Apergis takes over late, steers Rebels to rally over Chargers

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Overtime victory gives Rebels season sweep

By Brian Forbes

The Columbine Rebels beat rival Chatfield earlier this season by dominating the second half.

On Feb. 9, the Rebels got the same result, but didn’t pull ahead until the final minute of overtime.

“This time we were down almost the entire game and had to come back,” Rebels guard Demitra Apergis said.

Apergis’ twisting banker with 48 seconds left in overtime gave the Rebels the lead, and her three free throws sealed the 53-51 Class 5A Jefferson County League victory on their home floor.

Apergis poured in 31 points, leading the Rebels back from a 39-33 deficit early in the fourth quarter with big shots and steady ball-handling. Olivia Leyshock added 11 points.

“We’ve lost more games than we should have, but that just helps you to make wins a little more better,” Apergis said.

The Chargers had two chances to answer Apergis in overtime. Emily Kotulak missed two free throws and the Chargers turned the ball over before sending Apergis to the free throw line with 21.8 seconds left, where she extended Columbine’s lead to 53-49.

The Chargers, without the big-shot heroics of injured guard Kate Kurtenbach, were steady for much of the game, moving the ball well around the perimeter and getting the most out of Chrissy Armstrong, who was strong in the paint despite Columbine’s tandem of Leyshock and Maddie Tedford.

Armstrong led the Chargers with 17 points, including two free throws 22.7 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 45 and send it into overtime.