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Lady Eagles win pair of close games over conference rivals

By John George sports@eot.com After a dismal first half, the New York Mills Lady Eagles rallied in the second half and overtime to beat Bertha-Hewitt, 49-44. "We didn't shoot well the first half," head coach Dave Paavola said. "But our defense ke...

By John George

sports@eot.com

After a dismal first half, the New York Mills Lady Eagles rallied in the second half and overtime to beat Bertha-Hewitt, 49-44.

"We didn't shoot well the first half," head coach Dave Paavola said. "But our defense kept us in the game."

Neither team was lighting it up from the field in the first half. Bertha-Hewitt was just 6-for-21 from the field in the first half, but Mills was just 4-for-26 as the Bears took a 15-11 lead into the locker room at halftime.

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B-H increased their lead to 11 points in the second half before the Eagles made their comeback. Defensive pressure forced several steals, which the Eagles were able to turn into points on the other end of the court.

With the game winding down, Emily Salo hit her second 3-pointer of the game with two seconds left to force overtime.

The Eagles dominated in overtime, scoring six points from the line to pull out the five-point win.

Free throw shooting was the difference in the game. Both teams hit 12 shots from inside the 3-point arc, and five from beyond the line. The Eagles were able to connect on 10-for-20 from the line for the game, including going 6-for-14 in overtime, while B-H was just 5-for-14 from the line for the game and just 2-for-4 in OT.

The Eagles were without center Heather McCall, who missed the game due to illness.

Road win at Verndale

The Lady Eagles had a great team effort Tuesday night in a 61-53 win at Verndale.

Bobbi Smith came off the bench for one of her best games, scoring 13 points to go with seven rebounds. Sam Welter also played very well, scoring seven points to go with teams highs in assists (6) and steals (7).

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Hannah Rutten was solid in all phases of the game, leading all scorers with 25 points to go with 11 rebounds, four blocked shots and three steals.

Ahead

The Lady Eagles will head north on Feb. 1 to take on Sebeka. The Trojans (0-0, 0-0 Park Region) beat NY Mills on Dec. 14, 60-51. The Eagles will be looking to stop a seven-game losing streak to the defending Park Region champs.

Mills will return home on Feb. 7 to take on Section 6A rival, Park Christian. Park Christian (12-6) knocked the Eagles out of last year's playoffs with a 71-38 win.

Thursday, January 24

New York Mills 49, Bertha-Hewitt 44 (OT)

B-H 15-24- 5--44

NYM 11-28-10--49

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Eagles--Hannah Rutten 12, Kristen Perala 12, Emily Salo 8, Sam Welter 7, Morgan Kahilainen 3, Betsy Helmeke 2, Kendra McCall 2, Bobbi Smith 2, Danielle Hessig 1.

Bears--Finck 10, K.Stokes 9, Kappahan 8, A.Stokes 6, VanDenheuvel 6, Kimber 3, Tindal 2.

Field Goals--NYM 12/38, BH 12/31; 3-pointers--NYM 5/14, BH 5/17; Free Throws--NYM 10/20, BH 5/14; Rebounds--NYM 33 (Smith 13); Assists--NYM 11 (Perala 5); Steals--NYM 13 (Rutten 5); Turnovers--NYM 23; Team Fouls--NYM 15, BH 18.

Tuesday, January 29

New York Mills 61, Verndale 53

NYM 29-32--61

Verndale 24-29--43

Eagles--Rutten 25, Smith 13, Heather McCall 12, Welter 7, Helmeke 2, Hessig 2.

Pirates--Johnson 20, Fuller 17, Finck 7, Kern 6, Johnson 2, Roth 1.

Field Goals--NYM 24/55, V 17/43; 3-pointers--NYM 0/7, V 1/4; Free Throws--NYM 13/25, V 16/26; Rebounds--NYM 31 (Rutten 11); Assists--NYM 14 (Welter 5); Steals--NYM 13 (Welter 7); Turnovers--NYM 21; Team Fouls--NYM 23, V 25.

Park Region Conf. All

#10A Sebeka 7-0 16-3

New York Mills 6-2 11-6

Menahga 4-2 11-6

Pillager 3-4 6-9

Bertha-Hewitt 2-5 5-10

Verndale 2-6 5-10

Henning 1-6 4-12

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