East Mills falls in opener

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By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

    The Shenandoah girls out-scored East Mills 42-15 over the second and third quarters to pull away for a 69-43 victory last Monday.
    The Fillies led just 16-14 after the first quarter but a 22-10 second quarter run and a 20-5 third quarter run proved the difference.
    “We were able to get off to a good start and jumped out to a 10-4 lead, with the help of a couple steals and lay-ups by Devin (Laughlin),” said East Mills head coach Jeff Laughlin. “Defensively, I thought that we did an excellent job on Serena Parker holding her to just seven points. She is a very talented player and very dominate in the post. So, we had to double her and force some of their other players to make shots, and they did.”
    Sydney Nielsen stepped up for the Fillies, scoring 26 points.
    “We gave up far too many weak side offensive rebounds and easy put back baskets,” coach Laughlin said. “Offensively, I thought that we were able to get the looks that we wanted most of the night, but we just weren’t able to knock down as many open shots as we needed to.”
    Jessie Doyle led the Wolverines with 13 points. Devin Laughlin added nine points, 10 assists and five steals.