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Shooting goes cold for Lady Hornet basketball team in holiday tourney

The Frazee Lady Hornets traveled to Sauk Centre on icy roads and remained very cold from the floor, losing to Belgrade/Brooten/Elrosa 54-45 in the third place game of the Sauk Centre Christmas Tournament.

"We just are not making shots right now; you can't shoot 24-percent and beat people," said Frazee head coach Tim Swenson. "Our kids are better shooters than this, and we will find it."

The Lady Hornets (4-4) lost to their undefeated host, Sauk Centre in the opening round by the score of 40-23.

The first half had the Lady Hornets shooting the three, with seniors Abby Berven netting a trio of them and Chelsea Nordquist with one, knocking down the perimeter shot to take a 21-19 lead.

But the Lady Hornets went on a six-minute drought to end the half, allowing the Jaguars to score the last eight points and take a 27-21 lead into the locker room over the Lady Hornets.

"It was 21-all with about a minute to go and we game them a quick six with some turnovers," Swenson said. "You can't end halves like that."

Senior guard Emily Roelike led the Jaguars, with nine of her 15 points in the first half.

In the second half, the Jaguars spent most of the time at the foul line, with senior Heidi Lensing going to the line 14 times by herself, while the Jaguars shot 26 free throws in the second half, making 15.

"We knew Lensing liked to work inside and really slid to the bucket well, and we just didn't get in good position to take any charges," Swenson said.

While the Jaguars were scoring at the line, the Lady Hornets continued to struggle from the floor, allowing BBE to go on runs of seven and eight points.

"Every time we would claw back into the game, they would respond with a run and we would go cold," the Frazee coach added. "We had it within three and then four points in the second half, but they would open the lead back up."

The Lady Hornets had 26 turnovers to 25 for the Jaguars, but BBE shot 40 percent (17-43) for the game while the Lady Hornets shot just 24 percent (12-50).

BBE was led by Lensing with 17, while Roelike had 15 points in the win.

The Lady Hornets were led by Berven, who had a game high 21 points. Nordquist had eight points and seven assists, while sophomore Sadie Stender had a team high six rebounds.

Frazee will host the unbeaten Yellowjackets of Perham Friday.