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Rudquist leads Braves past Pillager

Austin Rudquist's 31 points and 13 rebounds led the Menahga boys basketball team to an 81-60 Park Region Conference victory over Pillager Tuesday night at Menahga.

     Austin Rudquist’s 31 points and 13 rebounds led the Menahga boys basketball team to an 81-60 Park Region Conference victory over Pillager Tuesday night at Menahga.

     Austen Schwartz hit five 3-pointers and added 22 points and eight assists while Aaron Rudquist also hit double figures with 15 points while adding six rebounds for the Braves, who led 38-30 at the half. The Rudquists, Schwartz and Nick Meyer had three steals apiece and Calvin Taylor blocked three shots as Menahga improved to 3-1 in the conference and 6-5 overall.

     Ryder Hunstad (20), Lee Quick (15) and Ridge Hunstad (10) hit double figures for the Huskies, who fell to 1-3 in the conference and 5-6 overall.

 

PILLAGER: Ry. Hunstad 20, Quick 15, Ri. Hunstad 10, Ramsey 7, Kuehl 5, Unger 2, Foehrenbacher 1.

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MENAHGA: Au. Rudquist 14 3-3 31, Schwartz 7 3-3 22, Aa. Rudquist 6 2-4 15, Skoog 3 1-2 7, Taylor 0 2-2 2, Wurdock 1 0-0 2, Meyer 1 0-0 2, Paulson 0 0-0 0, Kicker 0 0-0 0, Hrdlicka 0 0-0 0, Hillukka 0 0-0 0. Totals: 32 for 68 (FG), 11 for 14 (FT).

Halftime: Menahga 38, Pillager 30. Three-pointers: Schwartz 5, Aa. Rudquist 1. Rebounds: Menahga 38 (Au. Rudquist 13, Aa. Rudquist 6, Skoog 5, Taylor 4, Schwartz 3, Meyer 3, Hrdlicka 2, Kicker 1, Hillukka 1). Assists: Menahga 16 (Schwartz 8, Au. Rudquist 2, Skoog 2, Meyer 1, Paulson 1, Kicker 1, Hillukka 1). Steals: Menahga 16 (Au. Rudquist 3, Schwartz 3, Aa. Rudquist 3, Meyer 3, Skoog 2, Kicker 2). Blocked shots: Menahga 6 (Taylor 3, Au. Rudquist 2, Aa. Rudquist 1). Team fouls: Menahga 19. Turnovers: Menahga 12.

 

Menahga girls fall to Browerville

     Quinn Kircher scored 22 points as Browerville remained undefeated on the season with a 76-46 win over the Menahga girls basketball team Tuesday night at Browerville.

     Browerville, which is rated No. 4 in the latest state Class A poll, improved to 9-0.

     Shelby Pihlaja scored 13 points and had five rebounds while Hannah Allebach (9) and Cierra Ahlf (8) combined for 17 points and had five rebounds each. Allebach led the Braves with three assists and two steals while Olivia Yliniemi led the way with six rebounds as Menahga fell to 4-5 on the season.

 

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MENAHGA: Pihlaja 4 3-3 13, Allebach 4 0-0 9, Ahlf 2 3-4 8, Yliniemi 2 0-2 5, Anderson 1 1-2 3, Stifter 1 0-0 3, Peterson 1 0-0 3, Al. Lake 1 0-0 2, M. Hendrickson 0 0-0 0, Schwartz 0 0-0 0, Kuismi 0 0-0 0, Korvela 0 0-0 0. Totals: 16 for 46 (FG), 7 for 11 (FT).

Halftime: Browerville 31, Menahga 25. Three-pointers: Pihlaja 2, Allebach 1, Ahlf 1, Yliniemi 1, Stifter 1, Peterson 1. Rebounds: Menahga 34 (Yliniemi 6, Pihlaja 5, Allebach 5, Ahlf 5, Korvela 4, Stifter 3, Anderson 2, Peterson 1, Al. Lake 1, M. Hendrickson 1, Schwartz 1). Assists: Menahga 14 (Allebach 3, Pihlaja 2, Yliniemi 2, Peterson 2, Ahlf 1, Anderson 1, Stifter 1, Al. Lake 1, M. Hendrickson 1). Steals: Menahga 3 (Allebach 2, Ahlf 1). Blocked shots: Menahga 2 (Yliniemi 1, Peterson 1). Team fouls: Menahga 21. Fouled out: Stifter. Turnovers: Menahga 30.

 

Nevis boys suffer first loss

     Red Lake jumped out to a 26-0 lead and led 53-17 at the half Tuesday night en route to an 82-49 Northland Conference victory as the Warriors handed the Nevis boys basketball team its first loss of the season.

     Jeremy Martin (20), Ira Spears (17), Jimmy Jourdain (16) and Rob McClain (10) led a balanced scoring attack for Red Lake, which improved to 5-1 in the conference and 8-3 overall.

     Gavin Becker scored 17 points and had eight rebounds while Griffin Chase added 10 points for Nevis, which was rated No. 8 in the latest Class A poll. Kevin Hale had 7 points and six rebounds, Brett Byer had five rebounds and two steals, and Courtland Chase had three assists as the Tigers fell to 2-1 in the conference and 8-1 overall.

     “We ran into the perfect storm against Red Lake,” said Nevis head coach Scott Kramer, whose team made only 6 of 28 shots and committed 17 turnovers in the first half. “We were not ready to play and Red Lake was desperate for a conference win at home. We had plenty of opportunities, but we just couldn’t get anything done on either end of the floor.”

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Verndale defeats Nevis girls

     Sarah Moenkedick scored 18 points as Verndale remained undefeated on the season with a 59-36 win over the Nevis girls basketball team Tuesday at the Tiger Arena.

     Jordan Carr and Keila Schmitz scored 10 points for the Pirates, who led 19-7 at the half and improved to 6-0.

     Jordyn Lucas (9), Hannah Bliss (7), Becca Nelson (6) and Eleannor Roehl (6) combined for 28 points for the Tigers, who fell to 4-5.

 

NEVIS: Nelson 6, M. Lucas 2, Vedbraaten 2, J. Lucas 9, H. Bliss 7, E. Bliss 4, Roehl 6.

VERNDALE: S. Moenkedick 18, Carr 10, Schmitz 10, S. Glenz 9, Thompson 5, J. Glenz 2, Stinar 2, Kveton 2, Kern 1.

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