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01/06/2018 - GIRLS BASKETBALL: Northeast Uses Second Half Spurt To Pull Away From North Star

By Jeff Motz

Lincoln Northeast knew who they were up against Saturday afternoon in Lincoln North Star, facing them on Dec. 2 in the Tip-Off Tourney and earning a 50-point win.

The Rockets maybe weren't expecting a game from the Navigators in the first half, but they got back to their old ways of dominating in the second half to earn a 71-32 win before a home crowd of 800 at the Ed Johnson Gym.

Northeast (8-3) couldn't shake off North Star for much of the first half.  The Rockets led the Gators 12-8 after one.  Then Kylie Shottenkirk hit a three-pointer to pull North Star to within one, 21-20 with 3:13 left in the first half. 

An 8-0 run gave Northeast a 29-20 halftime lead, which was part of a 26-4 scoring spurt for the Rockets from the final three minutes of the first half through the end of the third quarter. It gave Northeast 47-24 advantage heading into the final period.

Much of the run came from Kaysia Woods, Jenna Wendelin and Alieyya Jones.  Woods scored 10 of her game-high 21 points in the second quarter, while Wendelin hit two three-pointers as part of her 10-point effort and Jones scored twice off layups.

A 24-8 fourth quarter run put the game away for Northeast, sparked by field goals from Bri Shadegg, Bri Minter, Jolie Rinakor and Azaiya Trainor.  Woods hit three free throws and added a field goal during the run.

Drewann Edwards scored a team-high eight points to lead North Star, who fell to 1-11 on the season.
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