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1/25/2014 Email this articlePrint this article 
Rebel girls use strong first half to rout North Cedar

By Ross Eberhart
Sports editor

The defense set the tone and the offense did the rest for the Northeast girls basketball team during Tuesday night's River Valley North matchup with North Cedar.

The Rebels limited the Knights to just two points through the first six-plus minutes of the game and then seized control with an 18-point second quarter in a 52-38 victory.

Both squads scored within the first two minutes of the game, but only Northeast was able to add to its total as the Rebels used hoops from Addie Oberman, Alyssa Roth and Breanne Butler and a pair of free throws from Laikyn Schaefer to jump out to a 12-2 advantage.

The Knights were able to add four points late in the period. The Rebels, though, scored as well and it was 14-6 after one.

The Northeast offense jumped into the spotlight early in the second quarter with the Rebels reeling off a 10-2 run in the first three minutes of the stanza to push the margin to 16.

The Rebels added another scoring barrage later in the period - Northeast scored six points in the span of a minute - to get their lead as high as 19, and it was 32-17 Northeast at the half.

It proved to be a big quarter for Oberman and Roth, who outscored the Knights themselves with 14 combined points (North Cedar tallied 11).

The lead never fell below double digits the rest of the way.

In fact, the Rebels added to their advantage in the third quarter and were ahead by 17 with just a period left to play.

A 5-0 North Cedar run to start the fourth got the lead down to 12 with five minutes to play, but Northeast proceeded to hold the Knights scoreless for the next two minutes and North Cedar scored just five points the rest of the way.

Oberman led all scorers with 20 points, while Roth joined her in double-figures with 12.

Schaefer and Butler both added eight points with Tara Klemme and Courtney Stoll each notching two.

Butler added nine rebounds to her scoring total and also blocked six shots. Schaefer, meanwhile, grabbed eight boards of her own and dished out a team-best three assists.

Oberman had six rebounds and was one of three Rebels - Roth and Schaefer were the others - to come away with three steals.

Roth and Ashley Kruse both handed out two assists in the game, while Butler and Stoll both had two steals.

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