Lady Eagles come up short; Thorndale shootout on deck
The Milano Lady Eagles came up just one point short in a Friday afternoon matchup against Normangee at Geneva Paceley Gym. The Lady Panthers defeated the home team in the last minute of the game 32-31.
The two teams had met the weekend before at the Bremond tournament, with Milano sneaking out the win in that one.
On Friday, Milano (7-9)was up 20-16 at the break and 26-22 heading into the final quarter.
Halle McManess led the Lady Eagles’ effort with nine points, followed by Amber O’Gilvie with seven. Keely LaGrone added five and Kelly Wadlington four. Alyssa Brooks and Emily Overall scored two points each.
Milano head coach Catrina Steinbecker said there are still a few things her team needs to improve on before district play begins.
“We need to be more patient (when taking our shots),” Steinbecker said. “We also need to be more aggressive under the basket and with our rebounding.”
The Lady Eagles have one more tune up game before league play begins. Milano will host Holland on Dec. 31.
The Thorndale Lady Dogs are taking the Christmas week off and preparing for the annual Thorndale Shootout that is set to take place on Dec. 27-28 at Bulldog Gym, according to head coach Bradley Dickerson.
The Lady Dogs (4-7) will open upthetournamentwitha9a.m. Friday against Lago Vista, an old district foe for them when they were a 2A school. Following that, Austin Travis will face Salado, Holland will take on Schulenburg and Academy will play Taylor.
The championship game of the tournament, which will see 12 games played in two days, is set for 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
The Lady Dogs are set to host No. 12 Buckholts on Jan. 3, prior to district play starting on Jan. 7.