Rebels have more than enough against Southern

GREENFORD – Morgan Newbauer poured in a season-high 19 points and pulled down 14 rebounds as Crestview defeated Southern Local 64-30 in Division IV sectional play on Thursday night at South Range High School.

“I think we were coming out here nervous because we hadn’t seen Southern Local play,” Newbauer said. ” Without one of our main players it was good to step up and when.”

The Rebels were without junior Anna Hardenbrook for the evening, but expect her back when Crestview takes on Lowellville Wednesday.

“I had to do double work because I took her spot in the lineup so I had to get double the rebounds double the points,” Newbauer said. “I think it was a good game for me to be there because they weren’t too challenging of the team. Next game hopefully she is back.”

The Rebels got contributions from up and down the lineup. Alexis Marnejon netted seven of her 11 points in the first half as Crestview jumped out to a 13-5 lead after one quarter. Ashley Harrison added 15 points and five assists to the Rebels’ totals.

“Ashley really made a statement at the start of that second half we had talked at halftime about taking the game out of reach and at the start of that third-quarter she came up with several steals,” Crestview coach Rick Gates said. “And Alexis, she just does a lot of quiet things, but she’s usually in that 10 or 11 point per-game range.”

Crestview (18-6) allowed just ten points through the entire first half, however, it was in the third quarter where the Rebels were able to separate themselves from the Indians (11-11).

“We had too many turnovers, we were getting the ball in the right spots and we missed too many easy shots,” Southern Local coach Cory Leek said. “We went into halftime and there were about seven or eight uncontested layups that we had missed. That hurts when you leave points on the board which could have made the game possibly a little closer.”

The Indians committed a total of 23 turnovers on the night.

Rachael Coil paced Southern Local with 15 points. Kati Hipsley finished with six points.

“Most of the games, we have run a box in one and we have shut down the main players,” Newbauer said. “If you can shut down the main players, most teams don’t have enough to get the other players worked into the offense.”

Fifteen of Newbauer’s 19 points came in the second half as the Rebels opened up a 47-22 lead after three quarters.

“Morgan Neubauer has just been outstanding for us the whole year,” Gates said. “Teams have keyed on Ashley (Harrison) who was our player of the year last year and Morgan has stepped up in a lot of different games this year just like she did tonight.”

Tristan Huff also added nine points for the Rebels who now shift their sights to defending district champion Lowellville. The Rockets and Rebels will tangle in a district semifinal on Wednesday.

“We are excited for them because we haven’t gotten to play them yet,” Newbauer said, “Us and Columbiana are probably the only two teams that can handle them in this tournament, so I’m really excited to see what we can do.”

Game notes

The 11 wins are the most for the Indians since 1995 as Southern Local finished third in the Inter Tri-County League lower tier with a record of 7-7.

“For us to win 11 games and finisih third in the league was a big step for us,” Southern Local coach Cory Leek said. “It was a big step for us which was keyed by the five seniors we have and you can trickle in some younger girls too.”

The Indians started one freshman and one sophomore in every game this year. A roster that includes just one junior, Leek hopes to use the success of this year as a stepping stone for success in the future.

“There’s several freshman that are ready and willing to step up next year and a couple other sophomores that will get in next year,” Leek said. “It’s just a matter of getting back to the drawing board in the summer.”