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Wolverines earn second win of season

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By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

The East Mills girls sprinted out to a 30-0 first-quarter lead and never looked back in a 70-18 Corner Conference victory over Clarinda Academy on Friday.

The Wolverines (2-14 overall, 1-7 in the conference) shot a season-best 58.5 percent from the field (31-of-53) and a held a 27-18 rebounding edge over the Eagles. East Mills also had just five turnovers compared to the Eagles 29.

“We got off to a great start in the first quarter, with outstanding shooting,” said East Mills coach Brian Bertini. “We made our first five shots from the perimeter which gave the girls a lot of confidence and helped them to relax and continue to take good shots. Even though we are still short-handed with several starters out, I thought the team did a nice job of making adjustments and playing with confidence. We’ve improved so much since the beginning of the year, but we also have the ability to play better still.”

Shelby Sommerla led the Wolverines with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Gabby Sowers added 19 points.

Essex 72

East Mills 10

The East Mills girls managed just two first half points against a stifling Essex defense in a 72-10 loss to the Trojanns last Tuesday.

Essex led 46-2 at the half as the Wolverines shot just 14 percent from the field (4-of-28) and turned the ball over 33 times for the game.

Shelby Sommerla led the Wolverines with five points.

Joscelyn Coleman and Emily Wenstrand combined for 47 points and 23 rebounds for Essex.