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Lake Park-Audubon girl cagers win close one over Frazee

Coming into Friday night's battle between the Lake Park-Audubon Raiders and the Frazee Lady Hornets, it looked on paper as if the teams were pretty evenly matched.

That notion held true as the Lady Hornets and the Raiders battled back and forth all night before L-P-A claimed a 48-44 victory in Frazee.

"I expected the game to be close throughout and it played out exactly like I expected," Frazee head coach Dave Conzemius said. "I was just hopeful that we would have been the ones to come out with the victory."

The Raiders opened up an early 5-0 lead as Frazee (1-6 overall, 1-5 Heart O'Lakes Conference) struggled early on.

Freshman Alexis Tappe was inserted into the lineup and scored the Lady Hornets' first eight points to ignite Frazee.

Both teams competed very hard for the remainder of the first half, as the Lady Hornets took a 25-24 lead to halftime. Sophomore Andy Knudsvig scored 20 of the Raiders' (3-5, 1-5 HOL) 24 first half points.

"We did a very poor job defensively in the first half on Knudsvig and made things too easy for her," Conzemius said. "We did not recognize that she had the hot hand and allowed her to get comfortable in what she was doing.

Frazee would tighten the clamps on Knudsvig in the second half, holding her to just four points after intermission.

The Lady Hornets played a very solid second half, committing only four turnovers while getting quality shots at the basket.

It showed, as Frazee opened up a 37-30 lead with about eight minutes remaining in the game.

The Raiders hung around, as the Lady Hornets couldn't capitalize on their good shots at the basket.

LP-A hit a three-pointer with just over a minute remaining to tie the game at 42 all.

Tappe followed with an impressive drive on the baseline and drilled a 15-footer to give Frazee back the lead.

The Raiders hit six straight free throws in the last minute, as the Lady Hornets couldn't get their shots to drop to pull out the win.

Freshman Ashley Bachmann and sophomore McKinzie Tangen led Frazee with 13 points each, and Tappe added 12 points off the bench.

"McKinzie played a solid second half and Tappe really gave us a great game off of the bench," Conzemius said. "Our execution of our game plan was solid, the kids were in the right spots and took great shots, some nights they just don't all go in."

The Lady Hornets hit four more two pointers and two more three pointers than L-P-A for the game, but the Raiders were 20-26 from the free throw line while Frazee was just 2-5.

For the game, Frazee was 19-47 from the field.

"We gave them way too many free points at the free throw line," Conzemius added. "We will continue to work on defense and we will get better. We have a lot of upside with this team, right now we are just learning what it takes to win and we will eventually figure it out."

The Lady Hornets are back in action Dec. 28-30, when they travel to Walker for their Christmas tournament.

Frazee will open action on Dec. 28 against Pine River-Backus at 4 p.m.

Game results

Lake Park-Audubon at Frazee, Friday, Dec. 18.

Raiders 24 24 - 48

Hornets 25 19 - 44

Scoring stats (2-3-ftm-fta-pts) -- LPA: Tate Hall 0-1-0-0-3; Ashley Thompson 0-0-0-3-0; Christine McIntire 2-0-6-6-10; Kim Cigelske 4-0-1-2-9; Andy Knudsvig 5-1-11-13-24; Chelsey Raaen 0-0-2-2-2. Team: 11-2-20-26-48.

Fraz: Alexis Tappe 3-2-0-0-12; McKinzie Tangen 4-1-2-5-13; Jaclyn Mickelson 2-0-0-0-4; Sadie Stender 1-0-0-0-2; Ashley Bachmann 5-1-0-0-13. Team: 15-4-2-5-44.