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Lady Eagles lose first MCAA game since 2006

Forward Cara Lutes scored a team-high 12 points, but the New Life Academy girls basketball team's 41-game conference winning streak came to an end in a 40-30 loss to Providence Academy on Tuesday night at NLA. Bulletin File Photo.

Indeed, all good things must come to an end -- and it did for the New Life Academy girls basketball team on Tuesday night.

The Lady Eagles lost their first contest in Minnesota Christian Athletic Association play since Feb. 16, 2006 as they fell to Providence Academy, 40-38, on their home floor in the conference opener.

Providence ended New Life's 41-game MCAA winning streak -- counting regular season and league playoff games -- by holding off an Eagles second-half surge after the visitors had taken a 26-18 halftime lead.

New Life outscored Providence 20-14 in the second half, but it wasn't enough as the Eagles fell to 0-1 in MCAA play and 3-6 overall on the 2009-10 campaign.

The Eagles last loss to an MCAA opponent in conference play came in the semifinals of the league tournament nearly four years and two coaches ago as that New Life team lost 54-22 to Meadow Creek Christian before embarking on their conference run with a 60-49 defeat of Maranatha Christian in the tourney finale on Feb. 18, 2006.

Forward Cara Lutes led New Life with 12 points in the loss. The Eagles now look to begin a new conference winning streak as they host Heritage Christian on Thursday night.