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Rebels bounce back to top 13th-ranked Monticello
|Northeast junior Addie Oberman attempts a shot during the first half of the Rebels’ game with Camanche, Friday night. Oberman accounted for 12 of Northeast’s 22 points in the first two quarters of the game and finished with a team-high 19, but the Rebels fell to the Indians 61-46.|
By Ross Eberhart
It turned out to be a mixed weekend for the Northeast girls basketball team.
The Rebels saw their Big East title aspirations take a big hit as they dropped a 61-49 game to Camanche, Friday night.
Northeast, though, bounced back a night later with one of its best wins of the season as the Rebels traveled to 13th-ranked Monticello and knocked off the Panthers 59-54.
The Rebels got off to a great start against Monticello, scoring 11 points in the first three minutes of play to go up five.
The Panthers kept things close, but Northeast still led 18-15 after a quarter of play.
The Rebels got a big first quarter from junior Breanne Butler, who scored half of the team's points. Catrina Jargo added a pair of threes with Addie Oberman draining one of her own.
Northeast stayed on the attack and the lead grew to seven with two minutes remaining in the first half.
Those final two minutes, however, belonged to Monticello with the Panthers scoring the final five points of the quarter to pull within two (28-26) at halftime.
The Rebels stayed mired in their offensive funk to start the second half, going nearly five minutes in the third quarter without any points.
The Northeast defense, though, kept the team around and Monticello led by just two heading to the fourth quarter.
The Rebels got things rolling again in the fourth quarter, thanks in large part to Morgan McAleer, as the senior scored all six of her points early in the fourth quarter.
Behind McAleer's surge, Northeast took control of the game and opened an eight-point lead that they would never relinquish.
The Rebels finished things off at the free throw line, going 8-for-10 down the stretch to create the final five-point margin.
Oberman led the way for the Rebels with 23 points, while Butler joined her in double-figures with 17.
Both Jargo and McAleer had six points with Laikyn Schaefer adding four.
It was the second game in a row in which third quarter troubles on offense hurt the Rebels, and against Camanche on Friday it proved to be costly.
Northeast found itself in an early 10-point hole against the Indians, but fought back and cut the lead down to four entering the second half.
The Rebels, though, went cold in the third quarter, which allowed Camanche to build its lead back up to 13 points heading to the fourth quarter.
That proved to be the difference as Camanche finished off the victory at the free throw line, making 22-of-28 attempts during the game in a 61-46 victory.
Camanche attacked Northeast's pressure in the first quarter and built up a 14-4 advantage.
The Rebels, though, ended the quarter with an Oberman three-pointer and a McAleer hoop to cut the lead in half.
Four-straight Camanche free throws pushed the lead back to nine, but Northeast answered back with a 9-2 run headlined by Oberman, who scored seven-straight Rebel points, to pull back within two.
The two teams traded points the rest of the half with Northeast using a hook shot by Butler and two McAleer free throws to pull within two at 24-22.
The Rebels, though, would score just seven points in the third quarter and Camanche extended their lead to 42-29 heading to the fourth.
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