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Tigers down Rebels

Girls struggle on offense in loss

By Kevin Mertens - Staff Writer | Feb 28, 2021

USC’s Maya Zebro (24) shoots over the Medford defenders in a game played in Wells on Friday, Feb. 19, in Wells. The Rebels came up on the wrong end of the score as they fell to the Tigers 51-25.

The United South Central Rebels girls basketball team played host to the Medford Tigers on Feb. 19, in Wells.

It was the Tigers who would come out on top, winning by a 51-25 margin.

USC and Medford battled in a closely fought contest through the first eight minutes of the game with the Tigers holding a slim 11-8 lead.

But the Rebel offense hit a cold streak and scored only two points over the next seven minutes. Meanwhile, the Tigers pounded the offensive boards for some easy put-backs to take a 22-10 lead with under three minutes left in the half.

A 3-pointer by USC’s Hannah Olson cut the Medford lead to less than 10 points at 22-13. However, a late basket by the Tigers gave the visitors a 24-13 halftime advantage.

USC’s scoring woes continued in the second half and Medford extended their lead to 15 points, 33-18, with 11:32 to go in the game. During the next five minutes the Tigers added 10 more points while holding the Rebels scoreless to increase their lead to 43-18 on their way to their fifth win of the year.

Izzy O’Rourke led the Rebels in scoring with eight points and Leah Winch added seven. O’Rourke also led the Rebels in rebounds with five.

USC shot only 22 percent from the field on 2-pointers and only five percent on 3-pointers. They made 50 percent of their free throws, making six of 12 attempts.

Medford shot 46 percent from inside of the arc and 19 percent from outside of the arc. The Tigers made 10 of their 14 free throw attempts.