Branek, Pawnee City battling through growing pains

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PAWNEE CITY –  Cold shooting is contributing to growing pains for the Pawnee City girls basketball team, but head coach Dani Niss says she’s seen her team be capable of hot streaks.

The Indians shot 44% in a game during the MUDECAS Tournament last week. However, they stumbled on Tuesday, shooting 16-60 from the floor, in their 54-38 loss to HTRS. One possession featured five offensive rebounds, but they couldn’t convert underneath the hoop.

Pawnee City (4-11), who feature no seniors on the roster this season – four juniors, six sophomores and two freshman, are shooting 27% as a team this winter.

A couple brights spots has been the play of sophomore Madison Branek and junior Krista Menninga. Menninga, a 5’5″ guard, averages 7.1 points and 3.3 steals per game. The 5’11” Branek leads the team in scoring with 7.5 points and in rebounds at 6.4 per game.

Branek hasn’t played her best game in her first two years at the varsity level and has a bright future with the Indians, according to Niss.

“She’s a lot harder on herself than anyone else is on her. She’d probably be able to give you all kinds of things that she does wrong. She’s got, for our team, a better basketball IQ than a lot. She’s still learning and she wants to learn, she wants to grow. I really believe we have not even come close to the pinnacle of her abilities yet.”

Branek averaged 3.2 points and 3.7 rebounds per game during her freshman season.

Pawnee City host the two-time defending Class D2 state champions and the current No. 1 team Falls City Sacred Heart (13-3) on Thursday at 6 p.m. The game was originally scheduled for Friday, but the two schools agreed to move the game up a day due to a winter storm forecast for Friday afternoon and night.

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