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Girls Basketball: Menahga's 12 threes take out Eagles, NY Mills rebounds against Pillager

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MENAHGA--Menahga junior Tarah Cleveland single-handedly put the NY Mills Eagles girls basketball (1-5, 1-12) team away with a lights out performance of 40 points, including shooting 7-9 from behind the arc in a 76-29 victory.

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"It was a match-up of two very different teams," NY Mills Head Coach JJ Weller said. "While we have height and length--they have speed and quickness. The speed and quickness won out."

Menahga (4-3, 8-6) came out shooting hot and were able to make some quick threes to start off both halves.

"When we tried going man against them, their quickness allowed them to have some success driving. We didn't move our feet well and sent them to the line too many times," Weller said.

Six Braves hit three-point shots on a night the team shot 12-16 from downtown, a recipe for disaster no matter what offense is on the other side of the court.

"Offensively, we didn't shoot the ball very well and we were at times careless with the ball. We need to keep working on taking care of the ball, use our strengths to our advantage, and play more aggressive defense."

Ellie Rutten led the Eagles with eight points and six rebounds.

Eagles slip by Pillager

PILLAGER--Something had to give when 1-11 NY Mills met 0-13 Pillager Friday night in a match-up of two teams that both needed victories.

"We didn't play our best basketball and we had players in foul trouble," Weller said.

The Eagles won their second game of the season, both against Pillager, 42-40.

NY Mills took a 9-0 lead early but struggled against Pillager's 2-3 defense.

"We shot poorly and were out of position for offensive rebounds."

The scoring slowed down as halftime approached and the score was knotted at 14 at the break.

In the second half, it was a back-and-forth game with lead changes switching often between both teams.

"We really put ourselves in a tough spots with our fouls."

The Eagles sent Pillager to the line 23 times in the second half.

NY Mills stiffened on defense and got some big shots in the latter minutes to steal the two-point victory from the winless Huskies.

Rutten scored 13 points. Jenna Esala and Tori Kempenich each had six.

"I'm proud of our girls--they all contributed to this victory in one way or another. It's always tough playing in Pillager and the energy level both on the court and in the stands made this a stressful and exciting game to play in. We were just fortunate to come away with a win."

NYM 20 9 --29

Menahga 48 28 --76

Team Stats: (2's, 3's, FTM, FTA, Points)

NYM--12-1-2-6-29

MEN--15-12-10-20-76

NYM Individual Stats:

Kempenich--1 reb, 2 ast; Guck--2 pts, 3 reb, 3 ast; Kane--5 pts, 4 reb, 2 ast; Esala--6 pts, 4 reb, 1 ast, 3 stl; Honer--4 pts, 1 reb; Barvels--2 reb, 2 blks; Hendrickix--4 pts, 8 reb, 1 ast, 1 stl; Rutten--8 pts, 6 reb, 1 ast, 4 stl, 1 blk.

NYM 14 28 --42

PILL 14 26 --40

Team Stats: (2's, 3's, FTM, FTA, Points)

NYM--14-3-5-19-42

Pill--11-2-14-28-40

NYM Individual Stats:

Kempenich--6 pts, 1 reb, 1 blk; Guck--3 pts, 5 reb, 1 ast, 1 stl, 1 blk; Kane--2 pts, 9 reb, 1 stl; Esala--6 pts, 2 reb, 2 ast, 2 stl, 1 blk; Honer--5 pts, 6 reb, 1 ast, 2 stl; Barvels--3 pts, 5 reb, 1 stl; Hendrickx--4 pts, 14 reb, 1 stl, 2 blk; Rutten--13 pts, 6 reb, 2 stl

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Robert Williams
Robert is the Sports Editor of Detroit Lakes Newspapers. Williams worked prior in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 
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