After a 17-day layoff because of postponements, the Mendota Lady Trojans got back to work in a busy way with three games in two days as they try to get in all of their regular season contests before regional tournament action rolls around next week.
Mendota’s return to the hardwood was a success as it pulled away in the second half to dispose of Rockford Christian, 60-46, in Big Northern Conference action on Feb. 1 at the MHS gym.
The Lady Trojans couldn’t shake Christian in the first half as they led 13-10 after the opening period and 29-23 at intermission. Mendota was able to increase its lead to double figures in the third (46-36) and then it built on the cushion even more in the fourth frame. Larkin O’Donnell dropped in a pair of three-pointers in the fourth quarter and finished with three in the game.
“We hadn’t played in 17 days and hadn’t practiced in eight days, so we were hoping to shake off as much rust as we could,” stated Mendota coach John Hansen. “Once we did that, we pulled away a little. We played hard on defense and moved the ball well.
“It was nice to have Larkin hit from the three again and we got a huge effort from her defensively. Madison Bean also had a big night for us at both ends.”
Amellia Bromenschenkel paced the offense with 24 points, including 10 in the second quarter to help stave off a pesky Christian bunch. O’Donnell finished with 13 markers, while Alex Barrera added 10 and Bean contributed eight. Abby Phalen led the rebounding chart with nine and O’Donnell topped the team with five steals.
The Lady Trojans played a rare double-header on Feb. 2, starting with a 39-37 loss at Stillman Valley.
Mendota dug itself an early hole by scoring only two first-quarter points and trailing 9-2 at the conclusion of the frame. But the Lady Trojans heated up with 22 points in the second period and went into the half trailing by only one, 25-24.
The Lady Trojans finally overtook Stillman Valley in the third and held a 33-29 margin with just eight minutes to play, however, the offensive woes returned in the fourth quarter as Mendota was outscored, 10-4, to drop the contest.
Bromenschenkel’s 14 points topped the offensive chart for Mendota, while Bean chipped in with eight tallies.
Mendota made the short trek to Oregon for the second game of the day, and the result was much better with a 53-40 victory.
The Lady Trojans wasted little time in taking control. They led 11-4 after the first-quarter buzzer and carried a 29-11 lead to the locker room. Oregon cut into the lead in the second half, but Mendota was never seriously threatened.
Barrera had a big offensive game for Mendota (17-7, 6-3), scoring a game-high 17 points. Bromenschenkel followed with 15 markers, while Larkin O’Donnell contributed eight points.