East Mills drops opener, 66-38

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By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor


Shenandoah defeated East Mills 66-38 in the girls basketball opener for both teams last Tuesday in Malvern.

The Wolverines 15-14 after the first quarter but were out-scored 52-23 over the final three quarters.

“We started the game with very good ball movement, and we were able to execute fairly well offensively in the early going,” said East Mills coach Jeff Laughlin. “We played very unselfishly, and competed on both ends all night. Defensively, I thought that we did a really good job of limiting their second chance opportunities especially in the first half.”

East Mills had no answer for Serena Parker in the post. The junior center scored 19 points, pulled down 19 rebounds and blocked two shots.

 “We had to try to front Parker in the post and double her once she got the ball because she is as good of a post player as we will see all season,” Lauglin said. “That left them with some open shooters, and their girls did a nice job of knocking down open shots. Even though Shenandoah had a significant height advantage, I thought that we had several girls that were able to match their physical style of play.”

Laughlin said he thought his team ran out of steam in the second half.

“We are not as deep a team as Shenandoah, and we had several girls that played almost the entire game,” Laughlin said. “I think we wore down as the game went on, and kind of ran out of gas in the second half. Our girls expended so much energy on the defensive end, that we weren't able to be as effective on offense and make open shots like we have to.”

Abby Hardie came off the bench to lead the Wolverines with 11 points. Jessie Doyle added 10 and Joni Laughlin eight.