Lady Eagles drop fifth straight
An injury depleted New York Mills girls basketball team came up a point short in a heartbreaker to Rothsay, 36-35 and were outgunned by Bertha-Hewitt, 58-34, both at home.
"(Rothsay) was a game we knew we really had a good chance at winning, but we didn't play our best ball," Head Coach J.J. Weller said.
Rothsay scored buckets early to take a lead and gain confidence. The Tigers used that confidence to dominate on the boards.
"Defensively, we were able to contest most of their shots all night and kept them to a low field goal percentage but we didn't rebound the ball well, so they got extra chances on offense."
Rothsay held a size advantage with Eagle forward Jackie Imsande out with an injury and took advantage of early on getting 12 offensive rebounds in the first half alone that netted eight big points.
"Offensively, we came out a little sluggish and were not moving around enough. We shot the ball poorly only hitting around 25 percent of our overall field goals and only 35 percent from the free throw line."
The Eagles had more trouble dropping shots and it added to confusion on offense.
"It seemed like there were times when we shot when we should've passed, and passed when we should've shot. It's just going to take practice and game time to see some of those things improve."
Despite the confounded start to the game the Eagles held a 12-8 lead in the first half despite sluggish play but went on a scoring drought and fell behind 23-17 at the break.
"In the second half we stuck with our man defense for the majority of the half and were able to get some stops."
Down 27-21, a chance to regain the lead was stifled by a four-minute scoring drought for both teams.
"That was a point in the game where we needed to make some progress but we didn't."
A switch to a 1-3-1 defense brought defensive stops and big shots on offense. The Eagles rallied for a two-point lead with four minutes remaining.
Two unforced turnovers in the waning minutes gave the ball up and Rothsay make some big shots to take the lead and eventually the game at 36-35.
"This probably ranks up there with our overtime Menahga game as the (worst) loss of the year. It's always hard to lose when the game is close. We can't hang our heads about how we played at the end of the game, but rather have to look back at the little things we should've executed throughout the whole game. There is still plenty of season left for these girls to work hard and improve and I look forward to that."
Bertha-Hewitt 58, NY Mills 34
Bertha-Hewitt (14-4), proved a tough test to break a losing streak.
The bears only have been to ranked teams, undefeated #2 Parkers Prairie, #7 Upsala and #6 Sebeka.
The Bears highlight Arei Stokes, Morgan Kapphahn, and Brittany Kimber, a scoring trio difficult to contend against.
"We tried doing a couple of different thing defensively against them but they were able to work the ball around well and get open shots that they hit."
The Eagle offense was sloppy on some passes and looked out of sorts at different times.
"I thought we shot the ball a little better than lately and we gave ourselves opportunities to rebound the ball and get some put-backs in."
The Bears trio caused all sorts of trouble matching up against. Foul trouble benched the three for a time the Eagles mad a run to get back into the game.
NY Mills trimmed a 21-4 deficit to just 25-19 at halftime.
"I was pleased with our girls' effort and that they didn't give up. We ran a couple of different plays in the game that we haven't practiced and had some success with them and everyone on our roster contributed in some way or another. Right now we need to focus on getting healthy, keeping our heads up, and continuing to improve on the areas we need work on."
(Half: R 23, N 17)
EmaLeigh Roberts--2 pts, 8 reb, 2 ast, 4 stl
Missy Pyle--1 reb, 1 ast
Lacey Guck--4 pts, 4 reb, 2 ast
Kristin Kane--3 pts, 2 reb, 1 stl
Megan Cole--17 pts, 11 reb, 1 ast, 1 stl
Abbe Hendrickx--3 pts, 2 reb, 1 stl
Ellie Rutten--6 pts, 7 reb, 1 stl
NYM: Shot 12/39 from 2 pt, 2/13 from 3 pt, 5/14 FT
Rothsay: Shot 10/39 from 2 pt, 3/14 from 3 pt, 7/10 FT
(Half: B 25, N 19)
EmaLeigh Roberts--6 reb, 1 ast, 2 stl, 1 blk
Missy Pyle--2 pts, 2 reb, 1 ast, 1 stl
Lacey Guck--3 pts, 1 stl
Kristin Kane--3 pts, 1 reb, 2 ast
Megan Cole--8 pts, 8 reb, 2 ast, 1 blk
Tori Kempenich--3 pts, 1 reb
Abbe Hendrickx--2 pts, 1 reb, 1 stl
Jackie Imsande--2 pts, 4 reb, 1 stl, 4 blks
Ellie Rutten--11 pts, 9 reb, 1 stl, 2 blks
NYM--Shot 11/33 from 2 pt. range, 3/7 from 3-pt. range, 3/7 from FT
BH--Shot 18/42 from 2 pt. range, 5/16 from 3-pt. range, 7/10 from FT