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FRAZEE GIRLS BASKETBALL: Lady Hornets get on winning roll

The Frazee Lady Hornet girls' basketball team opened up the Walker Christmas Tournament Tuesday and behind a strong second half performance, defeated Nevis 77-58 to advance to the semifinals of the tournament.

"We came out a little sluggish to start the game but we played much better in the second half, especially in the last eight minutes of the game," said Frazee head coach Dave Conzemius. "We kind of wore them down and executed very well down the stretch."

Frazee (4-3) fell behind early, but rallied to take a 35-34 halftime lead thanks to the trio of Alexis Tappe, McKinzie Tangen and Ashley Bachmann, who combined for 24 first-half points.

The Lady Hornets opened up a nine-point lead early in the second half, only to see the Tigers (4-2) cut into it and eventually tie the game.

From there however, Frazee took control, thanks to some timely shooting and a better defensive effort, to finish with the opening round victory.

"It was a good team win tonight," Conzemius said. "We had a solid effort from many different players including Jeni Bergstrom, Heidi Seeger and Kennady Barlund, who came off the bench when we were struggling in the first half and gave us a nice spark to get us going."

Tappe led the Lady Hornets with 28 points, 14 rebounds and six assists. Bachmann added 18 points, and Tangen had 10 points, nine rebounds and two steals.

Taylor Tappe also had eight rebounds and two steals and Katie McCorquodale had seven points and four steals.

Frazee will face the No. 3 ranked team in Class 1A, Parkers Prairie in the semifinals at 7:45 p.m. Wednesday.

The other semifinal has Pequot Lakes taking on Sebeka.

Frazee stifles Spartans

After breaking a 3-game losing streak on Dec. 20 against Henning, the Frazee Lady Hornet basketball team carried that momentum over to their next game, as they steamrolled Ulen-Hitterdal 68-28 on Thursday in Ulen.

The Lady Hornets raced out of the gates quickly as their full-court pressure defense and hot shooting allowed Frazee (3-3 overall record) to open up a 28-4 lead in less than four minutes of action. The Lady Hornets forced 11 turnovers in the stretch and also hit 10 of their first 11 shots.

"It was nice to see us come out so focused to start the game," Conzemius said. "In the past when we played teams that were not as talented as us, we would sometimes play down to their level. But tonight we came out with a lot of energy and never gave them a chance."

Frazee cooled down after the hot start and coasted to a 41-15 lead at halftime. Tappe and Bachmann combined for 27 first-half points to lead the way.

The second half was much of the same for the Lady Hornets, as several different players saw the court and the lead continued to grow.

"This was a good game for us to work on a lot of different things," Conzemius said. "We executed really well and played solid defense, which is something we have been working on a lot in practice."

Tappe led Frazee, playing a solid all-around game with 17 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists, six steals and three blocks, which were all game-highs. Bachmann had 15 points, Tangen added 11 points and eight rebounds and Katie McCorquodale chipped in with 10.

Frazee 41 27 - 68

Ulen-Hitterdal 15 13 - 28

Frazee: T. Tappe 4, Seeger 6, A. Tappe 17, McCorquodale 10, Tangen 11, Hanson 2, Barlund 3, Bachmann 15.

UH: Henrickson 5, S. Baumann 6, Tweten 2, Austinson 9, K. Baumann 6.