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Defense dominates in Braves’ 50-20 win over Sebeka

Menahga held the Trojans to only five field goals in the Park Region Conference girls basketball victory.

Menahga’s defense held Sebeka’s offense to only five field goals while forcing 26 turnovers in a 50-20 Park Region Conference girls basketball victory at Sebeka on Thursday, Jan. 9.

Sebeka made only 2 of 17 shots in the first half and followed by making only 3 of 19 shots in the second half.

A 13-0 run gave Menahga a 13-2 lead. Janie Tormanen scored off a rebound, Kate Hendrickson scored on two layups and hit a 3-pointer, Lela Peterson hit a jump shot and Tormanen hit a jumper for the Braves in the early going. A three-point play and two jumpers by Hendrickson gave Menahga a 22-12 advantage at the break.

Layups by Kate Hendrickson and Tara Hendrickson and a basket off a rebound by Tormanen extended Menahga’s lead to 28-12. The Trojans cut the gap to 28-17 before 3-pointers by Maryn PInoniemi and Peterson and layups by Tara Hendrickson and Tormanen extended the lead to 41-17. Layups by Kate Hendrickson and Annie Lake and a jumper by Amanda Lake concluded the Braves’ scoring.

Kate Hendrickson posted a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds and joined Pinoniemi with four assists. Tormanen had six rebounds and five steals while Peterson and Pinoniemi had four steals each as the Braves improved to 5-1 in the conference and 9-5 overall. Sebeka fell to 3-3 in conference games and 7-5 overall.

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MENAHGA: K. Hendrickson 8 1-1 18, Pinoniemi 1 2-3 5, L. Peterson 2 0-0 5, T. Hendrickson 2 3-4 7, Tormanen 4 0-0 8, Lehto 0 0-0 0, Berttunen 0 0-2 0, M. Peterson 0 0-0 0, Am. Lake 1 0-0 2, An. Lake 1 2-2 4, Pfeifer 0 1-2 1, Besonen 0 0-0 0. Totals: 19 for 40 (FG), 9 for 14 (FT).
SEBEKA: Erickson 1 0-2 3, Lake 3 2-2 9, M. Lake 3 2-2 9, Lillquist 0 3-6 3, Petersen 0 2-2 2, Rathcke 1 0-2 2, Lee 0 1-2 1, Plautz 0 0-1 0. Totals: 5 for 36 (FG), 8 for 17 (FT).
Halftime: Menahga 22, Sebeka 12. Three-pointers: K. Hendrickson 1, Pinoniemi 1, L. Peterson 1, Erickson 1, M. Lake 1. Team fouls: Menahga 17, Sebeka 17. Fouled out: Pinoniemi. Rebounds: Menahga 34 (K. Hendrickson 10, Tormanen 6, Pinoniemi 5, T. Hendrickson 4, Pfeifer 4, Am. Lake 2, L. Peterson 2, Berttunen 1). Assists: Menahga 12 (K. Hendrickson 4, Pinoniemi 4, An. Lake 1, Am. Lake 1, L. Peterson 1, Pfeifer 1). Steals: Menahga 16 (Tormanen 5, L. Peterson 4, Pinoniemi 4, K. Hendrickson 1, An. Lake 1, M. Peterson 1). Turnovers: Menahga 21, Sebeka 26.
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