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EV-W hands Braves first loss of season

Eden Valley-Watkins used a 17-6 run to open the game and a 13-6 run to end the game to hand the Menahga girls basketball team its first loss of the season with a 53-42 victory during the Winter Lakes Classic at Alexandria on Feb. 9.

Both teams entered this game undefeated on the season and rated in the latest state polls. EV-W was rated No. 3 in the state Class AA poll with a 19-0 record while the Braves were also 19-0 and rated No. 2 among Class A teams.

The Eagles used a pair of 3-pointers by Halle Jansen and two layups by Emma Schultz to claim an early 17-6 lead. Menahga countered with 3-pointers by Greta Hillukka and Martha Peterson and a layup by Cierra Ahlf to cut the gap to 19-18 before EV-W carried a 21-18 edge into the break.

Three-pointers by Alyssa Peterson, Hillukka and Timbr Berttunen kept Menahga within 29-28 before the Eagles used a 3-pointer by Jansen and baskets by Sawyer Kuechle, McKenna Moehrle and Schultz to claim a 40-33 advantage. Annika Aho hit a 3-pointer for Menahga during that stretch.

A 3-pointer by Alyssa Peterson cut the gap to 40-36 before the Eagles closed the game with two baskets apiece by Schultz and Olivia Schleper and a layup off a steal by Jansen. Tara Hendrickson had a pair of baskets down the stretch for the Braves, who missed their final eight 3-point attempts.

Alyssa Peterson (9), Ahlf (8), Hendrickson (7) and Hillukka (6) led the Braves, who made only 7 of 28 3-pointers in the game. Ahlf led the way with seven rebounds while Alyssa Peterson had four steals.

Schultz scored 16 points and Jansen had 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Eagles, who made 14 of 18 shots in the second half. EV-W is the top defensive team among Class AA schools, allowing only 30.3 points a game while outscoring its opponents by an average of 32.6 points a game.

Menahga's Park Region Conference game at Sebeka scheduled for Feb. 7 was postponed because of the weather and rescheduled for Feb. 18.

MENAHGA: K. Hendrickson 0 2-2 2, A. Peterson 3 1-4 9, Berttunen 1 1-2 4, M. Peterson 1 0-0 3, T. Hendrickson 3 1-2 7, Aho 1 0-0 3, Ahlf 2 4-4 8, Pfeifer 0 0-0 0, Hillukka 2 0-0 6. Totals: 13 for 53 (FG), 9 for 14 (FT).

EDEN VALLEY-WATKINS: M. Kuechle 0 2-2 2, W. Jansen 1 0-0 2, B. Kuechle 1 0-0 2, Schleper 2 0-2 4, H. Jansen 6 0-0 15, S. Kuechle 4 0-0 8, Moehrle 1 2-2 4, Schultz 7 2-4 16. Totals: 22 for 39 (FG), 6 for 10 (FT).

Halftime: EV-W 21, Menahga 18. Three-pointers: A. Peterson 2, Berttunen 1, M. Peterson 1, Aho 1, Hullukka 2, H. Jansen 3. Team fouls: Menahga 12, EV-W 12. Rebounds: Menahga 21 (Ahlf 7, A. Peterson 4, Hillukka 3, T. Hendrickson 3, K. Hendrickson 2, M. Peterson 1, Berttunen 1). Assists: Menahga 6 (A. Peterson 2, Berttunen 2, K. Hendrickson 1, T. Hendrickson 1). Steals: Menahga 9 (A. Peterson 4, T. Hendrickson 2, K. Hendrickson 1, Ahlf 1, Hillukka 1). Turnovers: Menahga 6, EV-W 17.

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