Janie Tormanen posted an impressive double-double in leading the Menahga girls basketball team to a season sweep over Sebeka.
A 22-8 run in the first half and a game-closing 33-10 spurt were the keys in the Braves’ 70-31 Park Region Conference victory at Sebeka on Tuesday, Feb. 16. Tormanen played a key role in both runs, finishing the game with 30 points and 14 rebounds.
A 3-pointer by Lela Peterson and three inside baskets by Tormanen gave Menahga a 9-8 lead before six baskets by Tormanen and a pair of baskets by Peterson sparked the 22-2 run that gave the Braves a 31-10 advantage. Menahga would carry a 33-14 cushion into the intermission.
After the Trojans cut the deficit to 37-21, a layup by Maryn Pinoniemi, a layup off a steal by Tormanen, and three straight baskets by Martha Peterson gave Menahga a 50-22 advantage. Two layups apiece by Tormanen and Janelle Hendrickson, a 3-pointer by Mackenzie Anderson, and layups by Joie Koll and Samara Kicker helped close out the scoring.
No other player scored in double figures for the Braves, but 11 different players contributed in the scoring column. Lela Peterson (8) and Tormanen (6) combined for 14 of Menahga’s 22 steals while Lela Peterson and Pinoniemi dished out three assists each. Amanda Lake hauled down five rebounds for the Braves, who forced 23 turnovers to offset a 2-for-19 effort from 3-point territory.
The Braves, who defeated Sebeka 76-29 in the season opener, improved to 5-1 in the conference and 7-1 overall. Sebeka fell to 2-6 in conference games and 3-7 overall. Henning tops the conference standings with an 8-0 record.
MENAHGA: M. Pinoniemi 1 2-2 4, L. Peterson 3 0-3 7, Berttunen 1 1-2 3, M. Peterson 3 0-0 6, J. Tormanen 12 6-8 30, Anderson 1 1-2 4, J. Hendrickson 2 2-2 6, E. Tormanen 0 1-3 1, A. Pinoniemi 0 0-0 0, Schoon 0 0-0 0, Lake 0 4-4 4, Lehto 0 0-0 0, Pfeifer 0 0-0 0, Koll 1 1-2 3, Kicker 1 0-0 2. Totals: 25 for 65 (FG), 18 for 28 (FT).
Halftime: Menahga 33, Sebeka 14. Three-pointers: L. Peterson 1, Anderson 1. Team fouls: Menahga 12, Sebeka 23. Rebounds: Menahga 37 (J. Tormanen 14, Lake 5, M. Peterson 4, M. Pinoniemi 3, Pfeifer 3, Schoon 2, Berttunen 2, E. Tormanen 2, J. Hendrickson 1, Lehto 1). Assists: Menahga 13 (L. Peterson 3, M. Pinoniemi 3, Pfeifer 2, J. Tormanen 1, Lake 1, M. Peterson 1, Anderson 1, E. Tormanen 1). Steals: Menahga 22 (L. Peterson 8, J. Tormanen 6, E. Tormanen 2, Pfeifer 2, Lake 1, M. Peterson 1, Anderson 1, M. Pinoniemi 1). Blocked shots: Menahga 1 (J. Tormanen). Turnovers: Menahga 14, Sebeka 23.
Braves fall to C-G
Four players scored in double figures in leading Clearbrook-Gonvick to a 66-58 win over the Menahga boys basketball team at Menahga on Tuesday, Feb. 16.
The Braves got off to a strong start as two inside baskets by Nick Wurdock and a layup by Charlie Hodge were followed by a layup and a pair of 3-pointers by Ryan Tolkkinen. A jumper by Jared Tolkkinen gave Menahga an early 16-9 lead. The Bears responded with a 13-2 run to take a 22-18 edge. Three-pointers by Christian Johnson and Jared Tolkkinen kept the Braves close as C-G carried a 27-24 lead into the intermission.
C-G opened the second half with a 30-11 run to claim a 57-35 lead. Hodge hit a 3-pointer and two layups for the Braves during that stretch. Menahga’s late rally fell short as 3-pointers by Hodge, Wurdock and Jared Tollkinen along with a three-point play by Alec Aho and layups by Ryan Tolkkinen and Alec Aho closed the margin to 63-56 before C-G held on.
Hodge (12), Wurdock (11), Jared Tolkkinen (10), Ryan Tolkkinen (10) and Alex Aho (9) led a balanced scoring attack for the Braves, who went 8 for 30 on 3-pointers. Aho hauled down 12 rebounds while Ryan Tolkkinen completed a double-double with 10 rebounds. Andreas Aho delivered six assists and Hodge had five steals as the Braves fell to 1-5 on the season.
Alex Dawson (18), Kilten Schultz (15), Logan Westrum (15) and Aiden Churness (13) scored in double figures as the Bears improved to 3-6 on the season.
The Braves had games against Bertha-Hewitt on Jan. 29, Verndale on Feb. 9 and Sebeka on Feb. 12 postponed. No make-up dates for those three Park Region Conference games have been set.