ROCKFORD – The Mendota Lady Trojans closed out the regular season with back-to-back trips to Rockford, and they were able to split the two Big Northern Conference contests. Mendota finished at 5-5 in league play.
Despite hitting just 30 percent of its shots, Mendota was able to claim a 44-34 win over Rockford Christian on Jan. 30.
The Lady Trojans took a 16-12 lead after the first stanza and then opened the gap to 10 (26-16) heading to the break. Christian had a good third period and was able to cut the margin in half before Mendota recovered in the fourth frame.
“This was a nice conference win for us,” said MHS coach John Hansen.
Freshman Amellia Bromenschenkel had a huge game for the Lady Trojans, leading in points with 15, rebounds with 16, steals with five and assists with three. Alex Barrera pumped in 14 points, while Abby Phalen chipped in with eight points and 12 rebounds.
The second trip to Rockford wasn’t as prosperous for the Lady Trojans as Lutheran was dominant in a 68-35 win on Feb. 1.
The Lady Crusaders blitzed Mendota with a 20-point first quarter while the Lady Trojans managed just six points. Lutheran held a 35-16 halftime advantage.
“I thought we played hard, but Lutheran was just on fire,” noted Hansen. “We just got beat by the better team and there’s no shame in that.”
Bromenschenkel led Mendota with 19 points and eight rebounds. She became the school record-holder for points in a season by a freshman with 350, eclipsing the old mark of 348 held by Jaci Bice in 1995-96. Phalen Hessenberger added eight points and five rebounds, while Madison Bean also grabbed five caroms.