Rebels beat Randolph in first round

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, February 19, 2003

Just looking at the score of the Southland girls' basketball team's first-round playoff game against Randolph might give one the impression that it was a blowout. While the Rebels did win Tuesday night by a score of 45-28, the game was tighter than the margin of victory would indicate.

Southland came out pressing, which gave Randolph a lot of trouble offensively. Although the Rebels enjoyed a comfortable halftime lead, Randolph put together a run that got them within six points midway through the third quarter.

"We didn't shoot very well," said Southland head coach Slone Suess, "and that allowed them to stay in the game."

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The Rebels still came away with the victory, thanks to 13 points from Nikki Kirkpatrick and 12 from Amanda Landherr. Their win earns them them a matchup with number 1 seeded Medford this Friday at 6:30 in Austin.

"They do have a good record,' Suess said, "but our conference is a bit tougher than theirs, so we think we're a little more evenly matched than the seedings would say. It's a wide open sub-sectional, so we feel good about our chances."