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Braves riding four-game winning streak

Damon Howard made six 3-pointers and scored 31 points and Kirby Hrdlicka had a double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds as the Menahga boys basketball team prevailed 72-66 in overtime over New York Mills in a Park Region Conference battle Friday night at Menahga.

Charlie Steidler-Thompson dished out five assists and Alan Pietila had five rebounds for the Braves, who improved to 5-3 in the conference with their fourth win in a row. Menahga, which is 8-2 in the last 10 games, is now 9-7 overall.

New York Mills fell to 4-4 in the conference and 7-7 overall. Verndale tops the conference standings at 7-1 while Pillager and Sebeka are also at 5-3. Wadena-Deer Creek is 4-4, Bertha-Hewitt is 2-6 and Henning is 0-8.

MENAHGA: D. Howard 8 9-10 31, Hrdlicka 8 6-11 22, Pietila 3 1-2 8, Matson 3 0-0 7, J. Howard 2 0-0 4, Berttunen 0 0 -0 0, Floyd 0 0-0 0, Steidler-Thompson 0 0-2 0. Totals: 24 for 49 (FG), 16 for 25 (FT).

Three-pointers: D. Howard 6, Pietila 1, Matson 1. Rebounds: Menahga 24 (Hrdlicka 10, Pietila 5, D. Howard 4, Matson 2, J. Howard 2, Steidler-Thompson 1). Assists: Menahga 10 (Steidler-Thompson 5, D. Howard 2, Pietila 2, Hrdlicka 1). Steals: Menahga 4 (D. Howard 1, Hrdlicka 1, Floyd 1, Steidler-Thompson 1). Team fouls: Menahga 17. Fouled out: Matson. Turnovers: Menahga 9.

Braves rout Bears

Howard, Hrdlicka and Luke Wurdock scored in double figures in leading the Braves to a 74-46 win over Bertha-Hewitt in another conference game Thursday night at Menahga.

Howard made seven 3-pointers and scored 28 points, Hrdlicka scored 22 points and grabbed six rebounds, Wurdock had 14 points and three steals, and Steidler-Thompson had four assists for the Braves, who made 11 of 22 3-pointers in the game.

B-H fell to 4-10 overall.

MENAHGA: D. Howard 9 3-5 28, Hrdlicka 9 4-6 22, L. Wurdock 4 4-5 14, Pietila 1 2-2 4, Litzau 1 0-0 3, Steidler-Thompson 1 0-0 3, Tolkkinen 0 0-0 0, G. Matson 0 0-0 0, C. Matson 0 0-0 0, Aho 0 0-0 0, J. Howard 0 0-0 0, Hotakeinen 0 0-0 0, Honga 0 0-0 0, Floyd 0 0-2 0, Anderson 0 0-0 0, A. Wurdock 0 0-0 0. Totals: 25 for 49 (FG), 13 for 20 (FT).

Three-pointers: D. Howard 7, L. Wurdock 2, Litzau 1, Steidler-Thompson 1. Rebounds: Menahga 19 (Hrdlicka 6, L. Wurdock 4, D. Howard 2, C. Matson 2, Pietila 1, Aho 1, J. Howard 1, Floyd 1, Anderson 1). Assists: Menahga 16 (Steidler-Thompson 4, L. Wurdock 3, C. Matson 3, Pietila 2, Aho 2, D. Howard 1, Anderson 1). Steals: Menahga 13 (D. Howard 3, L. Wurdock 3, Pietila 2, Steidler-Thompson 2, Hrdlicka 1, Litzau 1, Anderson 1). Blocked shots: Menahga 1 (Aho). Team fouls: Menahga 18. Fouled out: C. Matson. Turnovers: Menahga 8.

Braves sting Hornets

Howard's 18 points led a balanced scoring attack as the Braves defeated Henning 63-48 on Jan. 19 at Henning.

Hrdlicka added 14 points while Luke Wurdock chipped in12 points, eight assists and six steals. Howard grabbed six rebounds.

Henning is now 4-10 overall.

MENAHGA: D. Howard 5 6-6 18, Hrdlicka 6 2-5 14, L. Wurdock 5 1-1 12, Pietila 3 1-2 8, Steidler-Thompson 2 1-2 7, Anderson 1 0-0 2, Matson 0 2-2 2, Aho 0 0-0 0. Totals: 22 for 46 (FG), 13 for 18 (FT).

Three-pointers: D. Howard 2, L. Wurdock 1, Pietila 1, Steidler-Thompson 2. Rebounds: Menahga 20 (D. Howard 6, Hrdlicka 4, L. Wurdock 4, C. Matson 4, Pietila 2). Assists: Menahga 11 (L. Wurdock 8, D. Howard 1, Pietila 1, Steidler-Thompson 1). Steals: Menahga 13 (L. Wurdock 6, D. Howard 2, Pietila 2, Hrdlicka 1, Steidler-Thompson 1, Anderson 1). Blocked shots: Menahga 1 (Hrdlicka). Team fouls: Menahga 10. Turnovers: Menahga 18.

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