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Pirates stun Rebels in Class 2A opening round

Feb. 14—GOOSE LAKE — The Alburnett Pirates stunned the Northeast Rebels 51-48 in the opening round of the IGHSAU Class 2A playoffs on Tuesday night.

Northeast started this one out strong behind Emma Kjergaard who was knocking down 3-pointers early and often. However, the Pirates were playing well behind senior Ally Olmstead who was locking down the interior with her 6'2" frame.

Although Northeast held a 12-7 lead at the end of the first quarter, the Pirates came back in a hurry to to jump ahead 18-17.

Kaitlyn Hansen was able to get a last second shot to fall which brought Northeast within three points, 22-19, at the end of the first half.

Kjergaard once again began to find buckets for the Rebels to start the second half, tying the game at 27. Both sides continued to trade blows but it was Alburnett who led 36-35 heading into the fourth quarter.

In the fourth the Rebels took the lead back with a Cadence Driscoll layup and a Emily Erwin 3-pointer.

After the Pirates tied the game back up once again, the Rebels took their final lead of the game on a Hansen basket inside the paint.

However, it was Alburnett who knocked down a 3-pointer with 30 seconds left in the game to make it 51-48. Northeast had two opportunities in the remainder of the game but could not get their shots to fall as they were eliminated from the playoffs.

Northeast was led by Kjergaard with 15 points, Leah Mangelsen with 10 and Hansen with nine. The Rebels end their season 14-9 overall.