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Girls hoops: Menomonie holds off Memorial charge

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    Menomonie’s Kylie Mogen shoots the ball over Eau Claire Memorial’s McKenzie Wessels on Tuesday night at Memorial High School. View more photos at LeaderTelegramPhotos.com.

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    Menomonie's Kylie Mogen defends against Memorial's Jada Biermeier during the basketball game at Memorial High School on November28, 2017. View more photos at LeaderTelegramPhotos.com

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    Menomonie's Madison Davis defends against Eau Claire Memorial's Jessica Massey during the basketball game at Memorial High School on November28, 2017. View more photos at LeaderTelegramPhotos.com

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    Menomonie's Tyra Boettcher and Memorial's Jessica Massey jump for the ball during the basketball game at Memorial High School on November28, 2017. View more photos at LeaderTelegramPhotos.com

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    Menomonie's Tyra Boettcher dribbles past Eau Claire Memorial's Jessica Massey during the basketball game at Memorial High School on November28, 2017. View more photos at LeaderTelegramPhotos.com

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    Menomonie's Kylie Mogen shoots the ball during the basketball game against Memorial at Memorial High School on November28, 2017. View more photos at LeaderTelegramPhotos.com

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    Menomonie's Lindsey Johnson dribbles the ball during the basketball game at Memorial High School on November28, 2017. View more photos at LeaderTelegramPhotos.com

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    Menomonie's Elle Hemauer looks for a pass during the basketball game at Memorial High School on November28, 2017. View more photos at LeaderTelegramPhotos.com

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    Menomonie's Tyra Boettcher prepares to play the ball during the basketball game at Memorial High School on November28, 2017. View more photos at LeaderTelegramPhotos.com

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    Memorial's Regan Appleby defends Menomnie's Lexi Hastings during the basketball game at Memorial High School on November28, 2017. View more photos at LeaderTelegramPhotos.com

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    Eau Claire Memorial's Jayda Fredrickson dribbles toward net as Menomonie's Tyra Boettcher defends during the basketball game at Memorial High School on November28, 2017. View more photos at LeaderTelegramPhotos.com

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    Eau Claire Memorial's Olivia Tangley fights for the ball against Menomonie's Elle Hemauer during the basketball game at Memorial High School on November28, 2017. View more photos at LeaderTelegramPhotos.com

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    Memorial's Jessica Massey looks for a pass as Menomonie's Madison Davis defends during the basketball game at Memorial High School on November28, 2017. View more photos at LeaderTelegramPhotos.com

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    Menomonie's Kylie Mogen receives the ball during the basketball game at Memorial High School on November28, 2017. View more photos at LeaderTelegramPhotos.com

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    Menomonie's Lindsey Johnson dribbles the ball during the basketball game at Memorial High School on November 28, 2017. View more photos at LeaderTelegramPhotos.com

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    Menomonie's Kylie Mogen waits for the whistle during the basketball game at Memorial High School on November28, 2017. View more photos at LeaderTelegramPhotos.com

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There are not going be many easy nights in the Big Rivers this season.

Conference favorite Menomonie found that out Tuesday night as it held off a furious comeback from Eau Claire Memorial for a 45-44 victory in the conference opener for both teams at the Eagles Nest.

“That’s the BRC right there for you,” Mustangs coach Storm Harmon said.

Junior Lindsey Johnson made two huge plays late, getting loose for a layup off an in-bounds play to put Menomonie (2-1, 1-0) up two and, after Regan Appleby’s putback of a missed free throw tied it back up, getting in the lane to draw a foul with less than 6 seconds left. Johnson hit the second and a long heave by Memorial was off the mark.

The Mustangs were up six with less than 4 minutes to go, but the Old Abes (0-3, 0-1) just wouldn’t go away. Sydney Hazuga went to the floor for a loose ball, forcing a turnover, and Appleby knocked down a 3 to tie the game at 42.

“I was proud of the way the kids fought through some adversity,” Memorial coach Brandon Fanning said, “but for the third game in a row we dug a big hole with a lack of focus and a lack of attention to detail.”

Junior Kylie Mogen had 14 points — including four 3s — in the opening half for the Mustangs.

“I worked this summer on my 3s, because I really want to extend my outside game so it’s easier for my inside game,” Mogen said. “And then it opens up the floor more for everybody else.”

Mogen also did an admirable job on Memorial’s 6-foot-1 senior Jada Biermeier, who had a game-high 20 points but had to work hard for every one.

“The points that she did score she deserved, but I thought we stopped her inside game pretty good,” Mogen said.

If Mogen was the starter for Menomonie, senior Tyra Boettcher was the closer. The Minnesota State-Mankato recruit had 13 in the second half and 19 for the game.

Appleby had nine points and Jessica Massey nine to help spark the comeback for the Old Abes. Both had only one point in the opening 18 minutes.

The first half saw a five-plus minute stretch in which neither team scored.

But even if it wasn’t pretty, it’s still a huge win for a program on the rise.

“I can’t even remember the last time Menomonie beat Memorial at Memorial,” Mogen said.


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