East Mills can’t find touch in Corner Conference loss to Sidney

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By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

    The East Mills girls basketball team had no answer for Aimee Osborne and the Sidney outside shooting in a 55-22 loss on Friday.

    “We had a very slow start, and dug ourselves a very deep hole,” said East Mills coach Jeff Laughlin. “Sidney shot the ball extremely well from the outside early on and we had to make some adjustments defensively. Our girls kept battling the entire game, and I am very proud of them for their effort.”
    The Wolverines (0-5 overall, 0-2), scored just two points in the opening frame and trailed 35-9 at the break.
    East Mills played the game shorthanded with a handful of varsity regulars out of the game. Laughlin said the short bench forced him to play three starters every minute of the game. That lack of depth showed, the coach said.
    “We were able to run our offense probably as well as we have all season, but we just have to do a better job of finishing once we get the open looks,” said Laughlin. Defensively, they played their tails off and I couldn’t ask anymore from them. We also rebounded much more aggressively, even despite their height advantage.”
    Despite their struggles, after the 23-2 first-quarter the Wolverines played close to even with the Cowgirls over the final three quarters, being outscored 32-22.
    Jordan Jennings led East Mills with nine points and added five rebounds. Shelby Sommerla added five points.
    Aimee Osborne, a 6-foot-2 center, led all-scorers with 18 points and nine rebounds.

Essex 46,
East Mills 23
    The Essex girls basketball team held East Mills to four first half field goals in a 46-23 victory last Tuesday.
    All night the Trojanette pressure forced the Wolverines out of their comfort zone. East Mills turned it over 33 times and connected on just 9-of-36 shots (25 percent).
    “We have got to do a better job of taking care of the ball and playing under control,” said East Mills coach Jeff Laughlin. “We need to be more patient offensively, and be ready to catch the basketball. Ball security is an issue for us.”
    Yet, East Mills never trailed by more than 20 points the first three and a half quarters and cut the Trojanette’s lead to 31-18 on Katie Sowers’ three pointer with 3:01 to go in the game. But as it turned out, the field goal would be the Wolverines’ last for the next 11 minutes. East Mills did not score another field goal until the waning seconds of the game on Brianna Weak’s layup.
    “Offensively, we struggle,” said Laughlin. “We don’t have a lot of shooters right now and we need some girls to step up. We need those girls to take the open look. We’re getting some of the looks we want on back-door cuts, on the wing and on out-of-bounds plays, we just can’t knock down the shots.”