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Lady Rebels endure tough opening week on courts

By Thomas Sellers Jr.Lady Rebel triple team

Lady Rebel junior guard Bethany Berger has her path cut off Friday night during the second quarter of the Northpoint contest.

Lady Rebel junior guard Bethany Berger has her path cut off Friday night during the second quarter of the Northpoint contest.

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. – The Northpoint Lady Trojans had the homecourt and size advantage entering Friday night’s game against the Tipton-Rosemark Academy Lady Rebels.
And the Lady Trojans used their depth in the paint to take a 44-14 lead at the break. TRA Head Coach Shari Armour walked into the locker room wanting to ease her team.
“I challenged them to go out there and have fun in the third quarter,” she said. “And they played more relaxed in the second half.”
The Lady Rebels played more inspired basketball throughout the second half before leaving the Northpoint Gymnasium on the wrong end of a 67-39 decision.
TRA outscored the Lady Trojans 11-6 in the third quarter. Alli Nafieh scored 7 of those points hitting a jumper, layup and three-pointer.
In the fourth quarter the Lady Rebels had their best output with 14 points. TRA guard Bethany Berger navigated her way through the Northpoint Christian School defense to find teammate Sara Hall for a bucket. After a Berger foul shot the score was 51-28.
The Lady Trojans used an 8-0 run to create more breathing room. Then TRA senior guard Virginia Moore had a moment to shine hitting a pair of long jumpers. Berger added 5 points in the period including a triple.
The defeat dropped TRA to 0-2 on the young season. But Armour said in both games she saw signs of promise.
“I’m happy we’ve opened up with two tough teams like Halls and Northpoint,” she said. “Not every team will be as big as these two are. So we’re going to learn from our mistakes and keep going in the right direction.”

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