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NYM Girls Basketball: Still Perfect

Hannah Rutten fights off three Bertha-Hewitt defenders during the Eagles 61-46 win over the No. 5 ranked team in Class A. Rutten finished with 30 points and 20 rebounds in the win.1 / 2
Kendra McCall (4) brings the ball up against pressure from Bertha-Hewitt's Jessica Finck (5). McCall finished the game with three assists and two rebounds.2 / 2

John George

The New York Mills girls basketball team improved to 12-0 Tuesday night with a 70-51 win against Pillager.

The Eagles put the game out of reach early, building a 44-20 halftime lead.

Mills had four players in doublefigures, led by Hannah Rutten's 25. Alicia Boe put in 15 points to go with seven rebounds and six assists. Brittnie Menze finished with 12 points and five boards, while Betsy Helmeke added 11 points, six assists and four steals.

Sam Welter didn't reach doube figures in scoring, finishing with seven. But she did pull down 12 rebounds to go with six assists and four blocked shots.

NY Mills has now won 10-straight against the Huskies dating back to 2005.

Thanks to a Bertha-Hewitt 70-43 win over Sebeka Tuesday night, NY Mills is now alony at the top of the Park Region Conference standings with a 5-0 record.

Big win over B-H

The Lady Eagles basketball team made a big statement Friday.

Led by Rutten and her 30 points, New York Mills knocked off No. 5-A Bertha-Hewitt, 61-46, at the Mills Sports Center.

NY Mills went on a 12-0 run in the first half thanks to six straight points by senior post Brittnie Menze to take a 15-9 lead. A Betsy Helmeke 3-pointer, followed by a Rutten score, put the Lady Eagles up 26-9 with six minutes remaining in the first half.

The Lady Eagles opened up a 21-point first half lead before heading into the locker room up 33-15.

The Bears came out to start the second half shooting well and cut the lead to 37-25. But Rutten scored old fashioned three-point plays on back-to-back possessions to put Mills back up, 43-25.

With the lead cut to 10, Menze scored with 9 minutes remaining, followed by a Rutten lay-up off a Kendra McCall pass. NY Mills didn't let the lead slip below 10 and finished the game with a 15-point win.

The Lady Bears won both meetings last season and are the defending PRC champs.

In addition to her game-high 30 points, Rutten pulled down 20 rebounds, had seven steals, three blocked shots and two assists. Menze finished with 12 points and eight boards and Boe added 10 points, seven assists and five rebounds.

Blowout at Menahga

On Thursday, New York Mills had little trouble in Menahga, as they cruised to a 76-37 win. It was their fourth straight win over the Braves.

The Lady Eagles defense was the key in the first half, as they held Menahga to 5-for-25 shooting (20 percent) to take a 30-12 halftime lead. For the game, Menahga shot just 19 percent (11-for-57) from the field.

Mills finished with 14 team steals while forcing the Braves into 24 turnovers. Offensively, the Eagles shot 55 percent (32-for-58) from the field, despite going just 1-for-13 from beyond the 3-point arc.

Rutten led Mills with 23 points to go with nine rebounds. Maggie Carlson scored all 11 of her points in the second half and added 10 rebounds. Boe added 17 points, eight boards, five assists, four blocked shots and three steals.

On the road

New York Mills will start a stretch of three-straight road games on Jan. 22 at Henning. The Eagles 69-48 over Henning on Dec. 8 was their eighth in a row over the Hornets.

On Jan. 25, NY Mills will travel up Hwy. 10 to take on Perham. The Jackets have won five in a row over Mills. The Eagles last win in the series was a 44-40 overtime victory in December, 2003.

Best starts in NYM History

Now at 12-0, the Lady Eagles have matched one of the best starts in team history. Here's a look at past teams.

1980-81, 9-0 (6th at State)

1979-80, 9-0 (3rd at State)

1977-78, 24-0 (State Champs)

1976-77, 17-0 (State Champs)

Thursday, January 14

New York Mills 76, Menahga 37

NY Mills 30-46--76

Menahga 12-25--37

Eagles--Hannah Rutten 23, Alicia Boe 17, Maggie Carlson 11, Brittnie Menze 8, Kendra McCall 5, Megan Cole 4, Sam Welter 4, Emaleigh Roberts 2, Jenna Esala 2.

Braves--Cleveland 18, Miller 11, Pho 3, Pihlaja 3, White 2.

2-pointers--NYM 32/58, M 5/32; 3-pointers--NYM 1/13, M 6/25; Free Throws--NYM 7/18, M 9/10; Rebounds--NYM 44 (Carlson 10), M 14; Assists--NYM 21 (Boe 5); Steals--NYM 14 (Rutten 4), M 9; Turnovers--NYM 15, M 24; Team Fouls--NYM 11, M 13.

Friday, January 15

NY Mills 61, #5-A Bertha-Hewitt 45

B-H 15-31--46

NY Mills 33-28--61

Eagles--Rutten 30, Menze 12, Boe 10, Welter 4, Helmeke 3, Carlson 2.

Bears--A. Stokes 13, K. Stokes 12, Kapphahn 11. Tink 6, VanDehuevel 2.

2-pointers--NYM 23/48, BH 17/51; 3-pointers--NYM 1/10, BH 1/19; Free Throws--NYM 12/17, BH 9/13; Rebounds--NYM 42 (Rutten 20), BH 23; Assists--NYM 19 (Boe 6); Steals--NYM 13 (Rutten 7), BH 16; Turnovers--NYM 28, BH 13; Team Fouls--NYM 10, BH 16.

Tuesday, January 19

New York Mills 70, Pillager 51

Pillager 20-31--51

NY Mills 0-0--00

Eagles--Rutten 25, Boe 15, Menze 12, Helmeke 11, Welter 7.

Huskies--White 21, Maever 13, Hanson 10, Hunstad 3, Fletcher 2, Nokken 2.

2-pointers--NYM 20/55, P 19/54; 3-pointers--NYM 5/8, P 4/13; Free Throws--NYM 13/18, P 1/12; Rebounds--NYM 37 (Welter 13), P 26; Assists--NYM 22 (Boe, Helmeke, Welter 6); Steals--NYM 14 (Helmeke, Menze 4), P 8; Turnovers--NYM 21, P 15; Team Fouls--NYM , P 15.

Park Region Conf. All

New York Mills 5-0 12-0

#5-A Bertha-Hewitt 5-1 11-1

Sebeka 4-1 12-2

Pillager 3-3 8-7

Menahga 1-4 3-9

Henning 1-5 2-12

Verndale 0-5 2-10