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Rebels upset Palmer, headed to Sweet 16

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By Brian Forbes

By Brian Forbes

Staff Writer

Thirty-nine points might not seem like enough points to win a playoff basketball game, but it was the perfect number for Columbine on March 1.

The fifth-seeded Rebels pulled off a mild upset in the second round of the Class 5A girls basketball state tournament with a 39-38 victory to hand No. 4 Palmer just its fourth defeat of the season.

Randee Hayes led the Rebels with 13 points and sophomore guard Demitra Apergis added 10 as the Rebels improved to 15-10 to advance to the Sweet 16.

Behind its fourth consecutive victory, fifth-seeded Columbine (15-10) advances in the Alice Barron Region and will face No. 1 Chaparral (20-4) on March 6 at 6 p.m. at the World Arena in Colorado Springs. Chaparral dispatched Chatfield 52-29 on March 1 to advance.

With another upset, the Rebels would play either Cherry Creek (18-5) or Grandview (17-7) in the Great 8 round March 6 at the Denver Coliseum.