Hornet girls' b-ball off to 3-0 start
The Frazee Lady Hornets traveled to Barnesville Friday to face the 1-0 Trojans for their first road test of the year and left with a nice passing grade with a 48-41 victory.
Frazee's Jaclyn Mickelson poured in a career-high 22 points to lead the Lady Hornets to victory.
The Lady Hornets moved to 3-0 for the first time in quite sometime with a 46-29 win in Ulen-Hitterdal Monday.
"I would say the game was pretty ugly, but a win is a win especially on the road in the HOL," said Frazee head coach Tim Swenson of the Barnesville victory. "We are very proud of how our kids responded in this ball game as they never panicked."
The young Trojans started three sophomores and two juniors, who kept the Lady Hornets off balance by playing aggressive defenses as they gave multiple looks on the defensive end.
"Give them credit as they changed defenses on us and we were just trying to play the game too fast," Swenson said.
Neither team shot well or handled the ball well in the first half as the Lady Hornets limped into the break with a 18-14 lead.
Mickelson had 10 of her career high 22 in the first half.
"I thought Mick really became a player tonight," the Frazee coach stated. "Without her we would have been in big trouble."
In the second half, the Trojans came out and shot well early with sophomore Brooke Meyer scoring from the perimeter and junior Katie Stenger scoring inside to take a 29-26 lead over the Lady Hornets.
Instead of going into a shell, the Lady Hornets responded with a three by Abby Berven to tie the score at 29, then take a lead they would not give up when Mickelson hit two free throws to take a 31-29 lead.
"Our experience showed tonight as we stepped up when we had to and finished a game on the road by showing composure that good teams have," Swenson said.
The Lady Hornets were led by Mickelson's 22 points along with eight rebounds.
Berven added 18 points to go along with eight rebounds and Nordquist added eight assists with six rebounds.
The Trojans were led by Meyer with 14 points and Stenger had 12.
The Lady Hornets will host a tough WCA on Thursday night.
The Lady Hornets continued their early season roll with a 46-29 victory over Ulen-Hitterdal Monday night in Frazee.
"The coaching staff is very pleased to get off to such a good start and set up a big HOL contest on Thursday night in Frazee versus the unbeaten WCA Knights," Swenson said.
The Lady Hornets took a 30-12 lead into the locker room behind eight first half points by Tangen.
"I thought McKinzie really stepped up tonight and played like a varsity starter," Swenson included.
The second half started with the Lady Hornets coming out more aggressive on the defensive end with senior Kayla Smith getting a couple of steals and a rebound that led to buckets.
"I thought we came out of the break and tried to set a tone and Kayla usually sets the tone for us defensively," the Frazee coach said.
The Lady Hornets opened up a 41-14 lead allowing the young kids to get an opportunity to take the floor in a varsity game.
Berven led Lady Hornets with 11 points and seven rebounds while Mickelson added 10 points.
Tangen chipped in eight points to go along with six rebounds and Nordquist did her job at the point dishing out 14 assists.
U-H was led by Megan Zillmer with nine points for the young Spartans.
"We took care of business and now we set up the big game on Thursday night."
(Story written by Frazee head coach Tim Swenson.)
Frazee at Barnesville, Friday, Dec. 5.
Hornets 18 30 - 48
Trojans 14 27 - 41
Frazee scoring (2-3-ftm-fta-pts): M. Tangen 1-0-0-1-2; C. Nordquist 1-0-4-7-6; J. Mickelson 10-0-2-3-22; A. Berven 5-2-2-3-18. Team: 17-2-8-14-48.
Other stats (rbd-asst-stl-blks): K. Smith 2-1-0-0; Tangen 2-0-1-0; Nordquist 6-8-3-0; Kayla Smith 3-4-2-0; Mickelson 8-0-3-1; Berven 8-3-3-1; S. Stender 1-0-0-0.