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Dominant first quarter powers Rebels to win

Posted on January 25, 2017 by Taber Times

By Greg Price
Taber Times
gprice@tabertimes.com

W.R. Myers Rebels varsity girls basketball team pushed its record to 4-1 in Southern Alberta High School Girls Basketball League play last Wednesday with a 90-63 win over Medicine Hat Kwahommies on the road.

The Rebels came flying out of the gate in a dominating first quarter which the Kwahommies never could recover from, as the Rebels outscored its opposition 31-13.

“We really came out with great defence right from the start. We got some easy points from turnovers and then we were extremely smart when they were pressing us and got a bunch of lay-ups,” said Kenney Wood, head coach of the W.R. Myers Rebels varsity girls basketball team.

“It was nice to see the team put together such a great first quarter. Marty and I are really pleased with the intensity the team played with. To say Medicine Hat is never the friendliest place to play would be an understatement. Their fans are very loud, so it was nice to see the girls play through that noise and come up with the big win.”

Natalie Hoyt led the Rebels in scoring with 23 points and Millay Johnson poured in 21 points. Kitawna Sparks had 15 points and 11 rebounds with Genna Wright adding 10 points and eight rebounds. Austen Robbins had nine points. Lauren Steed notched eight points to go with seven rebounds.

“Marty and I are also extremely happy with the play of our three post players with over 30 points and close to 30 rebounds. If we can continue to get that type of production from them, we will be a difficult team to beat,” said Wood.

“Our guard play continues to be stellar and if the posts start putting up numbers like they did tonight, we should be playing deep into March.”

W.R. Myers Rebels varsity girls basketball team return to league play Feb. 1 against Magrath Pandas at home. Game time is 6 p.m. with junior varsity with varsity to follow at 7:45 p.m.

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