Who are those girls?

Lady Eagles bolt out to 3-0 in district Milano aiming for first playoff appearance in 12 years
Reporter Staff Writer

First-year coach Virginia Beard has Milano off to a flying start. 
Reporter/Marie Bakken First-year coach Virginia Beard has Milano off to a flying start. Reporter/Marie Bakken MILANO—A quick gander at the District 27A standings might call for a double take for those who follow such things.

It would reveal that the Milano Lady Eagles (8-13) have an early lead and an unbeaten record to boot at 3-0 with just one more game to go in the first round of district play

Should the girls continue their march through the league and have one of the top three records in district, it would be the first time the Lady Eagles would reach the postseason since 2000.

Who are those girls?

“We are taking one game at a time,” first year Lady Eagles head coach Virginia Beard said. “The girls are having fun.”

Milano fought through a tough battle on Friday night in Thrall where they snuck away with a 50-49 win over the Tigerettes. The teams were tied 23-23 at the half.

The Lady Eagles were up by one point with 10 seconds left when senior Ashleigh Dykes was fouled. She hit both free throws to put Milano up 50-47.

Thrall went the full length of the court to shoot and missed a three, a Tigerette rebounded the ball and tossed the ball back out to a Thrall teammate who shot a three at the buzzer and was fouled by Dykes.

With no time remaining the Tigerette player made her first two free throws to make it 50- 49. Her last free throw, which would have sent the game into overtime, hit the inside of the rim and bounced out.

Dykes hit four free throws and Masey Turnage made two three-pointers that accounted for Milano’s 10 points in the fourth quarter.

Freshman Kelly Wadlington led the team in scoring with 17 points and six steals. Dykes had 16 points, 12 rebounds and four steals. Turnage contributed 11 points, eight rebounds and six steals, while Raighley Shaw made six points.

“We didn’t take as many shots as I would have liked to Friday night, but the ladies shot well and I think that might have been the difference,” Beard said. “They held their composure and I thought they did a great job.”

The Lady Eagles had an open date on Tuesday. Milano will finish up the first round of district play on Friday when they travel to Bartlett.

They will hit the road for two more games after that when they play at Holland on Jan. 25 and at Granger on Jan. 28.

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