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Basketball: Lady Hornets 1-1 in Walker

The Frazee Lady Hornet basketball team competed at the 11th annual Wolfpack Invitational, Dec. 27-28 in Walker.

Frazee lost its first game to No. 2 ranked Mountain Iron-Buhl 82-55, but bounced back the second day with a 48-37 victory over Parkers Prairie in the third place game.

The Lady Hornets faced a tough task in their opening round game against the Rangers. Frazee had a problem with the team speed of MI-B but still competed very well.

“I challenged the girls before the game to step up their game to the level of competition and they did just that,” Frazee head coach Dave Conzemius said. “We missed too many easy shots and free throws and their depth kind of wore us down. Their defensive pressure was relentless. But I was proud of the way we competed against an outstanding team.”

Josi Tappe led in scoring with 20 points and also added seven assists. Kennady Barlund had 10 points and 17 rebounds and Taylor Tappe and Katie Smith each had nine points.

Frazee used a big second half run to help them overcome an eight-point halftime deficit against the Panthers in a rematch of the championship game a year ago.

The Lady Hornets struggled with their shooting in the first half as they were just 5-for-25 from the floor.

The shooting woes continued early in the second half, but Frazee also tightened the clamps on Parkers Prairie.

With the Panthers leading 31-23, Frazee went on a 19-2 run to seize control of the game.

Hailee Oswald hit a three-pointer to give the Lady Hornets their first lead since early in the game at 34-31, and Josi Tappe followed with a steal and made the layup while being fouled.

She converted the free throw and all the momentum was with Frazee. They would never give Parkers Prairie a chance to get back into the game, thanks to some stingy second half defense from Frazee.

The Lady Hornets held the Panthers to just 11 second half points and a 3-for-19 effort from the floor.

“Early on this season we have struggled defensively so this was nice to see,” Conzemius said. “The girls really communicated well and also rebounded well. We really struggled to score offensively and our defense was the key to us picking up this victory.”

The Lady Hornets shot just 27.4 percentage from the floor and were again led by Josi Tappe with 17 points. Barlund had another solid game with eight points and 16 rebounds.

Taylor Tappe also had eight rebounds and three steals. Josi Tappe was named to the all-tournament team.

“Even though we struggled with our offense, we shot free throws well (12-for-16) which can help you win close games,” Conzemius added. “We are improving and we are looking forward to our next games.”

Frazee now stands at 3-3 on the season and will return to action on Jan. 2 when they host Bagley.

On Jan. 3 they will travel to Ulen to face Norman County East-Ulen-Hitterdal, Jan.7 they will play at Barnesville in a girl/boy doubleheader, Jan. 9 they play at Park Rapids and Jan. 11 they play Crookston at Concordia in another girl/boy doubleheader.

Frazee at Walker/Hackensack-Akeley Holiday Tournament, Friday-Saturday, Dec. 27-28

Frazee 48, Parkers Prairie 37

Half: Parkers Prairie 26, Frazee 18

Frazee: T. Tappe 5, H. Oswald 6, Smith 6, Barlund 8, Donahue 6, J. Tappe 17

Parkers Prairie: Nori 3, Warren 5, Bunde 15, Guenther 8, Carlson 6

Mountain Iron/Buhl 82, Frazee 55

Half: MIB 39, Frazee 22

MIB: Burke 2, Knuti 4, Negen 3, Mason 34, Martinson 4, Aultman 3, Overbye 8, Primeau 4, Buffetta 15, McCulloch 5

Frazee: T. Tappe 9, H. Oswald 3, Smith 9, Barlund 10, J. Tappe 20, Janu 4.