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Braves defeat NYM, remain undefeated

Menahga's dominance against girls basketball teams in the Park Region Conference continued on Feb. 4 with a 75-39 win over New York Mills at Menahga.

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Janie Tormanen was defended by three New York Mills players during a Park Region Conference game at Menahga on Feb. 4. Vance Carlson / Enterprise

Menahga's dominance against girls basketball teams in the Park Region Conference continued on Feb. 4 with a 75-39 win over New York Mills at Menahga.

That victory gave the Braves an 11-0 record in conference play and a 19-0 overall record this season. Menahga has averaged 63.6 points while allowing 30.2 points against conference teams this season while running its Park Region winning streak to 31 games in a row. The Braves' last loss in conference play was 65-50 to Henning on Jan. 20, 2017. The win also extended Menahga's winning streak in regular-season games to 52 in a row.

The Braves took control of this game by closing the first half with a 34-13 run.

Cierra Ahlf's layup off a steal, a 3-pointer by Timbr Berttunen and a layup by Greta Hillukka gave Menahga a 9-6 lead with 13:58 to play in the first half.

Menahga dominated the rest of the half as 3-pointers by Hillukka and Alyssa Peterson and a pair of layups by Ahlf pushed the advantage to 19-6 at the 11:03 mark. After back-to-back layups by Madalyn Erp made it 19-10, layups by Tara Hendrickson and Ahlf were followed by a jumper, 3-pointer, layup off a steal and two free throws by Peterson for a 32-16 advantage with 4:20 remaining before the break. Two layups and a 3-pointer by Ahlf and a 3-pointer by Annika Aho gave Menahga a 43-19 cushion at the half.

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Three-pointers by Ahlf and Berttunen, a layup by Hendrickson and a three-point play by Peterson extended the lead to 54-23 with 15:09 to go. Ahlf hit another 3-pointer, Hendrickson and Hillukka scored inside, Peterson connected on a pair of 3-pointers, and Hillukka made a 3-pointer as the Braves led 72-37 with 8:12 remaining to force running time.

Peterson finished with 24 points and Ahlf added 20 points, eight rebounds and seven steals for the Braves, who made 12 of 30 3-pointers and forced 29 turnovers in the game. Hillukka also hit double figures with 13 points while Martha Peterson had five assists and Alyssa Peterson dished out four assists while tallying three steals.

Erp scored 15 points to lead the Eagles, who fell to 4-7 in the conference and 6-13 overall.

Menahga swept the season series after defeating New York Mills 63-30 on Dec. 13.

NEW YORK MILLS: T. Thompson 4 0-0 8, Johnson 0 0-0 0, Salo 0 0-2 0, Erp 7 0-0 15, Kawlewski 3 1-4 7, Bauck 1 0-2 2, B. Thompson 2 3-3 7, White 0 0-0 0, Polman 0 0-2 0. Totals: 17 for 38 (FG), 4 for 13 (FT).

MENAHGA: A. Peterson 7 6-10 24, Berttunen 2 0-0 6, M. Hendrickson 0 0-0 0, T. Hendrickson 3 1-7 7, Ahlf 8 1-3 20, K. Hendrickson 0 0-0 0, Pinoniemi 0 0-0 0, Lehto 0 0-0 0, M. Peterson 0 0-0 0, Aho 1 0-0 3, Tormanen 0 2-2 2, Pfeifer 0 0-0 0, Hillukka 5 1-2 13. Totals: 26 for 55 (FG), 11 for 24 (FT).

Halftime: Menahga 43, New York Mills 19. Three-pointers: Erp 1, A. Peterson 4, Berttunen 2, Ahlf 3, Aho 1, Hillukka 2. Team fouls: New York Mills 15, Menahga 16. Rebounds: Menahga 22 (Ahlf 8, M. Peterson 4, A. Peterson 2, Hillukka 2, T. Hendrickson 2, Tormanen 1, M. Hendrickson 1, Berttunen 1, Pfeifer 1). Assists: Menahga 14 (M. Peterson 5, A. Peterson 4, T. Hendrickson 3, Tormanen 1, illukka 1). Steals: Menahga 19 (Ahlf 7, A. Peterson 3, M. Peterson 2, Berttunen 2, Hillukka 2, Aho 1, Tormanen 1, T. Hendrickson 1). Blocked shots: Menahga 1 (Berttunen). Turnovers: New York Mills 29, Menahga 10.

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