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Frazee slows pace to defeat Waubun

McKinzie Tangen skies upward to nab a rebound late in the second half of Frazee's win in Waubun Thursday.

The undefeated season came to an end for the Waubun girls' basketball team, as visiting Frazee pulled the rug from underneath the Bombers with a 62-53 win Thursday.

The Lady Hornets were able to effectively slow down the high-flying Bombers, set up their half-court offense and pick away at Waubun's defense -- which gave up its most points of the season.

A fiery start to the second half by Frazee set the tone for the rest of the game, as the Lady Hornets bolted out with a 15-2 run to take a 38-28 advantage by the 13:20 mark.

"We didn't take care of the ball well in the first half, but I felt we took much better care of it in the second half, even during Waubun's full-court press," said Frazee head coach Dave Conzemius.

"We made sure we crashed the glass throughout the second half and also keyed on slowing down Waubun's transition game, which is so dangerous."

Frazee was able to absorb a strong first half by Waubun, which had built a 21-13 lead with 4:45 left to halftime. A 10-5 run by the Lady Hornets pulled them to within 26-23, to carry some valuable momentum into the second half, which keyed the 15-2 run.

Frazee was able to create its own turnovers on the Bombers, whose passing game left them for that stretch to start the second.

"We started the game like we wanted to start and our passing was crisp and accurate," said Waubun head coach Jason McCloskey.

"Then we uncharacteristically started having lazy and bad passes."

Frazee guard Alexis Tappe helped spearhead the Lady Hornet offensive and defense attack on the Bombers.

Tappe, who finished with a game-high 19 points, nailed a big three-pointer to put Frazee up 38-28 at the 13:20 mark, which was her seventh point during the 15-2 rally.

"We are known for our good second-half play, we get pretty pumped up in the locker room at halftime," Tappe said of Frazee's fast start to the final half.

"We knew we couldn't play their pace, so we tried to slow it down."

It worked with a good mix of full-court pressure and a suffocating 2-3 zone, where Waubun had a tough time passing the ball inside to their posts.

That forced shots from the perimeter, which were not falling for the Bombers, who shot 40.6 percent for field goals and just 27.3 percent from beyond the three-point arc.

"We knew Waubun likes to run and gun, so we sat back in our zone and I think they were a bit frustrated and started forcing some shots from the outside," Conzemius said.

The Lady Hornets, on the other hand, were effective from the inside and the perimeter with a 35.3 three-point percentage, with Ashley Bachmann hitting a trio of three's to finish with 13 points in the game.

Frazee was also able to match Waubun's potent bench play production, as freshman forward Taylor Tappe scored 12 points, nine coming in the second half, to create a big spark.

"I think the key to the game was the play of Taylor Tappe off the bench," Conzemius said.

"She really provided a spark for us in the second half and was also a key to keeping us in the game in the first half."

Free throws also heavily favored the Lady Hornets, who went 14-21, while the Bombers were 9-18.

"Free throws just killed us," McCloskey said. "We missed five front ends of a 1-1 opportunity, which is a lot of missed points."

The Lady Hornets were able to secure their lead throughout the second half with free throws, as well as rebounding, to limit Waubun to many one-and-done series.

The defense by the visitors also kept Waubun's top-scorer Jenna Lundon in check, as she finished with 15 points. Guard Erin Jasken also contributed 13 points.

Even though Frazee carries a 7-7 record, McCloskey knew his then 10-0 team was going to be in for a tough game Thursday.

"We realized it was going to be a scrappy game and coming in, I thought we needed to play good defense, rebound and not have many turnovers," the Waubun coach said. "Now, the undefeated talk can go away.

"We just have to remember this loss."

The win was also important for Frazee.

"It will be a big boost for us," Tappe said.

Frazee will travel to Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (6-6) Thursday for a 7:30 p.m. start, while Waubun will host Norman County West (2-10) Tuesday for a 6 p.m. start.

Frazee at Waubun, Thursday, Jan. 20.

Lady Hornets 23 39 - 62

Bombers 26 27 - 53

Scoring (2-3-ftm-fta-pts) -- Frazee: Taylor Tappe 4-0-4-7-12; Kristi Smith 0-1-0-2-3; Alexis Tappe 7-1-2-3-19; Katie McCorquodale 0-1-0-0-3; McKinzie Tangen 0-1-0-0-8; Sadie Stender 0-0-2-2-2; Chloe Streeper 1-0-0-0-2; Ashley Bachmann 1-3-2-2-13. TEAM: 15-6-14-21-62.

Waubun: Jenna Lundon 3-2-3-4-15; Justine Yost 2-0-0-1-4; Taylor Winter 0-3-1-2-10; Tera Jasken 2-0-2-5-6; Erin Jasken 4-1-2-3-13; Rachel Pazdernik 1-0-1-3-3; Mareena LaRoque 1-0-0-0-2. TEAM: 13-6-9-18-53.

Brian Wierima
Detroit Lakes Newspapers Sports Editor for the last 15 years. St. Cloud State University graduate, who hails from Deer Creek, MN.