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Wolverine offense struggles in 0-4 start

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By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

    The East Mills girls were held to five first-half points and turned the ball over 27 times in a 47-12 loss to Nishnabotna on Friday.


    “Our effort was much better tonight, which is the first step,” said East Mills coach Jeff Laughlin, whose team suffered a 73-22 loss the night before. “Our execution was not very good offensively and we struggled more against their pressure than we should have. Defensively, we did some good things, but we need to be in better position and rebounds much more aggressively.”
    The Wolverines (0-4) shot just 15.3 percent from the field (4-of-26) and were led in scoring by Shelby Sommerla with five points.

Underwood 73,
East Mills 22
    Underwood outscored East Mills 37-12 in the first half of a 73-22 non-conference girls basketball victory on Thursday.
    The Wolverines (0-3) were led by Devin Laughlin with seven points. Amanda Hatcher added five.

Riverside 59,
East Mills 26
    The East Mills girls basketball team was held scoreless the first six minutes of a 59-26 non-conference loss to Riverside last Tuesday.
    The Wolverines (0-2) struggled against the Bulldogs’ full-court pressure, turning the ball over 32 times, and shooting 19.5 percent shooting from the field (9-of-46).
    Despite the offensive woes, East Mills trailed by just 12 at the half and 19 after three quarters before the Bulldogs poured in 24 points in the final frame.
    “We played very hard defensively until we wore down in the fourth quarter a little bit,” said East Mills coach Jeff Laughlin. “We did a decent job of boxing out on rebounds, considering their considerable height advantage. Offensively, we need to do a better job of playing at our tempo, and being more patient until we get open looks.”
    Shelby Sommerla led the Wolverines with seven points and four steals. Devin Laughlin added six points.
    Taylor Schoening led Riverside with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Jessica Joy and Anna Hildabrand each chipped in 11.