THE REBEL WAY
HALL OF FAME
Rebels slow to start in loss to Armstrong
February 15, 2012By Doug Swenson of Champlin Park Girls Basketball
Champlin Park hosted Robbinsdale Armstrong on Tuesday night and eventually fell to the Falcons 55-51. Offenses struggled for both teams in the first half as Armstrong took a 23-18 lead into the break. The Rebels had little trouble breaking Armstrong's full-court pressure but struggled in the half court, making only 5 field goals while committing 11 turnovers. Armstrong, on the other hand, used the 3 pt. shot to open up a 9 pt lead before the Rebels closed it to 5 at the half.
The second half started much the same as the first, with Armstrong penetrating gaps in the zone and kicking out to open 3 pt. shots while the Rebels struggled to convert easy points at the free throw line.
The defensive pressure stepped up for Champlin Park after slipping to an 18 point deficit and they were able to use that to climb back to within 2 late in the game. But thats as close as it would get as Armstong converted both ends of a 1 and 1 to pull ahead by 4.
There were moments late in the game where the Rebels definitely showed the type of team they can be when they want to be, but it just took too long to get there on Tuesday night. Champlin Park returns to action on Friday night at Coon Rapids at 7pm.
JUNIOR VARSITY USES HOT SHOOTING TO PULL AWAY LATE
The JV team used the hot shooting of Genevae Adkins and Erin Maglothin to pull away late against Armstrong on Tuesday night. The Rebels were very effective in transition all night and used those easy buckets to build the confidence in their outside shooting. Armstrong hung close with points of their own off Rebel turnovers but as the Rebels got more protective of the basketball, those opportunites faded. Erin Maglithin led the way for the Rebels with 16 points while Genevae Adkins added 12 of her own.