Lady Eagles win big in front of reunion crowd

By John George The Eagles girls basketball team saved their best effort of the season for their largest crowd of the year at the NY Mills Sports Center last Friday. The Lady Eagles completely dominated Swanville, winning 81-31 in f...

By John George

The Eagles girls basketball team saved their best effort of the season for their largest crowd of the year at the NY Mills Sports Center last Friday. The Lady Eagles completely dominated Swanville, winning 81-31 in front of members of the three State championship teams of 1977-79, who were honored at halftime of the game.

"Swanville didn't have much but it was a nice crowd, and it was a lot of fun for the girls," head coach Dave Paavola said. "The girls would like to thank everyone who helped make the weekend such a huge success."

Mills put the game out of reach early on, as they took a 43-13 lead into the locker room at halftime with 11 different girls getting their name in the scorebook. The second half was pretty much the same with the Eagles outscoring Swanville by 20 points.


Sophomore guard Sam Welter made the most of her opportunity to play significant minutes. She finished with 11 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and four steals. Hannah Rutten and Danielle Hessig led the team with 12 points a piece. Kendra McCall came off the bench to score nine points to go with four steals and a pair of assists.


A slow start in the first half was too much to overcome last Thursday night for the Lady Eagles as they dropped a Park Region Conference game at Menahga, 52-47.

NY Mills made just seven shots from the field and a pair of free throws in the first half as they trailed Menahga, 27-17 at the half. The Eagles were much more effective in the second half and had a balanced attack with eight different girls scoring and outscored the Braves by five points, but were unable to totally erase the 10-point halftime deficit.

Rutten led the team with 11 points and 15 rebounds.

Another big win

After Friday's blowout, the Eagles fell behind in the first half Tuesday against Pillager but a strong second half gave New York Mills a 51-38 win.

Although things started slowly for Mills, with Pillager taking a 5-0 lead, a Kristen Perala 3-pointer got the Eagles offense going just over three minutes into the game. Perala later scored again to give the Eagles at 13-11 with 9:20 remaining.


Pillager jumped ahead 21-17 with three and a half minutes remaining. Kendra McCall answered for the Eagles with a basket, followed by a Hannah Rutten score to tie the game at 21-21 with just over a minute to go in the first half. The Eagles took the lead for good the next possession when Perala scored off a Rutten steal. After Bobbi Smith scored off her own miss with five seconds remaining the Eagles led 25-21 at the half.

NY Mills opened up a 36-25 lead on a 3-point play by Rutten seven minutes into the second half and led by 13 when Sam Welter scored on a breakaway lay-up. From there the Eagles cruised the rest of the half for the 51-38 win.

On the road

New York Mills (8-5, 3-2 Park Region) will hit the road this week, starting Jan. 18 at Henning. Mills has won their last three against the Hornets (2-11, 0-5 Park Region).

The Eagles will head up Hwy. 10 on Jan. 21 to take on Perham. The Yellowjackets won last year's meeting, 66-42, for their third victory in a row over Mills.

The Eagles will begin their second run through the Park Region Conference when they host Bertha-Hewitt (4-7, 1-4) on Jan. 24. Mills won the first meeting this year at B-H, 49-43.

Thursday, January 10

Menahga 52, New York Mills 47


NYM 17-30--47

Menahga 27-25--52

Eagles--Hannah Rutten 11, Kristen Perala 9, Bobbi Smith 8, Morgan Kahilainen 6, Heather McCall 3, Kendra McCall 3, Betsy Helmeke 2, Sam Welter 2.

Braves--Cleveland 16, Dissmore 10, Neisess 8, Skoog 7, Cleveland 5, Bruer 4, Bruer 2.

Field Goals--NYM 15/40, M 12/27; 3-pointers--NYM 3/13, M 4/22; Free Throws--NYM 8/15, M 12/22; Rebounds--NYM 41 (Rutten 15); Assists--NYM 4 (Salo 2); Steals--NYM 8 (Salo 2); Turnovers--NYM 18; Team Fouls--NYM 21, M 17.

Friday, January 11

New York Mills 81, Swanville 31

Swanville 13-18--31

NYM 43-38--81

Eagles--Danielle Hessig 12, Rutten 12, Welter 11, K. McCall 9, H. McCall 8, Salo 7, Helmeke 5, Brittnie Menze 4, Smith 4, Maggie Carlson 2.

Bulldogs--Hollerman 12, Fruechte 10, Pelzer 4, Kruchten 4, Shields 1.

Field Goals--NYM 30/64, S 6/34; 3-pointers--NYM 3/12, S 2/5; Free Throws--NYM 12/30, S 13/26; Rebounds--NYM 45 (Welter 10); Assists--NYM 13 (Welter 3); Steals--NYM 26 (3 tied with 4); Turnovers--NYM 15; Team Fouls--NYM 22, S 19.

Tuesday, January 15

New York Mills 51, Pillager 38

Pillager 21-17--38

NYM 25-26--51

Eagles--Rutten 15, Perala 15, Welter 6, Salo 5, Kahilainen 3, K. McCall 2, Smith 2, H. McCall 2.

Huskies--Fridman 14, Kientsle 8, Unger 6, Nokken 2, Hanson 2, White 2.

Field Goals--NYM 17, P 11; 3-pointers--NYM 2, P 1; Free Throws--NYM 11/28, P 13/26; Rebounds--NYM 38 (Rutten 10); Assists--NYM 10 (Rutten 3); Steals--NYM 18 K. McCall 5); Turnovers--NYM 15; Team Fouls--NYM 21, P 25.

Park Region Conf. All

Sebeka 3-0 10-3

Pillager 3-1 5-6

Menahga 2-1 8-3

New York Mills 2-1 6-4

Verndale 1-2 4-4

Bertha-Hewitt 1-3 3-6

Henning 0-4 2-9

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