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Betsy Helmeke drives past a W-DC defender during the Eagles 62-55 win Thursday night.

NYM Girls Basketball: Eagles hold off W-DC rally to win, 62-55

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NYM Girls Basketball: Eagles hold off W-DC rally to win, 62-55
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The Lady Eagles opened 2010 with 62-55 win over Wadena-Deer Creek.

The New York Mills full court press caused some problems for W-DC, and helped the Eagles build a 15-8 lead. The Wolverines closed the gap to three points before NY Mills went on an 8-2 run to open a 23-15 lead.

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A 3-pointer by Alicia Boe and a lay-up by Hannah Rut-ten helped create the Eagles biggest lead at 11 points with less than a minute left in the half. W-DC scored the final basket of the period, giving NY Mills a 30-21 lead at the break.

The Wolverines stayed in the game by controlling the action in the early part of the second period. They slowly chipped away at the lead by outscoring Mills 21-13. With four minutes to play, The Eagles had been cut to one, 43-42.

But Mills held their ground, and when Brittnie Menze scored after an offensive re-bounds with 2:10 to play, the Eagles were back up, 55-50. A basket and pair of free throws by Rutten got the lead back toeight with a minute to play.

Rutten led all scorers with 31 points to go with 13 re-bounds. Boe added 19 points and six boards.

It was Mills second straight win over the Wolverines. The loss was W-DC's sev-enth straight (2-8 overall).

Friday at Ashby

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Mills will play on back-to-back nights as they hit the road for a Section 6A game at Ashby on Dec. 8. Mills won last year's game, 65-48. The Aarow's are 4-2 so far this season.

The Eagles third straight non-conference game and sixth game this season against Section 6A team will be Jan. 12 when they host Underwood. Underwood (6-2) won last year's contest, 58-49.

New York Mills will get back to Park Region Conference action tonight (Jan. 14) at Menahga. They have won three in a row over the Lady Trojans.

Mills will return to the Sports Center Jan. 15 to host Park Region Conference leaders Bertha-Hewitt. The Bears, ranked No. 5 in Class A, won both meetings last season and are the defending PRC champs.

The Lady Eagles remain at home Jan. 19 for another PRC game against Pillager. NY Mills has won nine straight against the Huskies dating back to 2005.

Thursday, January 7

NY Mills 62, Wadena-Deer Creek 55

W-DC 21-34--55

NYM 30-32--62

Eagles--Hannah Rutten 31, Alicia Boe 19, Brittnie Menze 5, Samantha Welter 3, Betsy Helmeke 2, Maggie Carlson 2.

Wolverines--Volkman 16, Miron 11, Crawford 10.

2-pointers--NYM , WDC ; 3-pointers-- NYM , WDC ; Free Throws-- NYM , WDC ; Rebounds-- NYM , WDC ; Assists-- NYM ; Steals-- NYM ; Turnovers-- NYM , WDC ; Team Fouls-- NYM 18, WDC 23.

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