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Hornets' Tangen drills game-winner

The Frazee Lady Hornet basketball team picked up their biggest win of the season with a thrilling last second basket by McKinzie Tangen, which lifted the Lady Hornets to a 37-35 victory over Perham Thursday night in Heart O'Lakes Conference action in Frazee.

"I am so proud of the composure that our kids showed tonight not only on the last possession but all game long," head coach Dave Conzemius said. "We played much better defense tonight than we did the first time we played them. The kids wanted this one really bad."

Perham (10-12 overall, 5-6 HOL) had won the first meeting earlier this season 65-47 and they had won eight straight games against Frazee (12-11 overall, 5-5 HOL), but the Lady Hornets were ready to turn the tables on the Yellowjackets.

Both teams played outstanding defense in the first half, as baskets were tough to come by. Perham scored the last five points of the half to take an 18-13 halftime lead.

The Yellowjackets' Becky Stoll nailed a three-pointer on Perham's first second half possession to push the lead to eight points.

Frazee responded with an 18-5 run over the next 12 minutes to take a 31-26 lead with around five minutes remaining.

Lexi Karvonen scored five straight points to tie the game for the Yelllowjackets, which set things up for a frantic finish.

Katie McCorquodale and Alexis Tappe scored on consecutive possessions for the Lady Hornets, only to be answered each time by Perham's Katrina Moenke-dick. Following a turnover by each team, Frazee got the ball with 18.4 seconds left and Tappe found a wide open Tangen underneath the basket for the go-ahead score, with five seconds left.

Perham had no timeouts left and was able to get a desperation heave from half court that was off the mark.

"I give a lot of credit to our kids for battling on every possession tonight," Conzemius added. "Perham has been playing some really good basketball lately and to be able to beat them tonight, we feel awfully good about it."

Alexis Tappe led Frazee with a game-high 14 points and she added six rebounds and three steals. Ashley Bachmann had 10 points and three steals and Taylor Tappe played a great floor game with seven points, seven rebounds and four steals.

Frazee returns to action on Tuesday when they travel HOL conference co-leader Hawley.

Frazee 13 24 - 37

Perham 18 17 - 35

PERHAM: Becky Stoll 11, Katrina Moenkedick 8, Lexy Karvonen 7, Analea Erickson 4, Allison Smith 2, Emily Tobkin 2), Suzanne Coleman 1. 2's - 13/35; 3's - 2/9; FT's - 3/10; Fouls - 12;

Rebounds - 23 (9 off); Assists - 7; Steals - 13; Turnovers - 20.

FRAZEE: Alexis Tappe 14 (6 reb, 3 stl), Ashley Bachmann 10 (3 stl), Taylor Tappe 7 (7 reb, 4 stl), Katie McCorquodale 4 (4 reb), McKinzie Tangen 2. 2's - 8/20; 3's - 4/13; FT's - 9/12; Fouls - 10;

Rebounds - 25 (8 off); Assists - 9 ; Steals - 14; Turnovers - 24.