Lady Hornets nab silver in Walker/H-A Tournament
The Frazee Lady Hornet basketball team competed at the 10th annual Wolfpack Invitational, Dec. 27-29 in Walker and after two impressive wins, their title hopes were dashed in the championship game.
The Lady Hornets (7-2 record) crushed host Walker/Hackensack-Akeley in the first round 82-37, then defeated section foe Wadena-Deer Creek 63-60 in overtime in the semifin,als before losing to undefeated Parkers Prairie in the championship game 57-44.
The Lady Hornets came out blazing in the tourney opener as the Wolves packed in a zone, forcing Frazee to hit their outside shots. The result was 13 first half three-pointers, which led to a 52-16 halftime lead.
The Lady Hornets coasted in the second half as every player that dressed scored at least two points.
Alexis Tappe led the way with 23 points, 12 rebounds, nine assists and five steals. Ashley Bachmann added 20 points, which included six three-pointers, and Katie McCorquodale had 12 points on four 3-pointers.
In the semifinals, after a back and forth first half, the Wolverines (7-4 record) used two different runs in the second half to take a 10-point lead at 42-32.
The Lady Hornets slowly chipped away at the lead before finally tying the score at 50-50 with a McCorquodale three-pointer, with just over a minute remaining.
Frazee had two chances to win in regulation, but two missed free throws and an Alexis Tappe 10-foot shot at the buzzer were just off the mark.
In overtime, the Lady Hornets started by hitting eight straight free throws, with two each coming from Josi Tappe, McCorquodale, Taylor Tappe and Kennady Barlund.
From there, Frazee was able to hold on for the win.
"This was a huge win for us as we faced a lot of adversity in this game," head coach Dave Conzemius said. "We showed a lot of composure down the stretch and we were able to complete an impressive comeback."
McCorquodale led Frazee with a career-high 22 points to go with three steals. Josi Tappe had 11 points off the bench and Bachmann added nine points. Alexis Tappe had team highs in rebounds with nine and assists with five.
"McCorquodale was the difference in this game," Conzemius said. "She made some huge plays down the stretch and her play helped to lift the rest of the team."
In the championship game, the Lady Hornets had a tough task with No. 8 ranked Parkers Prairie (10-0 record). The teams went back and forth for the first eight minutes, which saw the score tied at 13-13.
From there, a combination of outstanding defense from the Panthers and poor shot selection from the Lady Hornets saw Parkers Prairie end the half with a 20-2 run to take a 33-15 halftime lead.
The second half was a different story for Frazee. After the Panthers scored the first three points to increase their lead, the Lady Hornets went on a 21-6 run to cut the lead to six points at 42-36, with nine minutes left in the game.
Frazee was unable to get any closer, however, as Parkers Prairie made the plays down the stretch to hold on for the win.
"We challenged the girls at halftime to come out and play like we are capable of in the second half and I thought we did that," Conzemius said. "We just can't dig ourselves that big of a hole against a really good team and expect to be able to come back and win."
Alexis Tappe led the Lady Hornets with 19 points, all coming in the second half, to go with 12 rebounds, five assists and four steals.
Alexis Tappe, Bachmann and McCorquodale were named to the All-tournament team for Frazee.
"This was a great tournament for us as we wrap up the first third of the season," Conzemius added. "We are taking steps in the right direction and winning some games along the way. We are happy with a 7-2 record at this point and are looking forward to tacking on a lot more victories."
The Lady Hornets' Saturday game against Wadena-Deer Creek will start at 5:30 p.m.
PP 57, F 44.
F: T. Tappe 5, A. Tappe 19, McCorquodale 7, J. Tappe 5, Barlund 2, Bachmann 6.
P: Dorn 20, Noga 14, Taylor 12, Swanson 10, Pratt 1.
Half: PP 33, F 15.
Frazee 63, W-D-C 60.
W: Theisen 20, Shissel 12, Volkmann 19, Miron 5, Dumprope 2, Moenkedick 2.
F: T. Tappe 7, Seeger 2, A. Tappe 6, McCorquodale 22, J. Tappe 11, Barlund 6, Bachmann 9.
Half: Frazee 23, W-D-C 22.
Frazee 82, W-H-A 37.
F: T. Tappe 4, Seeger 3, A. Tappe 23, Barker 2, McCorquodale 12, Smith 2, J. Tappe 9, Barlund 3,
Janu 2, Lacey 2, Bachmann 20.
W: Parks 3, Smith 7, Lund 7, Young 4, Schneider 10, Widman 2.
Half: F 52, W-H-A 16