Frazee girls pick up first win, but drop 2
The Frazee Lady Hornets battled toe-to-toe with one of the stronger teams in the Heart O'Lakes Conference on Tuesday night in Frazee, but came up short against West Central Area, 69-64.
"Both teams shot the ball very well, which made for a very entertaining game for the fans," head coach Dave Conzemius said. "We had a few too many turnovers against their full-court pressure and missed too many bunnies, which ultimately cost us a shot at winning the game."
WCA senior sharp shooter Liza Torgerson torched the Lady Hornets with 18 of her game 31 points in the first half, as the Knights took a 35-24 lead at halftime.
Both teams exchanged baskets for the first eight minutes of the second half before West Central Area's pressure defense took effect.
With the Knights leading 52-45, WCA went on a 14-3 run to push the lead to 18 points with about six minutes remaining.
Frazee rallied down the stretch and cut into the lead, but the Lady Hornets were unable to overcome the Knights on this night.
"Give credit to West Central Area," Conzemius said. "They answered every run that we made. I was extremely proud of the way we handled their pressure defense after struggling against it the night before in Staples."
Freshmen Ashley Bachmann led the Lady Hornets with 20 points and five rebounds.
Freshmen Alexis Tappe added 14 points off the bench, along with four assists and three steals. Junior Kristi Smith had 11 points and senior Jaclyn Mickelson led in assists with six.
Torgereson was the only Knight in double figures, with 31 points on 13-16 shooting from the field.
Both teams shot the ball extremely well, with Frazee going 26-55 (47.2 percent) from the floor and West Central Area was 27-54 (50 percent).
The Lady Hornets are back in action on Friday night when they host Lake Park-Audubon at 7:30 p.m.
Frazee falls to S-M
The Frazee Lady Hornets played a strong first half against a tough Staples-Motley team, but couldn't keep the momentum going in the second half as the Cardinals rolled to a 55-25 against Frazee Monday night in Staples.
"We played a very solid first half against the full-court pressure," Conzemius said. "The second half was a different story, as they wore us down with the constant pressure."
The Cardinals (3-1) jumped to an 8-0 lead early before the Lady Hornets (1-4) had a nice run.
Sophomore McKinzie Tangen, junior Kristi Smith and freshman Ashley Bachmann all hit three-pointers to help Frazee take a 15-14 lead.
Staples-Motley recovered with a 10-1 run to end the half and take an eight-point lead to the intermission.
The second half saw the defensive intensity from the Cardinals pick up, and the Lady Hornets were unable to match it on this night.
Staples-Motley slowly pushed the lead out of reach, as Frazee was unable to get into their offensive sets.
"Give credit to them," Conzemius said. "They made us uncomfortable in what we were doing and took us out of our offensive rhythm. They are a very good team."
Tangen led Frazee with 11 points.
Hornets pick up first win
The Frazee Lady Hornets had an opportunity to win each of their first three games, but couldn't put together a full game to pick up a win.
On Friday, everything came together, as the Lady Hornets picked up their first win of the young season with a 72-50 victory over Ulen-Hitterdal in Frazee.
"Everything just clicked tonight," said Conzemius. "We played solid defense, shot the ball very well and we were also very unselfish, making the extra pass to lead to good shots."
The Spartans (0-4) scored the first five points of the game before Frazee (1-3) took charge.
Freshman Ashley Bachmann hit back-to-back 3-pointers and the Lady Hornets rolled from there. Frazee was 8-14 from the behind the arc as they took a 36-20 halftime lead.
"We have a lot of shooters and it was just a matter of time before we started hitting some shots," Conzemius said. "When we can hit the 3-pointer it opens up so many things for us."
The Lady Hornets continued to push the lead in the second half as senior Jaclyn Mickelson heated up, scoring all 11 of her points after intermission.
Frazee led by as many 30 points before the Spartans chipped a few points off of the margin down the stretch.
Bachmann led a balanced Lady Hornet attack with 18 points, including four 3-pointers.
Smith had 12 points, all on three-pointers, and added three steals.
Mickelson chipped in with 11 points and eight assists, Tappe had 11 points with a trio of three-pointers, Tangen had nine points and junior Sadie Stender had another great all-around game with seven points, nine rebounds and six assists.
Frazee shot 46.6 percent (27-58), which included hitting on 11 of 23 three-point attempts.
"It was a total team effort," Conzemius added. "The girls really fed off of one another and played with a lot of confidence. Now we just need to carry this over and hopefully have a more consistent effort each game."
Frazee 72, Ulen-Hitterdal 50
Half: F 36, UH 20
UH: Neset 2, Hilde 6, Schultz 23, Anderson 2, Austinson 6, Zilmer 9, Kopperud 2.
F: Smith 12, Tappe 11, Tangen 9, Mickelson 11, Stender 7, Streeper 2, Nelson 2, Bachmann 18.