The Frazee Lady Hornet basketball team went into the Section 8-2A tournament knowing that there was a good chance they could make a deep run in the playoffs. But Frazee also knew that there were at least seven teams which felt the same way.
Frazee played one of those teams in the opening round Thursday night in Frazee as the No. 5 seeded Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines edged No. 4 Frazee 47-46 to advance to the second round.
“We knew going in that this was going to be a close game that could go either way,” Frazee head coach Dave Conzemius said. “It was an exciting game that had everything you would hope a playoff game would, but unfortunately for us, we came out on the wrong end of the scoreboard.”
The first half was a fast paced back and forth affair that saw the two teams battle to a 27-27 at halftime. The second half both teams tightened up on the defensive end as baskets were tougher to come by.
W-DC (17-9 record) started to pull away at about the six minute mark as Frazee (19-7 record) went cold from the field. The Wolverine’s lead ballooned to 11 points at 45-34 with 2:30 left in the game when the Lady Hornets made a furious run to try and pull out the game.
Katie McCorquodale scored and stole the in-bounds pass and hit Alexis Tappe who nailed a three-pointer to cut into the lead.
Tappe followed that up with a steal and scored on a layup to cut the lead to four points. Following another W-DC turnover, Taylor Tappe scored on a layup to make it a two-point game.
Josi Tappe followed with a steal and hit a contested left handed layup to tie it up at 45-45 with 40 seconds left.
With the Lady Hornets full court press on, the Wolverines broke it and Hope Theisen scored to give W-DC back the lead. Following a Frazee timeout, the Lady Hornets worked the ball around and found Josi Tappe under the basket with the clock ticking away. Tappe was fouled on her shot and went to the free throw line with five seconds left. Tappe’s first free throw was just off.
Frazee took another time out with the plan to intentionally miss the free throw with the hope of getting the rebound. But the free throw banked in and the Lady Hornets were unable to foul before the clock ran out thus ending the record breaking season for Frazee.
“It was an unbelievable effort by our girls to try and pull out the game,” Conzemius said. “They did not want their season to end and they did everything in their power to try and win the game. “Unfortunately when two good teams go at, someone has to lose. This loss stings right now but it does not diminish the great things that these young ladies did this season. They can be proud of all of the things that they accomplished this season. This was a great group of kids to coach and I want to thank them for their dedication that it took to make this an unforgettable season.”
Alexis Tappe led Frazee in scoring with 15 points to go with four assists and four steals. Kennady Barlund had 10 points and six rebounds, Josi Tappe had nine points, six rebounds and four steals and Katie McCorquodale had nine points.
Frazee broke several individual records and also set the mark for most wins in a season with 19. Eight seniors contributed, including two 1,000 point scorers to the record breaking season.
W-DC went on to knock off No. 1 seed Hawley two days later 41-36 to advance deeper into the playoffs.
Wadena-Deer Creek 47, Frazee 46.
W: Theisen 4, Schissel 12, Volkmann 10, Hartman 2, Miron 17, Dumpprope 2. 2 FG’s –
17-33. 3 FG’s – 4-13. FT’s – 1-2. Rebounds – 31. Fouls – 8. Turnovers – 18.
F: T. Tappe 3, A. Tappe 15, McCorquodale 9, J. Tappe 9, Barlund 10. 2 FG’s – 16-41. 3
FG’s – 3-13. FT’s – 5-10. Rebounds – 27. Fouls – 8. Turnovers – 11.
Half: W 27, F 27