Crestview outlasts Lady Potters

NEW WATERFORD (WYTV) – The hosting Crestview Lady Rebels were not about to let someone else have a chance to win the championship of the Rebel Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament Monday night.  Unfortunately it was the East Liverpool Lady Potters who would fall to the rebels 66-56 in the second game of the night.

The Rebels jumped out early as they raced to a 24-14 first quarter lead and then added to their advantage in the second stanza.  They would outscore the Lady Potters 26-11 in the second frame to boast a 50-25 halftime lead.
“Just what a great first half,” Rebels Coach Rick Gates declared.  “That’s the best probably half that we have put together this year.  With younger girls playing, we had not jelled quite as well as we did tonight.  We came together, and they played well together, they hit their shots and defensively we felt we only had a couple breakdowns.”
Leading the way for the Rebels was sophomore guard Alexis Gates.  She would have a game-high, and career best 29 points,  Her previous high was just 20 points.  But it was her shooting from beyond the arc that really got the Rebels rolling as she would connect on 6 of 10 three pointers to help build the Rebel’s big lead.
“I was feeling on fire,” Alexis exclaimed.  “I just wanted to do the best for the team that I could.  What I was doing right was shooting, I was on tonight and so I just kept shooting.  It just clicked, it just became natural.”
“She just put together a great first half,” Coach Gates said.  “It was her best all around game.”
Following a jumper by Gates to start the second half, giving the Rebels their largest lead of the contest at 52-25, the Lady Potters battled back in the game.  They would outscore the Rebels 13-9 in the third quarter, and cut the margin down to just 9 points with 2:16 remaining on a foul shot by Taryn Williams.

“We played as a team in the second half,”  Potters Coach Scott Rogers remarked.  “It’s what we have been stressing all year.  They have got to have confidence.  we have a lot of girls that haven’t had any varsity experience last year.  Confidence showed and they played together as a team.”
But with the Lady Potters trailing by nine with 38-seconds remaining, Rebels sophomore Sydni Bowker connected on two free throws to crush any last second hopes of a last minute come back.
Besides, Gates’ 29 point performance, she would also haul down 9 rebounds, while Danielle Yanssens and Bowker had 8 a piece.  Tristan Huff would also score in double figures for the Rebels with 14 points on the night.
The loss overshadowed a terrific performance by the Lady Potters Nikayla Edgel who had 18 points on the night, connecting on 5 of 9 shots behind the arc.  Lindsay Baker would also add 11 points and 5 rebounds.
The Rebels improve to 4-3 on the season and will face Salem in the championship game of the tournament Tuesday night.  East Liverpool falls to 4-3 and will play Western Reserve in the consolation game at 6pm

Courtesy: Lowell Spencer 

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