Rebel girls hustle past Cardinals

Published 10:53 pm Monday, February 4, 2019

The Southland girls basketball team put forth a big effort on the boards to pick up a 68-48 win over LeRoy-Ostrander in Adams Monday.

The Rebels (5-14 overall) led by as many as 34 before they benched their starters and they out-rebound the Cardinals 60-24.

Lexi Smith had 18 points, 13 rebounds, two assists and two steals for the Rebels, who have lost ten games by single digits this season.

Southland’s Larissa Goslee pulls down a rebound against LeRoy-Ostrander in Adams Monday. Rocky Hulne/

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“We haven’t had the greatest season so far and we were ready to go out there and show our fans what we can do,” Smith said. “It’s been frustrating losing so many close games and it’s been eating us up inside.”

Kelsey Mensink added 14 points and 13 rebounds for Southland.

LeRoy-Ostrander’s Kelly Hanson pulls down a rebound against Southland’s Bailey Johnson in Adams Monday. Rocky Hulne/

Kate Helgeson had 20 points, six rebounds and three rebounds for the Cardinals (6-13 overall) and Haley Hungerholt had 14 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals.

Southland has now won three of its last six games.

Southland’s Kayla Nelsen controls the ball against the Cards in Adams Monday. Rocky Hulne/

LO 14  34    48

Southland 38  30    68

Southland scoring: Lexi Smith, 18; Kelsey Mensink, 14; Larissa Goslee, 13; Kayla Nelsen, 10; Bailey Johnson, 7; Jenna Bentzin, 5; Kylie Kiefer, 1; rebounds: 60; turnovers: 18

LO scoring: Lauren Helgeson, 20; Haley Hungerholt, 14; Libertee Smalley, 4; Gracie O’Byrne, 3; Kate Helgeson, 2; Nicole Hanson, 4; Tiana Plagman, 1; rebounds: 24; turnovers: 19

Kylie Kiefer shoots a three-pointer for the Rebels in Adams Monday. Rocky Hulne/