MENDOTA – It was a huge weekend for the Mendota Lady Trojans as they took down conference foe Stillman Valley and romped over Streator. In addition, history was made as junior Amellia Bromenschenkel set a school record for the most points scored in a single season.
An up and down season in the Big Northern Conference was all up as the Lady Trojans handed Stillman Valley a 54-49 setback on Jan. 31 at the MHS gym. Mendota improved its conference slate to 5-4.
A big third quarter was the difference for the Lady Trojans as they turned a 31-28 halftime deficit into a 43-38 lead after three. Mendota baskets by Bianca Espinoza and Bromenschenkel to start the second half gave the team a 32-31 lead. Stillman Valley went back on top on a conventional three-point play by Lexi Lichty, but a 7-0 run by the Lady Trojans gave them a lead they would never relinquish. Bromenschenkel scored consecutive baskets and then Jenna O’Donnell knocked down a three-pointer to cap the streak. Mendota held a 43-38 advantage with one quarter to play.
The Lady Trojans led by as many as 10 points in the fourth frame. The five-point final margin was as close as Stillman Valley could get.
“We battled hard in probably the most physical girls’ basketball game I’ve seen,” said Mendota coach John Hansen. “I’m proud of our toughness and fight. Everyone that saw the floor did their part and made an impact in this one.”
Bromenschenkel paced the squad with 21 points, four assists and three steals. O’Donnell provided 13 points, while Izabella Nanez and Daisy Arteaga had eight and seven rebounds, respectively.
Mendota made it a clean sweep for the weekend with a 55-41 triumph over Streator in nonconference action on Feb. 1 at the MHS gym.
Despite a hard-fought battle the night before, the Lady Trojans showed no signs of fatigue as they raced out to a 12-0 lead. Anna Bokus sandwiched a pair of three-pointers around a trifecta from O’Donnell to make it 9-0, then Bromenschenkel added a conventional three-point play to set the single-season scoring record and give her team a 12-0 advantage. Mendota led 18-8 after one.
Streator regrouped and tallied the first six points of the second period. The Lady Bulldogs closed the gap down to two (20-18) before Mendota reeled off eight straight. The count was 28-21 at halftime.
The Lady Trojans got the margin back to double figures in the second half and were never seriously threatened.
“After that fast start, we let Streator climb back in it before Bromenschenkel took over and we pulled away for the win,” said Hansen, whose team improved to 19-9.
Bromenschenkel ended with 34 points, 20 rebounds and four steals. O’Donnell contributed seven points and five assists, while Espinoza collected five caroms.
Bromenschenkel now has 723 points on the season. She surpassed former single-season scoring leader Sammy Kromm, who tallied 691 points during the 2000-01 season.