After a dominating win in the Silver Lake tournament opener Dec. 28, the Exeter-Milligan girls came up short in the championship game Dec. 29.
Exeter-Milligan beat Shelton 56-7 but lost to Alma 45-42, the team’s first loss of the season.
Coach Jackson Krejci said he wanted his team to be sharp and crisp against Shelton, the first game back after the Christmas break. Everyone was able to play, he said.
Kate Jansky continued to lead the team in scoring with 17 points and added eight rebounds. Katherine White also hit double digits with 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds.
Jaiden Papik scored a season-high nine points, which Krejci was pleased to see.
“It was good to get everyone in the mix,” he said.
Against Alma, Krejci said, the Timberwolves played well for three quarters, leading 39-30 going into the fourth. Alma outscored EM 15-3 in the final period to pull out the 45-42 win.
“We didn’t start out well. That was the least aggressive we’ve played defensively,” Krejci said. “A lot had to do with how Alma attacked.”
In the fourth quarter, he said, the Timberwolves couldn’t buy a basket and made some uncharacteristic mistakes.
“I think we let the game pressure get to us,” he said. “We had plenty of opportunities, we just couldn’t get it in. We couldn’t seal the deal.”
Jansky paced the offense with 19 points, and White added 14 points and 11 rebounds. Krejci said the two seniors have done a good job, but others need to step up.
“Other teams will defend them harder,” he said.
Exeter-Milligan (10-1) will travel to Shelby-Rising City Friday, Jan. 4. Krejci said the Huskies are a scrappy team.
The MUDECAS tournament starts Monday, Jan. 7, in Beatrice. Exeter-Milligan is the No. 1 seed in the A Division and will play Meridian at 6:30 p.m.
“This will be a good test to see where we are,” Krejci said.
The Exeter-Milligan boys’ basketball team was also 1-1 at the Silver Lake tournament. The Timberwolves lost to Shelton 67-65 in double overtime Dec. 28 and came back with a 55-46 win over Silver Lake for third place. Stats were not available at press time.
EMHS (9-1) will travel to Shelby-Rising City Jan. 4.
In the MUDECAS tournament Tuesday, Jan. 8, Exeter-Milligan will play Tri County at 8 p.m.