OREGON – Mendota won three of four games and finished in second place in the Oregon Tipoff Tournament held Nov. 20-23.
The Lady Trojans opened up with a dominant 62-30 win over Milledgeville on Nov. 21 at Oregon.
As in the season-opener against Earlville, the Lady Trojans needed to get a quarter of the game in the books before they took off. Milledgeville owned a 14-13 lead after the opening stanza behind four three-pointers from Aly Mertz, but Mendota caught fire in the second period and outscored the Lady Missiles, 20-5, to take a 33-19 cushion to intermission. Amellia Bromenschenkel sparked the second-quarter surge with 15 points.
The Lady Trojans continued to increase the margin in the second half, including outscoring Milledgeville, 18-4, in the third frame.
“We were sloppy with the ball early, but cleaned it up and the defense led to some easy buckets,” said MHS coach John Hansen.
Bromenschenkel finished with 30 points and also led the team with 10 rebounds and eight steals. Teghan Tillman contributed nine points and seven caroms, while Anna Bokus supplied six points and five steals. Jenna O’Donnell topped the assist chart with six.
It was a much quicker start to the game against Pecatonica in round two of the tournament. The Lady Trojans doubled the score by the first quarter buzzer and cruised to a 67-34 victory on Nov. 22.
Mendota led 14-7 after one and moved the margin up to 35-16 at the break.
“We played our butts off for 32 minutes,” said Hansen. “Big nights somewhere on the stat sheet for everyone.”
Bromenschenkel led three Lady Trojans in double-digit scoring with 22 points. In the process, the junior eclipsed the 1,000-point scoring milestone, becoming only the seventh player in MHS history to do so. Bokus had a huge night shooting the basketball, dropping in five three-point field goals on her way to a 17-point total. Daisy Arteaga helped out with 10 tallies. Bromenschenkel’s 11 rebounds and seven steals topped the club, while O’Donnell handed out five assists and Jaelyn Fitzgerald collected seven caroms.
Mendota had very little trouble with Hall in rolling to a 45-25 win in the first of two games on Nov. 23.
The Lady Trojans owned a 15-5 lead after the first frame and never looked back. The count was 29-8 at the break and 38-12 at the end of three.
“Awesome job on the defensive end and we moved the ball really well on offense,” noted Hansen. “Everyone contributed at both ends of the floor.”
Bromenschenkel led the way with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Arteaga hit three three-pointers and finished with 11 points. O’Donnell dished out five assists.
Mendota and Amboy met for the championship and the Lady Clippers prevailed, 60-28.
Amboy grabbed a 12-8 lead after the first eight-minute session, and then opened things up in the second period when it went on a 20-2 scoring run to take a 32-10 halftime advantage.
“Our defense was actually much better than the score shows,” explained Hansen. “We just committed too many turnovers that they did a great job turning into transition points.”
Bromenschenkel had 17 points to pace the Lady Trojans (4-1). She also grabbed 10 rebounds and had three steals. Fitzgerald hauled down seven boards and O’Donnell totaled four assists.
Mallory Power led Amboy with 14 points, followed by Gabby Jones with 12 and Abi Payne with 10.