The Lady Rebels played their final regular season game against Rush City last Monday and narrowly came away with a victory.
Both teams started out a bit slow. MLWR eventually stretched the lead to 14-7 but Rush City hung around making it difficult for the Rebels to get a good lead. The Rebels, again, had a tough time on the defensive end boxing out and allowing extra efforts by the Tigers, but MLWR held a 33-30 lead at the end of the first half.
The Rebels maintained a 3 point lead most of the second half, but Rush City kept a close game, eventually tying and taking the 2 point lead. Natalie Mikrot tied the game by making 2 free throws, but the Tigers went back up by 1 with just over a minute left in the game. Monica Mikrot hit the game winning 3-point shot with about 13 seconds left in the game to put the Rebels on top 62-61, which they held until the clock ran out.
“Happy for our girls being able to find a way to win,” said Coach Judd. “Being shorthanded meant having others step up. Our girls did that. We battled and competed at a new level. I am very proud of this team. They never quit and they come to each game ready to play.”
On February 26, the Rebels moved into playoff mode with a game that pitted the #4 seeded Rebels against the #5 seeded Pillager Huskies.
The Huskies started off scoring the first two points and quickly jumped out to a 10-2 lead, before Skyla Thompson was able to break the Husky run with a short jumper. The score remained 18-9 for a while when Maci Kukuk broke the stalemate with a 3 pointer of her own. The Rebels went into halftime with the lead 28-27.
The second half was basically a three point bonanza for the Rebels as they scored 5 threes in the first 6 minutes of the half. The Rebels quickly went up 51-35. MLWR’s defense tightened up and the defensive rebounding improved to help the effort. The Rebels won 63-51, sending them to the next round of the playoffs against Esko.
“What a wild game,” said Coach Judd. “The intensity and desire to win was there for both teams. First playoff win in quite a while for these girls so great accomplishment.”
Unfortunately, the Rebels were unable to mount any kind of an attack against Esko. The Eskomos scored quickly and often and the Rebels were unable to keep up. MLWR lost 80-31. This ends the road for the Lady Rebels but they had a good season with an overall record of 17-11.