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Eagle girls get much needed win

The New York Mills girls basketball team picked up its third victory of the season, first on the road, in overtime over Park Christian, 71-68.

"This was a very hard fought game throughout," Head Coach J.J. Weller said. "Both teams made runs in the game where it looked like they were going to take control and win the game, and both teams came back from those same deficits to tie it up and make it a nail-biter."

The Eagles came out hot getting good looks against a 2-3 zone converting on shot attempts while slowing the Falcons down defensively with a similar defensive zone.

The Eagles led by eight points early but Park Christian chipped away at the lead and changed their defense to full court man which helped them get back in the game.

Momentum flopped the Falcons way. A late three-pointer with just a few seconds in the half tied the score at the break, 25-all.

The second half started roughly on both ends of the court for NY Mills.

Park Christian held a 15-point lead midway through the second half.

"We seemed like we were just going to give up. But we switched to man defense and tried putting more pressure on them and then it was our time to chip away at the lead."

The Eagles drove the ball more to the hoop dishing to inside shooters.

The rally led to a Eagles' three-point lead with under a minute remaining.

The two teams would trade buckets to a tie at the end of regulation.

A back and forth overtime period flip-flopped lead changes before the Eagles took the lead forcing the Falcons to foul.

"We were able to take a lead, rebound defensively, get them to foul us, and seal it away, Weller said. "It was a good game by both teams. We've had a few close games this year and have come up on the short end, so it was nice to pull one out. It was a needed victory for our team and our girls deserved it."

Looking to make it two in a row, the Eagles ran into a hot Menahga club. The Braves put up a 25-point differential winning 69-41 in NY Mills.

"We knew we could compete with this team because we had done it before."

The two met in January at Menahga. The Braves won that game 80-73.

The Eagles started slow falling behind 16-2 early.

"Our girls kept working at it though and crawled their way back in getting some putbacks off of misses and some steals for scores that got us back into the game."

NY Mills was able to creep within four points by halftime down 29-25.

The second half mirrored play in the first half.

"We didn't move the ball around well or take good shots and we didn't crash the offensive boards hard."

The Braves got six easy buckets off of quick outlets with the Eagles out of position with no one back on defense.

Shooting woes plagued the Eagles.

"Menahga shot the ball well and we didn't. There's not much to say except we need to take better care of the ball, get ourselves good shots, and play better defense."

New York Mills 71 OT

Park Christian 68

Halftime: 25-25

Individual Stats:

EmaLeigh Roberts--14 pts, 5 reb, 3 ast, 2 stl

Missy Pyle--4 reb

Lacey Guck--7 pts, 2 reb, 2 stl

Kristin Kane--4 reb, 1 ast, 1 stl

Megan Cole--17 pts, 5 reb, 4 ast, 1 stl

Abbe Hendrickx--1 pt, 3 reb

Ellie Rutten--26 pts, 15 reb, 2 stl, 1 blk

Jackie Imsande--6 pts, 6 reb, 2 ast, 2 stl, 1 blk

Team Stats:

NYM--Shot 20/58 from 2 pt., 2/7 from 3-pt, 25/38 from FT

PC--Shot 22/64 from 2 pt, 4/11 from 3-pt, 12/20 from FT

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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