MHS girls struggle in 3 losses


Bureau Valley raced out to a double-digit lead in the first quarter and cruised past Mendota, 55-28, in Three Rivers Conference varsity girls’ basketball action on Jan. 9 at the MHS gym.

The Storm opened up a 19-7 advantage after the first stanza and widened the gap to 38-13 at the break.

“We got flat out beat at basically everything,” said Mendota coach John Hansen. “We have got to stop the turnovers.”

Reanna Brant had 12 points, four rebounds and four steals for the Lady Trojans. Katie Jenner and Naitzy Garcia added six points apiece, while Garcia grabbed four boards.

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Mendota dug itself another huge hole early in the game and fell to Kewanee, 62-37, in a conference contest on Jan. 11 at Kewanee. The Lady Trojans saw their Three Rivers record dip to 1-6.

Kewanee torched the nylon for 25 first-quarter points while Mendota managed only 10 tallies. The Boiler Girls took a 43-18 lead to the locker room.

“Honestly, I thought we played really well at both ends, I just don’t think Kewanee missed a shot in the first 12 minutes,” stated Hansen. “We had a sloppy stretch in the second quarter, but otherwise Kewanee shot really well and we couldn’t climb back.”

Mendota got scoring from only three players. Jenner led the way with 22 points and Brant contributed 14 markers and 12 rebounds. Grace Wasmer yanked down six caroms.

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The Lady Trojans dropped a 55-18 decision at Rock Falls on Jan. 14.

Mendota went scoreless in the first quarter while Rock Falls ran up 17 points. The count stood at 32-8 at the break.

“We have got to take care of the basketball, bottom line,” explained Hansen.

Karly Reel and Gracie Zinke scored five and four points, respectively, for the Lady Trojans. Wasmer and Reel grabbed four rebounds apiece, while Brant had four blocked shots.

Mendota’s overall record fell to 4-17.

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