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By Al Rose
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Rebels jump on Jaguars


December 7, 2017

Dan Lingle

Natalie Mikrot (No. 15) had 20 points in Willow River on Tuesday, November 28.

The Moose Lake/Willow River girls basketball team used a pressuring defense and jumped to a 41-9 halftime lead over the Jaguars before coasting to a big 56-25 victory against Hinckley-Finlayson in the season-opener on Tuesday, November 28, in Willow River. One of MLWR's four wins last year was against the Jaguars by a score of 75-42 at Hinckley on Tuesday, February 14, 2017.

Natalie Mikrot, now an eighth-grader, who was honored in the post-season last year as one of the state's top seventh- and eighth-graders to start on varsity teams with about 10 points per game, doubled that average as she had a game-high 20 points, including a trio of three-pointers. Freshman forward Ella Rhoades was strong off the bench to make the double digits with 11 points. Senior guard Suzy Grutkoski had 11 points, including 6-for-10 on free throws in the first half. Freshman Monica Mikot had seven points, including one three-pointer, in her debut as a starting guard.

MLWR went 5-for-19 (26 percent) from outside the arc and 12-for-44 on the inside for an overall field goal rate of 17-for-63 (27 percent).

The Jaguars went 1-for-1 in the second half for 1-for-7 (14 percent) from outside the arc and 7-for-25 (28 percent) in the lane for an overall field rate of 8-for-32 (25 percent).

Free throws were seven points in MLWR's favor. The Rebels shot 15-for-26 (58 percent) from the line. The Jaguars went 8-for-20 (40 percent) on free throws.

The Rebels' defense allowed no Jaguars players to reach double figures. Haley Rimer had eight points. Grace Balut had five points. Cecilia Carrales and Shannon Olson each scored four points.

The Rebels did a very good job by out-rebounding the Jaguars at a ratio of 3:1. MLWR held a large margin of 36-12 off the iron and glass. The Rebels defense tore after the take-aways for a huge advantage of 22-6 on steals. The Rebels had a 12-4 advantage on assists. Although MLWR ended up with a somewhat troublesome 22 turnovers, the Jaguars suffered 38 lost possessions.

The following represents points (including three-pointers), rebounds, steals and assists for the 1-0 Rebels: Natalie Mikrot - 20 (3), 4, 4, 2; Rhoades - 11, 2, 3, 0; Monica Mikrot - 7 (1), 4, 3, 2; Grutkoski - 11, 5, 4, 4; Charis Blacklock - 5, 7, 2, 1; Dallis Kukuk - 3 (1), 3, 0, 1; Laura Walker - 2, 3, 2, 0; Kennedy Janke - 2, 1, 1, 0; Ellie Schaumburg - 0, 3, 2, 1; Tori Walczynski - 0, 2, 0, 1; Hannah Jirovec - 0, 0, 1, 0.


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