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|Last-second shot ends Rebel girls' campaign with heartbreak|
By Ross Eberhart
The similarities were downright eerie, but it was the result that proved to be truly frightening for the Northeast girls basketball team in Wednesday night's 3A regional semifinal with Camanche.
The two squads had met just over a month earlier with the Indians coming away with a two-point victory, thanks to a shot at the buzzer.
And Wednesday's rematch proved to be the worst case of déjà vu the Rebels could have imagined.
The two teams were tied again with 19 seconds to go and the Indians with the ball. The Rebels did a good job of locking down on Camanche, but Indian senior Brettan Hilgendorf still was able to put up a shot just before time expired.
The ball found a lot of the rim, but ended up falling through the net as the buzzer sounded to give Camanche a 50-48 win.
"This game was so similar to our game at Camanche in January it is scary," Northeast head coach Charles Jargo said. "It was a gallant effort by the girls to come back from a 10-point deficit with nine minutes to go."
Down 29-21 at the half, the Rebels were able to cut their deficit to five at two different points of the third quarter, but a late Camanche run helped the Indians push their lead to 10 (38-28) with a minute to go in the stanza.
Northeast answered back with consecutive baskets by senior Addie Oberman, but one more Camanche hoop gave the Indians a 40-32 lead heading into the fourth.
The Rebels had no intentions of going down without a fight and Northeast surged right back into the game with nine-straight points to start the fourth (five of them from senior Breanne Butler).
Now it was the Rebels who had the lead and all of the momentum.
Camanche came right back, knocking down a three-pointer to jump back in front, and the Indians still were ahead (48-45) with less than a minute to play.
Oberman was fouled on a drive to the hoop and knocked down her first free throw to pull the Rebels within two.
The senior missed her second shot but alertly followed the attempt and grabbed her own rebound. Oberman proceeded to drop in a shot moments later, and things were tied at 48-48, setting the stage for Hilgdendorf's winning shot.
The two teams were locked in a tight game early. Northeast scored the game's first four points, but Camanche answered, and the squads traded points the rest of the frame.
It was the Rebels who ended the frame on top, however, as three-pointers by Aleenah Marcucci and Oberman and a two-point field by Courtney Stoll gave Northeast a 14-12 edge.
The Rebels, though, struggled in the second quarter, shooting just 2-of-10 from the field, while being held to seven points.
Camanche had no such troubles on their side of the court and, in fact, scored a game-high 17 points in the quarter. The last two came on a shot at the buzzer, giving the Indians an eight-point lead and providing a premonition of things to come.
Marcucci led the Rebels with 17 points in the game, while Oberman joined her in double-figures with 15, and Butler scored nine. Oberman added 12 rebounds for a double-double with Laikyn Schaefer also grabbing a dozen boards. Tara Klemme and Oberman each had three assists in the game, while Marcucci came away with three steals, and Butler blocked six shots.
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