New Life girls basketball: Eagles split pair at Fridley TournamentThe New Life Academy girls basketball team split a pair of games last week at the Fridley Tournament, beating Fridley 59-53 before falling to Mahtomedi 51-30.
By: Patrick Johnson, Sports Editor, Woodbury Bulletin
The New Life Academy girls basketball team split a pair of games last week at the Fridley Tournament, beating Fridley 59-53 before falling to Mahtomedi 51-30.
New Life Academy (2-6) began the tournament with the win over Fridley on Tuesday, Dec. 27. In the game, New Life took a 38-21 lead on the Tigers (4-6) then held on for the win.
New Life Academy senior Taylor Paulson led the way for the Eagles with a double-double, scoring 19 points to go along with 11 rebounds, three assists and two steals. Also, junior forward Matty Steele finished with 11 points, six rebounds and three assists, sophomore Emily Bolduan scored 11 points, had four rebounds and four steals, and freshman Valarie Hohhol had six points, seven rebounds and three blocks.
In the tourney finale, Mahtomedi (4-5) proved too much for New Life.
The Zephyrs went up 22-15 in the first half, then outscored the Eagles 29-15 in the second half to earn the win.
Paulson had 12 points and 11 rebounds and Hohol had six points and seven rebounds in the game for the Eagles.
On the year, Paulson leads New Life in scoring at 11.6 points per game, followed by Bolduan at 10.9 points per game.
New Life Academy opened up conference play against Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity on Tuesday, Jan. 3, after the Bulletin went to print. Next, the Eagles travel to Southwest Christian on Thursday, Jan. 5.