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Wurdock hits buzzer-beating 3-pointer for win

The Menahga boys basketball team defeated Henning while the Menahga girls basketball team lost to Pillager.

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Nick Wurdock’s 3-pointer before the buzzer gave the Menahga boys basketball team a 47-46 Park Region Conference win at Henning on Friday, Feb. 26.

The Braves struggled offensively in the first half as Henning carried a 16-10 lead into the half. Three-pointers by Wurdock and Alec Aho and a layup by Jared Tolkkinen gave Menahga a 10-9 lead before the Hornets closed the half with a 7-0 run.

Menahga trailed 24-17 before a 17-4 run gave the Braves a 34-28 lead with 9:48 to play. Christian Johnson hit three 3-pointers to spark that run, which also featured 3-pointers by Aho and Wurdock.

A 3-pointer by Aaron Pietila and layups by Andreas Aho, Ryan Tolkkinen and Johnson kept Menahga in front 43-38 before the Hornets went on an 8-1 spurt to take a 46-44 lead. Wurdock’s game-winner with :02 showing gave Menahga the win.

Johnson (12) and Wurdock (11) hit double figures for the Braves, who made 8 of 11 3-pointers in the second half and 10 of 20 3-pointers in the game. Alec Aho hauled down 11 rebounds and blocked six shots while Ryan Tolkkinen and Andreas Aho dished out three assists each. Jared Tolkkinen led the way with three steals as Menahga avenged an 81-39 loss to Henning on Jan. 26.

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The win lifted the Braves to 3-4 in Park Region games and 3-6 overall while Henning fell to 5-4 in the conference and 8-4 overall.

MENAHGA: J. Tolkkinen 1 0-0 2, R. Tolkkinen 2 0-0 5, An. Aho 1 2-2 4, Wurdock 3 2-2 11, Al. Aho 3 0-0 8, Johnson 4 1-2 12, Pietila 1 0-0 3, Korvela 1 0-0 2. Totals: 16 for 47 (FG), 5 for 6 (FT).
HENNING: Arndt 6 4-6 18, T. Misegades 4 0-0 11, K. Misegades 2 0-0 6, Angell 1 0-0 2, Hammer 3 3-4 9. Totals: 16 for 58 (FG), 7 for 10 (FT).
Halftime: Henning 16, Menahga 10. Three-pointers: R. Tolkkinen 1, Wurdock 3, A. Aho 2, Johnson 3, Pietila 1, Arndt 2, T. Misegades 3, K. Misegades 2. Team fouls: Menahga 11, Henning 9. Rebounds: Menahga 31 (Al. Aho 11, Wurdock 8, Johnson 6, R. Tolkkinen 4, An. Aho 1, Korvela 1). Assists: Menahga 12 (R. Tolkkinen 3, An. Aho 3, J. Tolkkinen 2, Wurdock 2, Korvela 1, Johnson 1). Steals: Menahga 8 (J. Tolkkinen 3, R. Tolkkinen 2, An. Aho 1, Wurdock 1, Al. Aho 1). Blocked shots: Menahga 7 (Al. Aho 6, R. Tolkkinen 1). Turnovers: Menahga 17, Henning 12.

Huskies edge Braves

Sadie Hopman’s layup with :09 remaining gave Pillager a 51-49 Park Region Conference win over the Menahga girls basketball team at Pillager on Thursday, Feb. 25.

The Huskies jumped out to an 18-7 lead before layups by Lela Peterson and Timbr Berttunen, a basket off a rebound by Janie Tormanen, a 3-pointer by Martha Peterson and a jumper by Amanda Lake pulled Menahga to within 26-24 at the break.

Jumpers by Lake, Lela Peterson and Martha Peterson and a layup by Tormanen gave the Braves a 32-29 edge before Pillager responded with a 9-0 run to claim a 38-32 advantage. Allie Pfeifer and Maryn Pinoniemi turned steals into layups before another layup by Pfeifer tied the game at 38-38. Pinoniemi converted two more steals into layups as the Braves led 42-40.

Pillager responded to take a 44-42 lead before a 3-pointer by Lake and a layup by Lela Peterson gave the Braves a 47-44 edge with 2:24 to play. After Pillager claimed a 49-47 lead, a layup by Tormanen tied the game at 49-49 with :37 remaining before Hopman scored the game-winner.

Tormanen led a balanced scoring attack for the Braves with 11 points. Lake grabbed six rebounds and joined Pfeifer with three steals while matching Pinoniemi’s two assists. Pinoniemi had four steals as Menahga fell to 6-2 in the conference and 8-3 overall despite forcing 24 turnovers.

Hopman finished with 15 points for Pillager, which avenged a 65-33 loss to the Braves on Jan. 22 to improve to 7-3 in conference play and 9-4 overall.

MENAHGA: M. Pinoniemi 3 2-4 8, Berttunen 1 0-0 2, M. Peterson 2 0-0 5, Lake 3 2-2 9, J. Tormanen 4 3-4 11, L. Peterson 3 2-2 8, Pfeifer 2 2-2 6, Koll 0 0-0 0. Totals: 18 for 42 (FG), 11 for 14 (FT).
PILLAGER: Grimsley 3 0-0 6, Hopman 7 0-2 15, Ewald 2 2-3 7, Woidyla 2 0-0 5, Schommer 1 0-0 2, Peterson 3 2-2 8, Schmit 3 1-1 8. Totals: 21 for 35 (FG), 5 for 8 (FT).
Halftime: Pillager 26, Menahga 24. Three-pointers: M. Peterson 1, Lake 1, Hopman 1, Ewald 1, Woidyla 1, Schmit 1. Team fouls: Menahga 14, Pillager 13. Rebounds: Menahga 14 (Lake 6, J. Tormanen 4, M. Pinoniemi 2, Pfeifer 2). Assists: Menahga 8 (Lake 2, M. Peterson 2, L. Peterson 1, Berttunen 1, M. Pinoniemi 1, Pfeifer 1). Steals: Menahga 14 (M. Pinoniemi 4, Lake 4, Pfeifer 3, J. Tormanen 2, M. Peterson 1, L. Peterson 1). Turnovers: Menahga 17, Pillager 24.
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1987 Moorhead State University graduate
Sports reporter for Park Rapids Enterprise since 1987
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