NYM Girls Basketball: Eagles move to 6A semifinals
By Kevin Cederstrom
The New York Mills girls busted out of the locker room Thursday and with relentless defensive pressure and an efficient offense to win their first round game in the 6A North Sub-Section playoffs against Barnesville, 75-46.
Mills, seeded No. 3 in the sub-section, began the game with a 24-2 run and still led by 27, 42-15, at the half.
"We really came firing against Barnesville," Eagle head coach Dave Paavola said. "The girls played their best game of the year, offensively and defensively. Our half court press caused a lot of turnovers."
The Eagles did force 25 turnovers and collected 17 steals as a team.
Sam Welter helped lead the defensive effort for the Eagles with four first half blocks. She finished with six blocks in the game to go with five points, four rebounds and two steals. Hannah Rutten led the offense with 29 points, 19 coming in the first half. She added 16 boards and six blocks, two assists and two steals.
Alicia Boe had a solid all-around game with six points, nine rebounds, eight assists, four steals and two blocked shots. Kendra McCall had two of the teams three 3-pointers and finished with 10 points.
Barnesville, the No. 6 seed, finishes the season with an 8-18 record.
New York Mills overcame a big first half deficit and pulled off a 48-44 upset win over No. 2 seeded Norman County West in the 6AA North semifinals Saturday at Concordia College.
The Lady Eagles trailed by as many as 14 points in the first half to NCW (20-6). But they were able to cut the difference to five by halftime as they only trailed, 30-25.
"We did not play as well Saturday and were down by 14 in the first half, but we managed to play better defense the second half holding them to just 14 points while we made a comeback," Paavola said.
Defense was the key in the second half, as Mills held NCW to 25 percent shooting from the floor (6-for-24), as they outscored the Trojans 23-14 to pull out the win.
"We did not shoot the ball well from the outside, Paavola added. "But were able to make our free throws which made the difference in the game."
The Eagles shot just 38.6 percent from the field (17-for-44), but they were 11-for-13 from the line. NCW was 4-for-20 from the line.
Rutten was 5-for-6 from the line, and led all scorers with 25 points to go with 17 rebounds. Boe was also in double figures with 15 points.
No. 2 up next
The 6A North Sub-Section Finals between New York Mills (18-6) and No. 2 ranked Ada-Borup (26-1) was moved from Tuesday, March 10 to Wednesday, March 11. The game will tip-off at 6:30 p.m. at Concordia College. Watch for coverage this week at EOTIllustrated.com.
The winner will move on to the 6A Finals at Concordia on Friday, March 13 at 6:30 p.m. against the South champion. In the South Sub-Section Finals, No. 1 Brandon/Evansville and No. 3 Parkers Prairie played Wednesday night at U of M-Morris. B/E (23-2) is ranked No. 5 overall in Class A.
Thursday, March 5
Section 6A First Round
N3 NY Mills 75, N6 Barnesville 46
NY Mills 42-33--75
Eagles--Hannah Rutten 29, Kendra McCall 10, Brittnie Menze 8, Alicia Boe 6, Morgan Kahilainen 5, Sam Welter 5, Betsy Helmeke 4, Kristen Perala 3, Maggie Carlson 2, Megan Cole 2, Bobbi Smith 1.
2-pointers--NYM 27/55, B 15/51; 3-pointers--NYM 3/14, B 3/11; Free Throws--NYM 12/21, B 7/9; Rebounds--NYM 39 (Rutten 16), B 18; Assists--NYM 24 (Boe 8); Steals--NYM 17 (Boe 4), B 13; Turnovers--NYM 17, B 25.
N1 Ada- Borup74, N8 Rothsay 29
N2 Norman County West 68, N7 LP-A 38
N4 Park Christian 61, N5 NCW 45
S1 Brandon-Evansville 70, S8 C-G-B 50
S2 Hancock 52, S7 W/H-N 48
S3 Parkers Prairie 71, S6 Battle Lake 49
S5 Underwood 56, S4 Ashby 45
Saturday, March 7
Section 6A North Semifinals
N3 NY Mills 48, N2 NCW 44
NY Mills 25-23--48
Norman Cty. West 30-14--44
Eagles--Rutten 25, Boe 15, Kahilainen 2, Welter 2, Menze 2, Smith 2.
Panthers--Scherf 21, Maroney 8, Hoff 7, Brommenschenke 6, Fassino 2.
2-pointers--NYM 14/31, NCW 17/55; 3-pointers--NYM 3/13, NCW 2/5; Free Throws--NYM 11/13, NCW 4/20; Rebounds--NYM 36 (Rutten 17), NCW 41; Assists--NYM 9, NCW 10; Steals--NYM 7 (Boe 3), NCW 11; Turnovers--NYM 21, NCW 13; Team Fouls--NYM 14, NCW 12.
N1 Ada-Borup 70, N4 Park Christian 50
S1 Brandon-Evansville 53, S5 Underwood 37
S3 Parkers Prairie 53, S2 Hancock 46
Tuesday, March 10
Section 6A North Finals
N1 Ada-Borup vs. N3 New York Mills
Postponed to Wednesday, March 11
at Concordia College
Section 6A South Finals
S1 B-E vs. S3 Parkers Prairie
Postponed to Wednesday, March 11
at U of M-Morris
Friday, March 13
Section 6A Championship
at Concordia College, 6:30 pm