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Girls Basketball: Maryn Pinoniemi's 26 points spark Menahga's win over Pillager

The Braves improved to 7-0 in Park Region Conference play and 12-1 overall.

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PILLAGER – Maryn Pinoniemi’s 26 points led the way for the Menahga girls basketball team in a 58-31 Park Region Conference win over Pillager on Tuesday, Jan. 18.

Pinoniemi’s three 3-pointers, three jumpers and layup along with Janie Tormanen’s three baskets, Amanda Lake’s two 3-pointers, and Lela Peterson’s layup gave the Braves a 34-15 lead at the half.

A 3-pointer by Lake, layups off steals by Tormanen and Peterson, and a layup by Pinoniemi sparked an 11-0 run to start the second half as Menahga led 43-15. A 3-pointer and layup by Pinoniemi and a pair of jumpers by Peterson capped off the win.

Lake (11), Peterson (10) and Tormanen (10) also scored in double figures as the Braves hit 7 of 19 3-pointers and forced 26 turnovers. Allie Pfeifer grabbed six rebounds, Peterson had seven assists and Pinoniemi made six steals as the Braves improved to 7-0 in the conference and 12-1 overall. Pillager fell to 5-2 in conference play and 9-4 overall.

MENAHGA: M. Pinoniemi 10 2-2 26, Peterson 5 0-2 10, Lake 3 2-2 11, J. Tormanen 4 2-2 10, Pfeifer 0 1-2 1, Anderson 0 0-0 0, T. Pinoniemi 0 0-0 0, Hendrickson 0 0-2 0, E. Tormanen 0 0-0 0, A. Pinoniemi 0 0-0 0, Koll 0 0-0 0, Weaver 0 0-0 0. Totals: 22 for 51 (FG), 7 for 12 (FT).
PILLAGER: Grimsley 0 1-2 1, Ewald 2 2-4 6, Woidyla 2 0-0 4, Schommer 2 0-1 5, Peterson 4 1-2 9, Schmit 2 1-2 6. Totals: 12 for 42 (FG), 5 for 11 (FT).
Halftime: Menahga 34, Pillager 15. Three-pointers: M. Pinoniemi 4, Lake 3, Schommer 1, Schmit 1. Team fouls: Menahga 12, Pillager 12. Rebounds: Menahga 26 (Pfeifer 6, J. Tormanen 4, Peterson 4, Lake 3, Anderson 3, M. Pinoniemi 2, Koll 2, Weaver 1, T. Pinoniemi 1). Assists: Menahga 13 (Peterson 7, Pfeifer 3, J. Tormanen 2, Lake 1). Steals: Menahga 19 (M. Pinoniemi 6, J. Tormanen 4, Peterson 3, Lake 2, Anderson 2, Pfeifer 2). Blocked shots: Menahga 1 (J. Tormanen). Turnovers: Menahga 16, Pillager 26.

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