Lady Eagles head to Section title game
BY TED FISKEVOLD
The New York Mills Lady Eagles defeated Norman County East Eagles 58-49 to nail down the title for North Subsection of Section 6-1A 2010 Girls basketball championship Tuesday night at the Concordia College in Moorhead.
The game started out slow, but the Eagles took the lead early and by half time it was 25-18.
The East Eagles maintained heavy guard duty over NYM's senior 6-1 center Hannah Rutten and held her to four points.
But that didn't stop the Lady Eagles team effort and Samantha Welter racked up 12 points for a great first half.
Ace ball-handler Alicia Boe scored six points in the first half.
The East Eagles came back out hard in the second half and with about eight minutes left, the Gary-Flom-Twin Valley girls were within two points (34-32) of the Mills girls.
That was as close as Norman County East would come, but they still kept pressure on Rutten for the entire game, albeit Rutten still scored 10 points in the second half for a game total of 14.
The East Eagles kept the whole Mills Eagles squad on their toes, constantly reminding the NYM that they would have keeping playing hard to earn that North Subsection Title.
Alicia Boe was the high scorer for New York Mills--fast on her feet and hot on field shots and free throws--she scored 17 points.
Welter ended up with a game total of 15 and was the second highest Mills scorer.
"Nice!" was the first remark from Welter after the game. "It was a rough game, but we kept going.
"We did a really good job on defense and we didn't let them get ahead. We kept our heads."
It seemed as though "...we don't try as hard in the second half," Boe said. "Winning this Subsection title is great!"
"They were after Hannah, but we proved points could be made even when they have a strategy to go after our center," said head coach Dave Paavola remarked. "This is a great night...a great night."
The NYM Eagles go up against the Parkers Prairie Panthers Friday, at 7 p.m. at the University of Minnesota--Morris campus.
The Panthers are the South Subsection champions.
The winner of Friday's game will be the Section 6-1A champions and earn a berth at the Class 1A state girls basketball tournament.
NYM strikes revenge on Ada-Borup
Gaining a little revenge made the New York Mills girls' basketball team's trip to the Sub-Section 6-1A finals a bit sweeter.
For the last four tries, the Eagles' lost to Ada-Borup.
Not this time.
The Lady Eagles killed time like pros in the final three minutes of Saturday night's game at Concordia College in Moorhead, which left the Ada-Borup Cougars frustrated and unable to score as New York Mills advanced to the finals in the North Subsection of the Section 6-1A girls basketball tournament.
The Eagles were up 51-42 with 3:17 left in the game and the final score was 53-42.
Senior Hannah Rutten was top scorer for the Eagles with 21 points and 12 rebounds.
Junior Alicia Boe scored 19 points and picked up six rebounds, while senior Kendra McCall scored six points and grabbed three rebounds.
The score at half time was 28-14, with Boe and Rutten each scoring 11 points in the first half.
With less than seven minutes left in the first half, Boe racked up eight points in about three quarters of a minute, whizzing around the basketball floor like a steel ball-bearing in a pinball machine and dropping in a couple of free throws for good measure.
Boe's ball-handling and dribbling skills were a true asset to the team during the Eagles time-killing spree at the end of the game.
The Cougars were not slow, but they could not quite keep up enough pressure on the Eagles.
"They made a good run but they got tired and could not keep it up," Eagles head coach Dave Paavola said. "And our time-killing at the end worked well."
McCall, an Eagles guard, was "very excited" after the game.
"This is our second year in a row to go to the finals," she said.
"This is good because we lost to them [Ada-Borup] the past four years and now we finally got past them," Rutten said. "It's like sweet revenge."
The game between the winners of the North Subsection and the South Subsection will be played on Friday, March 12 at 6 p.m. at the University of Minnesota Morris, where the Section 6-1A Girls Basketball Champion for 2010 will be determined.
Eagles girls soar over Falcons in first playoff
The New York Mills Eagles soared and scored higher than the Falcons as they tallied up a 26-point victory over the Park Christian girls in the first round of the Section 6-1A playoffs.
The top-seeded Eagles did not disappoint the hometown fans who showed up at the NYM Sports Center to cheer them to a 74-48 victory in this Thursday, March 4 tournament game.
"Our Eagles were up by 17 at the half...38-21," head coach Dave Paavola commented in an interview. "The girls played pretty well, at one point the Falcons cut the lead down to 10. The girls kept their composure and went on to a nice 15-2 run to put the game away."
Rutten was high scorer with 19 points and 12 rebounds, followed by Boe's 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Sam Weller added 12 points and five rebounds, Brittnie Menze had 10 points and seven rebounds and Betsy Helmeke netted eight points and two rebounds.
Top seeded Girl Eagles lose to Trojans
Despite strong efforts by the Eagles with five girls scoring nine points or more, the top-seeded NYM team lost to the Sebeka Trojans 78-67 in their final game of the regular season.
"This was a very high-scoring basketball game for a girl's high school match," Paavola said. "Both teams had weak defense and it was tied 43-43 at the half."
Top scorer was Boe with 16 points and six rebounds, followed by Rutten with 13, along with 15 rebounds.
Brittnie Menze added 12 points, Betsy Helmke had 10 points and Kendra McCall with nine points.
The Lady Eagles finish the season with a 21-2 record.
They gave up one other game to Bertha-Hewitt in a 65-61 nail-biter after beating the Bears by 15 points two weeks prior.