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Eagles earn share of PRC title

Betsy Helmeke hits a 3-pointer during the Eagles 12-0 run to open Thursday night's victory over Menahga, 88-63.

It was senior night at the Mills Sports Center Thursday night and the Lady Eagles didn't disappoint the home crowd. Thanks to a hot shooting night, New York Mills easily beat Menahga, 88-63.

Mills started the game with a 12-0 run, and went of to lead at halftime, 47-28.

The hot shooting started in the middle for the Eagles. Senior post Hannah Rutten was 18-for-22 from the field to finish with 37 points. NY Mills shot 54 percent from the field overall (38-for-71), and they were 56 percent from inside the 3-point arc (36-for-64).

As good as they were on offense, the Lady Eagles were just as good on the other end of the court. Mills defense held Menahga to 27 percent shooting (20-for-74). They also collected 13 steals while forcing the Braves into 18 turnovers.

Head coach Dave Paavola said he was happy his team picked up a big win in their final home game of the regular season.

"We played with pretty good tempo and shot really well," Paavola said. "We just need to keep up that type of play in the next couple of weeks."

The Eagles also beat Menahga on Jan. 14, 76-37, and have now won five-straight win over the Braves.

Friday at Pillager

New York Mills didn't play quite as well Friday night at Pillager, according to Paavola, but they were still good enough to pick up a 60-34 win.

Another big first half was the key as the Eagles built a 34-13 lead by halftime. Boe led the first half surge, scoring 15 of her game-high 22 points before the break. She finished with five boards and six steals as well.

Brittnie Menze and Rutten each had 15 points for Mills. Rutten finished with eight rebounds, while Menze pulled down five, all off the offensive glass.

The Eagles have now won 11 in a row over the Huskies.

PRC Showdown

Thanks to a Sebeka win over Bertha-Hewitt on Friday night as well, Mills secured at least a tie for the Park Region Conference Championship with their win over Pillager. They will get a chance to win it outright on March 1 when the Eagles finish off the regular season at Sebeka.

Mills won the earlier game this season against the Trojans, 68-57, and have won two of their last three against their PRC rivals.