A 31-7 run in the second half broke open a close game and carried the Menahga girls basketball team to a 70-40 Park Region Conference victory over Sebeka at Menahga on Tuesday, Feb. 11.
After a 3-pointer by Mackenzie Nelson to open the second half pulled Sebeka to within 31-28, the Braves took over as five inside baskets by Janie Tormanen, two 3-pointers and a jumper by Martha Peterson, 3-pointers by Maryn Pinoniemi and Lela Peterson, a jumper by Tara Hendrickson, and a layup by Pinoniemi produced a 62-35 lead with 5:03 to play. Three layups and two free throws by Pinoniemi concluded the scoring for Menahga.
Menahga jumped out to a 19-6 lead behind four layups by Hendrickson, two 3-pointers by Pinoniemi and a pair of jumpers by Tormanen. Layups by Lela Peterson and Hendrickson and a 3-pointer by Martha Peterson kept the Braves in front 26-15 before Sebeka cut the deficit to 26-23. Two baskets by Hendrickson gave Menahga a 31-25 lead at the break.
Pinoniemi scored 20 points and had five steals while Hendrickson (17), Tormanen (15) and Martha Peterson (11) also scored in double figures. Tormanen, Lela Peterson, Kate Hendrickson and Allie Pfeifer had five rebounds each while Lela Peterson and Pfeifer dished out three assists each as the Braves improved to 11-2 in the conference and 17-7 overall. The Braves, who defeated Sebeka 50-20 on Jan. 9, made 7 of 27 3-point attempts and forced 24 turnovers.
Nelson finished with 16 points for the Trojans, who fell to 6-7 in conference games and 13-10 overall.