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NYM Girls Basketball: Lady Eagles fly by Verndale

Kendra McCall lines up a first half shot against Verndale last week. McCall scored 11 points and added seven steals and five rebounds in New York Mills 72-27 win. Kevin Cederstrom/EOT Illustrated

The Lady Eagles didn't have much trouble in their third straight game away from home Thursday night as they dominated the Pirates in Verndale, 72-27.

Big first half's by Kendra McCall and Hannah Rutten helped New York Mills to a 44-13 halftime lead. Rutten scored 16 of her 18 points in the first half, and McCall scored all 11 of her points before halftime. McCall would finish the game with seven steals and five rebounds, four coming off the offensive glass. Rutten had eight boards (five offensive), two blocked shots and two steals.

The Eagle defense held Verndale to 19 percent shooting from the field (11-for-57) and they forced 31 turnovers thanks in part to 19 team steals. New York Mills also controlled the boards, out-rebounding the Pirates by 27 (47-20).

Alicia Boe and Brittnie Menze were also in double figures for Mills. Boe finished with 17 points and seven assists. Menze had 12 points, eight rebounds and three steals.

Betsy Helmeke didn't score, but she did have four rebounds and four steals for the Eagles. Maggie Carlson added five points and eight boards.

New York Mills swept the Pirates last year, and have now won five straight in the rivalry.

Long Holiday Break

The Eagles will have a 20-day break from competition over the holiday's. Their next game will be Jan. 7, 2010 when they host Wadena-Deer Creek at the Mills Sports Center. Once they return, they will go back-to-back nights as they travel to Ashby on Jan. 8.

Thursday, December 17

New York Mills 72, Verndale 27

NY Mills 44-28--72

Verndale 13-14--27

Eagles--Hannah Rutten 18, Alicia Boe 17, Brittnie Menze 12, Kendra McCall 11, Maggie Carlson 5, Sam Welter 4, Megan Cole 3, Lacey Guck 2.

Pirates--Moenkedick 6, Schluttner 6, Wendt 4, Johnson 3, Yungbauer 3, Richter 2, Collison 2, Finck 1.

2-pointers--NYM 29/67, V 10/43; 3-pointers--NYM 3/12, V 1/14; Free Throws--NYM 5/10, V 4/8; Rebounds--NYM 47 (Rutten, Carlson, Menze 8), V 20; Assists--NYM 13 (Boe 7); Steals--NYM 19 (McCall 7), V 5; Turnovers--NYM 16, V 31; Team Fouls--NYM 15, V 16.

Park Region Conf. All

#6-A Bertha-Hewitt 2-0 6-0

New York Mills 2-0 6-0

Sebeka 2-0 4-0

Pillager 1-1 2-4

Henning 1-2 1-6

Menahga 0-2 2-3

Verndale 0-3 1-5