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New Life girls basketball: Eagles drop pair of close contests

The New Life Academy girls basketball team dropped two close games over the week against non-conference foes Randolph and Hastings.

With two road games during the week, the New Life Academy girls basketball team fought hard on the road, but were on the losing end for both games.

On Tuesday night, the Lady Eagles (0-3) traveled to Randolph High School and battled the Rockets (4-1) to a 48-53 final score.

NLA sophomore center Valerie Hohol led the team with 17 points and had eight rebounds for the Eagles. Junior guard Emily Boldaun finished with 16 points, shooting 2-for-3 from 3-point territory.

Head coach Ruth Ann Pederson said both girls played with four fouls for the last six minutes but played with great tenacity until the end.

On Friday, the Eagles traveled to Hastings to take on the Class AAAA Raiders (3-2) and lost 51-57 in an evenly matched game that was hard fought to the end.

Boldaun led the Eagles in scoring with 17 points after only scoring five in the first half. She found her touch from beyond the arc in the second half, hitting four 3-pointers.

Junior Natalie Hager recorded a double-double during the game, scoring 10 points and getting 11 rebounds, and Hohol led the team with 18 rebounds and scored nine points.

The Eagles were done in by their own free throwing shooting, as they made just 6 of 15 free throws during the game.

NLA took on St. Croix Lutheran (2-4) on Tuesday night, after the Bulletin went to print. Next up, the Eagles tip-off Minnesota Christian Athletic Association play against the No. 1-ranked Class A team Maranatha (3-0) on Friday at New Life. Maranatha is the defending MCAA champion.