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3/23/2013 Email this articlePrint this article 
Northeast senior Danae Diedrich waits for a teammate to get open during the Rebels’ victory over Bellevue at Rivalry Saturday. Photos by Ross Eberhart
Rebel guard Jacinta Jargo brings the ball down the floor during Northeast’s victory over Cal-Wheat.
Rebel girls put together exciting campaign in 2012-13

By Ross Eberhart
Sports editor

With just one player departed from last year's squad, there was plenty of excitement surrounding the Northeast girls basketball team in 2012-13.

The Rebels proved the excitement was warranted too as they followed up an exciting overtime loss to West Branch in the season opener by winning their next six games.

The biggest win of the bunch came at home against rival Preston as senior Catrina Jargo drained a shot in the lane just before time expired in overtime to give Northeast a 58-57 victory over the Trojans.

The 2012 portion of the Rebels' season ended with a loss to Camanche, but Northeast quickly vaulted itself to the top of the Big East standings early in the new year as the Rebels handed Marquette its first conference loss and then followed it up a day later with a 15-point win over Bellevue as part of Rivalry Saturday.

The Rebels, though, found out a hard truth - nobody was going to cruise through the Big East season without taking a few bumps.

For Northeast that meant a pair of tough road losses to Prince of Peace and Preston (the Rebels lost on a last-second shot in the former game, and saw a huge comeback come up just short in the latter). Still, the Rebels hovered around the top of the standings and followed up the two losses with three-straight wins.

The Rebels, though, ran into troubles again with Camanche, and the Indians put an end to Northeast's title plans.

Northeast used the defeat as motivation as they hit the road and took down a state-ranked Monticello squad before finishing the regular season with two more wins (including a 17-point rout over eventual state qualifier Marquette).

Unfortunately, the Rebels' time in the postseason proved to be short-lived as Northeast's rally against Mount Vernon came up five points short.

It was the final game for a group of five seniors that helped the Rebels nearly double their win total from last season.

C. Jargo and Morgan McAleer both played in all 23 games this season (the latter being named to the All-Big East team this season), while Danae Diedrich and Jacinta Jargo took part in 22 games and Jessica Spooner 13.

Replacing the seniors will be a tough task, but not an impossible one for the Rebels, who bring back a pair of All-Big East first team players in Addie Oberman and Breanne Butler.

Oberman also earned all-state honors for her play this season, while Butler led the team in rebounds and set a new school record for blocks in a season.

Add in fellow junior Laikyn Schaefer and the Rebels have three players returning who have two years of varsity experience to their name.

Juniors Tara Klemme and Nicole Delarm also return and so too do sophomores Ashley Kruse and Tierra Hildebrandt.

Add in members of a talented JV squad and the Rebels have plenty of reasons to be excited for next winter too.

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