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Rebel girls down Blackhawks 67-32

After opening the 2021 season with a loss to the Medford Tigers

By Kevin Mertens - Staff Writer | Jan 24, 2021

Maya Zebro gets behind the Madelia defense for an uncontested layup.

The United South Central girls basketball team got off to a fast start against the Madelia Blackhawks to claim their first victory of the season, 67-32.

The game, played at the Rebels’ home gym in Wells on Jan. 19, saw the home team take a 13-6 lead five minutes into the game. Moments later USC had increased their lead to 20-6 and they never looked back.

Josie Schumann recorded a double-double for the Rebels with 18 points and 17 rebounds. The 5-foot-11 forward picked up many of her points inside the paint as USC dominated on the boards.

Also reaching double figures in scoring for the Rebels was senior guard Dani Kirkeide who finished the game with 11 points.

Senior Izzy O’Rourke also had a nice all-around game. Like Schumann, the 6-foot-1 center also recorded a double-double. O’Rourke tallied 10 points to go along with 10 rebounds.

The victory improved the Rebels’ record to 1-1 while the loss dropped the Blackhawks to 0-2.

USC was scheduled to host Blooming Prairie on Friday, Jan. 22. The Rebels hit the road on Tuesday, Jan. 26, to take on the New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva Panthers.

Look for reports on those games in next week’s edition of the Faribault County Register.

Medford 63, USC 44

The United South Central Rebels opened their season on the road against the Medford Tigers and were defeated 63-44. The game was played on Saturday, Jan. 16.

The Tigers were tough at home last year with a perfect 11-0 record on their home court and they picked up right where they left off last year in dealing the Rebels a loss in the first game of the season for both teams.

No individual statistics were available for this game.