Rebel girls cruise past KnightsPublished 10:01pm Monday, January 14, 2013
ADAMS — The Rebels started off a busy week with one of their patented, high-pressure, high-scoring wins in a girls basketball game in Adams Monday.
Southland, which will play three more games this week, opened things strong with an 80-35 win over Kingsland.
The Knights (7-8 overall, 5-6 Three Rivers) hung around early as they were within 15-12 with 12:25 left in the game, but Southland (11-2 overall, 10-1 Three Rivers) closed the second half on a 33-10 run.
“We played well,” Southland head coach Bob Sheehan said. “We played sloppy at times and we talked about doing things the right way even when you have a big lead.”
Jana Schammel helped get the Rebels going on offense as she poured in 19 of her 24 points in the first half. Still, she wasn’t happy with the 21 turnovers her team committed in the win.
“I think it’s just a Monday,” said Schammel, who also had three rebounds and three assists. “We need to get better, but we’re never really ready on Mondays. We were really agressive and we got to a lot of loose balls.”
Southland forced 31 Kingsland turnovers due mostly to its ball hawking guards. Senior Megan Mullenbach, who had six points and six steals and sophomore McKenzie Kirtz, who had 14 points and six steals, were a constant threat to the Kingsland guards.
“They give us the energy,” Sheehan said. “They get us started, they pressure the ball very well and they get things going. They’re really a big part of our running game.”
The win was the first game of Southland’s second tour through its Three Rivers schedule. The Rebels, who are the defending Three Rivers champs, are one game behind Dover-Eyota with nine conference games to go.
“I want to get that title again and every win we can get is as important as any other one,” said Southland senior Haley Kirkpatrick, who had 13 points, five assists and three rebounds Monday. “We come in to every game ready to play.”
Southland, which has now won six straight, will host Chatfield (9-5 overall, 7-3 Three Rivers) Tuesday. The Rebels won the first meeting with the Gophers 64-53.
“We’ve got to be ready for anything,” Schammel said. “They’ve got some big girls and we’re pretty small, so we have to be ready to help each other out.”
Kingsland 22 13 — 35
Southland 48 32 — 80
Southland scoring: Jana Schammel, 24; McKenzie Kirtz, 14; Haley Kirkpatrick, 13; Kaitlyn Kirtz, 7; Megan Mullenbach, 6; Morgan Schmitz, 6; Sydney Bendtsen, 6; Elizabeth May, 2; Corbin Bendtsen, 2; free throws: 55 percent (11-for-20); rebounds: 35 (May, 8); turnovers: 21