Milaca girls top Ogilvie, lose to Mora

Last week started out well for Milaca’s girls basketball team as it topped Ogilvie 69-33 in a non-conference game at Ogilvie.

The week didn’t end so well, though, as Mora trimmed the Wolves 71-36 in a Granite Ridge Conference game at Milaca.

“We did a lot of things well against Ogilvie,” said first-year girls coach Dave Leom. “We started out well against Mora but we ran into a dry spell late in the first half and never got going after that.

“Mora has a very solid team and we had a hard time slowing down its offense.”

The Wolves trailed the Mustangs just 24-21 after sophomore guard Ashley Cassens sank a three-pointer with six minutes left in the first half. But, the Mustangs pulled away to a 44-24 halftime lead before outscoring Milaca 27-12 in the second half.

Ninth-grade center Molly Banks led the Wolves with eight points while Cassens scored seven and senior guard Julia Putz had six points.

Senior center Noelle Elvehjem paced the Mustangs with 26 points while senior guard Emily Leeb totaled 21.

Milaca was guilty of 24 turnovers while Mora had 15.

At Ogilvie, Milaca moved to a 27-18 halftime lead, then outscored the Lions 42-15 in the second half.

Sophomore guard Makayla Paggen led Milaca with 17 points as she made six of 11 shots from the field and four of five free throws.

Putz added 13 points while sophomore forward Courtney Beaver made five of six shots from the field and had 10 points.

Banks grabbed nine rebound while Beaver and sophomore guard Alex Ploeger each had eight rebounds. The Wolves had a 49-36 edge in rebounds.

Milaca, 1-2, is at Little Falls for a GRC game Friday night at 7:30. The Wolves continue GRC play Tuesday, Dec. 18, at Becker at 7:30.