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01/17/2014 - GIRLS BASKETBALL: Northeast 4th Quarter Rally Edges East High

By Jeff Motz

A close call for the Lincoln Northeast girls basketball team Friday night.

The Class A fourth-ranked Rockets got late free-throws from Morgan Ewing and overcame a third quarter deficit to earn a 53-49 victory over Lincoln East at the Ed Johnson Gym.

Ewing's free throws came at a crucial time.  

Northeast (10-2) overcame a 38-34 deficit and sprinted to a 13-4 run to take a 47-42 lead with 3:18 left in the game.  It was a Shaneequah Watkins basket after a Morgan Ewing offensive rebound following Toni Tupper's miss on the front end of a one-and-one that extended the Rocket lead.

The Spartans (4-9) countered a with a 15-footer from Shelby Brown to cut the deficit to three and Grace Barry added two free throws with 1:56 to play that pulled East to within one at 47-46.

Watkins scored for Northeast with 1:02 left for a 49-46 lead.  After East called time out, the Spartans quickly turned the ball over and committed a foul on Rocket junior guard Tierra Beard, who missed the front end of a one-and-one.  Ewing missed three offensive put backs under the basket, leading East to take control of the ball.

A three-point shot attempted from beyond the top of the key from East's Brooke Carmack fell short of the rim and went out of bounds with 22 second remaining.  Spartan guard Syd Svoboda quickly fouled Ewing, who hit two free throws with 19 seconds to play.  

Imani Wilson, who scored 15 points, hit a three-pointer on the other end to pull East within two at 51-49 with 12 seconds left.  Ewing was fouled again and sank two more free throws to seal the win for Northeast.

The Rockets led 14-11 after one but got out scored 20-12 in the second quarter when the Spartans sank four three-pointers down the stretch.  Trays from Wilson, Danelle Snyder and two from Carmack helped East to a 31-26 halftime lead.

Ewing and Tupper eached chipped in 15 points apiece to lead Northeast in the victory.
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