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Menahga girls storm by Wolverines 51-34

The Wolverines next play at Frazee at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 14. They are now 6-5 this season.

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Madison Packer battles Menahga's Maryn Pinoniemi for a loose ball Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022. Vance Carlson / Park Rapids Enterprise

MENAHGA – Defense set the tone in Menahga’s 51-34 Park Region Conference girls basketball win over Wadena-Deer Creek on Thursday, Jan. 13.

The Braves jumped out to a 35-9 lead to remain undefeated in conference play. W-DC, which trailed 35-11 at the break, managed only nine field goal attempts and turned the ball over 13 times in the first half.

A layup by Lela Peterson and a 3-pointer by Amanda Lake gave Menahga a 5-4 lead with 14:17 to play in the first half. Lauryn Gravelle and Addyson Gravelle had layups for the Wolverines. A 20-3 run put the Braves in control as five inside baskets by Janie Tormanen, two baskets by Allie Pfeifer, a jumper by Maryn Pinoniemi and a basket off a rebound by Mackenzie Anderson pushed the lead to 25-7 at the 6:09 mark. Lake converted a rebound into a three-point play, Peterson hit a 3-pointer, Pfeifer scored on a layup and Tormanen turned a steal into a layup as Menahga led 35-9 with 39 seconds left. Summer Pettit’s 3-pointer and Addyson Gravelle’s layup were the only points for W-DC during that stretch. Addyson Gravelle’s jumper at the buzzer made it 35-11 at the break.

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WDC's Lexie Lupkes guards Menahga's Taija Pinoniemi on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022. Vance Carlson / Park Rapids Enterprise

Two layups by Peterson, a layup by Tormanen and a layup off a steal by Pinoniemi extended the lead to 45-18 with 8:01 remaining. Addyson Gravelle hit a jumper, Lauryn Gravelle connected on a 3-pointer and Pettit turned a steal into a layup for the Wolverines. Three-pointers by Joie Koll and Anjalie Aho capped off the scoring for Menahga while Lauryn Gravelle, Addyson Gravelle and Grace Gallant hit 3-pointers and Payton Gravelle had a pair of inside baskets for the Wolverines down the stretch.

Tormanen (14) and Peterson (11) scored in double figures for the Braves, who improved to 6-0 in the conference and 10-1 overall.

Addyson Gravelle (11) and Lauryn Gravelle (9) combined for 19 points as W-DC fell to 4-2 in conference games and 6-5 overall.

WADENA-DEER CREEK: A. Gravelle 5 0-0 11, Pettit 2 0-2 5, Packer 1 0-0 2, L. Gravelle 3 1-2 9, Gallant 1 0-0 3, P. Gravelle 2 0-0 4. Totals: 14 for 42 (FG), 1 for 4 (FT).
MENAHGA: M. Pinoniemi 2 2-2 6, Peterson 4 2-2 11, Lake 2 1-1 6, J. Tormanen 7 0-0 14, Pfeifer 3 0-0 6, Anderson 1 0-0 2, Koll 1 0-0 3, Aho 1 0-0 3, T. Pinoniemi 0 0-0 0, A. Pinoniemi 0 0-0 0, N. Pinoniemi 0 0-0 0, Weaver 0 0-0 0. Totals: 21 for 53 (FG), 5 for 5 (FT).
Halftime: Menahga 35, W-DC 11. Three-pointers: A. Gravelle 1, L. Gravelle 2, Gallant 1, Peterson 1, Lake 1, Koll 1, Aho 1. Team fouls: W-DC 8. Turnovers: W-DC 20, Menahga 8.
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