Kraut lifts Lady Rebels past Elizabeth: Rebels top Bulldogs

ELIZABETH – Nicole Kraut scored eight points Monday during Midland’s non-district matchup against Elizabeth, but none were bigger than her final two.
With the score knotted at 48-48 and six seconds remaining in regulation, Katie Woods put up a running jumper in the lane that was off the mark.
Fortunately, Kraut was in the right position and pulled down the offensive rebound. She put the ball back up and scored as the buzzer sounded to give the Lady Rebels a thrilling 50-48 victory over the Lady Bulldogs.
“We had a play set up and I told them that if it broke down that they were to just attack the basket hard and that’s what they did,” said Midland coach Joanna Tate, whose team improved to 16-11 overall with the victory. “Nicole had position and she crashed the boards and put the shot in.”
Kraut also pulled down eight boards, blocked three shots and picked up two steals on the night.
“Nicole got in and she had some big blocks for us,” said Tate.
Midland and Elizabeth went back and forth for most of the contest until midway through the fourth quarter when the Lady Rebels built up a nine-point lead (47-38).
But Elizabeth answered back with a jumper and a pair of 3-pointers to tie the game at 48-48 and set up Kraut’s heroics.
Kristen Breaux paced the Lady Rebels with 12 points and Brooke Comeaux had nine. Kraut and Tori Craigen each pitched in eight points, Macy Hoffpauir had seven and Katie Woods finished with eight.
The boys’ game was also a close one.
Midland fended off a late rally after leading by as many as 10 early on and slipped away with a 61-55 victory over the Bulldogs.
The Rebels improved to 18-2 on the season while the Bulldogs fell to 18-4.
Midland led 38-29 at the half before being oustcored 26-23 in the final two frames.
Jake Gautreaux and Randy Primeaux led the Rebels with 17 and 15 points, respectively. Darren Arceneaux followed with 14 points, Devin Gautreaux pitched in 13 and Nick Primeaux added two.
Both the Rebels and Lady Rebels will be in action again on Friday when they travel to Lacassine for a District 7-B showdown.

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