Frazee girls' basketball falters against Barnesville
The Frazee Lady Hornets welcomed the Barnesville Trojans to the hive Tuesday night for their home opener.
Frazee played a solid first 12 minutes, but couldn't sustain the effort and fell to Barnesville 50-42.
"We are doing a lot of things well in games," said head coach Dave Conzemius. "But we just need to find a way to finish a full 36 minutes."
Like their season opener against Breckenridge, Frazee jumped to an early 15-1 lead eight minutes into the ballgame.
Barnesville slowly chipped away and cut the lead to three points, 22-19 at halftime.
The second half was a back and forth affair, which saw several lead changes.
The Trojans slowly built a nine-point lead at 44-35, when Frazee made one final charge.
Five straight points from freshman Ashley Bachmann cut the lead to 44-40.
After a Barnesville free throw, sophomore McKinzie Tangen came back and buried two free throws to cut the lead to 46-42 with under a minute remaining.
The Trojans, however, hit four straight free throws to put the game away.
"I was extremely proud of the effort our young ladies showed tonight," Conzemius added. "The kids just need to believe in what they are doing and victories will eventually come our way."
Bachmann led the Lady Hornets (0-3) with 11 points, including three 3-pointers.
Freshman Alexis Tappe had her best game of the season with nine points, followed by junior Sadie Stender with eight, Tangen with seven, senior Jaclyn Mickelson with five and junior Kristi Smith with two.
Lady Hornets fall short at D-G-F
The Frazee Lady Hornets traveled to Glyndon on Friday, Dec. 4, for a Heart O'Lakes Conference game, and lost a defensive struggle 37-29 to the Rebels.
"It was a very competitive game," head coach Conzemius said. "We played very well defensively, we just have a lid on the basket right now. We are a team of good shooters and sooner or later we will start to click."
Both teams struggled to score in the first half. D-G-F (4-0) made a late push before halftime to take a 22-9 lead to the break.
The second half saw the Lady Hornets (0-2) slowly chip away at the lead, coming as close as six points. The Rebels were able to keep the lead, however, thanks to some free throws down the stretch.
"We played a very good second half, outscoring D-G-F 20-15," Conzemius said. "We had a lot of good shots and just couldn't get them to drop."
Bachmann led in scoring with eight points. Mickelson had seven points and junior Sadie Stender and Tappe added five each.
"We handled their full-court pressure defense very well and that is something we struggled with in our first game, so we are happy with that," Conzemius added. "D-G-F is one of the favorites in the conference and section and to be able to stick with them on their home floor is a credit to the girls."
Frazee will host Ulen-Hitterdal Friday in the second game of a girl/boy doubleheader, at 7:45 p.m.
The Lady Hornets will have a busy week next week. They travel to Staples Monday, host West Central on Tuesday in the first game of a girl/boy doubleheader at 6:15 p.m., and also host Lake Park-Audubon Friday.
FRAZEE: Tappe 5, Tangen 2, Mickelson 7, Stender 5, Streeper 2, Bachmann 8.
D-G-F: Thompson 8, Brinkman 1, Casler 2, Matthews 3, Yliniemi 2, Fisher 2, Mathison 9, Stalboerger 10.