Surprising Lady Eagles bust out of the district gate 2-0
MILANO—The Milano Lady Eagles opened up District 27A action over the week and snapped a three game losing streak as well.
Milano’s varsity had 37 total steals in its 62-27 win over Granger on Tuesday night at Geneva Paceley Gym. The Lady Eagles (7-13, 2-0) were up 29-13 at the half and never looked back.
Kelly Wadlington, a freshman, recorded her first ever varsity double- double with 20 points and 14 steals. She also had four rebounds and an assist.
Ashleigh Dykes followed with 17 points and Raighley Shaw added 12. Shaw also led the team with eight rebounds.
The Lady Eagles started off league play on a high note as they hosted and defeated Holland 47-37 on Friday. Milano clung to just a three point lead at the half, but came out on fire in the third and fourth quarters.
Senior Masey Turnage led the team with 15 points, four steals and seven rebounds. Fellow senior Dykes had 13 points, along with nine steals.
The No. 11 and 16-2 Milano Eagles finished up the practice season this week and begin the real one on Friday as they open up District 27A play on the road in Thrall.
They will travel to Bartlett on Tuesday, Jan. 18. Milano will look for its second straight district title.
“I think that Milano should defend its district title and come out of district play as the champions,” Eagles head coach Robbie Robinsons said. “Thrall seems to be the top contender and the first district game against them in their own gym is a big game for us.”
The veteran coach believes Holland looks to vie for the third and final playoff spot. Bartlett, Granger, and Gateway are a bit down this season, but the Eagles are not looking past any of their district competitors.
“We need to continue to play at high level to prepare for the post-season and continue to build upon the success of previous seasons,” Coach Robinson said.
In their last tune up before league play, Milano got a 61-55 road victory over 3A Giddings on Tuesday night.
Jaxson Robinson led the team with 20 points. He was joined in double digits by Dominique Messer with 13. John Jentsch led the team defensively with 10 rebounds.
“The guys played with a purpose. We executed on both ends of the floor against a tall, athletic Giddings team,” Coach Robinson said. “This was a great prep game for district competition. The team is anxious for these upcoming games.”
The Eagles were on the road on Friday as well, taking down the Snook Blue Jays 67-29. Dominique Messer recorded his fourth double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 rebounds, along with five steals and four blocks.
Thomas Sanders and Jentsch also scored in double figures with 13 and 12 points, respectively. Jentsch also had eight rebounds.
“We played probably the best 16 minutes of basketball all season during the second half of tonight’s game,” Coach Robinson said. “Our defensive intensity was great and the first half ‘lull’ was a definite wake-up call for us as district competition approaches.” Milano led by just four at halftime.