On January 27th the Rebels traveled to State Center to play the Trojans. The Rebels started out well and finished the first quarter with a 19-12 lead. The second quarter was played even with the Rebels taking a 35-29 lead into halftime. The Rebels were able to hit seven three pointers in the first half. The second half was a different story as West Marshall completely dominated as they outscored us 53-17 to take an 82-52 victory. The Rebels could not buy a basket and the Trojans scored at will on the Rebels. We need to learn from this games mistakes and then put it behind us!
Emily Dinsdale led the scoring with 14, Jenna Roeding finished with 12, Addi Kickbush 11, Paige Thompson 7, Britney Keller 3, Brittany Shinn 3, and Erin Wentzien 2. Jenna Roeding led us in rebounding with 8, Emily Dinsdale and Addi Kickbush had 6 each, Erin Wentzien 5, Emily Snider 2, Britney Keller 2, Brittany Shinn 2, and Paige Thompson 1. Emily Snider led us in assists with 4. Erin Wentzien came away with 5 steals for the evening.
As the score would indicate the Rebels were unable to meet their system goals in this ball game.
The Rebels didn't have much time to rest as the next afternoon we traveled to North Tama to take on the Class 1A 10th ranked Redhawks. This was a hard fought physical ballgame (just ask or look at Erin's eye), that the Rebels were able to win by the score of 72-69. I thought the girls responded well and showed get character after the tough loss the night before. On the down side in this game senior Paige Thompson went down with a knee injury. We hope to get Paige back, but until then the Rebels, just like they did when Emily Stoakes went down with an injury, will have to make adjustments and really pull together!
Paige led all scorers with 20 points, Emily Snider finished with 19, with three big 3 pointers in the fourth quarter. Addi Kickbush finished with 9, Emily Dinsdale 9, Jenna Roeding 5, Brittany Shinn 4, Erin Wentzien 3, Rachel Bown 2 (clutch free throws late in the fourth quarter), and Taylor Flamme 1.
The Rebels did a much better job on the boards as they pulled down 16 offensive rebounds and 17 defensive rebounds in this game. Brittany Shinn pulled down 6 rebounds, Paige Thompson 5, Emily Dinsdale 4, Jenna Roeding 4, Britney Keller 4, Rachel Bown 3, Addi Kickbush 3, Taylor Flamme 1, Erin Wentzien 1, and Emily Snider 1. Jenna Roeding did a nice job on the back end of our press as she came up with 5 steals.
The Rebels met two system goals by turning the Redhawks over 42 (30) times and getting up 35 (35) 3's. We were just short of our shots up goal as we finished with 78 (80).