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Menahga's Katie Miller (12) had a shot blocked during Tuesday night's game against Eagle Valley.

Cleveland lifts Braves to two wins

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Two late-season wins against Section 5A opponents weren't enough to earn the Menahga girls basketball team a home playoff game.

Menahga - which ended the season with a 54-45 win over Verndale last Friday night, a 69-54 win over Browerville Monday night and a 69-52 loss to Eagle Valley Tuesday night - received the No. 9 seed in the West half of the Section 5A tournament and will open at No. 8 Browerville Tuesday night at 7. The winner of that game plays at No. 1 Bertha-Hewitt Thursday night at 7.

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The Braves enter the playoffs with a 7-17 overall record. Browerville is 10-12.

Braves defeat Browerville

Tarah Cleveland's 37 points and Katie Miller's 20 points led Menahga past Browerville Monday night in a playoff preview.

MENAHGA: Cleveland 12 8-12 37, Miller 5 6-6 20, White 1 5-8 7, B. Tormanen 1 1-4 3, Skoog 1 0-0 2, M. Tormanen 0 0-2 0, Pihlaja 0 0-0 0, Pho 0 0-0 0. Totals: 20 for 52 (FG), 20 for 32 (FT).

Three-point field goals: Cleveland 5, Miller 4. Team fouls: Menahga 20. Fouled out: White, B. Tormanen.

Braves rally past Verndale

Menahga used a 33-19 run in the second half to rally for a 54-45 Park Region Conference victory over Verndale last Friday night.

Cleveland led the Braves with 24 points while Lindsey White added 14 points. Menahga ended with a 3-9 record in conference play.

Elizabeth Johnson scored 13 points for Verndale, which fell to 1-11 in the conference and 5-19 overall.

VERNDALE: Johnson 13, Finck 8, Yungbauer 7, Schluttner 5, Moenkedick 5, Wendt 5. Collison 2.

MENAHGA: Cleveland 7 10-14 24, White 3 8-17 14, Miller 0 5-10 5, Pho 2 0-2 4, Pihlaja 1 0-0 3, M. Tormanen 1 0-0 2, B. Tormanen 1 0-1 2. Totals: 15 for 45 (FG), 23 for 44 (FT).

Halftime: Verndale 26, Menahga 21. Three-point field goals: Pihlaja 1. Team fouls: Menahga 20. Fouled out: White, B. Tormanen.

No. 8 Eagles defeat Braves

Cleveland's 30 points led Menahga in an 88-63 conference loss at New York Mills last Thursday night.

White and Miller added 11 points apiece for the Braves.

New York Mills, which was rated No. 8 in the latest state Class A poll, is now 10-1 in the conference and 21-1 overall.

MENAHGA: Cleveland 9 10-13 30, White 3 5-8 11, Miller 4 1-2 11, Pho 2 2-4 7, B. Tormanen 2 0-0 4, Pihlaja 0 0-0 0, M. Tormanen 0 0-0 0, Haataja 0 0-0 0, Taylor 0 0-0 0, Skoog 0 0-0 0, Clements 0 0-0 0. Totals: 20 for 61 (FG), 18 for 27 (FT).

Three-point field goals: Cleveland 2, Miller 2, Pho 1. Team fouls: Menahga 15.

No. 5 Bears defeat Braves

White scored 10 points to lead the Braves in a 71-22 loss to Bertha-Hewitt at Menahga on Feb. 11.

B-H, which is rated No. 5 in this week's state Class A poll, ended with a 10-2 record in conference play and is currently 20-2 overall.

MENAHGA: White 2 6-11 10, Cleveland 1 2-2 4, B. Tormanen 1 1-2 3, Miller 1 0-0 3, Skoog 1 0-0 2, Pihlaja 0 0-0 0, M. Tormanen 0 0-0 0, Haataja 0 0-0 0, Taylor 0 0-0 0, Clements 0 0-0 0. Totals: 6 for 28 (FG), 9 for 15 (FT).

Three-point field goals: Miller 1. Rebounds: Menahga 34 (White 8, B. Tormanen 6, Cleveland 4, Miller 4, M. Tormanen 3, Taylor 3, Pihlaja 2, Clements 2, Skoog 1, Haataja 1). Assists: Menahga 6 (Miller 3, Cleveland 2, B. Tormanen 1). Steals: Menahga 14 (Miller 5, White 3, Cleveland 3, B. Tormanen 3). Blocked shots: Menahga 3 (Skoog 2, Miller 1). Team fouls: Menahga 12. Turnovers: Menahga 46.

Braves fall in overtime

White's 23 points and 10 rebounds led the Braves in a 67-61 overtime loss at Henning on Feb. 5.

Cleveland added 17 points and Miller scored 14 points and had seven assists for the Braves.

Henning finished 2-10 in conference play and 4-19 overall.

MENAHGA: White 7 9-13 23, Cleveland 4 6-7 17, Miller 4 5-8 14, Pho 2 0-0 4, B. Tormanen 1 1-3 3, Pihlaja 0 0-0 0, M. Tormanen 0 0-0 0, Haataja 0 0-0 0, Carlson 0 0-0 0, Skoog 0 0-0 0, Clements 0 0-0 0. Totals: 18 for 64 (FG), 21 for 31 (FT).

Three-point field goals: Cleveland 3, Miller 1. Rebounds: Menahga 39 (White 10, Cleveland 6, Pho 6, B. Tormanen 6, Miller 4, M. Tormanen 2, Haataja 2, Skoog 2, Pihlaja 1). Assists: Menahga 13 (Miller 7, B. Tormanen 3, Cleveland 2, White 1). Steals: Menahga 11 (B. Tormanen 3, White 2, Miller 2, Pho 2, M. Tormanen 2). Blocked shots: Menahga 3 (White 2, Pho 1). Team fouls: Menahga 27. Fouled out: White, Pho, B. Tormanen. Turnovers: Menahga 19.

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