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Poplar Girls Knock Off Harlem In District 2B League Battle

Poplar Girls Knock Off Harlem  In District 2B League Battle Poplar Girls Knock Off Harlem  In District 2B League Battle

Poplar’s girls’ basketball team accounted for a 29-0 run in the first half and went on to defeat Harlem, 77-60, for a home conference win on Saturday, Dec. 16.

The Indians trailed by a 1912 margin with less than two minutes left in the opening quarter when Sadee Archambeault started the streak of points with a free throw. Free tosses by Cammie Martell and Archambeault closed the gap to 19-15.

Poplar’s 5-11 senior Kessee Erickson then let her presence be felt with five straight points to put the Indians into the lead. A steal and drive by C. Martell put the Indians up, 22-19, to end the opening quarter.

While Harlem struggled with Poplar’s full-court defensive pressure, the Indians increased their lead on two free throws by Emma Rae Martell and an inside hoop by Rikki Belton.

After Braelyn Nordwick scored off a pass from Belton, Archambeault went coast to coast for a basket. Four straight points by Nordwick increased the margin to 34-19. Mattie Falls Down accounted for six of Poplar’s next eight points for a 42-19 lead.

Harlem fought back with a basket off a rebound by Jaselyn Lambert and a free throw by Gracie Sanchez for a 42-22 game. Poplar ended the half on a strong note as the scoring of E. Martell and Nordwick led the way to a 52-27 lead at intermission.

The Wildcats closed the gap to 61-48 during the third quarter, but four straight points by Belton helped Poplar hold a 67-51 advantage at the end of the period.

The Indians struck for six straight points on a pull-up jumper by C. Martell, two free throws by Belton and a basket by Erickson for a 75-56 lead en route to the league victory.

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