The varsity girls basketball team ended up only playing two games this past week, not the three games that were originally scheduled after Menahga canceled Thursday’s game.
To make up for that game, Henning will host Pine River-Backus on Saturday.
Monday, March 1
at Sebeka 75-38 win
On Monday night the second ranked Hornets traveled to Sebeka for a conference match-up with the Trojans. The girls came out with great intensity and held a nice 44-26 halftime lead.
Sophomores Faith Fisher and Ally Hart led the way offensively with 13 and 14 points respectively in that opening half. In the second half the Hornets were able to outscore the Trojans by a 31-12 margin to win by the final score of 75-38.
Henning did a great job of getting out in transition and looking to pass the ball ahead, which led to many fast break points where the Hornets held a 16-2 advantage. As a team the Hornets shot the ball extremely well, also 46.8 percent shooting from the field. That includes going 50 percent on 3-point baskets. Megan Weber led the way by going 4-5 from long distance. A great team win in an important conference game.
Individually, the Hornets were led offensively by Fisher with a career high 20 points, followed by fellow sophomore Hart with a career high 17 points. Joining those two in double-figures was Weber who finished with 14 points.
Grace Hammer had a really solid game as well by finishing just shy of double-figures with 8 points. Becca Frederick gave us a nice spark off the bench in the first half and finished with 6 points as did Makena Kenyon. Lyvia Misegades finished with 4 points to round out the scoring.
Hammer pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds to lead the team, while Faith Fisher finished with a team high 7 assists in the game.
Head coach Mike Hepola said it was a nice solid team win to get Henning’s conference record to 10-0 with two conference games remaining next week.
Faith Fisher 20 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 steals
Becca Frederick 6 points, 2 rebounds, 3 steals
Ally Hart 17 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals
Emma Severson 1 rebound
Megan Weber 14 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals
Lyvia Misegades 4 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal
Katherine Hansen 1 rebound, 1 assist
Grace Hammer 8 points, 11 rebounds, 1 assist
Makena Kenyon 6 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist
Saturday, March 6 at Parkers Prairie 54-46 win
On Saturday the Hornets traveled to Parkers Prairie to take on a very good Panther team, who came into the game with a 12-2 record. Both of the Panthers’ losses came by just 2 points and one was against undefeated Hancock.
Head coach Mike Hepola said the Hornets knew they would be in for a battle and they were. The first half saw both teams try to feel each other out a bit and the Hornets were able to hit some big shots to take a 31-21 halftime lead into the locker room.
Both Ellie Dague and Megan Weber hit three 3-point baskets to lead the way with 11 and 9 points respectively in the half. Guards Faith Fisher and Kylie Frederick also hit a couple big shots to help get that lead.
The second half went back and forth with Parkers Prairie cutting the lead to just 6 points at one point, but the girls hit some big shots and hit their free throws down the stretch to pull out the 54-46 win. In that second half Fisher continued her hot streak by hitting some key buckets and scored a team high 8 points in the closing half. Dague, Weber and Kylie Frederick went a combined 7-8 from the FT line to secure the victory.
As a team the Hornets once again shot the ball well finishing at 42.2 percent overall, including 42.1 percent on 3-point shots. Henning went 8-10 from the free throw line, which played a big role as well in the victory.
Hepola said Saturday’s game was a nice one to have late in the season against a very solid section team to help get the Hornets ready for playoffs.
Henning didn’t go as deep off the bench in this one and Hepola said that isn’t a reflection on those girls coming off the bench. It was more of a reflection of those starters and top subs who have been through more battles and were playing well. Both Grace Hammer and Ally Hart came in and gave Henning very valuable minutes on both ends of the court, despite maybe the stats not showing huge numbers, they allowed the other girls a break. They also did the things the team needed them to do against a tough team.
Individually the Hornets were led offensively by a trio in double-figures with Dague scoring 17 points, Weber 14 points and Fisher with 12 points. Frederick just missed joining that group as she finished with 8 points. Megan Rinicker 2 and Hammer 1 rounded out the scoring. Hepola said it was a nice balanced attack. Dague also led the team in rebounding with 7 boards and assists with 3.
The win brings the girls’ season record to 14-1 overall.
The Hornets have three remaining regular season games this upcoming week as they travel to Wadena-Deer Creek on Monday night and Pillager on Thursday night for their last two conference games of the season. On Saturday Henning will host Pine River-Backus in a game scheduled to make up for Menahga cancelling its game against the Hornets last Thursday.
Faith Fisher 12 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal
Megan Rinicker 2 points, 6 rebounds
Ellie Dague 17 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists
Ally Hart 1 rebound, 1 steal
Megan Weber 14 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists
Grace Hammer 1 point, 5 rebounds
Kylie Frederick 8 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal