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New Life Academy boys basketball: Eagles tabbed fourth seed, face Community of Peace in playoffs

The New Life Academy girls basketball team ended the regular season on a three-game losing streak and will look to right the ship as it begins the playoffs as a fourth seed. 

New Life capped the regular season 15-10 overall and 10-3 in the Minnesota Christian Athletic Association, which was good for a tie for second place in the conference.

The fourth-seeded Eagles will play host to 13th seeded Community of Peace Academy (3-14) on Thursday, March 6, at home in Woodbury. The winner will face No. 5-seeded St. Agnes (13-12; 5-7 Tri-Metro Conference) or 12th-seeded St. Paul Washington (1-17) Technology Magnet in the quarterfinals. 

No. 1-seed St. Croix Lutheran (22-3; 12-0 Tri-Metro Conference) gained a first-round bye and looms in NLA’s portion of the bracket.

New Life finished the season with three-straight losses – 55-47 at Visitation (10-13; 6-6 Tri-Metro Conference) on Monday, Feb. 24, 68-65 at Maranatha Christian (20-5; 12-0 MCAA) on Tuesday, Feb. 25, and 55-33 at Mahtomedi (17-9; 7-7 Classic Suburban Conference) on Friday, Feb. 28. 

NLA junior center Valerie Hohol had 16 points, nine rebounds, four blocks and three steals and senior forward Natalie Hager had 14 points and nine boards in the loss to Visitation. 

Against Maranatha, Hohol had a monster double-double with 16 points and 18 rebounds, Hager had 12 points and seven rebounds, senior guard Emily Bolduan scored 12 points and junior guard Sydney Steele chipped in 10 points and three assists. 

At Mahtomedi, Bolduan led the way with 13 points and five rebounds. 

—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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