The Exeter-Milligan girls head into Crossroads Conference (CRC) Tournament action this week as the tourney’s second-seed and coming off a pair of solid wins.
The 12-3 Timberwolves, No. 4 in wildcard points in Class D-2, defeated 9-7, D-2 Meridian last Tuesday on the road and downed 11-5, D-1 Bruning-Davenport/Shickley on Friday night at home.
E-M jumped on Meridian early on January 19 and led the Mustangs 31-26 at halftime. The Timberwolves shot a solid 46 percent from the field (23-for-50) and canned three 3-pointers. E-M was also a very good 8-for-10 from the charity stripe.
Sydney Hall enjoyed a monster game for the Timberwolves. The E-M junior scored 14 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and made four steals in the win. Kelsey Bigelow netted 13 points and also added three assists and three steals. Tara Mueller was the third Timberwolf in double digits with 10 points and eight rebounds.
Hannah Beethe scored eight points and Marissa Howard tossed in five points along with three assists and two steals. Both Katherine White and Kate Jansky tossed in three points. Samatha Horne sunk a free throw and dished out two assists and made two steals.
On Friday, E-M avenged a MUDECAS Tournament loss to BDS by defeating the Eagles 65-56. E-M outscored its visitors 14-5 in the second quarter to enter halftime up 32-19. Both teams played at a standstill in the second half with the Eagles only being able to trim three points off the deficit.
Howard scored a game-high 20 points for the Timberwolves. The senior also grabbed three rebounds, dished out three assists and made four steals. Bigelow tossed in 13 points for the winners and also dished three assists and made two steals. Hall netted an even dozen and snagged a team-high seven rebounds.
Horne scored seven points and dished out two assists along with making three steals. Beethe scored six points and pulled down five rebounds. White scored five points and snagged four boards. Jansky added a bucket.
E-M shot a salty 50 percent from the floor in the victory, 22-for-44 and sank four three pointers. The Timberwolves were 17-for-28 from the free-throw line.
The CRC Tournament’s second-seed, E-M will face the Shelby/Rising City and Giltner winner on Tuesday. Hampton is the tourney’s third seed. That match-up could happen Thursday at 6 p.m.