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Midland opens 2019 basketball campaign with sweep of Pitkin

The Midland Lady Rebels and Rebels kicked off their 2019 prep basketball campaigns on a high note Monday with a pair of victories over Pitkin at John Clyde Briley Gym.
The Lady Rebels got the ball rolling in the opener with a 42-38 victory and the Rebels followed with a 44-41 win in the nightcap.
In the girls game, the Lady Rebels rallied from a five-point deficit in the final frame to claim the victory.
Lizzy Habetz scored seven of her game-high 20 points in the final period and the Lady Rebels outscored Tigers 17-8 to secure the win.
The Lady Rebels jumped out to a 13-8 advantage in the first quarter, but they managed just four points in the second frame and went into the break trailing by five, 22-17.
Habetz and Emma Boudreaux each knocked down a shot from beyond the arc in the third quarter, but the Tigers matched the Lady Rebels point-for-point and the deficit remained five, 30-25, entering the fourth.
Habetz and Boudreaux combined for 12 points down the stretch and Hailey Seaux had five, including a 3-pointer, to cap off the rally.
Habetz’s 20 points led all scorers on the night. Boudreaux followed with 14 points; Seaux had five and Myra Carlson finished with three.
Kylee Croak paced the Tigers with 16 points.
In the nightcap, Derrick Berry hit a 17-footer with under a minute to go to give the Rebels a one-point advantage before a pair of foul shots down the stretch sealed the victory.
The Rebels went 5-for-6 from the charity stripe in the fourth quarter and outscored the Tigers 11-8 in the final eight minutes.
Grant Boudreaux and D.J. McZeal combined for 14 points in the first half to help the Rebels take a 25-22 edge into the half.
Garrett Edwards, who averaged over 40 points per game in 2018 for the Tigers, pumped in eight points in the third quarter to help the visitors get within two at 35-33.
Overall, the Rebels had seven players score in the victory.
Jacob Mouton led the charge with nine points. Boudreaux and Kade Credeur each added eight points; McZeal scored six and Maddox Hanks had five. Chris Breaux and Berry each finished with four.
Boudreaux, who guarded Edwards for the majority of the contest, limited the All-Stater to just 25 points.
The Rebels will be in action again tonight when they travel to Baton Rouge to take on Runnels, which made it to the Division V semifinals in 2018.
The Lady Rebels return to action this weekend when both the boys and girls team competes in the Fairview Tournament.

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