SIOUX RAPIDS - The Alta-Aurelia Warrior girls met the Sioux Central Rebels here on Tuesday night for the third time this basketball season. The teams split their two previous games - with each team winning by a single basket - so Tuesday's meeting in the Class 2A Regional tournament quarterfinals figured to be a dandy ... and for three quarters, it was.
The Warriors held an 11-4 lead after one quarter, and the Rebels closed the gap to two, 20-18, at the half. Alta-Aurelia added two more points to their lead in the third quarter and led, 34-30, going into the fourth.
The fourth quarter was a whole different ball game, though, as the Rebels out-scored Alta-Aurelia 24-7 in the final period and won going away, 54-41.
Jordan Henningsen led the Warriors with 16 points, followed by Emily Grieme with nine, Haley Payne with eight, and Audrey Winterhof with five. Grieme led the A-A rebounding effort with eight boards and Courtney Van Haaften added six, while Payne dished out four assists and Winterhof and Henningsen had three apiece. The Rebels had three players score in double figures - Morgan Walker with 16 points, Rachel Hamilton with 15 and Grace Rehnstrom with 11.
A-A coach Jeannie Henningsen thought her team played really well defensively. "We shut them down for 3 and- a -half quarters," said the coach, "and then they hit some big threes and had some transition baskets to pull ahead."
"I am so proud of our team and their efforts this year," Henningsen continued. "Our eight seniors really led us through both the good times and the hard times ... Two of our goals were to win the conference and finish with a winning record, and we accomplished both of those. I believe the first year as Warriors girls' basketball was a real success."
The Warriors finished the season with a 13-8 won-lost mark, while the win boosted the Rebels' season mark to 16-4. The win also earned them the dubious honor of their next assignment, when they take on undefeated and #1 ranked Odebolt-Arthur/Battle Creek-Ida Grove Friday night in the Cherokee Washington High School gym in a semifinal match-up.
OA/BCIG (22-0) soundly defeated Ridge View, 80-37, in their quarterfinal game Tuesday night in Ida Grove.