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Cleveland, Skoog put up impressive numbers for Braves

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Tarah Cleveland scored 115 points and Jenny Skoog grabbed 77 rebounds as the Menahga girls basketball team went 2-3 in its last five games.

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Cleveland averaged 23 points a game while Skoog averaged 13.4 rebounds a game as the Braves lost to Bertha-Hewitt 56-44 on Jan. 10, defeated New York Mills 62-47 on Jan. 15, lost to Verndale 54-49 on Jan. 18, lost to Perham 58-52 on Jan. 22 and defeated Pillager 70-58 Thursday night.

The Braves are now 4-4 in Park Region Conference play and 7-9 overall.

Bertha-Hewitt defeats Braves

Cleveland scored 17 points while Shelby Pihlaja had 15 points and eight rebounds in leading the Braves against B-H.

Skoog led the way with 19 rebounds and three steals while Bradi Carlson had four assists for Menahga.

MENAHGA: Cleveland 6 0-0 17, Pihlaja 5 2-4 15, Carlson 3 0-2 6, J. Skoog 3 0-0 6, S. Skoog 0 0-0 0, Allebach 0 0-0 0, Stifter 0 0-0 0. Totals: 17 for 61 (FG), 2 for 6 (FT).

Three-point field goals: Cleveland 5, Pihlaja 3. Rebounds: Menahga 41 (J. Skoog 19, Pihlaja 8, Stifter 5, Carlson 3, S. Skoog 3, Cleveland 2, Allebach 1). Assists: Menahga 12 (Carlson 4, J. Skoog 2, S. Skoog 2, Pihlaja 2, Stifter 2). Steals: Menahga 7 (J. Skoog 3, Cleveland 1, Pihlaja 1, S. Skoog 1, Stifter 1). Blocked shots: Menahga 1 (J. Skoog). Team fouls: Menahga 25. Fouled out: Pihlaja, S. Skoog. Turnovers: Menahga 13.

Cleveland, Pihlaja shine against NYM

Cleveland (26) and Pihlaja (25) combined for 51 points and Skoog grabbed 13 rebounds as the Braves defeated New York Mills.

Pihlaja also had nine rebounds, Carlson grabbed seven rebounds and had five assists, Cleveland had six assists, and Jen Stifter had four steals in the win.

MENAHGA: Cleveland 7 6-6 26, Pihlaja 10 3-8 25, J. Skoog 2 2-2 6, Allebach 1 1-2 3, Carlson 1 0-0 2, S. Skoog 0 0-0 0, Stifter 0 0-0 0, Cusey 0 0-0 0. Totals: 22 for 61 (FG), 12 for 18 (FT).

Three-point field goals: Cleveland 4, Pihlaja 2. Rebounds: Menahga 41 (J. Skoog 13, Pihlaja 9, Carlson 7, Cleveland 4, Stifter 4, Allebach 2, S. Skoog 2). Assists: Menahga 17 (Cleveland 6, Carlson 5, Pihlaja 3, Stifter 2, S. Skoog 1). Steals: Menahga 15 (Stifter 4, Cleveland 3, Carlson 3, J. Skoog 2, Pihlaja 1, Allebach 1, S. Skoog 1). Blocked shots: Menahga 3 (Pihlaja 2, Carlson 1). Team fouls: Menahga 11. Turnovers: Menahga 9.

Moenkedick leads Verndale to win

Teresa Moenkedick scored 22 points in leading Verndale past the Braves.

Cleveland had 26 points and Skoog grabbed 17 rebounds to lead Menahga.

MENAHGA: Cleveland 7 4-6 26, Pihlaja 5 2-2 16, J. Skoog 2 0-0 5, Stifter 0 2-2 2, S. Skoog 0 0-0 0, Carlson 0 0-0 0, Allebach 0 0-0 0. Totals: 14 for 37 (FG), 8 for 10 (FT).

VERNDALE: T. Moenkedick 22, J. Glenz 11, S. Glenz 9, S. Moenkedick 6, Kern 6.

Halftime: Verndale 28, Menahga 25. Three-point field goals: Cleveland 6, Pihlaja 2, J. Skoog 1. Rebounds: Menahga 30 (J. Skoog 17, Pihlaja 4, Cleveland 3, S. Skoog 3, Carlson 2, Stifter 1). Assists: Menahga 9 (Carlson 3, Cleveland 2, Pihlaja 1, J. Skoog 1, Stifter 1, S. Skoog 1). Steals: Menahga 2 (Pihlaja 1, S. Skoog 1). Blocked shots: Menahga 3 (Pihlaja 2, J. Skoog 1). Team fouls: Menahga 17. Turnovers: Menahga 20.

Perham picks up first win

Maria Rutten scored 15 points to lead a balanced attack in leading Perham to its first win of the season.

Cleveland scored 24 points, Skoog had 17 points and 13 rebounds, and Pihlaja scored 10 points to lead the Braves.

MENAHGA: Cleveland 7 5-7 24, J. Skoog 7 0-0 17, Pihlaja 4 2-4 10, Allebach 0 1-2 1, S. Skoog 0 0-0 0, Carlson 0 0-0 0, Stifter 0 0-0 0. Totals: 18 for 48 (FG), 8 for 13 (FT).

PERHAM: Rutten 15, Tobkin 10, Miller 10, Scheldecker 8, Erickson 6, Smith 5, Lockhart 4.

Halftime: Perham 28, Menahga 26. Three-point field goals: Cleveland 5, J. Skoog 3. Rebounds: Menahga 29 (J. Skoog 13, Pihlaja 5, S. Skoog 4, Carlson 3, Cleveland 2, Allebach 2). Assists: Menahga 9 (S. Skoog 3, J. Skoog 2, Pihlaja 2, Cleveland 1, Stifter 1). Steals: Menahga 2 (J. Skoog 1, Pihlaja 1). Blocked shots: Menahga 3 (J. Skoog 3). Team fouls: Menahga 18. Turnovers: Menahga 9.

Braves defeat Pillager

Cleveland scored 22 points while Skoog and Pihlaja added 17 points apiece in leading the Braves past Pillager.

Skoog added 17 rebounds, Cleveland had seven assists, Pihlaja grabbed eight rebounds and Carlson had seven rebounds for Menahga.

MENAHGA: Cleveland 5 10-11 22, J. Skoog 7 3-3 17, Pihlaja 5 6-8 17, Carlson 2 0-0 4, S. Skoog 2 0-1 4, Allebach 2 0-0 4, Stifter 1 0-0 2. Totals: 24 for 61 (FG), 19 for 23 (FT).

Three-point field goals: Cleveland 2, Pihlaja 1. Rebounds: Menahga 42 (J. Skoog 15, Pihlaja 8, Carlson 7, Allebach 4, Cleveland 3, Stifter 3, S. Skoog 2). Assists: Menahga 18 (Cleveland 7, Pihlaja 5, J. Skoog 4, S. Skoog 1, Carlson 1). Steals: Menahga 14 (J. Skoog 3, Cleveland 2, Pihlaja 2, S. Skoog 2, Allebach 2, Stifter 2, Carlson 1). Blocked shots: Menahga 1 (Pihlaja). Team fouls: Menahga 20. Turnovers: Menahga 20.

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