By Chad Koenen
New York Mills may have had its five game winning streak snapped on Friday, but that wasn’t before pushing the one loss Menahga Braves to the brink of defeat on Friday night.
The Eagles fell 48-39 to the Braves (who are 5-1 on the season) in Menahga’s second closest game of the season. The only other game that was within double digits was the Braves’ 53-47 loss to Henning one week earlier. The past two games are the only games within 20 points the high powered Braves team has played all season long.
In addition to their loss to Menahga, the Eagles defeated Wadena-Deer Creek in commanding fashion by a score of 56-32.
This week the 5-3 Eagles, who are 4-2 in the conference, will travel to Pillager on Thursday in another Park Region Conference game. The Huskies are 5-3 on the season and are 4-2 in the conference. Pillager is averaging 55.1 points per game on offense, while giving up 46.3 points per game on defense.
NY Mills on the other hand is averaging 57.5 points per game on offense, while giving up just 39.5 points per game on defense.
Kali Olson scored 22 points and six other Eagles reached the scoring column as the NY Mills Eagles defeated Wadena-Deer Creek 56-32 on Tuesday night. Olson scored 12 points in the first half alone as the Eagles held the Wolverines to just 20 first half points, while holding a 27-20 lead at the break.
In the second half, a tough NY Mills defense held WDC to just four field goals and 12 points to come away with the commanding win.
In addition to Olson, Cydnie Polman and Moriah Gieser each scored 8 points, while Megan Riedel and Bella Bauck scored 7 points and Anna Meech and Ayla Olson rounded out the scoring with 2 points apiece.
Over the last several years Menahga has been one of the top teams in not only the PRC, but the state of Minnesota. The NY Mills Eagles came just 9 points short of handing the Braves their second loss of the season on Friday night as the team fell to Menahga by a score of 48-39 on the road.
After trailing 25-20 at halftime, NY Mills held the Braves to just 23 points in the second half and were just a few possessions away from coming away with a big PRC win.
Moriah Geiser once again had a solid night from the field as she scored 13 points, including 7 points in the second half. Kali Olson finished with 9 points, while Cydnie Polman scored 6 points, Bella Bauck and Megan Riedel each scored 4 points and Ayla Olson rounded out the scoring with 2 points.