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By Peggy Granquist
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Lady Rebels start season strong


December 6, 2018

Terry Bullock

Meghan Granquist driving to the basket for what could have been the winning basket. The foul will send her to the free throw line game tied at 53 with 2.4 seconds left to have a chance to win the game there. Rebels win 54-53.

The Moose Lake/Willow River Lady Rebels began their 2018-19 season winning two out of three games this past week. Tuesday, the Rebels visited Hinckley/Finlayson and took that game with a win with the score 54-53.

The game started out slow but eventually picked up with the teams trading points throughout the first half. At the half, the score was 27-23 Rebels. Natalie Mikrot added six quick points in the second half resulting from three steals and easy lay-ups. At that point, the score was 41-34 Rebels, after Hinckley took the lead after the half. The game tightened up with Hinckley hitting threes to tie the score at 53. Meghan Granquist went in for a reverse lay-up and was fouled and sent to the line with 1.9 seconds left. She was able to hit one of the two free throws resulting in the victory for the Rebels.

"I was very proud of the way our girls fought through adversity tonight. They had to battle and learn how to win in a tough environment. For being the first game of the year, it felt like a playoff environment. It was a nice team win with a few positives and we know that we have things to improve on. Hopefully we keep finding ways to succeed each game." Coach Padrick Judd commented.

Junior Varsity also won their game, 43-23.

On Thursday, the Virginia Bluedevils came to town and stole the game from the Rebels 69-55.

This game was another barn burner with both teams being very aggressive and physical. Both teams started out quickly and maintained the fast pace game throughout. ML/WR had difficulty hitting their three point attempts the first three quarters. Every time the Rebels would show signs of pulling ahead, the Bluedevils would hit threes to counter a Rebel run and pull ahead. Maci Kukuk started a Rebel run with the threes with about five minutes to go, but was too little too late.

"I am very proud of how tough these girls are playing. Virginia is a pretty good team and they have some good shooters. Even though we lost the game, we learned a lot about the heart and resiliency of this team," Coach Judd said of the game. JV was victorious.

Terry Bullock

Meghan Granquist put up a free throw after being fouled with 1.9 seconds left on the clock. Her point won the game for the Rebels against Hinckley-Finlayson, 54-53.

On Saturday, the team traveled to Rushford/Peterson to take on the 0-1 Trojans. The Rebels were ahead at halftime with a 10 point lead (37-27). The Trojans started to close the gap through out the second half. The score was trimmed to 57-51 with five minutes to go and eventually tied with three minutes left. The Rebels ended up pulling out the win at 69-59.

Coach Judd said, "This was a nice win for our team. We shot the basketball well, made our free throws, and had a season low in turnovers. Rushford-Peterson got off to a fast start in both halves, but we bounced back each time they made a run. Once again these girls do not quit and that is a great quality in a team."

The C team was victorious in both of their games this week (2-0) and the seventh and eighth grade teams both won their games (1-0 each). Great start to the season!

Rebels travel to Barnum on Thursday. Come cheer them on!


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