Balance key for Milaca on special night

Milaca’s girls basketball team used a balanced scoring attack to remain unbeaten as it trimmed Kimball 44-22 in a non-conference game at Milaca Tuesday, Dec. 10.

The night also marked a salute to the 1973 team, which was the school’s first girls basketball team of the “modern era.”

Junior forward Makayla Paggen led the Wolves with 11 points while sophomore forward Megan Dahlstrom scored 10 points as she came off the bench to make five of six shots.

Junior guard Alex Ploeger and sophomore center Molly Banks each scored six points while junior guard Ashley Cassens had five points and junior forward Courtney Beaver had four points.

Milaca took charge early and maintained its lead.

“Kimball played a very deliberate game, trying to take away Molly’s game in the post area,” said Milaca Coach Dave Leom. “We made some adjustments that resulted in some Kimball turnovers.

“Our guards did a great job of making Kimball hurry its passes. We did not rebound very well – we let too many offensive rebounds get to Kimball. We hope to improve on that.

“We continue to be supported by a strong bench. Megan Dahlstrom has come on as a force on the court. She has worked hard and it shows.”

Leom helped organize the salute to Milaca’s 1973 team and was pleased with how it went.

“I’m thankful to Tom Sauer for all his work with me in getting it going,” said Leom. “Our girls in high school needed to hear the message of 1973 player Maureen Ash who told what things were like then and how they have progressed to today.

“Girls athletics need to be celebrated and outwardly supported.”

Milaca, 3-0 after topping Kimball, is at the Ogilvie Tournament Friday and Saturday.

The Wolves face Red Lake at 6 p.m. Friday, with Ogilvie meeting Northern Lakes Academy in the other semifinal game at 8.

The third-place game is Saturday at 1:30 p.m., with the title game at 3.