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South Albany’s Hannah Kerlegan drives past McKay’s Jadacia Rodriguez for a basket. Kerlegan led the Rebels with 18 points.

Mark Ylen, Albany Democrat-Herald

ALBANY — South Albany rang out 2015 with a 39-15 victory over visiting McKay on Thursday afternoon.

The Rebels got back in the win column after a tough loss at McMinnville on Wednesday.

“This was a nice bounce back win for us,” SA coach Teresa Guerra said.

The win moved the Rebels to 4-5 on the season with one game remaining until the start of Mid-Willamette Conference play.

South Albany’s Hannah Kerlegan led all scorers with 18 points. The sophomore had 13 points at the half.

“Hannah shot the ball well and made some good decisions,” Guerra said.

Using good ball movement and strong defense, South Albany went up 9-0 at the end of the first quarter.

The Rebels didn’t allow a second McKay shot in the opening quarter.

“We put good defensive pressure in the passing lanes and boxed out well,” Guerra said.

In the second period, the Rebels kept up the defensive pressure on the Scots, forcing off-balance shots. McKay finally got on the board with less than two minutes remaining in the second quarter. The Rebels led 20-2 at the half.

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“We’ve been working on little things,” Guerra said. “We are focused on getting the ball up the court on the transition.”

Kerlegan led the team at both ends of the court but got a lot of help from her teammates. Guerra credited the entire team with the victory.

Paige Diller, who finished the game with six points, was strong under both baskets, pulling down key rebounds. She kept the Scots from getting second chances by crashing the boards, especially during the first half of the game.

Every Rebel got into the game, with Guerra substituting freely in the second half. The Rebels were outscored in the fourth after holding McKay scoreless in the third.

South Albany closes out their preseason schedule with a game at Thurston on Tuesday. The Rebels open league play at Central on Friday.

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