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Rebels' rally comes up short in loss to Mount Vernon
|Northeast junior Addie Oberman lets go of a shot in the middle of four Mount Vernon defenders during the second half of the Rebels’ 3A regional game with the Mustangs, Saturday night. Oberman led Northeast with 18 points in the game and the Rebels were able to trim a 10-point second half deficit to just a single point. The Mustangs, though, held on for a 51-46 victory. Photos by Ross Eberhart|
By Ross Eberhart
The Northeast girls basketball team had been in this situation before.
Locked in a tight battle throughout the first half with a tough Mount Vernon squad, the Rebels now found themselves in a double-digit hole late in the third quarter.
The circumstances were eerily similar to Northeast's regional quarterfinal game a year ago with Bellevue.
In that contest, the Rebels trailed by just four at halftime, but watched the margin balloon in the third quarter and the Comets pulled away for a 25-point victory.
This was a different Northeast squad, though, playing Saturday night, and the Rebels proved it, clawing back from a 10-point deficit to make it a one-point game with 17 seconds remaining.
The Mustangs, however, hit some pressure-packed free throws and a game-tying three-pointer came up short in an eventual 51-46 Mount Vernon victory that coupled as the end of the Rebels' season.
Northeast trailed by one entering the second half, but quickly pulled in front as Breanne Butler dropped in a basket in the paint.
Addie Oberman followed with a free throw and Northeast led 24-22.
The Rebels kept the lead even after Mount Vernon got on the board with a hoop as Morgan McAleer followed the Mustang basket with a pull-up jumper in the lane.
The Mustangs' pressure, though, began to feast on sloppy Northeast passing (Mount Vernon finished the game with 19 steals) and the turnovers spurred Mount Vernon on a 14-2 run (Butler scored the Rebels' points) that made it 38-28 with under two minutes remaining in the third quarter.
Instead of folding, however, Northeast fought back, as Oberman drained a three-pointer to stop the run and then added an even more difficult fall-away three just before the third quarter expired to cut the lead down to four as the two teams entered the fourth.
Mount Vernon kicked off the final quarter with a hoop and the two teams traded the next 18 points.
Catrina Jargo followed the Mustangs' opening bucket with one of her own and then answered another Mount Vernon hoop with a three-pointer to make it 42-39.
The ensuing Mustang possession, however, ended with a three-pointer from Miranda Chapman and the lead was right back to six.
Northeast got the lead back down to four two more times and it was 47-43 Mustangs with two minutes remaining.
Mount Vernon was content with running out the clock and the Rebels were eventually forced to foul with just over a minute left.
Northeast, though, caught a break when the Mustangs missed the front end of a one-and-one. The Rebels rebounded and earned their own trip to the free throw line when McAleer was fouled on a put-back attempt.
The senior made one of her two tries and the lead was down to three.
Northeast immediately fouled and again Mount Vernon missed its first attempt giving the ball back to the Rebels.
With a chance to tie, Northeast instead went with the sure points as Butler had an open look inside and dropped the ball in to make it 47-46.
Northeast fouled once more. This time, though, Chapman stepped to the line and drained both pushing the lead back to three.
After the second make, the Rebels hurried the ball up the floor and Oberman got off a clean look behind the three-point stripe, the shot, though, came up short and Mount Vernon grabbed the rebound and was fouled.
Mustang sophomore Allison Platte put the finishing touches on the game with two more free throws to create the final five-point margin.
The game started as a defensive struggle. Mount Vernon did not collect a field goal until nearly five minutes into the game as the Rebels opened a 4-1 lead on an Oberman reverse lay-up and a pair of McAleer free throws.
The Mustangs, though, followed up their first bucket with two more hoops and now it was Mount Vernon with a three-point lead.
The Rebels' answer came from Oberman, who knotted things up with a three-pointer and then gave Northeast the lead heading into the second quarter with a hoop to make it 9-7.
The two squads traded points throughout most of the second quarter before a 8-2 Mustang run gave Mount Vernon a 22-17 lead late in the period.
The Rebels, though, again answered back as Butler scored inside and so did Jargo and the stage was set for the second half with Northeast trailing by one at halftime.
Oberman led the way for the Rebels with 18 points in the game, while Butler joined her in double-figures with 10.
Jargo scored seven of her nine points in the second half with McAleer adding seven points and Laikyn Schaefer two.
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