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May’s buzzer shot wins it for the Rebels

Southland edges Fillmore-Central

to end four-game losing skid

HARMONY — Maggie May hit a shot at the buzzer to give the Southland girls basketball team a win on Tuesday night and put an end to a four-game losing streak.

May’s last-second shot gave the Southland Rebels a 45-43 win over the Fillmore Central Falcons. This also gave the Southland girls a sweep of the season series with the Falcons and ended their 11-game losing streak in Three Rivers Conference play.

Chelsea Nagle of the Falcons had just made a 3-pointer with five seconds to play and tied the game, when May pulled off her heroics. She drove the length of the floor and won the game.

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"Maggie was already halfway up the floor before I could think about it calling a time-out, so we let it play out," Rebels coach Dave Decker said. "There wasn’t much strategy on my part, she got an opening and took it to the hoop. We haven’t had too many winning shots over the last few years, so it was a big deal. She banked it in and that was it."

The winning shot capped off a big second half for May. She had a trio of treys and all of her 11 points in the second half. Hilary Johnson led the way for the Rebels with 12 points in the road win.

"It was their senior night and they had a big home crowd, but our boys team was there and that made for a lot of noise," Decker said. "They got up 7-0 right away, but then we crept back into it. Our defense kept us in there in the first half. Then, we went on a 9-0 run to start the second half and never trailed again from the 14-minute mark on."

May’s winning shot got the Rebels fans excited and made a nice birthday present for her teammate, Chesley Smith. On her 16th birthday, Smith played the entire 36 minutes of the conference contest and helped her team to victory with eight points and six assists on the night.

"I couldn’t find a good time to take Chelsey out of the game, because she does so much for our team," Decker concluded. "Donna (Neuvirth) also played great defense and we battled the whole way. It was a lot of fun for our kids."

Southland (5-18, 2-14 TRC) travels to Chatfield on Friday night to end the regular season.

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Southland 45,

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Fillmore Central 43

Southland: Hilary Johnson 12 points, 1 3-pointer, 6 rebounds; Maggie May 11 points, 3 3-pointers; Ashley Holdgrafer 9 points, 7 rebounds; Chelsey Smith 8 points; Donna Neuvirth 3 points; Lynda Rossow 2 points. Team stats: 3-14 FT, 4 3-pointers, 33 rebounds.

Fillmore Central: Kallen Bahl 14 points; Chelsea Nagle 11 points. Team stats: 15-27 FT, 2 3-pointers. Fillmore is 8-17 overall.

Halftime: Fillmore 19, Southland 16.

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