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The New Life Academy girls basketball team continued its 2013 winning ways over the week, knocking off three conference opponents, giving the team a 13-2 record in 2013.

NLA girls basketball: Eagles capture 3 wins, third place in conference

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The New Life Academy girls basketball team continued its 2013 winning ways over the week, knocking off three conference opponents, giving the team a 13-2 record in 2013.

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The Eagles also earned third place in the Minnesota Christian Athletic Association last week, defeating West Lutheran on Saturday.

NLA visited Southwest Christian (16-8; 7-6 MCAA) on Feb. 12 for a conference match up.

The Eagles found themselves in a battle midway through the first half as they were down by 10 points, but were able to climb back into contention and found themselves down by one after junior Emily Bouldan drained a 3-pointer as the halftime buzzer sounded to make the score 30-29.

New Life made halftime adjustments and stifled Southwest Christian's offense, holding them to just 15 second-half points.

The offense found its rhythm as two Eagles - sophomore Valerie Hohol and junior Molly Saum - recorded double-doubles, and NLA rallied to win by a final score of 63-45.

Hohol finished with 18 points and 14 rebounds - which gave her five consecutive double-doubles - and Saum finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Bouldan added 12 points of her own. Sophomore Sydney Steele had five assists and freshman Abby Thor had four assists.

NLA played host to Bethany Academy (2-18, 0-12 MCAA) on Thursday, Feb. 14, for Senior Night as senior Matty Steele and two of the team's managers, Anna Phipps and Sarah Stacee, were honored.

The Eagles took care of business defeating Bethany Academy 48-25. Bouldan led all scorers with 14 points, and Sydney Steele, Saum, and Hohol each added six.

On Saturday the Eagles traveled to West Lutheran in the MCAA Conference Tournament's third place contest.

NLA jumped out to a big lead early, and the team didn't look back, topping West Lutheran easily by a score of 63-27.

West Lutheran found the points hard to come by as the Eagles played tenacious defense. Sydney Steele recorded seven steals and Bouldan added six steals of her own, while Hohol and junior Natalie Hagar combined for seven blocked shots.

Hagar and Hohol both scored 12 points to lead the Eagles, and Bouldan added 11.

NLA hosted Byron High School (15-6; 6-5 Hiawatha Gold Division) on Tuesday after the Bulletin went to press in its last game of the regular season before it begins sectional 4AA play.

--Justin Kruse

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