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Lady Rebels split a pair of games


January 30, 2020

Lisa Prachar

The Rebels' Ella Rhoades shakes off an East Central defensive player prior to her shot.

The Lady Rebels took on the Greenway Raiders and the East Central Eagles this past week, splitting a pair of games.

The Lady Rebels traveled to Greenway on Tuesday, January 21. Greenway hit the first bucket of the game but Natalie Mikrot was able to follow with a three-pointer. The Raiders answered with another 2 pointer giving the Raiders a 4-3 lead. Both teams went on somewhat of a scoring slump for about 2-3 minutes until Greenway made a nice hook shot. Natalie Mikrot ended the Rebels slump with an easy layup and then MLWR stole the ball and Monica Mikrot was able to convert a 3-point play. The Raiders were then able to slowly pull away as the Rebels were unable to convert any turnover or Raider miscues that Greenway was able to do. The Raiders took a 25-16 point lead into the locker room at the half.

The Rebels got the possession after half time, and Monica Mikrot was able to quickly make a 3-pointer to help MLWR try to get back into the game. The Rebels pulled within 4 early in the second half but the Raiders added a few unanswered points and pushed the lead back up to 10 at 29-39 (Raiders). Natalie Mikrot hit a three to make the score 39-32. MLWR pretty much went point for point with the Raiders in the second half but the lack of shooting and scoring in the first half was the decision maker. Greenway won 62-48.

Natalie Mikrot led the Rebels with 19 points, Alivia Mallory 9, Monica Mikrot 9, Ella Rhoades 5, and Emily Bohnsack two.

"Greenway played a great game," said Coach Judd. "They made everything hard for us on offense and did a nice job executing on offense. They deserved to win. Our team struggled to get any type of rhythm during the game. Too many turnovers and too many missed baskets inside when we had chances. Cannot do that against any team and expect to win. We need to get back to the fundamentals in practice and clean up our mistakes if we want to be successful in the next game."

East Central came to town on Thursday, January 23 and it proved to be another rivalry showdown.

The Eagles scored the first two points off the tip off. The first Rebel possession was unsuccessful but MLWR pressed on the next Eagle possession and was able to cause a turnover which led to an easy Rebel layup. MLWR got the ball back and Maci Kukuk got fouled and connected on the free throws. The Rebels took a 7-5 lead off a Natalie Mikrot 3-point jump shot but East Central quickly outscored the Rebles 8-0 to take a 13-7 lead. The Eagles had a 15-9 lead but with two 3 pointers by Maci Kukuk and Carmen Hoffman, the Rebels were able to claw back into the game. A tight Rebel press led to a 5 second violation and an Eagle turnover. The Rebels converted on two free throws by Natalie Mikrot making the score 18-17 Eagles. Ella Rhoades stole the ball in the Eagle end and drove the length of the floor for the layup putting the Rebels on top at 19-18. MLWR pushed the lead to 24-20 but the Eagles came back to take the lead 25-24. Bella Lourey-Bowen (East Central) and Maci Kukuk traded three pointers before the end of the half giving the halftime lead to East Central 28-27.

The Rebels and the Eagles traded baskets in the beginning of the second half, but the Rebels were slowly able to push the lead out by playing tough defense on East Central and eventually tired the team out. Rebels won 65-53.


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