Henning improves to 9-0 in PRC with two more wins

This past week the second ranked Henning girls basketball team faced two Park Region Conference opponents. On Tuesday the Hornets hosted New York Mills, as well as Verndale on Friday.  

Tuesday, Feb. 16

vs. NYM 76-50 win

On Tuesday night the Hornets welcomed a New York Mills team that they played in the first game of the season. The Eagles came into the game playing well  as they had won six of their past seven games.  

Makena Kenyon scored 4 points in Henning’s 76-50 win over New York Mills on Tuesday night. The Henning senior also scored 2 points in Friday’s 67-26 win over Verndale. 

NY Mills was a team the Hornets certainly weren’t taking lightly and head coach Mike Hepola said he had to give the girls credit as they came out really focused and executed on both ends of the court. Henning jumped out to a 42-20 lead at halftime.  

Seniors Ellie Dague and Megan Weber both had great opening halves on the offensive end as Dague scored 20 first half points and Weber had 12 including two 3-pointers each.  

The second half saw Henning’s lead grow to 32 points at one point, before ultimately winning by the final score of 76-50.  The Hornets shot a wonderful 54 percent as a team in the win.  

Dague continued her hot offensive night with 16 more points to finish with 36 points on the night, while Faith Fisher had a nice 6 point half.  

The Hornets pushed the ball offensively really well outscoring them 24-6 in transition points and despite getting a lot of lay-ups, they ironically only shot one free throw in the entire game as Dague went 1-1. Defensively Henning played great team defense and finished with 11 steals including a team high 5 from Fisher. 

Individual stats

Ellie Dague 36 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals

Megan Weber 14 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists

Faith Fisher 8 points, 4 rebounds 6 assists, 5 steals

Kylie Frederick 4 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 steal

Ally Hart 4 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals

Grace Hammer 4 points, 4 rebounds

Makena Kenyon 4 points, 1 rebound

Katherine Hansen 2 points

Friday, Feb. 19 vs. 

Verndale 67-26 win

On Friday night Henning hosted the Verndale Pirates, a conference foe that is in a rebuilding year. The Hornets got off to another great start in this one as they played solid defense and got great looks offensively in their transition game. That solid play led to a 41-7 halftime lead.  

Megan Weber had a nice 14 point opening half including three 3-pointers and Faith Fisher poured in 8 first half points as well.  

In the second half Henning slowed down a bit offensively, but still ended up coming away with a nice 67-26 point win.  As a team the Hornets shot over 50 percent again and grabbed 10 steals defensively.  

Weber continued her hot shooting in the second half finishing with 11 more points for a team high 25 points for the game.  Sophomore Ally Hart had a really nice game on both ends of the court and joined Weber in double-figures with 14 points.  

Faith Fisher just missed the double-figures scoring wise finishing with 9 points, but also grabbed a solid 6 rebounds and had a team-high 7 assists.  

Grace Hammer has seen her minutes increase lately due to injury and is getting more and more comfortable out there as she finished with 6 points to go along with 6 rebounds and a couple blocked shots.  

Freshman Lyvia Misegades saw her first varsity action in the second half and finished with 5 points.  

Seniors Katherine Hansen and Makena Kenyon got their first starts of the season and finished with 4 and 2 points respectively.  

These two wins bring Henning’s overall record to 11-1 on the season and 9-0 in the Park Region Conference.  The Hornets are currently ranked second in the state, behind Minneota, who is ranked first and are second in the QRF rankings, behind Belgrade-Brooten-Elroa, who is ranked first. 

Henning has just one game this week as its game against Bertha-Hewitt was canceled. The Hornets hosted Rothsay on Monday and will not return back to the court until March 1 when they travel to Sebeka.

Individual stats

Megan Weber 25 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals

Ally Hart 14 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal

Faith Fisher 9 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 steals

Grace Hammer 6 points, 6 rebounds, 2 blocks

Lyvia Misegades 5 points, 3 rebounds

Katherine Hansen 4 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists

Makena Kenyon 2 points,1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal

Becca Frederick 2 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals