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Henning sweeps pair against Braves

The Hornets backed up their state rankings with Park Region Conference victories over the Menahga girls and boys basketball teams.

Faith Fisher’s baseline jumper at the buzzer gave Henning a 59-58 Park Region Conference win over the Menahga girls basketball team at Henning on Thursday, Jan. 23.

That buzzer-beater capped a game-ending 18-6 run for the Hornets, who trailed 52-41 with 8:47 to play.

Menahga jumped out to a 10-4 lead behind two layups and a jumper by Maryn Pinoniemi and a layup by Annie Lake. Henning responded to claim a 14-12 advantage before two layups by Tormanen, a layup by Lake and a 3-pointer by Lela Peterson gave the Braves a 23-18 edge. A layup by Peterson, two layups by Tormanen, and 3-pointers by Peterson and Allie Pfeifer gave Menahga a 39-29 lead at the half.

Two layups apiece by Tormanen and Kate Hendrickson gave Menahga a 52-41 lead before the Hornets rallied as Ellie Dague hit four free throws and a 3-pointer to cut the gap to 52-50. Jumpers by Hendrickson and Peterson gave the Braves a 56-52 lead with 5:09 to play before Henning took a 57-56 lead with 2:08 remaining. A layup by Hendrickson put Menahga in front 58-57 with 1:38 to go before Fisher hit the game-winner as time expired.

Tormanen’s 15 points and eight rebounds led the Braves. Pinoniemi and Peterson scored 14 points apiece as the Braves fell to 6-2 in the conference and 11-6 overall.

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Dague scored 27 points and Sydney Eckhoff added 12 points for the Hornets, who improved to 9-0 in conference play and 16-1 overall .Henning was rated No. 6 in last week’s state Class A poll.

MENAHGA: K. Hendrickson 4 0-0 8, Pinoniemi 3 8-8 14, L. Peterson 6 0-0 14, M. Peterson 0 0-0 0, Tormanen 6 3-5 15, Lake 2 0-0 4, Pfeifer 1 0-0 3. Totals: 22 for 45 (FG), 11 for 13 (FT).
HENNING: Fisher 2 0-2 4, Dague 9 6-7 27, Weber 1 2-2 4, S. Eckhoff 6 0-4 12, A. Eckhoff 1 2-2 4, Grasswick 0 1-2 1, Frederick 2 2-2 7. Totals: 21 for 45 (FG), 13 for 21 (FT).
Halftime: Menahga 39, Henning 29. Three-pointers: L. Peterson 2, Pfeifer 1, Dague 3, Frederick 1. Team fouls: Menahga 17, Henning 16. Rebounds: Menahga 17 (Tormanen 8, K. Hendrickson 4, M. Peterson 2, Pfeifer 2, L. Peterson 1). Assists: Menahga 8 (M. Peterson 2, Tormanen 2, K. Hendrickson 1, Pinoniemi 1, Pfeifer 1, L. Peterson 1). Steals: Menahga 7 (Pinoniemi 2, Tormanen 2, Pfeifer 1, Lake 1, L. Peterson 1). Blocked shots: Menahga 1 (K. Hendrickson). Turnovers: Menahga 14, Henning 17.

Henning boys win

Henning broke open a tie game by ending the first half with a 23-10 run and opening the second half with a 25-8 run in an 85-58 Park Region Conference victory over the Menahga boys basketball team at Henning on Thursday, Jan. 23.

A pair of 3-pointers, a layup and a jumper by Charlie Hodge led the way for the Braves early. Jonah Howard’s two baskets, a jumper by Brock Berttunen and a layup by Wade Berttunen helped Menahga tie the game at 18-18 with 11:14 to go in the first half. Three 3-pointers by Parker Fraki and a pair of 3-pointers by Blake Wallevand gave Henning a 41-28 lead at the break. Tristan Aho had a layup and a 3-pointer, Howard converted a three-point play, and Hodge hit a jumper for the Braves.

Four layups by Isaac Fisher helped Henning extend the lead to 66-36 with 9:56 to go. Howard’s three baskets and a 3-pointer by Andreas Aho led Menahga down the stretch.

Howard posted a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds while Hodge added 16 points for Menahga. Victor Aho chipped in four assists and two steals as the Braves fell to 3-3 in the conference and 6-8 overall.

Fraki (22), Fisher (21), Lee Bjorklund (15) and Wallevand (12) led a balanced scoring attack for the Hornets, who made 10 of 27 3-pointers to improve to 7-0 in the conference and 15-1 overall. Henning was rated No. 2 in last week’s state Class A poll.

MENAHGA: Hodge 7 0-0 16, T. Aho 3 0-2 7, Howard 6 6-7 18, W. Berttunen 4 0-0 8, B. Berttunen 1 0-2 2, Johnson 0 0-0 0, An. Aho 1 0-0 3, V. Aho 0 2-2 2, Heegard 0 0-1 0, Leritz 1 0-1 2. Totals: 23 for 52 (FG), 8 for 15 (FT).
HENNING: Arndt 0 2-2 2, Le. Bjorklund 6 1-1 15, Fraki 9 0-1 22, Blake Wallevand 5 0-0 12, Fisher 8 4-6 21, Lu. Bjorklund 2 0-0 4, Blaine Wallevand 3 0-0 7, Hammer 1 0-0 2. Totals: 34 for 62 (FG), 7 for 10 (FT).
Halftime: Henning 41, Menahga 28. Three-pointers: Hodge 2, T. aho 1, An. Aho 1, Le. Bjorklund 2, Fraki 4, Blake Wallevand 2, Fisher 1, Blaine Wallevand 1. Team fouls: Menahga 12, Henning 16. Rebounds: Menahga 26 (Howard 10, V. Aho 5, An. Aho 3, W. Berttunen 2, Johnson 1, Leritz 1, V. aho 1, B. Berttunen 1, Heegard 1, Hodge 1). Assists: Menahga 10 (V. Aho 4, W. Berttunen 3, An. Aho 2, Howard 1). Steals: Menahga 7 (V. Aho 2, Hodge 2, T. Aho 1, An. Aho 1, W. Berttunen 1). Blocked shots: Menahga 2 (T. Aho 1, Howard 1). Turnovers: Menahga 20, Henning 14.
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