Dominant 2nd quarter lifts Rebel girls
ALTA — After falling behind 14-8 by the end of the first, Sioux Central’s girls responded with a 15-3 run through the second quarter to set the tone for a hard-fought 51-46 victory over Alta-Aurelia.
“I’m really proud of the way the team fought through some adversity in the first half,” Sioux Central girls basketball coach Alan Vasher said. “We didn’t play well in the first quarter, came back and played well in the second quarter. Our defense is what got us going and got us back into the game.”
The Rebels needed everything the defense could give in the second half, especially when it came to guarding Alta-Aurelia leading scorer Lily Peterson who came into the game averaging 18 points a night.
“The girls played really good help defense, especially on Lily,” Vasher said. “Kally (Fahnlander) guarded her most of the game, but the entire team did a good job of knowing where she was and helping on her.”
Peterson finished with just 13 points but added 10 rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks.
The Warriors climbed back into it with a 14-10 third quarter to make the game score 33-31 in favor of the Rebels.
Sioux Central finished off with an 18-15 win in the fourth quarter to seal the 51-46 triumph.
“This was a really good win against a really good, athletic ball team,” Vasher said.
Shera Smith led Sioux Central with 17 points. Dani Boettcher added 16 with five rebounds and four steals.
The Rebels are now 3-3, having won two in a row. They’ll host Manson Northwest Webster Friday night in Sioux Rapids.