The Henning girls basketball team wrapped up their regular season this past week with a crazy schedule due to inclement weather. As a result, the Hornets had to play their final three games on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The girls went 2-1 in those contests to finish the season with a 17-9 record and earned the second seed in the North Sub-Section of 6A.
Henning will host either Ada-Borup or Rothsay in the first round of playoffs in Henning at 7 p.m. on Thursday. The Hornets hope to see a good crowd there to cheer on these young ladies.
The winner of that game will advance to the sub section semi-finals, which are planned for Saturday at either 1 p.m. or 2:45 p.m. at Perham High School. The winner of Thursday’s game will take on either third seeded New York Mills or the winner of sixth seeded Lake Park-Audbon and 11th seeded Park Christian.
Wednesday, Feb. 23 at Underwood 60-44 loss
On Wednesday the Hornets traveled to Underwood to take on a good Rockets team that was sitting in the number 1 position in the sub-section.
Henning started off playing not so well and were down 13-2 early on, but then got things going a little bit and trailed 30-24 at halftime. In the second half the Hornets struggled to get anything going again, before ultimately losing by the final score of 60-44.
Underwood did a good job of switching up defenses and Henning struggled to get any type of rhythm going offensively. The Rockets length led the Hornets to struggle rebounding as they lost that battle 39-26, including giving up 14 offensive rebounds.
Individually the Hornets were led offensively by Lyvia Misegades who was aggressive and finished with 21 points. Faith Fisher joined her in double digits finishing with 11 points. Ally Hart 6 points, Natalie Eckhoff, Lily Fraki and Emma Severson all finished with 2 points to round out the scoring.
Misegades just missed a double-double finishing with a team-high 9 rebounds, followed by Severson with 5. Hart led the team with 5 assists followed by Fisher with 2. Misegades finished with a team high 4 steals.
Faith Fisher 11 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal
Lily Fraki 2 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal
Ally Hart 6 points, 1 rebound, 5 assists
Emma Severson 2 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist
Aaliyah Olson 1 rebound
Natalie Eckhoff 2 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal
Lyvia Misegades 21 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist, 4 steals
Ava Eckhoff 1 rebound
Thursday, Feb. 24 vs. Bertha-Hewitt 71-33 win
On Thursday night the Hornets hosted Bertha-Hewitt in their last conference game of the season and it was also our senior night. The team honored their lone senior in Emma Severson for her basketball career and all she’s given to the program over the years.
The game itself ended up being a nice bounce back after Wednesday’s tough one as the Hornets were able to get off to a great start and hold a 47-22 halftime lead. In the second half Henning played well and with another game on Friday night they were able to rest some of their starters the final 9 minutes before winning by the final score of 71-33.
Head coach Mike Hepola said the game was a lot better overall effort in this one as they played hard on both ends of the court.
Individually Lyvia Misegades continued her strong performances with a double-double finishing with team highs with 32 points and 12 rebounds. Included in Misegades’ scoring was a tremendous 12-13 effort from the free throw line.
Faith Fisher also finished in double digits with 11 points. Lily Fraki and Ally Hart both just missed double-digits with 9 points each. Severson 5 points, Ava Eckhoff 3 points and Natalie Eckhoff 2 points rounded out the scoring.
Fisher also led a good team effort in sharing the ball with a team-high 5 assists, while Hart and Lyvia finished with 4 and 3 assists respectively. Severson had a real nice senior night performance with 6 rebounds. Fisher, Hart and Misegades led the team with 4, 3 and 3 steals respectively.
The win gave the girls a final conference record of 9-5, which tied them with four other teams for second place behind undefeated Menahga.
Faith Fisher 11 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals
Lily Fraki 9 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals
Ally Hart 9 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals
Emma Severson 5 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist
Aaliyah Olson 2 rebounds
Natalie Eckhoff 2 points, 4 rebounds
Lyvia Misegades 32 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals
Ava Eckhoff 3 points, 1 rebound
Alivia Gunderson 1 rebound
Friday, Feb. 25 vs. Parkers Prairie 59-37 win
On Friday night Henning hosted Parkers Prairie for its last regular season game in an early game due to the boys playing Underwood at home following the game. Even though they don’t have a record like past years, Parkers Prairie is always well coached and the Hornets knew they’d throw some different stuff at them.
Head coach Mike Hepola said the girls did a nice job of attacking that and played good defense as well. Henning was able to hold a small 23-19 lead at halftime and then really got things going in the second half as we outscored them 36-18 to win by the final score of 59-37.
Hepola said it was a great team effort and a nice win to head into the playoffs with. The Hornets did a nice job of getting quality shots as they shot over 50 percent for the game.
Individually, the Hornets were led offensively by Lyvia Misegades and Faith Fisher who both scored over 20 points finishing with 24 and 20 points respectively.
Ally Hart scored 7 points, while Lily Fraki 4 points, Natalie Eckhoff 2 points and Ava Eckhoff 2 points finished off the scoring.
Misegades finished with another great double-double grabbing a team high 11 rebounds. Fisher grabbed an impressive 5 rebounds from her guard position to finish second on the team. Fisher also led the team with 5 assists followed by Misegades with 3 and Natalie Eckhoff with 2. Fisher and Misegades both led the team with 2 steals.
The win brought the regular season to a close with the girls earning a 17-9 overall record which is a very nice season. These girls have done a great job and Hepola said he hopes they continue to realize how good they are and how good they can be and believe in themselves and realize they can certainly do some damage in the playoffs.
Faith Fisher 20 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals
Lily Fraki 4 points, 1 rebound
Ally Hart 7 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal
Emma Severson 2 rebounds
Aaliyah Olson 3 rebounds
Natalie Eckhoff 2 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists
Lyvia Misegades 24 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, 5 blocks
Ava Eckhoff 2 points,
Alivia Gunderson 1 assist