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By Dan Lingle and Peggy Granquist
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

A tale of two teams


December 13, 2018

Dan Lingle

Bombers Mallory Agurkis pops up over Rebels Charis Blacklock for the score.


The Barnum Bombers hosted the Rebels of Moose Lake-Willow River on Thursday, December 6. The Rebels took the night away, winning the game 69-58.

Bomber Makenzee Schleret went to the free-throw line for four points, while Britney Mike and Kendal Miletich added three points from the line. Miletich additionally put up two points from the paint for five total first-half points. Allie Marine would put up two shots from below the basket for four points in the first half. Reese Miletich went to the line and sunk one of two free-throws, giving the Bombers 17 first-half points.

While the Rebels would land their shots from nearly anywhere they put the ball up, the Bombers found most of their first half points coming from the free-throw line, sinking 11 of 13 free-throws. Only six of their points from the floor. The Rebels however would out score the Bombers 37-17 in the first half.

In the second half, the Bombers inched up the scoreboard. Putting up one point at a time, they shot from the free-throw line once again and the score narrowing to 41-32, Rebels.

Mallory Agurkis would finally find her rhythm as she landed four three-pointers and a put back from the rebound and a single free-throw for 15 second half points. Schleret added in 11 second half points for 15 points of the game. Reese Miletich landed four second half points for five game points on the night. Danna Weets came off the bench to add four second half points, while Allie Marine added in six second half points giving her 10 game points.

The Rebels would continue to find the basket and their lead from the first half kept the game from the Bombers. The Bombers would shoot 73 percent from the line while the Rebels would only land 69 percent from the line, giving a slight edge to the Bombers.

Moose Lake-Willow River

Tuesday, December 4, the Moose Lake/Willow River Lady Rebels traveled to Aurora to take on Mesabi East on their home court. The Rebels and the Giants both began the game with tough play and the Rebels stayed with the Giants for most of the first half. The score at the half was 33-28.

Mesabi East came out of the locker room in the second half strong and under the play of Ava Hill, pulled away from the Rebels. Hill was able to hit her three point attempts which allowed the Giants to further their lead in the second half eventually winning the game 61-46. Natalie Mikrot lead all Rebel scorers with 14 points. Other Rebel scorers included Maci Kukuk (seven), Charis Blacklock (six), Ella Rhoades (six), Dallas Kukuk (five), Hannah Jirovec (three), Monica Mikrot (two), and Meghan Granquist (one).

"We played a very good Mesabi East team. There is a reason they are the reigning section champs. I felt our girls played up to Mesabi East's level in different points of the game, but the fact is we did not play consistently at a high level during the whole game. It is a process and our coaches will continue to help these players understand and learn from this game. We did so many good things and the girls should be proud of the effort they played. Now we have to bounce back on Thursday," Coach Padrick Judd commented.

Bounce back they did. On Thursday, the Rebels traveled up Highway 61 to Barnum to take on the Bombers. The Rebels came ready to play and had another very strong start. The Lady Rebels lead 10-3 at the 15-minute mark. The Rebels tough defense kept the Bombers off-balance in the first half. Barnum was able to get back into the game by hitting their free throws but the Rebels found their scoring attack and pulled away taking a 37-17 lead into the half.

In the second half, Barnum tried to claw back into the game under the three-point shooter Mallory Agurkis. The Rebels were able to keep the Bombers at bay not letting them get much closer than 10 points despite a couple of Bomber runs. The Rebels won 69-58. Natalie Mikrot lead Rebel scorers with 20 points and Charis Blacklock had 18. Other scorers included Ella Rhoades (seven), Monica Mikrot (six), Dallas Kukuk (five), Ellie Schaumburg (four), Meghan Granquist (four), Maci Kukuk (two), Carmen Hoffman (two) and Hannah Jirovec (one).

"This was a great win for our program. It had been a while since we beat Barnum, and the girls really took control from the opening tip. I am very proud of the way the girls played on the defensive side of the ball and rebounded. Offensively we did a nice job of finding the open shot and knocking them down. What a great atmosphere for basketball! Our girls really appreciate our fans who were able to come out and support us!" Coach Judd said.

The Rebel JV team fell short losing by one (48-47) in a game that went down to the last second. The Lady Rebels played a good second half coming back from a huge half time deficit to make it an exciting second half.


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