Rebel girls crank up defense to beat La Crescent

Published 9:56 pm Thursday, January 17, 2019

The Southland girls basketball team beat La Crescent (3-11 overall, 3-7 Three Rivers) 53-32 in Adams Thursday.

The Rebels (4-12 overall, 3-7 Three Rivers) clamped down on the defensive end as they led by 15 at halftime and didn’t look back.

“The girls played a nice defensive game and they hit the boards hard. We kept them to one shot on most possessions,” Southland head coach Dean Bendtsen said.

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La Crescent 12  20    32

Southland 27  26    53

Southland scoring:  Larissa Goslee, 13; Lexi Smith, 9; Kelsey Mensink, 8; Jenna Bentzin, 8; Bailey Johnson, 7; Hattie Wiste, 4; Andrea Kiefer, 2; Kayla Nelsen, 2; free throws: 58 percent (7-for-12)