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Middle School girls suffer tough loses to Renton

Photo by Balinda Zimmerman
New Boston Renton’s, Brooklyn Leporowski shoots two 3-point shots in the 7th grade game.

By Balinda Zimmerman
The Milan Middle School (MMS) Big Reds took on New Boston Renton at home on Wednesday, January 24, 2017. The seventh grade team took to the courts first and faired well during the first half. Going into halftime the teams were at 6 (MMS) and 7 (BMS) but Renton’s #32, Brooklyn Leporowski, had not started on her three-point shooting as yet.
Coming out of the half, Milan’s Allison Molina grabbed a two point shot putting Milan back in the lead but it quickly became both teams vying for points, back and forth. It was not long before Leporowski put up her (first of two) three-point shot and had the Renton crowd going.
Although Molina and Julia Satarino both took several shots, they were not able to make most of them count, as did their opponents. When Leporowski put up her second three-pointer the momentum seemed to carry the rest of the team through to the end of the game and deflated the Big Reds. Renton took home the win with a score of 22-16.
MMS Eighth grade team did not fare near as well during Wednesday night’s game. Although the first score went to Milan with Laruen Obey behind the ball, Milan had some bad luck throughout the rest of the game.
Fouls and unusual calls (a traveling call when a Milan player fell on top the ball) plagued the Big Reds. Renton made a few of their foul shots but that was not the bulk of their game. These girls were adept at stealing the ball and taking it home to score even if it took several shots at the basket to make it count.
While avoiding injury during a foul (not called), Milan’s #5, Hattie Williams, was miraculously able to get the ball to Sophia Satarino and on to Lauren Obey for the score (see photo). Sadly, it was one of the few scores of the first half for Milan.
By the end of the first period, the score was 10-2 Renton, and at half time, the Big Reds were down 19-4. They needed to find a miracle to keep Renton from stealing the ball mid-air and miracles were short in Milan this night. Renton took the win with a final score of 29-10.

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