East Mills girls ousted in conference second round

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By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

    Stanton ousted the East Mills girls from the Corner Conference Tournament second round last Tuesday with a 57-29 victory over the Wolverines.
    The Wolverines (4-9 overall, 3-4 in the conference) were out-scored 16-6 in the first quarter but had trimmed that lead to five midway through the second quarter when leading-scorer Devin Laughlin went down with a sprained ankle. Laughlin returned in the second half but East Mills never recovered.
    A limping point guard and mistake prone offense were the difference in the game, said East Mills coach Jeff Laughlin.
    “We were able to break their press without too much difficulty, but turned the ball over way too much in our half court offense,” Laughlin said. “We were never really able to run our offense and get the kind of looks that we’re used to getting  because we were  so careless with the ball. We also weren’t as aggressive as we need to be and we didn’t work to create more shot opportunities for ourselves.
    “We didn’t play with enough energy or confidence to beat a team like Stanton, but I expect a much better effort next time around.”
    Kara Allen led Stanton with 14 points and added 10 rebounds.