After having two games canceled, the Menahga girls basketball team returned to action with an 82-27 victory over Littlefork-Big Falls at Menahga on Friday, Feb. 12.

The Braves, who had games against Walker-Hackensack-Akeley on Feb. 9 and Verndale on Feb. 11 along with a game against Bertha-Hewitt on Feb. 2 postponed, returned to the court with an easy victory sparked by a 27-2 run to end the first half and a 17-0 run to open the second half.

Two 3-pointers by Maryn Pinoniemi, a basket off a rebound by Timbr Berttunen, two layups and a jumper by Lela Peterson, and a 3-pointer by Mackenzie Anderson gave the Braves a 21-4 lead to open the game. After L-BF close the gap to 23-15, four inside baskets by Janie Tormanen along with 3-pointers by Pinoniemi, Lela Peterson and Martha Peterson, three layups by Pinoniemi, and a jumper by Martha Peterson gave Menahga a 50-17 advantage at the half.

After Emily Fairchild hit a 3-pointer to open the second half to make it 50-20, the Braves used four layups by Tormanen, 3-pointers by Martha Peterson and Berttunen, and a three-point play off a steal by Berttunen to extend the lead to 67-20. Baskets by Pinoniemi, Lela Peterson, Joie Koll and Samara Kicker helped conclude the scoring for Menahga.

Pinoniemi’s 21 points, four assists and four steals led the Braves, who forced 36 turnovers. Tormanen had a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds to go along with four steals while Lela Peterson scored 11 points and had three assists and three steals. Pinoniemi grabbed five rebounds and Berttunen had three steals as the Braves improved to 6-1 on the season.

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Destiny Piekorski scored 18 points as L-BF fell to 0-5 on the season.

MENAHGA: M. Pinoniemi 8 2-2 21, L. Peterson 5 0-0 11, Berttunen 3 1-1 8, M. Peterson 3 0-0 8, J. Tormanen 8 2-2 18, Anderson 1 0-0 3, J. Hendrickson 0 0-0 0, E. Tormanen 0 0-0 0, A. Pinoniemi 0 4-5 4, Schoon 0 0-0 0, Lehto 0 1-2 1, Pfeifer 0 0-0 0, Livingston 0 0-1 0, Koll 1 4-4 6, Kicker 1 0-0 2. Totals: 30 for 59 (FG), 14 for 17 (FT).
Halftime: Menahga 50, Littlefork-Big Falls 17. Three-pointers: M. Pinoniemi 3, L. Peterson 1, Berttunen 1, M. Peterson 2, Anderson 1. Team fouls: Littlefork-Big Falls 14, Menahga 9. Rebounds: Menahga 33 (J. Tormanen 10, M. Pinoniemi 5, Koll 3, A. Pinoniemi 3, Schoon 3, L. Peterson 2, Kicker 2, Livingston 1, Berttunen 1, Anderson 1, E. Tormanen 1, Pfeifer 1). Assists: Menahga 13 (M. Peterson 4, L. Peterson 3, Koll 1, J. Tormanen 1, Schoon 1, Berttunen 1, M. Pinoniemi 1, J. Hendrickson 1). Steals: Menahga 20 (M. Pinoniemi 4, J. Tormanen 4, Berttunen 3, L. Peterson 3, A. Pinoniemi 1, Schoon 1, M. Peterson 1, E. Tormanen 1, J. Hendrickson 1, Lehto 1). Turnovers: Littlefork-Big Falls 36, Menahga 14.