State-ranked Panthers too much for Lady Eagles
While ranked number four in the state in class 1A, the Parkers Prairie Panthers were questioned on how much they would miss Sari Noga, last year's girls basketball player of the year.
The answer: not a lot.
The Panthers swarmed New York Mills busting out to a 34-3 early lead. Their lead mushroomed to 49-11 at the half and the final score was 77-21.
Bertha-Hewitt met a similar fate facing Parkers Prairie in the season opener losing by a score of 68-31 four days prior.
"We were an inexperienced squad going up against a very experienced and aggressive squad and it showed," NY Mills Head Coach J.J. Weller said. "Parkers Prairie put a lot of pressure on us all night and we didn't take care of the ball."
Parkers Prairie Head Coach John Noga did decide to pull back on his full-court, up-tempo, pressure defense after gaining a 29-4 advantage.
"We had 39 total turnovers which is way too many to stay competitive in games," Weller said. "They forced our hand and got over half of their points on fast break lay-ups."
Weller was able to find some positives after the game.
"We did an OK job defending when we were in our half-court defense, only giving up five three-pointers when they are used to getting over 10 a game, but turnovers, fast break layups, and second-chance shots hurt us. As a team, we need to take better care of the ball and give ourselves opportunities to score."
Parkers Prairie shot the ball 47 more times than the Eagles.
"Overall, I was pleased with the effort of the girls. They didn't give up and kept playing while trying to improve on every possession. We realize we won't be facing competition like this every game, so we are going to look at the things we did well and the things we need to work on. It's our first game so it gives us something to start with and hopefully we can build on the positives."
One positive was the play of eighth-grader Ellie Rutten. Rutten, a 6' 1" center led the Eagles in scoring with seven points and 10 rebounds. She also blocked a shot.
Jackie Imsande had six points and 12 rebounds.
Megan Cole scored four points, had six rebounds and three assists.
Panther forward Ally Taylor led all scorers with 14 points. Micaela Noga scored 13 points; Madison Dorn scored 12; Kaylee Dorn had 11 and Tamara Schmidt had 10.
The road trip continues for the Eagles as they travel to Henning and Bertha-Hewitt this week.
In junior varsity action, Parkers Prairie got off to a quick start on way to a 46-28 victory.
The Panthers started the game with a 13-0 run to take a 27-7 lead at the half but the Eagles would hold their own in the second half outscoring the Panthers 21-19 in the final 15 minutes.
New York Mills at Parkers Prairie
Fri., Dec. 3
Parkers Prairie 77
New York Mills 21
Score by half:
PP 49 28 77
NY 11 10 21
Parkers Prairie player statistics
A. Taylor 14
M. Noga 13
M. Dorn 12
K. Dorn 11
T. Schmidt 10
A. Guenther 9
J. Sjobeck 8
New York Mills player statistics
E. Rutten 7
J. Imsande 6
M. Cole 4
E. Roberts 2
J. Esala 2