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Menahga's Beth Tormanen looked to drive around Nevis' Riley Hanson during Thursday night's Section 5A playoff game.
Menahga's Beth Tormanen looked to drive around Nevis' Riley Hanson during Thursday night's Section 5A playoff game.
Tigers hit free throws down stretch, eliminate Braves from section play
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Taking advantage of 26 fouls helped the Nevis girls basketball team open the Section 5A tournament with a 60-47 win over Menahga Thursday night at the Tiger Arena.

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The Tigers made 19 of 24 free throws in the second half to break open a close game and advance to the next round.

Nevis, the No. 3 seed in the West half of the section, used a 14-0 run starting late in the first half to build a 32-20 lead with 13:13 to play. After the No. 6-seeded Braves cut the gap to 36-32 with 8:44 to go and to 49-44 with 2:50 remaining, Nevis closed the game with an 11-3 run to seal the win.

Three-pointers by Tarah Cleveland and Jenny Skoog gave the Braves a 9-3 advantage with 11:41 remaining in the first half. A 3-pointer by Kate Dierkhising and a jumper by Riley Hanson tied the game at 9-9 before two baskets by Cleveland gave Menahga a 13-11 edge at the 6:37 mark.

Jumpers by Hanson, Megan Norby and Bettsy Hjelseth gave the Tigers an 18-14 lead at the 3:00 mark before Menahga used a jumper by Skoog and a three-point play by Cleveland to claim a 20-18 edge with 2:14 to go in the first half.

Nevis used a 3-pointer by Dierkhising to close the half with a 5-0 run to claim a 23-20 lead before opening the second half with an 9-0 run to push the lead to 32-20. Two layups by Norby, another by Hanson and a basket off a rebound by Karly Drury sparked the Tigers during that run.

Menahga responded with a 12-4 spurt to close the gap to 36-32 with 8:44 to go. A layup by Shelby Pihlaja, a 3-pointer by Cleveland, a 3-pointer by Arielle Pihlaja and a 3-pointer and free throw by Cleveland led the Braves' comeback.

Nevis then hit 16 free throws down the stretch to preserve the lead. Norby hit four free throws and scored on a layup before Hanson scored off a rebound to give the Tigers a 45-32 edge with 5:30 remaining.

After a basket off a rebound by Shelby Pihlaja, two free throws by Cleveland, a jumper by Alicia Ahlf, a layup off a steal by Beth Tormanen, and inside baskets by Skoog and Cleveland closed the gap to 49-44 at the 2:50 mark, Mattie Hjelseth, Bettsy Hjelseth and Jordan Walters hit two free throws apiece to push the margin to 56-44 with 1:34 left.

Two free throws by Drury and a jumper by Dierkhising concluded the scoring for Nevis. Cleveland's layup with 47 seconds left ended the scoring for the Braves.

Norby's 22 points and Hanson's 15 points and 10 rebounds led the Tigers.

Cleveland scored 26 points while Beth Tormanen had eight rebounds, eight steals and four assists for the Braves, who ended the year with an 11-14 record.

MENAHGA: Cleveland 7 7-13 26, J. Skoog 3 0-0 7, S. Pihlaja 3 0-0 6, B. Tormanen 1 1-5 3, A. Pihlaja 1 0-0 3, Ahlf 1 0-2 2, S. Skoog 0 0-0 0, M. Tormanen 0 0-0 0, Haataja 0 0-0 0. Totals: 16 for 60 (FG), 8 for 20 (FT).

NEVIS: Norby 4 14-18 22, Hanson 7 1-4 15, Dierkhising 3 0-0 8, B. Hjelseth 1 3-5 5, Drury 1 3-4 5, M. Hjelseth 0 3-4 3, Walters 0 2-2 2, Becker 0 0-2 0, Anderson 0 0-0 0, Ahrendt 0 0-0 0. Totals: 16 for 29 (FG), 26 for 39 (FT).

Halftime: Nevis 23, Menahga 20. Three-point field goals: Cleveland 3, J. Skoog 1, A. Pihlaja 1, Dierkhising 2. Team fouls: Menahga 26, Nevis 18. Fouled out: B. Tormanen, A. Pihlaja, Ahlf. Rebounds: Menahga 29 (B. Tormanen 8, J. Skoog 5, S. Pihlaja 4, A. Pihlaja 4, Cleveland 3, Ahlf 3, M. Tormanen 2); Nevis 25 (Hanson 10, Norby 4, B. Hjelseth 4, M. Hjelseth 4, Drury 2, Dierkhising 1). Assists: Menahga 9 (B. Tormanen 4, J. Skoog 2, Ahlf 2, Cleveland 1). Steals: Menahga 19 (B. Tormanen 8, J. Skoog 4, A. Pihlaja 3, Ahlf 2, Cleveland 1, M. Tormanen 1); Nevis 2 (Dierkhising 1, B. Hjelseth 1). Blocked shots: Menahga 2 (A. Pihlaja 2); Nevis 3 (M. Hjelseth 2, Hanson 1). Turnovers: Menahga 15, Nevis 5.

Sebeka eliminates Tigers

The Tigers saw their season come to an end with a 62-57 loss to No. 2 Sebeka Saturday night.

Norby's 26 points and Hanson's 11 points and 11 rebounds led the Tigers, who ended the season with an 18-10 record.

Sebeka advanced with a 24-4 record.

NEVIS: Norby 10 6-9 26, Dierkhising 2 2-2 8, Hanson 5 1-2 11, Walters 0 0-0 0, Drury 0 0-0 0, M. Hjelseth 3 0-0 6, B. Hjelseth 3 0-1 6, Becker 0 0-0 0. Totals: 23 for 35 (FG), 9 for 14 (FT).

Halftime: Sebeka 31, Nevis 25. Three-point field goals: Dierkhising 2. Rebounds: Nevis 25 (Hanson 11, B. Hjelseth 5, Norby 5, M. Hjelseth 2, Walters 1, Becker 1). Assists: Nevis 8 (Dierkhising 2, Walters 2, B. Hjelseth 2, Hanson 1, M. Hjelseth 1). Steals: Nevis 5 (Becker 2, Dierkhising 1, Hanson 1, Walters 1, M. Hjelseth 1). Blocked shots: Nevis 3 (Hanson 1, Walters 1, M. Hjelseth 1). Turnovers: Nevis 12.

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