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|Rebels finish regular season with win over Mohawks|
The Northeast girls basketball team finished off its game with Marquette and its regular season in a big way, Tuesday night.
Up by four to start the fourth quarter of play, the Rebels steadily added to their advantage over the final eight minutes to forge a four-way tie for second in the Big East with a 59-42 victory over the Mohawks.
The Rebel lead doubled to eight at the halfway point of the fourth quarter and steadily grew from there (Northeast led by 13 with two minutes remaining), thanks in large part to a sterling night at the line.
In fact, Northeast scored more than half of its 21 fourth quarter points at the free throw stripe and finished the game by shooting 16-of-18 from the line.
Addie Oberman scored 13 points in the fourth quarter alone on four two-point field goals and five free throws, while Laikyn Schaefer, Danae Diedrich and Tara Klemme all added two free throws apiece for the Rebels, who got it done on the defensive side as well by limiting Marquette to just eight fourth quarter points.
The Rebels got out to quick start in the game as Jacinta Jargo and Oberman combined to score 10 of Northeast's first 12 points (Breanne Butler had the Rebels' other hoop) as Northeast jumped out to a 14-11 lead after a quarter.
The Rebels kept rolling in the second quarter with six different players scoring during the period and the lead grew to double-digits.
Marquette was able to hit a three-pointer just before the buzzer sounded, but Northeast's 17-8 advantage in the quarter gave the Rebels a 31-19 lead at the break.
The Mohawks, though, regrouped at halftime and made a run in the third quarter.
Marquette ended up outscoring the Rebels 15-5 through the first six minutes of the period to pull within two. The Rebels scored the final two points of the quarter on an Oberman bucket inside, but the score was just 38-34 heading to the fourth quarter.
Northeast, though, opened the final stanza with a 7-3 run to push the lead to eight and the Rebels never looked back to earn their 12th conference win of the season, tying them with the Mohawks, Preston and Camanche for second in the Big East behind Bellevue.
Oberman led the way for the Rebels with 27 points in the game, while Butler joined her in double-figures with 10 points to go with a team-high 11 rebounds.
Jargo just missed double-figures with nine points with all of them coming on three first half three-pointers.
Diedrich added five points with Morgan McAleer notching three.
Oberman had four rebounds and dished out four assists in the contest and was one of three Rebels (McAleer and Jargo the others) to have three steals.
Butler, meanwhile, blocked five shots to extend her school-record season total to 93.
The Rebels return to action tonight in 3A Region 5 quarterfinal game against Mount Vernon.
The contest, hosted by the Mustangs, represents the beginning of an arduous path to state for Northeast.
A victory over Mount Vernon, who enters the postseason 17-4 and co-champions of the WaMaC East, would likely set up a regional semifinal game against top-ranked and two-time defending state champion Davenport Assumption.
An upset of the Knights would mean a trip to the regional finals where the Rebels would likely meet either Center Point-Urbana, who is ranked 11th, or Monticello, who has also spent time in the rankings.
Needless to say, a trip to state will be well earned for the Rebels and the journey starts tonight in Mount Vernon.
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