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01/30/2014 - GIRLS BASKETBALL: Rockets Second Quarter Run Cools Thunderbolts

By Jeff Motz

Lincoln Northeast used an 11-1 run second quarter run to shake off a slow start to their girls basketball game Thursday night at Lincoln Pius X and held on for a 55-45 victory inside Bishop Flavin Gym.

The Class A third-ranked Rockets (14-2) got back to back three-pointers from Tantashea Giger during the run that put Northeast up 20-17 with 4:00 left in the second quarter.  From there Northeast would never look back, leading 26-21 at the half.

The Rockets opened the second half on a 10-2 run to go up 36-23 with 3:16 left in the third quarter, with Creighton volleyball recruit Toni Tupper scoring twice and Shaneequah Watkins scoring underneath the basket and hit two free throws.  

Pius X got as close as 43-35 in the fourth quarter, but Northeast continued to pull away and the Thunderbolts would get as close as 51-42 before the Rockets sealed the victory.

Giger scored 16 points for Northeast, who has a showdown with top-ranked Omaha Benson Saturday night at the Ed Johnson Gym.  The Rockets also got 13 points from Tupper and 11 from Watkins.

Nebraska Women's Basketball recruit Maddie Simon scored 24 points in the losing effort for Pius X, who suffered only their second loss of the season.  Bailey Knobbe added 15 points for the Thunderbolts.

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