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Northeast senior Morgan McAleer attempts a jump shot, while Tessa Kauffman closes in during the first half of the Rebels’ 53-23 victory over Cal-Wheat, Tuesday night. McAleer had seven points in the game, including five during a 28-2 Northeast run that put the Rebels ahead to stay. Photo by Ross Eberhart
Rebel girls' big run the difference against Cal-Wheat

By Ross Eberhart
Sports editor

A big first half run proved to be key for the Northeast girls basketball team during Tuesday's Observer-area showdown with Cal-Wheat.

After the Warriors scored the first four points, the Rebels took control of the game with a 28-2 surge that took up most of the first and second quarters in what ultimately became a 53-33 Northeast victory.

The visitors got off to a good start in the game as Cal-Wheat rebounded a Northeast miss and scored the first two points of the game when Becca VanderHeiden grabbed a Warrior miss and put it back home for two points.

Both teams traded empty possessions until the Warriors struck again as Abbie Moellenbeck dropped in a baseline jumper.

Unfortunately for Cal-Wheat that would be the Warriors' last field goal of the first half as Northeast began their big run.

Rebel junior Addie Oberman did the most damage early as the forward got Northeast on the board with a free throw and then added three-straight baskets to put Northeast up 7-4.

Breanne Butler added a bucket of her own for the Rebels with Jacinta Jargo coming up with a steal and a lay-up for two more points. Butler added another hoop inside and so did Oberman and it was 15-4 Rebels.

The final point of the quarter belonged to the Warriors as Megan Slattery ended Northeast's run with a free throw to cut the lead down to 10 heading into the second quarter.

The Warriors opened the next period's scoring as well with Stephanie Petersen dropping in a free throw of her own to pull Cal-Wheat within nine.

The Rebels, though, answered with the second half of their big run. Morgan McAleer knocked down a free throw, but missed the second. The loose ball, however, was corralled by Oberman, who put it back in for two more points.

McAleer added another basket and then made it five quick points in the quarter with two more free throws.

Catrina Jargo chipped in a three-pointer for the Rebels, while Oberman turned a steal into a lay-up and added a free throw to make it 28-6.

The run came to an end thanks to McKenna Luepker, who ended the first half with two more Warrior free throws and it was 28-8 Northeast at halftime.

The third quarter turned out to be a back-and-forth affair.

McAleer started the second half with two more free throws, but Cal-Wheat answered with a Moellenbeck put-back.

Two more Northeast hoops (one by C. Jargo and the other by Oberman) were answered by a Luepker free throw, while a hoop inside by Butler was followed by two-straight Moellenbeck jumpers.

Oberman provided a point with a free throw, but Cal-Wheat pulled back within 20 as Luepker made a hoop in the lane.

This time, it was the Rebels who finished off a quarter's scoring as Butler drained a pair of free throws and then added another hoop to make it 41-17 heading into the fourth.

Butler was not done as the junior scored four points during a 9-0 Northeast run to begin the fourth. Oberman added a hoop of her own during the run with C. Jargo finishing things off with her second three.

Cal-Wheat ended the Rebel run with VanderHeiden scoring inside and then started a small one of its own as Tessa Kauffman and Slattery added single free throws for the Warriors with Kauffman also scoring on a short jumper.

The Rebels, though, were able to keep their big lead as Ashley Kruse, Tara Klemme and Jessica Spooner all hit free throws down the stretch in Northeast's 53-33 win.

Oberman led all scorers with 19 points in the game with Butler joining her in double-digits with 14. C. Jargo added eight points of her own with McAleer coming up with seven.

Moellenbeck led the way for the Warrior girls as she dropped in eight points and grabbed six rebounds. Luepker added five points while VanderHeiden had four.

VanderHeiden had an even bigger night on the boards as she grabbed a season-best 15 rebounds. Petersen added nine rebounds of her own, while Luepker snatched five for Cal-Wheat.

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