EXETER- Tuesday night was the final home game for the Exeter-Milligan Lady Timberwolves for the season, as they played host to the McCool Junction Lady Mustangs. The Timberwolves were too much for the Mustangs, winning 62-24.
Timberwolves senior Anna Sluka, playing in her final home game regular-season game, scored a game-high 24 points and Exeter-Milligan won 62-24. Sluka scored the first couple of baskets for the Timberwolves, and they jumped out to a commanding 14-3 lead after the first quarter. In the second quarter, McCool Junction’s Olivia Johnson got going with a pair of buckets to cut the Mustangs deficit down, but they trailed at the half 35-10.
At the end of the third quarter, Exeter-Milligan junior Emma Olsen knocked down a half-court shot to give her team 46-17 lead heading into the final quarter, which they would finish off. Sluka finished with 24. Olsen had 10, Jaiden Papik finished with 7, Alexis Turrubiates, a senior, had 6 points. Cammie Harrison scored 5, Cameron Jansky netted 5, Kayla Geiger had 4, Melchert added 1. For McCool Junction, Johnson led with 6, Yom Mapieu had 5, and Chelsea Stutzman finished with 5.
McCool Junction’s Tyler Neville hit four three-pointers and scored a team-high 29 points as his Mustangs walked out of Exeter-Milligan with a 62-48 win.
The Mustangs got the three-ball going early. In the first quarter, Mustangs guard Owen McDonald knocked down three, first quarter threes en route to McCool Junction’s 15-8 lead after the first quarter. In the first half for Exeter-Milligan, they were lead by junior forward Jackson Beethe, who had 16 of the team’s 17 points at the break, and the Timberwolves trailed at the half 23-17.
Neville and the Mustangs really came to life offensively in the second half. Neville had 22 second half points and once McCool Junction took a double-digit lead, they didn’t look back. Beethe would finish with a game-high 31 pints for Exeter-Milligan Along with Neville’s 29 points, McDonald scored 15, Dana Hobbs added 9, Kaden Kirkpatrick finished with 7 and Chase Wilkinson added 2.