Nuggets golden against Lady Hornets
HAWLEY - Despite dealing with the usual blood, sweat, and tears, the Frazee Lady Hornets also were limited by the illness of one of their starters in Thursday night's game at the Hawley Nuggets in the quarterfinals of the West sub-section 8-AA playoffs.
That, combined with a stifling Nuggets defense that limited Frazee to outside looks for most of the game, led a to 45-32 win for the home squad Hawley.
An 8-0 run by Hawley after Frazee tied the game in the second half paved the way to the victory.
"We're not as deep and our bench is kind of young," said Frazee coach Tim Swenson. "They (Hawley) had a couple of good possessions when they needed to.
"If you get behind by four points to Hawley, it's much more than four points. Give Coach Gottenborg's team credit. They executed, and we didn't make the plays down the stretch that we needed to."
That run came after Frazee rallied from being down by nine points late in the first half. The Lady Hornets went on a 7-2 run to close the gap to 25-19 at halftime.
Lady Hornet senior point guard Chelsea Nordquist, hounded all night by the Nuggets, did her part by getting a crucial tie up and later on stealing a Hawley pass at midcourt and cruising in for a lay-up.
Frazee didn't let up in the second half. The Hornets hit a 3-pointer to get within three points and Nordquist came up big again.
She hit a short jumper from the post and was fouled in the process. Nordquist made the free throw to knot the game at 25-all three minutes into the second half.
However, Frazee wouldn't get the lead.
Neither team had an easy time of it for several minutes. Tough inside defense forced the action to the perimeter and the guards from both teams had trouble with cross-court passes.
"We ran a few sets a couple of weeks ago when we had them in our place," Swenson said. "We got some inside looks. They took those away on the cut and the high-low. They did a nice job in knowing where our shooters were."
The Nuggets finally broke the log jam and went on an 16-1 run to take over the game.
All the Hornets had left were a few shots in the last minutes of the game.
Hawley moved on to play No.1 seed East Grand Forks on Saturday in the semifinals.
West sub-section 8-AA quarterfinals
Frazee at Hawley, Thursday, March 5.
Frazee 19 13 - 32
Hawley 25 20 - 45
Frazee: Chelsea Nordquist 4-0-4-5-12; Abby Bervan 0-2-0-0-6; Jaclyn Mickelson 1-0-2-2-4; Chloe Streeper 1-0-2-2-4; Kayla Smith 0-1-0-0-3; Kristi Smith 0-1-0-0-3. Team: 6-4-8-9-32.
Hawley: Allie Sannes 5-1-2-2-15; Jenny Noreen 1-2-0-0-8; Laurie Olson 2-0-2-3-6; Ashley Ritter 3-0-0-0-6; Erica Amann 2-0-0-0-4; Jessy Noreen 0-0-2-2-2; Breann Petermann 1-0-0-0-2; Any Stoa 1-0-0-0-2. Team: 15-3-6-7-45.