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New Life Academy girls basketball: Eagles begin season 3-1

The New Life Academy girls basketball team is off to a 3-1 start.

Most recently, the Eagles took down St. Paul Academy 54-42 on Thursday, Dec. 17, at home in Woodbury.

In the win, New Life Academy (3-1) pressed their opponent and played an upbeat tempo to keep the St. Paul Academy players playing at a fast pace.

The players for New Life got into foul trouble early in the first half and were forced to sit junior point guard Sydney Steele and junior center Valerie Hohol on the bench. However, Hohol still led the way in the game, totaling 12 points and nine rebounds. On the year, Hohol leads the team in scoring at 13.8 points per game and rebounding at 10.2 points per game.

Natalie Hager came in strong the second half and scored 8 of her 10 points in the first few minutes before also needing to hit the bench because of foul trouble.

Prior to beating SPA, the Eagles beat Breck 66-23 at New Life Academy on Monday.

The Eagles pressed Breck and created turnovers that resulted in a 30-point lead for the Eagles at halftime. The team continued pressure defense throughout and the final score was 66-23.

Hohol led the team with 18 points, 13 rebounds, and six steals. Steele, who is second on the team in scoring at 10.2 points per game and leads the team in assists at 3.5 per game, added 12 points and five assists. Also, Hager added eight points and six rebounds and senior guards Emily Bolduan and Raquel Goutierez each had seven points.

Earlier this year, New Life beat Hastings 66-51 in its season-opener on Tuesday, Dec. 3, before falling 53-50 to CHOF on Dec. 5. In the win over Hastings, Molly Saum came off the bench and scored a game-high 17 points. Bolduan started and scored 16 points and was 4-for-8 from 3-point range.

In the three-point loss to CHOF, Steele played an excellent game and led the team with 17 points and four assists.

The Eagles could not overcome their opponent shooting 6 3’s and pressing with full court pressure the entire game.

Valerie Hohol also had a good game with 16 points and 11 rebounds.

New Life Academy took on Randolph on Tuesday, Dec. 16, after the Bulletin went to press. Next, the Eagles play host to Southwest Christian at home on Friday, Dec. 20.

—Patrick Johnson

Patrick Johnson
Patrick Johnson has been the South Washington County Bulletin’s sports editor since 2008. He reports on and oversees coverage of high school and amateur sports in south Washington County and Woodbury. Prior to joining the Bulletin, Johnson worked for other Twin Cities suburban newspapers. He is a University of Minnesota graduate.
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