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NY Mills girls end week on high note

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After two mismatches earlier in the week, the New York Mills girls basketball team got back on track with a five-point win at home versus Ashby.

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The game was only the second home game for the Eagle girls and they are undefeated in the Sports Center.

The Eagles trailed in both halves and battled foul trouble.

"Our girls didn't give up though," Head Coach J.J. Weller said.

In the second half, Ashby was able to build the lead and get to 37-30 by driving the lane attempting to capitalize on the Eagles' foul trouble.

"We again didn't give up and were able to mount a comeback late in the second half and tie the game and eventually take the lead."

Ashby was forced to foul and Eagle shooters converted the free throw attempts to lock down the game.

It was not a pretty night from the charity stripe for the home team. The Eagles shot 13 of 33 from the line.

Megan Cole was the only Eagle in double digits scoring 11 points. Jackie Imsande scored nine. Ellie Rutten put in eight.

"I was very proud of how the girls didn't panic when we found ourselves down in this game. Everyone on our team played an important role in this game whether it came to scoring, or rebounding, or hitting big shots in the second half. We did a nice job working together and we came away with a total-team victory."

WDC 79, NY Mills 16

Wadena-Deer Creek shot nearly 60 percent from the floor in a rout of the Eagles, 79-16.

"Our offense struggled against their defense and we turned the ball over too much.When we did get a chance to run something we were rushing it, and we didn't convert on our shots."

The 16 points scored was a season low for New York Mills.

The Wolverines put up a paltry 51 points in the first half to just six from the Eagles.

"We need to put this game behind us and focus on the rest of the season."

Sebeka 64, NY Mills 21

The Eagle girls ran into a buzzsaw at Class A #8 ranked Sebeka. The Trojans held New York Mills to just 21 points in a 64-21 post-holiday victory.

"This game was a hard test for us because of matchup problems. Sebeka had three really good athletes that we had to match up against. It didn't matter who we tried to stop, when we focused on one girl, a different one would hurt us."

Sebeka was coming off a heartbreaking four-point, overtime defeat at the Walker-Hackensack-Akeley tournament to #2 ranked and undefeated Parkers Prairie.

Katie Huttunen led all scorers with 22 points.

Sebeka held Jackie Imsande and Ellie Rutten to six and two points respectively.

Megan Cole led the Eagles with nine points.

Ashby 21-21-42

NYM 19-28-47

Individual Stats:

EmaLeigh Roberts--7 pts, 4 reb, 1 ast, 2 stl

Lacy Guck--5 pts, 2 reb, 3 ast, 2 stl

Kristin Kane--2 pts, 5 reb, 1 stl

Megan Cole--11 pts, 8 reb, 6 ast

Abbe Hendrickx--5 pts, 5 reb, 1 stl

Ellie Rutten--8 pts, 4 reb, 1 blk

Jackie Imsande--9 pts, 14 reb, 4 stl, 3 blks.

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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.
(218) 346-5900 x223
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