 61-33 victory over Vergennes. The Rebels challenged the Commodores offensive shooters, and got a standout scoring performance from Isaac Gittelsohn, who led his team with thirteen points in the contest. South Burlington’s Zach Piper and Bryant Hinchcliffe also reached double digits in scoring, with Piper netting twelve to Hinchcliffe’s 11. South Burlington established themselves early, going into the halftime break with a 34-25 lead over the Commodores and never lost their focus, handling Vergennes in the second half to improve to 2-1 on the season. The Commodores are still looking for their first win of the season as they fall to 0-2.
The Rebels continued their scoring tear in an equally lopsided matchup against Missisquoi, turning a narrow 29-23 halftime lead into an explosive 61-34 victory over the Thunderbirds. Isaac Gittelsohn was once again an aggressive and dynamic offensive scorer for South Burlington, leading his team to victory with eighteen points in the game. Bryant Hinchliffe was hot on his heels, scoring thirteen to sink the Thunderbirds. With the victory, the Rebels continue on an early season hot streak with a 3-1 record. South Burlington has proven that they can score early and often, but will have to show that they can maintain offensive production and a disciplined and unified defense as they take on more challenging opponents in the Metro League. With the loss, Missisquoi falls to 0-2 on the season.
After running over two winless opponents, South Burlington faced a challenge against Mount Mansfield and came up short to the Cougars 57-44 last Friday. The Cougars had been doing their homework, and stepped up to contain emerging South Burlington scoring threats Bryant Hinchliffe and Isaac Gittelsohn. Gittelsohn, Hinchcliffe, and teammate Zach Piper led South Burlington in scoring with seven points apiece, getting few open looks and having to take challenging shots against an undefeated Mount Mansfield team. The defense that was so composed against Vergennes and Missisquoi faced an unprecedented scoring attack by the Cougar’s Sam Springer, who niftily dissected South Burlington’s defensive strategies on his way to a game-high twenty point scoring performance. The loss is South Burlington’s second of the season, snapping a two game winning streak, as the Rebels fall to 3-2. Mount Mansfield continues its undefeated run, improving to 3-0 after standing up to some of the stiffest competition that the Metro League has to offer.
The Rebels split their two most recent matchups, falling 5-1 to Colchester Wednesday, December 18 before returning the favor with a 5-1 victory over Stowe on Monday, December 23. The Rebels improve to 4-2 on the season and will take advantage of a well deserved respite before starting out 2014 by hosting North Country on Saturday, January 4.
The South Burlington gymnastics team claimed a victory in its first meet of the season, defeating Harwood on the road by a score of 124.10-107.20. The Rebels are 1-0 and return to SBHS to host Middlebury in their first home meet of the season. Competition will take place Saturday, January 4.