MHS girls top R. Lutheran in conference opener

Mendota’s Phalen Hessenberger (No. 23) and Amellia Bromenschenkel, right, fight for a rebound with Rockford Lutheran’s Mikayla Huffine on Nov. 30 at the MHS gym. (Reporter photo)

The Mendota Lady Trojans opened the Big Northern Conference season on a successful note with a 55-48 triumph over Rockford Lutheran on Nov. 30 at the MHS gym.

The Lady Trojans owned a 15-11 lead after the first quarter and increased the margin to eight (30-22) heading to the locker room. Mendota stretched its lead to 48-33 with a strong third quarter as Alex Barrera dumped in 10 points in the frame and Amellia Bromenschenkel added nine. Lutheran made a mild comeback attempt in the fourth to no avail.

“We got after it defensively more than the score shows,” said Mendota coach John Hansen. “Lutheran was scrappy enough to hang around and make us work offensively. Great effort for a big team conference win.”

Bromenschenkel ended with a game-high 23 points, followed by Barrera with 16 and Phalen Hessenberger with 10. Bromenschenkel also led with 11 rebounds, while Hessenberger and Madison Bean had eight caroms apiece. Bromenschenkel dished out four assists and Abby Phalen collected three steals.

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Mendota wasted no time in jumping all over Princeton on its way to a 49-22 win over the Tigresses on Dec. 1 at Prouty Gym. Mendota improved to 5-2 on the season.

The Lady Trojans lit up the scoreboard for 15 first-quarter points and held Princeton to just one to take control from the outset. Mendota carried a 30-15 lead to intermission and held a 47-15 margin after three frames.

“We did what we needed to do to get a win after a tough game the night before,” said Hansen. “It was a good all-around team win.”

Bromenschenkel led the attack with 21 points, all coming in the first three quarters. She also topped the team with eight rebounds and four assists. Larkin O’Donnell hit four shots from beyond the three-point arc and finished with 12 points, while Phalen picked off seven rebounds and Bianca Espinoza had three steals.


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