WYOMING - It’s usually the sign of a good team when you find a way to win even while not playing your best ball.
The Midland girls basketball team did that Tuesday, Nov. 27.
While offense had its ups and downs, the Eagle defense never wavered in what ended as a lopsided 41-27 triumph hosting Edgewood-Colesburg.
“A win is a win,” said Midland girls basketball coach Nathan Becker, who watched his team suffocate the Viking offense all night long and control the boards.
“We did not think we played particularly well, but we played well enough to win.”
Midland (2-1, 1-0) took control of the contest early on as the offense forced turnovers and scored easy baskets that led to a 15-4 advantage at the first quarter horn.
The Eagles were just getting started defensively.
Midland held Ed-Co to a mere two-point second stanza, and while the hosts had their own struggles on the offensive end in the stretch, the Eagles still held a commanding 22-6 lead at the half.
“We came out shooting pretty well again,” Becker said. “Morgan (Soper) nailed three 3-pointers to help us score a quick 15 points.
“In the second quarter, more turnovers and less ball movement started to creep in. We were still able to add to the lead, but there were many opportunities for us to really get things going.”
Even with the Vikings finding a little momentum offensively in the third quarter, Midland’s offense rose to the occasion in the final frame scoring 13 points while the defense held Ed-Co to nine.
“We played a flat third quarter, but fortunately still led 28-18 and felt pretty much in control,” Becker said. “We were able to maintain our lead above 10 for the rest of the game with important stops and scores.”
Drew Jensen led that offense scoring 13 points while also adding eight steals defensively. Soper finished with 12 points connecting four times from beyond the 3-point arc.
Delanie Uppena pulled down a game-high 16 rebounds leading an Eagle attack that tallied a whopping 53 in the game. The hosts also finished with 17 steals as Ella Rupp swiped five.
Midland hit the road Friday, Nov. 30, as a slow start cost the team in a 63-42 setback at East Buchanan.
“This game had a lot of potential and was a great match-up for us, but ultimately discipline and turnovers came back to haunt us again,” Becker said. “East Buc ended up scoring 27 points off our turnovers, which was the difference in the game.”
The Buccaneers got things rolling early taking a 20-9 first quarter lead before the Eagles settled down going on a 15-10 second quarter run of their own.
The hosts took control once again after the break going on a 33-18 second half spurt to pull away.
Mikayla Dosland connected four times from beyond the arc and led Midland scoring 12 points while Jensen added 11 more to go with four steals.