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By Peggy Granquist
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Lady Rebels win 1 out of 3, ranked 4th seed


February 27, 2020

Peggy Granquist

The Moose Lake/Willow River Lady Rebels played three games this past week, going 1 for 3.

Last Monday the Rebels took on Proctor. The girls started out well, playing tough defense, and causing turnovers. Proctor had a 7-2 lead when Ella Rhoades hit a 3-pointer to make it 7-5. That was the closest the Rebels were able to get. The Rails went up 12-5 before Kelli Granquist hit a 3-pointer to make it 12-8 but Proctor reeled off 11 straight points before a Maci Kukuk offensive rebound was converted into a 2-point bucket. MLWR was only able to get off 10 additional points before half. Proctor went into the locker room with a 43-18 lead.

The second half didn’t fare much better for the Rebels, as the Rails were able to maintain a big lead throughout. Rebels lost 79-37.

On February 18, MLWR played a make up game from earlier in the season with McGregor. The Rebels were able to bounce back from the night before. MLWR quickly found themselves up 11-5. The Rebels’ 3-point shooting heated up hitting 2 in a row making the score 17-7. The Mercs were able to pull within 6 (19-13), but the Rebels took control from there. MLWR took a 46-18 lead into the half.

The Rebels continued to control the game in the second half adding 27 points to the half time total to the Mercs’ 22. MLWR won 73-40.

On Thursday, February 20, the Rebels traveled to Pillager for a tough match that had playoff implications as far as seeding for the tournament. The Lady Rebels led the game most of the way. The first half saw the Rebels down very early, but tied the game at 5 off an Alivia Mallory tear drop shot. The Rebels maintained a 2 point lead but then slowly started to pull away only to have the Huskies answer and keep within striking distance. Pillager had a 25-24 lead briefly before the Rebels jumped back in front to 26-25 and hung onto it. The Rebels took a 35-30 lead into the locker room.

MLWR continued to play their game in the second half leading by as much as 20 points, but the Huskies were able to chip away at the lead to eventually to go up by one point. The Rebels’ lack of defensive boxing out and rebounds in the end led to the 65-61 Pillager win.

The loss dropped the Rebels to the 4th seed in the upcoming tournament although they still maintained their home court advantage. MLWR has the chance to avenge this loss as they were paired with the Huskies in the first round of the playoffs on Wednesday, February 26 at 7 p.m.


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