Eagles lose heartbreaker at Menahga
Despite their highest offensive output of the year, the New York Mills girls basketball team got out-gunned in overtime by Menahga, 80-73, to keep the Lady Eagles winless in conference play.
"We had a good game against a quality team that turned out to be a heart-breaker for us," Head Coach J.J. Weller said.
The Eagle defense was set to stop the Braves' three-point shooting while working the ball inside to the post on offense and it worked for the most part.
The Eagles led for the majority of the game, but the score was back and forth.
"One thing that was really working for us was our rebounding. We were able to put up shots and get second chances on the offensive end. The only problem we had once we got our rebounds was that we didn't convert very well on those second chance shots."
NY Mills shot only 27 percent from the field.
"We should've done better at converting on some of those opportunities."
Foul trouble was a key aspect to the game. Both teams combined for 62 total fouls with many players fouling out.
"It reminded me of our Ashby game in the sense that we needed everyone to step up and we did."
NY Mills defeated Ashby 47-42 Friday, Jan. 7.
"All eight girls that saw the floor scored for us and contributed to our effort in different ways--it's nice to see that out of a team."
The Eagles held a four-point advantage at halftime, 30-26, but started out the second half sluggish.
"We fell behind for a little bit but were able to come back and then we had the lead late in the game."
Menahga tied the game with 40 seconds remaining sending the game to overtime.
NY Mills took an early lead on a three-point basket by EmaLeigh Roberts, but as overtime progressed the Eagles ran out of gas.
"Menahga dressed 15 girls on their varsity compared to our nine, so their legs were a little fresher than ours towards the end. Overall, I was very pleased with how we played. We showed we can go to another town with a .500 record and compete with them for a victory. Our girls played hard the whole game and have a lot to be happy about. We still have things to work on but its good to see things slowly turning around for us."
The loss drops NY Mills to 0-5 in Park Region Conference standings and 2-10 overall. Menahga improves to 4-3 in the conference and 6-5 overall.
Menahga sophomore Tarah Cleveland had a monster night scoring over half of the Braves points with 46. She shot 15-29 from the floor, 8-11 from the charity stripe and sank two three-point shots in nine attempts.
Cleveland also had 10 of Menahga's 32 steals.
NY Mills at Menahga, Thursday, Jan. 13
Score by half:
NY Mills scoring:
E. Roberts 23
J. Imsande 17
A. Hendrickx 9
M. Cole 9
E. Rutten 8
M. Pyle 3
L. Guck 3
K. Kane 1
T. Cleveland 46
A. Pihlaja 14
B. Tormanen 6
A. Pho 5
L. White 4
J. Skoog 3
M. Tormanen 2