Knights topple Wolverines, 58-30

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By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

    TABOR - After a first quarter that saw the two teams combine for nearly as many fouls (seven) as points (eight), the East Mills and Fremont-Mills girls match up had the makings of a rugged, good-old-fashioned Corner Conference tussle between rivals.

    But the tussle was not meant to be as Fremont-Mills outscored East Mills 52-28 over the final three quarters in a 58-30 victory on Friday.
    After one quarter of play, the Knights led just 6-2.
    “We couldn’t buy a basket and after the first quarter. I was pretty scared that was going to continue,” said Fremont-Mills coach Rod Williams.
    But the coach’s fears didn’t come to fruition and the Knights opened the second frame on a 8-2 run and out scored East Mills 19-7 overall in the quarter to take a 25-9 lead in halftime.
    “We picked up the pressure a little bit and Lynde (Madison) started to come around for us a little bit and hit some shots,” he said.
    “We’re two different teams. We can play really well or we can look really bad. When we play well we can play with anybody,” he said.
    East Mills coach Jeff Laughlin was disappointed in his team’s effort against the Knights.
    “We had a lot of mental mistakes, just not lining up right in the press break and girls not looking confident with the ball or wanting the ball,” said Laughlin. “Our overall effort wasn’t very good. It was better in the second half.”
    Lynde Madison led all scorers with 22 for Fremont-Mills. Amy Carlson added 13 and Mindy Lorimor nine.
    Abby Hardie led East Mills with eight points.

Sidney 51,
East Mills 27
    Too many turnovers and too much Aimee Osbourne and Mandi Uhlenkamp proved costly for the East Mills girls in a 51-27 loss on Thursday.
    “We did a poor job of rebounding tonight, and allowed them way too many second chance opportunities,” said East Mills coach Jeff Laughlin. “We also didn’t move our feet very well defensively and allowed (Aimee) Osborne and (Mandie) Uhlenkamp to catch the ball where they wanted to on offense. We have to do a better job of denying the pass because they are both too good of scorers once they get the ball.”
    The Wolverines were held to 28 percent shooting (7-of-25) and turned the ball over 30 times.
    “Offensively, we really need someone else to step up and shoot with some confidence, and also be ready to catch the ball when it is passed to you,” said Laughlin. “We are running our offense more patiently and under control, but we have to be willing to take the open shots when they present themselves. I think if we fix some things and play a complete game we are capable of surprising some teams.”
    Devin Laughlin led East Mills with 13 points and eight rebounds. Katie Sowers added eight.