A balanced offensive attack, exemplified by a 12-0 run in the first half, helped the Menahga boys basketball team snap a six-game losing streak with a 66-58 Park Region Conference win over Pillager at Menahga on Tuesday, Feb. 23.

Pillager led 10-7 despite a jumper and a 3-pointer by Charlie Hodge and a layup by Andreas Aho. Another layup by Andreas Aho, a 3-pointer by Jared Tolkkinen, layups by Alec Aho and Ryan Tolkkinen, and a 3-pointer by Luke Wurdock gave the Braves a 19-10 advantage. Layups by Alec Aho and Connor Korvela, a 3-pointer and a layup by Wurdock, and a 3-pointer by Jared Tolkkinen gave Menahga a 31-17 lead at the break.

A 3-pointer by Ryan Tolkkinen and a three-point play by Wurdock to open the second half pushed the margin to 37-17. Pillager cut the gap to 39-30 before a pair of 3-pointers and a layup by Hodge made it 48-30. The Huskies closed the deficit to 64-56 before a layup by Hodge sealed the win.

Hodge finished with 15 points while Wurdock tallied a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds to go along with four steals and three assists. Andreas Aho also hit double digits with 12 points while Alec Aho chipped 11 rebounds, seven blocked shots, four assists and three steals. Jared Tolkkinen dished out four assists and matched Alec Aho’s nine points. The Braves went 8 for 26 on 3-pointers and forced 21 turnovers to improve to 2-4 in the conference and 2-6 overall.

Griffin Decker (15) and Cole Hiltner (11) scored in double figures for the Huskies, who fell to 6-3 against Park Region foes and 8-4 overall. Pillager defeated the Braves 66-43 on Jan. 21.

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PILLAGER: Shingledecker 1 3-4 5, Skeesick 3 2-4 8, Decker 2 11-14 15, Hiltner 4 0-0 11, Gratke 3 2-2 8, Schaefer 0 2-2 2, Beard 4 0-0 8, Dixon 0 1-2 1. Totals: 17 for 67 (FG), 21 for 28 (FT).
MENAHGA: Hodge 6 0-0 15, R. Tolkkinen 4 0-2 9, An. Aho 3 6-6 12, Wurdock 4 5-7 15, Al. Aho 2 0-2 4, J. Tolkkinen 2 3-4 9, Johnson 0 0-0 0, Korvela 1 0-0 2. Totals: 22 for 48 (FG), 14 for 21 (FT).
Halftime: Menahga 31, Pillager 17. Three-pointers: Hiltner 3, Hodge 3, R. Tolkkinen 1, Wurdock 2, J. Tolkkinen 2. Team fouls: Pillager 15, Menahga 22. Fouled out: Beard. Rebounds: Menahga 31 (Al. Aho 11, Wurdock 10, Hodge 4, Johnson 3, An. Aho 1, R. Tolkkinen 1, Korvela 1). Assists: Menahga 16 (Al. Aho 4, J. Tolkkinen 4, Wurdock 3, An. Aho 2, R. Tolkkinen 1, Korvela 1, Johnson 1). Steals: Menahga 15 (Wurdock 4, Al. Aho 3, Johnson 3, An. Aho 2, J. Tolkkinen 2, R. Tolkkinen 1). Blocked shots: Menahga 7 (Al. Aho 7). Turnovers: Pillager 21, Menahga 24.

Big Lake prevails

Caela Tighe scored all 17 of her points in the first half as Big Lake built a 38-22 lead in a 56-30 win over the Menahga girls basketball team at Big Lake on Monday, Feb. 22.

Janie Tormanen and Maryn Pinoniemi had three baskets apiece while Amanda Lake hit a 3-pointer for the Braves in the first half as Tighe connected on three 3-pointers to put Big Lake in control.

Big Lake’s defense limited Menahga to only baskets by Lela Peterson and Timbr Berttunen and four free throws in the second half. The Braves made only 2 of 19 shots after the break, including missing all 12 3-point attempts to finish 1 for 20 on shots from beyond the arc for the game.

Pinoniemi (8) and Tormanen (6) combined for 14 points with Tormanen leading the way with five rebounds. Lake and Lela Peterson had two steals each while Martha Peterson and Lela Peterson dished out two assists apiece as Menahga was held to its lowest offensive output of the season in falling to 8-2.

Mia Huberty also hit double figures with14 points for the Hornets, who improved to 9-2.

MENAHGA: M. Pinoniemi 3 2-6 8, L. Peterson 2 0-0 4, Berttunen 1 1-2 3, M. Peterson 0 0-0 0, J. Tormanen 3 0-3 6, Anderson 0 2-2 2, J. Hendrickson 0 1-2 1, E. Tormanen 0 0-0 0, A. Pinoniemi 0 0-0 0, Schoon 0 0-0 0, Lake 1 1-2 4, Lehto 0 0-0 0, Koll 0 0-0 0, Pfeifer 1 0-0 2, Kicker 0 0-0 0. Totals: 11 for 44 (FG), 7 for 17 (FT).
BIG LAKE: MIllam 3 1-1 7, Vizenor 1 0-0 2, Huberty 4 6-7 14, Steen 3 2-2 8, Tighe 7 0-0 17, Sternquist 1 0-0 2, Dilger 3 0-0 6. Totals: 22 for 50 (FG), 9 for 10 (FT).
Halftime: Big Lake 38, Menahga 22. Three-pointers: Lake 1, Tighe 3. Team fouls; Menahga 14, Big Lake 18. Rebounds: Menahga 21 (J. Tormanen 5, M. Peterson 4, L. Peterson 4, Pfeifer 3, Lake 3, Berttunen 1, Koll 1). Assists: Menahga 8 (M. Peterson 2, L. Peterson 2, J. Tormanen 1, Lake 1, M. Pinoniemi 1, Pfeifer 1). Steals; Menahga 10 (Lake 2, L. Peterson 2, Koll 1, J. Tormanen 1, M. Peterson 1. E. Tormanen 1, M. Pinoniemi 1, Pfeifer 1). Blocked shots: Menahga 2 (M. Peterson 1, L. Peterson 1). Turnovers: Menahga 19, Big Lake 21.