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Lady Eagles' skid continues

Eighth-grader Ellie Rutten takes a shot over a tough Verndale defense. Rutten scored 17 points. Photo by Brittin Roberts/FOCUS.

A pair of losses to Sebeka, 73-43, and Verndale, 51-42, kept the New York Mills Eagles girls basketball team on a seven-game skid.

Sebeka entered the game with a record of 14-3 and presented multiple matchup problems for the Eagles, one being a former teammate.

Former Eagle Alicia Boe led all scorers with 18 points.

Sebeka blew up a close game at the half, which saw NY Mills trailing by only six, 25-19, but Sebeka exploded in the second half scoring 48 points, doubling the Eagles' production

Jackie Imsande led the Eagles with 12 points.

The Trojans beat up on the Eagles in their first meeting at Sebeka, 64-21.

Ellie Rutten's 17 points were not enough to fend off a regular season sweet at the hands of the Verndale Pirates. Megan Cole added 10 points for NY Mills, but a trio of double-figure scorers from Verndale led to the Pirates' 51-42 victory.

"We knew going into the game that we needed to do a better job taking care of the ball and we did turning it over 10 times less than when we last played them," Head Coach J.J. Weller said.

Verndale plays full-court pressure basketball and the Eagles broke the press early and got shots underneath.

"We missed a few opportunities down low early that could've given us a lead and brought our confidence up."

A six-minute scoring drought put the Eagles in a hole stuck at 15 points on the scoreboard.

"We weren't getting any good looks at the basket and we turned the ball over allowing Verndale to extend their lead."

Verndale moved the ball around hitting four three pointers.

"I give our girls credit they didn't give up and came out playing hard in the second half. "

The Eagles kept chipping at the lead getting within eight points with four minutes remaining in the game, but were unable to come away with any stops late.

"Even though we came out on the losing end our girls played hard all night. It's good to play in a competitive game and we were able to see areas that we need to improve on."

Robert Williams

Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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