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Rebels Rout Anoka

January 22, 2011
Champlin Park Girls Basketball

     Both 9th grade Rebel teams set the tone for a very good evening at the CPHS Fieldhouse. The 9B Rebels topped Osseo 40-28. Heidi Ashmun led the scoring with 10 points and Steph Reem and Lindsey Kaml both added 8 points. The 9A Rebels topped the Tornadoes 54-46. The Rebels saw an 8 point lead with just over a minute remaining evaporate and with 30 seconds left they led by just 1. That is when Kelsey Spoden put on her "hero" cape. Spoden grabbed an offensive rebound and put it back up and in while drawing a foul. She made her free throw to complete the three point play and put the Rebels up 4. Sarah Watson scored 13 points. Mariya Sampson added 10 and Kendall Soderstrom netted 9.
     Our Sophomore Rebels suffered the only setback of the evening when they lost to Anoka 47-39. The Tornadoes 16 points scored on offensive rebounds was too much for the Rebels to overcome. Alysha Nelson led the scoring with 11 points. Becca Seviola and Kara Stuckmayer both chipped in 9 points. The B Squad is now 9 and 5 overall and 5 and 5 in the conference.
     The JV Rebels continued their undefeated run through the NWSC with a 42-31 victory against Anoka. The JV trailed 20-19 at halftime but they limited the Tornadoes to just 11 points in the second half to improve their overall record to 14 and 1. Sarah Serie scored 11 points in just one half of basketball and led the scoring. No other Rebel reached double figures.
     Our Varsity Rebels played their most complete game of the season in their 69-29 dismantling of Anoka. The Rebel defense was the story of the night as they held Anoka to just 2 made field goals in the first half. The Tornadoes were 13 for 17 from the free throw line in the first half to get their half time total of 17. The Rebels were able to score 37 in the first 18 minutes to take a comfortable lead into the locker room.
     The opening minutes of the second half made it clear there would be no comeback by Anoka. The Rebels went on a 29 to 1 run in the first 8 minutes of the second half to put the game out of reach and send the game to running time. The Rebels outrebounded the Tornadoes 45-24. Champlin Park shot 38.5% from the floor while Anoka made just 15.5% of their attempts. Even more remarkable was the fact that when the Rebel regulars left the court Anoka was just 2 for 35 from the field for an incredible 5.6%!
     Spectators didn't need statisticians to know they were treated to one of the most impressive rebounding performances in Rebel history. The Rebels pounded the offensive glass getting a second shot nearly every time they missed their first one. The Rebels were also stellar from the free throw line cashing in on 22 of their 25 attempts. 
     McKinley Moore led the Rebel scoring with 14. Hannah Marthaler added 12 points while Alyse Kaml and Kate Darnell netted 10. Marthaler led the team in rebounding with 13, 8 of them coming on the offensive end. Kaml added 8 rebounds.  

                 Jr. G McKinley Moore                            Jr. F Hannah Marthaler   

     No Rebel regulars played in the final 8 minutes of the game.
     Champlin Park is now 11 and 6 on the season. Up next they look to avenge and early season loss to the Blaine Bengals. The Bengals topped Park Center by two on Friday to maintain their tie with the Rebels in the conference standings.  

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