Tara Hendrickson’s five layups produced an early lead and 3-pointer began a 29-7 run in the second half that sparked the Menahga girls basketball team to a 74-43 victory over Browerville/Eagle Valley at Browerville on Monday, Jan. 20.

Hendrickson’s five inside baskets along with two jumpers by Kate Hendrickson and a basket off a rebound by Annie Lake gave the Braves a 19-7 lead with 12:58 to play in the first half. A layup by Maryn Pinoniemi, a 3-pointer by Allie Pfeifer, a layup off a steal by Lela Peterson, an inside basket by Janie Tormanen, and a 3-pointer by Pinoniemi extended the lead to 34-14 at the 5:50 mark. A layup off a steal by Tara Hendrickson and a 3-pointer by Peterson gave Menahga a 40-21 advantage at the break.

The Tigers cut the deficit to 44-32 before Tara Hendrickson connected on a 3-pointer to make it 47-32 with 13:40 to play. Menahga went on a 16-1 run as a layup and a jumper by Peterson, a three-point play and a layup by Tormanen, a jumper by Martha Peterson, and a layup by Kate Henrickson made it 63-35. A layup off a steal by Tara Hendrickson along with a jumper and a 3-pointer by Pinoniemi produced a 73-39 advantage.

Tara Hendrickson finished with 20 points while Pinoniemi and Lela Peterson added 12 points apiece and Tormanen scored 11 points while grabbing five rebounds. Lela Peterson dished out three assists and Pinoniemi had six steals as Menahga’s defense forced 30 turnovers. Tormanen, Lela Peterson and Tara Hendrickson had three steals each as the Braves improved to 11-5 on the season.

Megan Benning scored 13 points as BEV fell to 5-6.

MENAHGA: K. Hendrickson 4 1-1 9, Pinoniemi 4 2-3 12, L. Peterson 4 3-4 12, T. Hendrickson 8 3-5 20, J. Tormanen 3 5-7 11, E. Tormanen 0 1-2 1, M. Peterson 1 0-0 2, Koll 1 0-0 2, Pfeifer 1 0-0 3, An. Lake 1 2-2 4. Totals: 26 for 53 (FG), 17 for 24 (FT).
BROWERVILLE/EAGLE VALLEY: T. Myers 2 0-0 4, Abrahamson 1 1-2 3, Callahan 1 0-0 3, A. Myers 3 0-0 6, Benning 3 6-7 13, Hillmer 2 0-1 4, Kunerth 3 0-0 6, Stearns 0 2-2 2, Irsfeld 0 2-2 2. Totals: 15 for 28 (FG), 11 for 14 (FT).
Halftime: Menahga 40, BEV 21. Three-pointers: Pinoniemi 2, L. Peterson 1, T. Hendrickson 1, Pfeifer 1, Callahan 1, Benning 1. Team fouls; Menahga 16, BEV 19. Rebounds: Menahga 17 (J. Tormanen 5, T. Hendrickson 3, Pfeifer 3, M. Peterson 2, K. Hendrickson 1, An. Lake 1, L. Peterson 1, Pinoniemi 1). Assists: Menahga 11 (L. Peterson 3, J. Tormanen 2, M. Peterson 2, Pinoniemi 2, T. Hendrickson 2). Steals: Menahga 19 (Pinoniemi 6, J. Tormanen 3, L. Peterson 3, T. Hendrickson 3, An. Lake 2, K. Hendrickson 1, Pfeifer 1). Blocked shots: Menahga 1 (T. Hendrickson). Turnovers: Menahga 8, BEV 30.