Burlington Brawl: Undefeated Knights Collide with Rival Wolves in Top-Five Showdown
South Burlington, VT – Buckle up, basketball fans, because Thursday night in Burlington brings a clash of titans as the #1 ranked Rice Memorial Green Knights host their cross-town rivals, the #5 South Burlington Wolves. Tip-off at 7:00 PM at Rice Memorial High School promises a battle royale, with undefeated bragging rights and state rankings on the line.
What it is: Vermont High School Basketball
Matchup: Rice Memorial Green Knights vs South Burlington Wolves
Time: Thursday, January 25, 2024 at 7:00PM
Locations: Rice Memorial, VT
Game type: home conference game
Live Stream: Watch here
The Green Knights, a force of nature with a 12-0 record, have been a juggernaut all season. Their suffocating defense, allowing a mere 48.2 points per game, has been impenetrable, while their balanced offense, led by the sharpshooting duo of Michael O’Connor (18.3 ppg) and Daniella Alvarez (15.7 ppg), has consistently dismantled opponents. Home court advantage paired with their unwavering momentum makes Rice Memorial the heavy favorites entering this matchup.
But don’t count out the Wolves. Despite their 10-4 record, they’ve proven their mettle against top-tier competition, including a narrow defeat against powerhouse Rutland. Their offensive firepower is undeniable, boasting a 62.1 points per game average. Led by the dynamic playmaking of Sarah Jones (16.9 ppg) and the paint dominance of Alex Moore (12.1 ppg, 8.3 rpg), South Burlington has the firepower to challenge the Knights’ suffocating defense.
Beyond the rankings and records, this game is brimming with local pride and city rivalry. Both teams boast passionate fan bases eager to witness their squad reign supreme in Burlington. Rice Memorial seeks to maintain their perfect season and solidify their grip on the top spot, while South Burlington hungers for a statement victory to prove their championship aspirations.
With so much at stake, expect a white-knuckle affair at Rice Memorial. The Green Knights will strive to maintain their defensive lockdown and capitalize on their home-court advantage. The Wolves, conversely, will need to overcome their underdog status and execute their offensive schemes with clinical precision. Every steal, every basket, and every rebound will be met with thunderous cheers, making this clash one for the ages.
So, clear your calendar and prepare to be on the edge of your seat. South Burlington vs. Rice Memorial is a game etched in Burlington history, and this year’s edition promises to be a masterpiece. Don’t miss it!