SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – Springfield’s Unified basketball team brought their record to 6-1 Monday, April 22 with the defeat of the Rutland Raiders ending in a 39-31 score. Monday’s victory was possible thanks to teamwork during the game. The Raiders and Cosmos kept their fans on the edge of the seats to see who would come out with the win. For the Cosmos, slowing it down, using their teammates, and following the coaches made them successful once again.
For Springfield, Gavin Glidden’s height was powerful in his defense and offensive rebounds throughout the contest to support his fellow teammates with ball possession and points along with blocked shots and put backs. Glidden came out on top as the leading scorer with 20 points. In the absence of a few teammates, Brandon Edwards stepped up to the plate with a few key assists and a total of nine points. Edwards’ assist to Glidden in the last minute of the game increased the gap with the Rutland Raiders.
Maly and Supry each added in four points. A few steals from Supry would support his team in regaining possession in the fourth quarter. Cosmos’ Hannah Anderson scored her first two points of the season in the fourth quarter.
On Thursday, April 25, the Cosmos unified team lost their second game of the season to the Hartford Hurricanes 28-26, bringing their overall season record to 6-2 for Vermont’s south. The Cosmos hold the second seed for Vermont’s southern unified teams.
In Thursday’s contest, Hannah Anderson gained in her confidence on the court and shined for the Cosmos. She played great defense, always defending her opponent and made two key bank shots in the second quarter along with a couple steals for the team.
Edwards was all over the court, playing solid defense and driving to the basket. Even though some of his shots didn’t sink, he played with spunk and was quick on his feet. Edwards landed four points, four rebounds, and grabbed a few steals. For the Cosmos, shots were not sinking, and the Hurricanes guarded the paint well and did not let them in to score. The Hurricanes’ shots were falling much easier than the Cosmos.
Glidden came out strong with eight points and 15 rebounds. Glidden has proven his strength and skills under the basket this season. Maly brought in four points and seven rebounds in this contest, and her teammate, Sanborn, grabbed seven rebounds and six points for the Springfield Cosmos. With under two minutes left in the game, Maly went down in the game with possibly a sprained ankle. The team anticipates her recovery heading into the playoffs.
Springfield has proved themselves this season by playing hard, sharing the ball, and having compassion for their opponents. They are the number two seed for the south. Congratulations on a great fourth season.