Scoring buckets to be strength for Lady Hornets
Despite losing their all-time leading scorer and one of their best defenders, the Frazee girls’ basketball team’s expectations remain as loftier as ever.
Gone is Alexis Tappe’s 1,600-plus career points, but Frazee head coach Dave Conzemius will be able to lean on another Tappe to lead the Lady Hornets for the 2013-14 season.
Senior Taylor Tappe was named Heart O’Lakes All-Conference Honorable Mentioned as one of the Lady Hornets’ top forwards last year.
But this season, opponents will have to contain Taylor Tappe as Frazee’s main ball handler from the point guard position, which will help give the offense more consistency.
“During the summer league play, we started to realize Taylor could bring the ball up the floor well,” Conzemius said. “She has great experience, since she’s been playing varsity since her freshman season.
“But Taylor is so unselfish and didn’t hesitate taking on the point guard duties after we asked her to.”
The Lady Hornets will not have a problem ringing up big numbers on the scoreboard, with a nice contingent of offensive talent back.
Junior Kennady Barlund returns after averaging 7.2 points per game and will have an expanded scoring role.
“Kennady is a great shooter and can shoot the three well,” Conzemius said. “She also can pull up and drive to the basket, as well.”
Junior guard Josi Tappe returns her 8.3 ppg from last season. Although she wasn’t a starter last season, she still earned All-Conference honors and will be a huge boost from the perimeter.
“Josi has unlimited offensive ability,” Conzemius said. “She can create her shot off the dribble and when defenses start double teaming her, she will be able to find her teammates.”
With those three players forming a solid nucleus, Conzemius will have the luxury of playing up to five other players consistently.
“All eight players can hit their shot anytime,” the Frazee coach said.
Three other good perimeter shooters include junior Mandy Donahue, sophomore Whitney Janu and junior Katie Smith.
“Katie gives us a high-energy defensive player and Whitney will be our tallest player at 5-11,” Conzemius said. “Then we have the Oswald twins (Hailee and Madison) who are sophomores.
“Hailee can be one of our best outside shooters, while Madison is a great ball handler and can back up Taylor.”
With points not being much of a concern, defense and rebounding will key the Lady Hornets’ success.
The defensive side of the floor will be a work in progress, along with rebounding.
“We need to work on our defense, but that is correctable,” Conzemius said. “But I know we’ll be able to score.”
With the notion of losing Alexis Tappe, some outsiders may feel Frazee will be under construction, but Conzemius doesn’t think his team will fall back any steps.
“A lot of people don’t expect us to do much this season, but I think we will be surprising some people,” Conzemius said. “I want to shoot for the top half of our conference and have a winning record.
“The key will be to find ways to close out games.”
The 2013-14 Frazee girls’ basketball schedule:
12 at Breckenridge
20 at henning
27-28 at Walker/H-A Tourney
3 at Ulen-Hitterdal
7 at Barnesville
9 at Park Rapids
11 at Crookston
20 at Battle Lake
24 Lake Park-Audubon
31 at Pelican Rapids
3 at Dilworth-G-F
4 at Mahnomen
13 at Perham
14 at Menahga
25 at Hawley
28 at Wadena-Deer Creek