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Verndale eliminates Tigers from playoffs

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In a hard-fought game that just had too many missed shots, the third-seeded Pine River-Backus Tigers’ girls’ basketball season ended with a 40-63 loss to the No. 2 Verndale Pirates in the North Subsection 5A playoffs on Saturday, March 8, in Wadena.

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Megan Felthous had 17 points and Megan Porta added 10 points for the Tigers, who end the season with an 18-9 record.

“Overall it was a good season considering all the fresh faces and only one senior,” said PR-B coach Randy Schwegel. “Megan Felthous had a really good season. I give our girls credit for winning 18 games. That’s not a bad season.”

Jordyn Glenz scored 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Pirates, who advanced to face top-seeded Browerville in the subsection final on Tuesday, March 11. Shania Glenz drained five shots from beyond the arc for 15 points while Elyssa Kern posted 11 points for Verndale, which led 30-21 at intermission.

Verndale 30 33 — 63

PR-Backus 21 19 — 40

VERNDALE

Jordyn Glenz 19, Sarah Moenkedick 7, Jordan Schwanke 4, Krista Dailey 2, Elyssa Kern 11, Christina Wright 1, Shania Glenz 15, Keila Schmitz 4. FG 25-41 (61 percent), FT 7-14 (50 percent). 3-point 6-9 (67 percent). Overall: 25-3. Next: vs. No. 1 Browerville for North Subsection 5-1A championship at Wadena 8 p.m. Tuesday.

PINE RIVER-BACKUS

Ashley Anderson 2, Megan Porta 10, Cheyenne Swenson 2, Megan Felthous 19, Journee Howard 4, Bailey Wynn 2, Emma Templeton 1. FG 12-33 (36 percent), FT 3-10 (30 percent). 3-point 1-2.

Tigers 37, Menahga 33

With 17 seconds remaining in a 33-33 tie, seventh-grader Bailey Wynn made a long 3-point basket to give PR-B the lead over the Braves in the subsection quarterfinals on Thursday, March 6, in Pine River.

About 10 seconds later Felthous went to the line and made one of two free throws to lengthen the Tigers’ lead to four points, which was the final score.

“We were down to just six varsity players so we brought up Bailey and an eighth grader,” Coach Schwegel said. “Bailey played a great game and had the courage to put up a three with the score tied at 33 near the end.”

Felthous led all scorers with 18 points and nine rebounds. The win avenged a 56-59 double-overtime loss to the Braves on Dec. 19.

Menahga 16 17 — 33

Pine River-Backus 20 17 — 37

MENAHGA

Kalley Clack 3, Alayna Lake 3, Lakyn Anderson 7, Jenny Skoog 4, Jen Stifter 7, Cierra Ahlf 9. FG 10-45 (22 percent), FT 6-9 (67 percent). 3-point 7-16 (44 percent).

PINE RIVER-BACKUS

Allison Anderson 2, Megan Porta 5, Cheyenne Swenson 1, Megan Felthous 18, Journee Howard 6, Bailey Wynn 5. FG 13-35 (percent), FT 10-18 (percent). 3-point 1-2 ( 50 percent)

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