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By Peggy Granquist
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

MLWR Lady Rebels split a pair of games


December 19, 2019

The Lady Rebels split a pair of games this past week - losing to Cromwell and being victorious over Barnum.

Tuesday (the 10th), the Rebels met up with the Cardinals of Cromwell and ran into a buzzsaw early on. The Cardinals jumped out to a 20-0 lead before the Rebels could even score a point. Cromwell started their game with a full court press which totally caught the Rebels off guard and set the tone for the rest of the game. The game was full of turnovers, miscues, and lack luster defensive play and offensive shooting for the Rebels, which provided the Cardinals with many opportunities for fast breaks, second chances, and and easy shots allowing them to further their lead. Rebels lost 90-31.

Natalie Mikrot was the leading scorer for the Rebels with 8 points followed by Kelli Granquist (6), Maci Kukuk (5), Monica Mikrot (3), Carmen Hoffman (3), Emily Bohnsack (2), Skyla Thompson (2), and Grace Stephenson (2)

“Cromwell-Wright is a great team and they definitely proved why they are the #2 team in Class A,” said Coach Judd. “Congratulations to Coach Gronner and his team. Unfortunately, we ran into a buzzsaw tonight and could never recover. The best thing about playing against a great opponent is you see where you are at as a team and what we have to do to improve as a program. If we want to reach our team goals we set this year, we have to learn from this game. I am proud of these girls and I know they will bounce back next game.”

On Thursday (12/12) the Rebels were able to redeem themselves by dismantling the Barnum Bombers 75-56. MLWR started out by quickly taking a 5-0 lead on baskets made by Natalie Mikrot and Ella Rhoades but allowed the Bombers to pull within 1 (5-4). The Rebels slowly started to extend the lead but before then, hit a cold shooting stretch. Grace Stephenson restarted the Rebel shooting with a 3-pointer to make the score 18-9 MLWR. The Rebel scoring continued with 3-pointers from Maci Kukuk, Monica Mikrot and Kelli Granquist and nice lane drives by Alivia Mallory and Natalie Mikrot. MLWR took a 39-18 halftime lead

The second half was a give and take type game. The Rebels were unable to further pull away from their 20-point lead. The Bombers would answer any points that the Rebels shot keeping MLWR from extending their lead. The Rebels won 77-59.

Natalie Mikrot lead Rebel scoring with 21 points. Ella Rhoades had 15, Maci Kukuk (13), Alivia Mallory (10), Kelli Granquist (6), Monica Mikrot (6), Grace Stephenson (2), and Skyla Thompson (2).

“Good win for the girls,” said Coach Judd. “Always fun to get a win against a conference rival. We still have a lot to work on, and we have not played our best game yet as a team. Exciting to know that the best is yet to come. We will get back to work at practice and get ready for another big game next week!"

MLWR heads to Virginia on Thursday 12/19 for a makeup game that was postponed on November 30th and on Saturday 12/20, host Cook County in Willow River. Game times on Saturday are 4:45 for the varsity and 6:15 for the JV.


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