PREP BASKETBALL - Balanced scoring leads Nixyaawii girls past Cove

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COVE, Ore. - Nixyaawii unleashed a balanced scoring attack, survived early foul trouble, and defeated Cove 52-37 here Friday night in the Cove girls basketball tournament.

Kristi Miller led the Golden Eagles with 14 points, and Jesse Simpson and Kanisha Perry each added 13 to keep Nixyaawii perfect at 4-0 on the season.

"We got balanced scoring, and that's the way we want it," Golden Eagles coach Jeremy Maddern said. "We have several players that are capable of leading us on any given night."

The Golden Eagles led 10-8 after one and took a 25-16 lead to intermission. Nixyaawii took control with a 15-3 third quarter run and would lead by as many as 28 points on the way to the win.

"We had foul trouble in the first half," Maddern said. "We focused on the third period and held them to three points. We did a pretty good job and took care of the ball better in the second half."

Perry grabbed 13 boards to lead the Golden Eagles to a 34-23 rebounding edge. McKayla McKay had seven steals to lead a Golden Eagle defense that forced 25 Leopard turnovers.

Nixyaawii 52, Cove 37

NIXYAAWII (52) - Red Elk 0 0-0 0, Simpson 6 0-0 13, Minthorn 1 3-6 5, McKay 2 2-5 6, Perry 5 3-6 13, Moses 0 0-0 0, E. Miller 0 1-2 1, K. Miller 6 1-2 14. Totals 20 10-21 52.

COVE (37) - Jamie 6 4-4 16, Sadi B. 0 3-4 3, Brittani L. 0 0-2 0, Aime H. 1 0-1 3, Renee M. 1 0-1 2, Mikayla M. 3 2-2 8, Molly D. 1 2-8 5. Totals 12 11-22 37.

Nixyaawii 10 15 15 12 - 52

Cove 8 8 3 18 - 37

3-point goals - Nix 2 (Simpson 1, K. Miller 1), Cove 2 (Aime H. 1, Molly D. 1). Total fouls- Nix 19, Cove 17. Fouled out- none. Technical fouls-none. Rebounds- Nix 34 (Perry 13), Cove 23. Turnovers- Nix 18, Cove 25. Assists- Nix 9( K. Miller 4), Cove 3.

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