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Girls Basketball: Eagle girls win two of three road games

WAUBUN -- The New York Mills girls basketball team snapped a four-game losing streak and won two of three games on the road last week to improve to 8-12 overall.

The Eagles defeated Waubun 61-47 Tuesday behind a huge scoring night by Ellie Rutten. Rutten scored over half the Eagles' points putting up 33 points. Lydia Rutten added nine points in the victory. The victory snapped a four-game winning streak for the Bombers.

"We were able to work the ball around and get better looks inside and also crash the offensive glass for put backs," Head Coach JJ Weller said. "We also did a lot better taking care of the ball offensively on possessions making sure we had good looks rather than rushing it."

MENAHGA -- The Eagles dropped a Park Region Conference game to Menahga 71-50 Friday night. With five of seven teams in the PRC with records better than .500 wins have been tough to come by for the 3-8 Eagles. New York Mills is in sixth place. Menahga is tied for fourth at 7-5. Verndale leads the PRC at 8-3, one-half game above Henning and Sebeka, both 8-4.

New York Mills and Verndale are the last matchup in the conference season. The game is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 19. A win and the Pirates can clinch sole possession of the conference title with New York Mills set-up to play spoilers and force a three-way conference championship share.

Menahga built an 11-point lead at the break and added to it in the 71-50 victory. Lydia Rutten led the Eagles with 17 points. She was the only New York Mills shooter in double figures. Lydia Irons scored nine points, all in the first half from behind the arc.

"We were not getting good looks and we were turning the ball over. Defensively, we got ourselves into foul trouble and Menahga was able to take advantage of that connecting on 25/33 free throw attempts to expand their lead and eventually come away with the win."

TWIN VALLEY -- Saturday, the Eagles won a 6A Subsection match-up with Norman County East 54-45.

"We played tougher defense and offensively we did a nice job finding our teammates for open shots that started finally going down. We were eventually able to regain the lead and then expand it a little bit before it turned into a free-throw shooting contest."

New York Mills got balanced scoring from the lineup. Lydia Rutten led for the second straight game with 10 points. Tori Kempnich and Ellie Rutten score nine points. Amber Barvels and McKenna Roberts each added eight.

"Which is nice, because it shows everyone is contributing," said Weller. " This was a big win for us in our subsection and hopefully it will help us with seeding."

NYM 54, NCE 45

Halftime Score: 22-19 NCE

NYM Scoring: Lydia Rutten--10 pts; Tori Kempenich--9 pts; Jenna White--2 pts; Lydia Irons--8 pts; Amber Barvels--8 pts; McKenna Roberts--8 pts; Ellie Rutten--9 pts.

NYM 61, Waubun 47

Halftime Score: 28-22 NYM

NYM Scoring: Lydia Rutten--9 pts; Lydia Irons--7 pts; Amber Barvels--6 pts; McKenna Roberts--6 pts; Ellie Rutten--33 pts.

Menahga 71, NYM 50

Halftime Score: 41-30 Menahga

NYM Scoring: Lydia Rutten--17 pts; Tori Kempenich--2 pts; Lydia Irons--9 pts; Amber Barvels--8 pts

McKenna Roberts--6 pts; Ellie Rutten--8 pts.

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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