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USC teams ousted from Section play

Girls lose to WEM while boys are defeated by Springfield Tigers

By Chuck Hunt - Editor | Mar 28, 2021

United South Central’s Colten Quade (3) attempts to lay the ball in the hoop against the Springfield Tigers in their playoff game on March 16, in Wells.

The United South Central girls basketball team won their first game in the Section 2A Girls Basketball Tournament – South Bracket, but then lost their second one, bringing their season to an end.

The Rebels hosted the Madelia Blackhawks on Tuesday, March 16, and won 44-28, but then went against the Waterville-Elysian-Morristown Buccaneers the next night, Wednesday, March 17, and lost 63-19.

USC 44, Madelia 28

The Rebels were seeded No. 8 in the south bracket of the Section, while the Blackhawks were seeded No. 9.

USC carried a 10 point lead into the locker room at halftime, with the score 16-6. Both teams had more scoring in the second half, with the Rebels outscoring the Blackhawks 28-22 to gain the 44-28 win, and propel them into the quarter finals.

Izzy O’Rourke had a big night, scoring 16 points for the Rebels and also grabbing nine rebounds.

Maya Zebro also hit double figures with 10 points and 12 rebounds as well as eight assists.

Leah Winch had seven points and six rebounds, while Dani Kirkeide had five points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals.

As a team, the Rebels were 14 of 58 from 2-point range (24 percent), 3 of 13 from 3-point range (23 percent), and 7 of 14 for free throws (50 percent).

The Blackhawks were 8 of 23 for 2-pointers (35 percent), 2 of 13 for 3-pointers (15 percent) and 6 of 9 for free throws (67 percent).

The Rebels also had 41 rebounds to the Blackhawks 38, seven assists to their five and 14 steals to their eight.

WEM 63, USC 19

The No. 8-seeded Rebels next faced the No. 1-seeded Buccaneers and struggled, losing 63-19.

USC had just nine points in the first half and 10 points in the second half. Meanwhile the Bucs had 42 in the first half and 21 in the second half.

Izzy O’Rourke and Maya Zebro led the Rebels with six points each and they both had four rebounds, as did Hannah Meyer.

Hannah Olson added five points and had two rebounds.

As a team the Rebels were 7 of 19 from 2-point range (37 percent), 1 of 4 from 3-point range (25 percent) and 2 of 4 from the charity stripe (50 percent).

The Buccaneers tried 43 shots from 2 point range and made 15 of them for 35 percent. They were 9 of 21 from 3-point range (43 percent and made 6 of 13 free-throw attempts (45 percent).

The Rebels had 18 rebounds to the Bucs 26, two assists to their 18 and three steals to their 20.

USC boys basketball

Springfield 64, USC 54

The United South Central Rebels boys basketball team was knocked out of the Section 2A playoffs by the Springfield Tigers.

The Tigers came to Wells on Tuesday, March 16, and downed the Rebels by the final score of 64-54.

USC ends their season with an overall record of 5-9. They were 5-5 in the Gopher Conference.