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AUSTIN EDITION - Rebels come up short against Larks

Free throws down the stretch the difference

ADAMS -- Southland and Grand Meadow battled right to the buzzer in Thursday night's non-conference girls basketball game.

Although they are no longer in the same conference, this is an old rivalry between the two schools and it's still an intense affair on the hardwood.

The visiting Grand Meadow Superlarks led by a point at the end of the first quarter and that was the difference at the end in a 36-35 win over the Southland Rebels.

There weren't a lot of free throws shot in this game, only a total of 15, but they proved to be critical down the stretch. Southland missed four free throws on the night and Grand Meadow missed three in the one-point affair.

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Catie Leichtnam hit a pair of free throws with 22 seconds left to give the Superlarks a 36-33 lead. Natasha Hamilton scored for the Rebels with 15 seconds left to trim the deficit to one point, but then time ran out for the home team.

"We tried to put pressure on and cause a turnover, but we weren't able to get the ball back," Southland coach Ethan Riggin said. "I thought we had a good opportunity to get a turnover. We tried for steal but they were able run it out."

After the basket by Hamilton, the Rebels applied full-court defensive pressure and nearly caused a backcourt violation. The Superlarks (7-8) managed to get the ball over the time-line, but then it came loose and a mad scramble ensued.

"We came really close to getting a 10-second call on them," Riggin said describing the frantic final seconds. "They got it over the line, but then the ball came loose and everybody went scrambling for it. The ball went off players' hands and we tried hard to corral it, but time expired before we could get another possession."

Amanda Baudoin, playing in only her second game of the season since returning from an injury, led the Superlarks with a game-high 13 points. Rebecca Stier was also in double figures with 11 points and Jessica Benson added 15 rebounds in the win. Rachel Simon had nine points to lead the Rebels.

"It was tight all the way and typical game between two old rivals," Riggin said. "It's disappointing because we had our chances to win and came up short in a wild finish."

Southland (3-13) returns to Three Rivers Conference play tonight with a home game against Fillmore Central.

GRAND MEADOW (36)

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Amy Baudoin 4, Rebecca Stier 11, Catie Leichtnam 4, Jessica Benson 4, Sarah Guy 0, Heather Manahan 0, Amanda Baudoin 13.

SOUTHLAND (35)

Natasha Hamilton 7, Rachel Simon 9, Tiffany Kirkpatrick 8, Ashton May 3, Heather Wilson 2, Kate Noterman 4, Marie Boe 2.

Quarter scores

Grand Meadow 11 21 29 36

; Southland 10 19 27 35

; Three-point goals -- Southland 1 (May 1).

Free throws -- GM 6-9, Southland 2-6.

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Fouled out -- None.

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