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Ellie Rutten battles through the Henning defense or a bucket.

Eagle girls drop two

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Pillager came out on the winning end of a battle of double-doubles in Pillager. The Huskies prevailed 55-29 Tuesday night.

Shauna Maurer finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds for Pillager versus Ellie Rutten's 13 points and 14 rebounds.

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"We didn't have an answer against Maurer as she was able to get the ball and make quick post moves to allow her some inside points," NY Mills Head Coach J.J. Weller said.

The Huskies jumped out to a 28-12 lead at the half.

"We went up against a good team tonight in Pillager," Weller said. "We knew going into this game that Pillager was going to be very physical and quick and try to put pressure on us - and they did. "

The Eagles had trouble hitting shots from the field and were under 50 percent from the free throw line.

"We missed some shots that have gone in the past few games and it hurts when you only shoot 19 percent from the field. We need to continue to work on moving the ball around on offense and taking good open shots and being in position to rebound them."

EmaLeigh Roberts, who has had a hot hand lately, was held in check scoring seven points.

The Eagles dropped to 0-6 in the Park Region Conference and are now 2-11 on the season.

Henning 63, NY Mills 45

Roberts and Cole combined for 24 points against Henning. Missy Pyle added seven and Lacey Guck scored five, but it was not enough to outduel the one-two punch of Casey Haugdahl and Sadie Ellenson, who combined for 35 points.

Henning did a nice job of driving and dishing to create some easy scores.

The tactic got the Eagles into foul trouble. Three Eagles were tagged with their third fouls in the first half.

"We were forced to end the half with a small lineup made up of all guards and people playing out of their normal positions."

Coach Weller switched defenses running a 2-1-2 zone to alleviate the pressure of Henning's driving offense.

"It did a nice job early on as we were able to stop them from driving and made them take more jump shots."

Ellenson did most of her damage in the second half scoring 14 of her game high 18 points in the latter frame.

Henning led at the break 32-19 and bested NY Mills by five in the second half, 31-26.

The Eagles were playing shorthanded.

Jenna Esala has been out of the lineup for the majority of the season due to a stress fracture in her foot and Jackie Imsande missed the game because of a strained neck muscle from Tuesday's Pillager game.

"Without those two girls, we were left with eight girls to dress so we really needed girls to step up to fill their absences. Overall, I was still pleased with how we did in this game. We keep improving every day and we need to keep doing that as we progress through the season."

1/18/11

Pillager 55

NYM 29

Halftime: 28-12 Pillager

Individual Stats:

EmaLeigh Roberts--7 pts, 4 reb, 1 blk

Missy Pyle--2 reb

Lacey Guck--2 reb, 1 ast

Kristin Kane--2 pts, 2 reb

Megan Cole--1 pt, 7 reb, 3 ast, 1 stl

Abbe Hendrickx--4 reb, 1 stl

Ellie Rutten--13 pts, 14 reb, 2 blk, 1 stl

Jackie Imsande--4 pts, 7 reb, 1 stl

Team Stats:

NYM--shot 19% from the field, only 48% from FT

Pillager--shot 38% from field, 26% from 3 pt. line

1/21/11

Henning 63

NYM 45

(Halftime: Henning 32, NYM 19)

NYM Individual Stats:

EmaLeight Roberts--13 pts, 6 reb, 4 ast, 5 stl

Megan Cole--11 pts, 9 reb

Missy Pyle--7 pts, 5 reb, 1 ast, 1 stl

Ellie Rutten--6 pts, 6 reb, 2 blk, 4 stl

Lacy Guck--5 pts, 6 reb, 1 stl

Kristin Kane--3 pts, 1 reb, 1 stl

Abbe Hendrickx--5 reb, 2 stl

Tori Kempenich--1 reb, 1 ast

Team Stats:

NYM: Shot 16/59 from 2 pt. (27.1%), 4/11 from 3 pt (36.4%), 9/21 FT (42.9%)

Henning: Shot 26/64 from 2 pt. (40.6%), 1/6 from 3 pt (16.7%), 10/14 FT (71.4%)

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Robert Williams
Robert has been the Sports Editor for the Focus since 2010 covering multiple state and national championship teams and is a mainstay at state tournaments each season covering the successful, athletic programs of Perham and New York Mills High Schools.
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