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Braves' undefeated season continues

Perham's Mesa Schultz (right) tried to dribble around Menahga's Cierra Ahlf during Monday night's game. Vance Carlson / Enterprise

Hitting 10 of 11 free throws down the stretch against Perham and jumping out to a 52-16 halftime lead against Wadena-Deer Creek helped the Menahga girls basketball team keep its undefeated season intact.

The Braves closed Monday night's game against Perham with a 16-6 run to seal a 59-46 victory at Menahga before taking charge early in a 71-29 Park Region Conference victory over Wadena-Deer Creek at Wadena Tuesday night.

Those two wins gave Menahga a 22-0 record as the Braves continue to be the only undefeated team among Class A schools.

Braves top Perham

Perham held an early lead and faced only a 37-35 deficit midway through the second half before the Braves sealed the win at the free-throw line.

After Megan Hendrickson opened the game by converting a three-point play, Perham went on a 6-0 run for a 6-3 lead with 14:36 to play in the first half. The Braves responded with a layup and two free throws by Cierra Ahlf, a 3-pointer by Tara Hendrickson and a jumper by Alyssa Peterson for a 12-7 lead at the 9:54 mark.

Menahga would not trail the rest of the game.

Layups by Peterson, Leah Schwartz and Ahlf and a three-point play by Schwartz off a rebound made it 21-14 with 3:00 to go in the first half. Two free throws by Ahlf and a layup by Schwartz gave Menahga a 25-21 advantage at the intermission.

The Braves opened the second half with a 12-2 run as a pair of 3-pointers by Ahlf, two baskets by Peterson and a layup by Megan Hendrickson pushed Menahga's lead to 37-23 with 12:49 to play.

Perham responded with a 12-0 run as 3-pointers by Katie Johnson and Mesa Schultz cut the deficit to 37-35 with 8:13 remaining.

Two 3-pointers by Peterson provided a 43-40 lead with 6:17 go play before the Braves started to take control as Ahlf's three-point play and layups by Peterson and Ahlf pushed the lead to 50-42 with 2:41 left. Ahlf, Martha Peterson and Schwartz combined to hit nine free throws down the stretch to put the game away.

Gabby DeBoer's 18 points and Schultz's 10 points led the Yellowjackets, who fell to 13-10 on the season.

Ahlf led the Braves with 23 points and seven rebounds while Alyssa Peterson added 16 points. Schwartz also hit double figures with 10 points while joining Megan Hendrickson with nine rebounds. Tara Hendrickson and Martha Peterson had three steals each for Menahga, which prevailed despite making only 5 of 25 3-pointers.

PERHAM: Richter 2 0-2 4, Meader 0 0-1 0, DeBoer 6 6-8 18, Schultz 4 1-2 10, Kolofale 1 1-2 3, Bormann 1 0-0 2, Muer 1 0-0 2, Johnson 2 1-2 7. Totals: 17 (FG), 9 for 17 (FT).

MENAHGA: A. Peterson 7 0-1 16, M. Hendrickson 2 1-3 5, T. Hendrickson 1 0-0 3, Ahlf 6 9-9 23, Schwartz 3 4-5 10, M. Peterson 0 2-2 2, An. Lake 0 0-0 0. Totals: 19 for 60 (FT), 16 for 20 (FT).

Halftime: Menahga 25, Perham 21. Three-pointers: Schultz 1, Johnson 2, A. Peterson 2, T. Hendrickson 1, Ahlf 2. Team fouls: Perham 20, Menahga 18. Rebounds: Menahga 36 (M. Hendrickson 9, Schwartz 9, Ahlf 7, A. Peterson 6, T. Hendrickson 3, M. Peterson 1, An. Lake 1). Assists: Menahga 7 (T. Hendrickson 2, Schwartz 2, Ahlf 1, M. Hendrickson 1, A. Peterson 1). Steals: Menahga 9 (T. Hendrickson 3, M. Peterson 3, A. Peterson 2, Schwartz 1). Blocked shots: Menahga 1 (T. Hendrickson). Turnovers: Menahga 10.

Braves rout W-DC

The Braves took charge from the opening tip to remain undefeated in conference play.

Alhf's 22 points, six rebounds and three steals and Peterson's 17 points led Menahga, which capped off a perfect 14-0 season in Park Region play. Megan Hendrickson also hit double figures with 13 points while adding eight rebounds and three assists. Schwartz contributed six rebounds and four assists while Martha Peterson had three steals for the Braves, who made 9 of 20 3-point attempts. Menahga defeated W-DC 67-27 on Jan. 11.

No player hit double figures for the Wolverines, who fell to 6-7 in the conference and 7-16 overall.

MENAHGA: A. Peterson 7 0-0 17, M. Hendrickson 3 7-8 13, T. Hendrickson 4 0-1 9, Ahlf 8 2-3 22, Schwartz 1 0-0 3, L. Peterson 0 0-0 0, K. Hendrickson 0 0-0 0, Pinoniemi 0 0-0 0, Berttunen 1 0-0 2, Lehto 0 0-0 0, M. Peterson 0 0-0 0, Tormanen 0 0-0 0, Hillukka 0 0-0 0, An. Lake 1 3-3 5. Totals: 25 for 52 (FG), 12 for 15 (FT).

W-DC: Adams 2, Volkmann 7, Kreklau 2, Miron 2, K. Gravelle 7, Packer 2, Carsten 4, Krause 2, L. Gravelle 1.

Halftime: Menahga 52, W-DC 16. Three-pointers: A. Peterson 3, T. Hendrickson 1, Ahlf 4, Schwartz 1. Rebounds: Menahga 33 (M. Hendrickson 8, Schwartz 6, Ahlf 6, A. Peterson 4, T. Hendrickson 4, Hillukka 3, M. Peterson 1, An. Lake 1). Assists: Menahga 12 (Schwartz 4, M. Hendrickson 3, M. Peterson 2, Ahlf 1, Hillukka 1, T. Hendrickson 1). Steals: Menahga 11 (M. Peterson 3, Ahlf 3, An. Lake 1, M. Hendrickson 1, A. Peterson 1, Hillukka 1, T. Hendrickson 1). Team fouls: Menahga 4. Turnovers: Menahga 9.

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