By Peggy Granquist
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Rebel girls fall against South Ridge & Cromwell-Wright

 

February 7, 2019

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Ella Rhoades attempts a basket against Cromwell-Wright.

ML/WR Lady Rebels dropped a pair of games this past week in a week that saw cancellations and rescheduled games for both the boys and girls teams.

Tuesday the Rebel boys and girls were scheduled to play Cromwell in a double header in Moose Lake, but due to the below zero temps and wind chills of -40 or more, the game waspostponed. Thursday, the South Ridge game was also not played on its scheduled day due to, once again, schools being closed for the day. That game was pushed to the following day (Friday) and the games against Cromwell were scheduled on Saturday.

The Rebels won the tip, but was unable to convert turning the ball over. South Ridge took advantage of the opportunity and was able to draw first blood. ML/WR fell behind early 4-0 before hitting a free throw to make it 4-1 at 14:35. Ella Rhoades hit a nice turnaround jumper to make it 6-3 Panthers. The two teams traded leads on free throw shooting as finding field goals proved difficult. The score at half time was 25-25.


The Panthers pulled away during the 2nd half as the shooting woes continued for the Rebels. South Ridge saw their biggest lead of 13 points with 3 minutes left in the game when MLWR began a comeback of their own going on a 7-0 run, only to fall short in the end. South Ridge pulled out the victory 62-54.

Ella Rhoades led all Rebel scores with 22 and Natalie Mikrot had 16.

"Tough loss tonight. They were ready to play and dominated us in the rebound department. Credit to them for playing well. We need to regroup quickly," said Coach Judd.

The Rebels turned around and played Cromwell on Saturday in Moose Lake. Meghan Granquist struck first with a short jumper to start out the Rebel play. The Cardinals took control of the game after that behind the 3 point shooter, Taya Hakamaki. MLWR had a short lived rally as they were able to convert some steals and transition into points, but the strong play by the Cardinals dominated the half. The halftime score was 48-26.

Much of the same play continued by both teams in the 2nd although MLWR's play improved in a losing effort. Rebels fell 76-46.

"Cromwell-Wright has had a great season," said MLWR Coach Judd. "They did a nice job forcing turnovers and turning those turnovers into points. They have two great shooters and when they are on, they are very tough to deal with. I liked how our girls did rebounding, and improving throughout the game. Tonight our inexperience in big game situations was put to the test and we had moments where we did well moments where we did not. We need to learn from this game to help us in the next game."

JV lost a heartbreaker 43-42.

Next up for the Rebels, they travel to Two Harbors on Thursday. All 5 girls teams play with 7th grade starting at 4:15pm. The Jr. High games are makeup games from last week.

 

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