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Girls Basketball: Menahga remains undefeated in Park Region Conference play with win over Wadena-Deer Creek

The Braves improve to 12-0 in the conference after the 52-42 victory.

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WADENA – Menahga carried a 34-24 lead into the intermission and maintained a double-digit lead in the second half in a 52-42 Park Region Conference girls basketball victory over Wadena-Deer Creek on Tuesday, Feb. 15.

Five layups by Janie Tormanen, four layups by Allie Pfeifer, and 3-pointers by Amanda Lake and Lela Peterson led the Braves in the first half. Three more layups apiece by Tormanen and Pfeifer along with a pair of layups by Lake kept Menahga’s double-digit lead.

Tormanen’s 18 points, seven rebounds and five assists along with Pfeifer’s 14 points and Lake’s six steals helped the Braves improve to 12-0 in the conference and 20-2 overall. The Braves defeated W-DC 51-34 on Jan. 13.

Montana Carsten and Addyson Gravelle scored 12 points each as W-DC fell to 8-5 in conference play and 12-10 overall.

MENAHGA: M. Pinoniemi 0 0-0 0, Peterson 3 0-0 7, Lake 4 0-1 0, J. Tormanen 8 2-2 18, Pfeifer 7 0-2 14, Anderson 0 0-0 0, Hendrickson 0 0-0 0, E. Tormanen 1 0-0 2, Koll 1 0-0 2. Totals: 24 for 49 (FG), 2 for 5 (FT).

WADENA-DEER CREEK: A. Gravelle 4 2-2 12, Carsten 4 0-0 12, Packer 3 0-0 6, Endres 1 1-2 3, L. Gravelle 3 0-0 7, P. Gravelle 0 2-4 2. Totals: 15 for 31 (FG), 5 for 8 (FT).

Halftime: Menahga 34, W-DC 24. Three-pointers: Peterson 1, Lake 1, A. Gravelle 2, Carsten 4, L. Gravelle 1. Team fouls: Menahga 9, W-DC 8. Rebounds: Menahga 16 (J. Tormanen 7, Lake 4, Anderson 1, PEterson 1, E. Tormanen 1, Pfeifer 1, Koll 1). Assists: Menahga 11 (J. Tormanen 5, Lake 2, Anderson 1, Peterson 1, M. Pinoniemi 1, Pfeifer 1). Steals: Menahga 15 (Lake 6, Peterson 3, Pfeifer 3, J. Tormanen 1, Anderson 1, M. Pinoniemi 1). Turnovers: Menahga 7 W-DC 23.

Braves defeat B-EV

MENAHGA – Ten players entered the scoring column as the Braves coasted to a 68-35 victory over Browerville-Eagle Valley on Monday, Feb. 14.

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Tormanen’s eight baskets along with two 3-pointers by Janelle Hendrickson, two baskets by Lake and a 3-pointer by Peterson gave the Braves a 33-12 halftime advantage.

Peterson’s two baskets made it 44-17 before Leah Weaver’s two baskets off rebounds and 3-pointers by Mackenzie Anderson and Addie Pinoniemi closed out the victory.

Tormanen’s 17 points and seven rebounds, Peterson’s 10 points and four steals, and Anderson’s three assists led the Braves, who were rated No. 21 in the latest state Class AA poll.

B-EV, which was rated No. 19 in the state Class A poll, dropped to 15-6.

BROWERVILLE-EAGLE VALLEY: Puck 0 1-2 1, Van Norman 1 0-0 2, T. Myers 2 1-2 6, Schnettler 2 0-0 5, A. Myers 3 2-2 9, Benning 1 2-4 5, Marxer 0 1-2 1. Totals: 9 for 22 (FG), 7 for 12 (FG).

MENAHGA: M. Pinoniemi 3 0-0 6, Peterson 4 1-2 10, Lake 3 0-0 6, J. Tormanen 8 1-4 17, Pfeifer 1 0-0 2, Anderson 1 0-0 3, T. Pinoniemi 0 0-0 0, Hendrickson 3 0-0 8, E. Tormanen 0 0-0 0, A. Pinoniemi 1 0-1 3, Aho 1 0-0 2, Schoon 0 0-0 0, N. Pinoniemi 0 0-0 0, Koll 0 0-2 0, Weaver 2 0-0 4. Totals: 27 for 57 (FG), 5 for 17 (FT).

Halftime: Menahga 33, B-EV 12. Three-pointers: T. Myers 1, Schnettler 1, A. Myers 1, Benning 1, Peterson 1, Anderson 1, Hendrickson 2, A. Pinoniemi 1. Team fouls: B-EV 8, Menahga 13. Rebounds: Menahga 26 (J. Tormanen 7, Pfeifer 5, Peterson 3, Weaver 3, Koll 2, A. Pinoniemi 1, Schoon 1, Anderson 1, Lake 1, E. Tormanen 1, Hendrickson 1). Assists: Menahga 13 (Anderson 3, Aho 2, Peterson 2, Pfeifer 2, J. Tormanen 1, Lake 1, M. Pinoniemi 1, Hendrickson 1). Steals: Menahga 16 (Peterson 4, J. Tormanen 3, A. Pinoniemi 2, Aho 2, Lake 1, N. Pinoniemi 1, Anderson 1, Pfeifer 1, Hendrickson 1). Turnovers: B-EV 29, Menahga 8.

1982 Dawson-Boyd High School graduate
1987 Moorhead State University graduate
Sports reporter for Park Rapids Enterprise since 1987
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