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NYM Girls Basketball: Eagles beat Eagle Valley

Eagles post player Samantha Welter goes up for a shot over Christen Long of Eagle Valley in the first half Tuesday at the NY Mills Sports Center. Kevin Cederstrom/EOT Illustrated1 / 2
Hannah Rutten scores in the lane past Eagle Valley defender Taalyr Egeness. Kevin Cederstrom/EOT Illustrated2 / 2

The Eagles girls basketball team opened the season in impressive style, winning easily over Eagle Valley at the New York Mills Sports Center Tuesday night.

The Eagles led by 19 at the half and by as much as 25 in the second half before closing things out with a 59-45 win.

NY Mills jumped out to a 19-10 lead on an Alicia Boe three-pointer in the first half. Following a Brittnie Menze layup, Kendra McCall drained a three-pointer of her own to put the Eagles up 24-10 with 3:50 remaining. A Hannah Rutten offensive rebound and put-back at the half-time buzzer extended the lead to 31-12.

The NY Mills starters took the floor in the second half and pushed the score to 44-19 on a breakaway layup by Boe. A Meghan Cole score with 9:30 remaining put the Eagles up by 25.

Eagle Valley would make-up ground late in the game to make the final 59-45.

Rutten led the team with 19 points, 14 rebounds and seven steals. Boe ended with 12 points to go with six boards and four assists. Kendra McCall hit a pair of three pointers and finished with eight points and seven steals.

Mills has won three-straight against Eagle Valley, including a 74-49 win last season.

Eagle Valley was 15-12 last year, 6-6 in the Prairie Conference (4th place). Their season ended in the 5A West semifinals with a loss to Sebeka.


The Lady Eagles will remain at home for their next two games, starting tonight (Dec. 3) against Battle Lake. The Battlers won last year's game, 57-37, for their third straight win against the Eagles. Battle Lake finished the 2009 season 13-11, 6-6 in the Little 8 Conference (4th place). They lost to Parkers Prairie in the 6A South quarterfinals to end their season.

The season opening homestand ends Dec. 8 with Henning coming to New York Mills to open Park Region Conference play. The Hornets were 6-18 last year (5-7 Park Region). They lost to Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley in the 6A South play-in game last March.

The Eagles won both games against Henning last year and have won seven straight against the Lady Hornets overall.

New York Mills first road game will be Dec. 10 in Twin Valley against Norman County East. The NCE Eagles were 11-14 last year, 9-9 in the Pine to Prairie Conference (6th place). Mills won last year's game, 68-24, their third in a row over NCE.

Tuesday, December 1

New York Mills 59, Eagle Valley 45

Eagle Valley 12-33--45

New York Mills 31-28--59

Eagles--Hannah Rutten 19, Alicia Boe 12, Kendra McCall 8, Brittnie Menze 6, Sam Welter 5, Megan Cole 4, Betsy Helmeke 3, Maggie Carlson 2.

Rebels--Egeness 13, Benning 12, Long 8, Wingerter 2, Schumann2, Salathe 1.

2-pointers--NYM 20, EV 15; 3-pointers--NYM 4, EV 3; Free Throws--NYM 7/12, EV 6/11; Rebounds--NYM 36 (Rutten 14), EV 27; Assists--NYM 18 (Welter 5); Steals--NYM 23 (Rutten, McCall 7), EV 7; Turnovers--NYM 22, EV 21; Team Fouls--NYM 14, EV 12.

2008-09 Park Region Conf. All

Bertha-Hewitt 11-1 22-4

Sebeka 10-2 21-7

New York Mills 9-3 18-7

Henning 5-7 6-18

Verndale 5-8 9-17

Menahga 3-10 9-17

Pillager 0-12 4-20