Lady Eagles hang tough in district
MILANO—It has been tough sledding for the Milano Lady Eagles as of late, but they veered back on Tuesday night with a crucial win over Holland at Geneva Paceley Gym.
The Lady Hornets got the better of Milano in the first meeting of the two teams earlier this month, but on Tuesday, the Lady Eagles were able to come from behind to win 42-32.
It was a huge win, as Milano (9-11, 2-3) now stays in the hunt for a playoff spot.
The Lady Eagles led just 20- 19 at the half and then were plagued by turnovers in the third quarter.
Holland ( 3- 2) had several chances to put the game out of reach, but were just two of 12 from the free throw line in fourth quarter.
The game remained close at the beginning of the final quarter before Milano went on an 11-1 run to secure the win.
Kelly Wadlington sparked Milano with 10 points, eight rebounds and four steals, followed by Stonie Guthrie (six rebounds) and Halle McManess (five rebounds) with nine each.
The Lady Eagles lost a heartbreaker in overtime on Friday to Bartlett 43-41.
Bartlett held just a 14-13 at halftime, but the Milano wouldn’t give up and tied things up before the final buzzer of regulation.
The visiting Lassies outscored the Lady Eagles 10-8 in the extra frame to post the win.
Milano was just six of 27 from the free throw line. That wasn’t the team’s only issue.
“Lack of focus and experience. We have struggled with both,” Lady Eagles coach Katrina Howell said.
Lexi Robertson led Milano’s effort with 14 points and nine rebounds.
McManess and Hayleigh Lagrone followed with six points each. McManess had seven steals and Lagrone six assists.
Milano will host Granger on Friday night, the only district win the first round of league play for the Lady Eagles. On Tuesday, they will travel to district leading Thrall.