Madelyn Nelson

Up for three, anyone? Joseph Eagles player, Madelyn Nelson, sets for a three-pointer during the Eagles' 54-40 win over Nixyaawii.

The Joseph girls cagers proved that JCS Eagles are tougher than Golden Eagles after trouncing Nixyaawii 54-40 on Saturday, Feb. 15. The game started as a defensive battle with the Eagles leading by seven midway into the third quarter before they caught fire. The Eagles’ offense and defense shifted into high gear, as buckets flowed through the hoop while the defense forced a number of turnovers, putting Nixyaawii seriously into the hole.

The fourth quarter saw the Eagles maintain their momentum, leading 40-28 at the beginning of the quarter and coasting to victory before the helpless Golden Eagles knew what was happening. The end was anti-climactic.

Sabrina Albee led the scoring with 23 while Madelyn Nelson chipped in with 13 and Brianna Micka put in 10 for the cause.

Coach Lance Homan said that the Saturday win was huge for the squad as it allowed them to be league champions again. He also noted his pride of the team and how they have refused to let down and feel sorry for themselves after the destruction of their gym and much equipment, but they came together as a team and finished the regular season off on a high note.

“We played a great game,” coach Lance Homan said. “We’re ready for District.” The Eagles ended the regular season at the top of the Old Oregon League with an 11-1 record and 18-6 overall. They meet an undetermined opponent at District in Baker on Friday, Feb. 21 at 6 p.m.

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