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By Peggy Granquist
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Lady Rebels sweep the week


February 6, 2020

MLWR Lady Rebels played 3 games this past week. Monday the 28th was a makeup game against Silver Bay, Tuesday the 29th they took on Aitkin, and then South Ridge on the 30th. All three games ended up in victories for the Rebels.

The Lady Rebels scored the first 8 points of the game before Silver Bay was able to add to the scoring by shooting a two pointer. MLWR continued to take advantage of Mariner miscues and second attempts on the offensive boards to increase the lead to 13-2. Silver Bay then scored 4 quick points before the Rebels added to the lead with an Alivia Mallory layup off a steal. MLWR then went on an 8-1 run before the Mariners started to add to their point total.

The Rebels were up 25-11. Ella Rhoades hit a short bank shot and a Kelli Granquist pass to Natalie MIkrot added to the Rebel scoring total at 29-15. A Skyla Thompson steal transitioned to a Alivia Mallory layup boosting the scoring total to 31-15 Rebels. Kelli Granquist got a rebound and a put back for two. A Maci Kukuk 3-pointer took the Rebels into the locker room at the half with a 38-15 lead over the Mariners.

MLWR came out of the locker room scoring 7 unanswered points to add to their lead 45-15 before Silver Bay was able to make a bucket. The Rebels continued to dominate the scoring adding another 29 points as Silver Bay was only able to muster up 7 points in the second half. Rebels won 74-22.

Natalie Mikrot led the Rebel scoring with 20, Maci Kukuk 14, Monica Mikrot 12, Ella Rhoades 7, Skyla Thompson 7, Alivia Mallory 6, Kelli Granquist 4, Carmen Hoffman 2, and Emily Bohnsack 2.

“This was a nice team win for us,” said Coach Judd. “Everyone contributed and we got a chance to work on some things tonight. We did a nice job rebounding especially on the offensive side and we shot the ball very well. I was happy to see our girls shoot in rhythm tonight and not force shots. That’s not always easy in a game like this but our girls showed patience and did a nice job.”

On Tuesday, January 29th, MLWR took on the Aitkin Gobblers. The Rebels started out with a quick two by Alivia Mallory but had a tough time getting anything going. Once they settled in, the Rebels caught fire with a 17-2 run making the score 19-2. Ella Rhoades stole the ball as the Gobblers were bringing it up the court and took it in for an easy layup (21-4). Aitkin started a scoring run of their own hitting the next 9 points. Emily Bohnsack finally stopped the bleeding with a free throw but the Gobblers continued to make their shots and the Rebels continued to have difficulty finding their rhythm. Maci Kukuk started a scoring spree with a 2-point hook shot to make the score 24-19. Ella Rhoades rebounded a Natalie Mikrot miss and put it in and drew a foul. Rhoades completed the old fashion 3 point play, making the free throw. The Rebels finished off the half strong by scoring over 25 points but the Gobblers’ scoring heated up and kept pace with the Lady Rebels. MLWR took a 45-38 point lead into the locker room at the half.

The second half saw pretty much even scoring on both sides with the Gobblers pulling within 8 but with the ace shooting of Ella Rhoades, Emily Bohnsack and Natalie Mikrot, the Rebels were able to extend their lead to 13 (73-60). The Gobblers cut the lead down to 4 for the Rebels as their hot streak in the 3-point shooting area continued. MLWR was able to put the game away at the free throw line however. Rebels won 87-78.

Natalie Mikrot led Rebel scoring with 26 points, Maci Kukuk 20, Alivia Mallory 18, Ella Rhoades 12, Monica Mikrot 8, Skyla Thompson 2, and Emily Bohnsack 1.

“It was quite the track meet tonight on the basketball court,” said Coach Judd. “We got off to a quick start but then began making poor decisions on offense and did not finish inside very well. What really has been the staple of this team is our free throw shooting percentage. We were 26-32 tonight at the line and have shot 72% as a team this year. That is very impressive for any team. I got to give Aitkin a lot of credit. They played hard and shot the ball very well tonight. Luckily for us we were able to keep pace with them.”

The final game of the week was against the South Ridge Panthers. MLWR had a difficult time getting anything together. Both teams stayed pretty even during the first half. The score was stuck at 9 for a while until Natalie Mikrot hit an easy jumper and a free throw but South Ridge took back two points. Rebels were up 12-11. Kelli Granquist hit a free throw and the Panthers scored two more to even the score. Carmen Hoffman and Ella Rhoades added two each to give the Rebels a 4 point lead 17-13. Additional scoring by Natalie Mikrot, Ella Rhoades, and Kelli Granquist put the Rebels in the lead at half time 28-24.

In the second half, South Ridge came out scoring 5 points to take the lead briefly before Natalie Mikrot took over hitting a 3-pointer, a layup, and an easy bank shot to put the Rebels back up to 35-29. South Ridge answered with 4 points of their own before Ella Rhoades took the ball in for a layup. MLWR started to pull away with a Monica Mikrot 3-pointer and Maci Kukuk free throws but the never-give-up-grit from the Panthers brought them back within 3. The Rebels were able to finish off the game with a 67-59 victory.

Natalie Mikrot led the Rebel scoring with 24, Ella Rhoades 17, Alivia Mallory 9, Maci Kukuk 7, Monica Mikrot 6, Carmen Hoffman 2, and Kelli Granquist 2.

“It was great to see the girls come away with another win,” said Coach Judd. “In a game where we did not play our best we still found a way to make some key stops and get to the free throw line. So proud of our girls being able to finish well down the stretch of games. We still have some things we need to improve on in February if we are going to have any success in the postseason play.”


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