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Lady Hornets’ playoffs run ends

The Frazee Lady Hornet basketball team knew they had a tough task at hand when they traveled to No. 2 seed Breckenridge for the first round of the Section 8-2A playoffs Thursday night.

Breckenridge swept Frazee during the season in conference play winning by 23 and 12 points while scoring 151 points in their two victories.

But Frazee came out and played their best defensive game of the season as the Lady Hornets led for the majority of the game only to fall to the Cowgirls 44-40.

“It was just an outstanding defensive effort by our kids tonight,” head coach Dave Conzemius said. “They really worked hard in practice this week to be ready for this game and it showed tonight. In the end, we had made a couple of mistakes and their size and depth wore us out.”

Breckenridge had a decided height advantage with Frazee having no player taller than 5-8 while the Cowgirls used a combination of three girls at 5-11 or taller. Despite the difference in height, the Lady Hornets were able to jump out to leads of 10-3 and 18-9 in the first half.

Breckenridge cut the lead to two points at halftime at 22-20 which included a last second shot.

“It would have been nice to have a bigger lead at halftime,” Conzemius said. “But it was still a great effort by the girls to slow them down for the majority of the half.”

The teams battled back and forth in the second half and Frazee held a 34-30 with under nine minutes to go. The Cowgirls responded with an 8-0 run to take their biggest lead of the game but this time the Lady Hornets responded.

Madison Oswald hit a 3-pointer to pull Frazee within one point. After a Breckenridge basket, Josi Tappe was fouled on a 3-pointer and hit all three free throws to tie the game at 40.

Both teams missed a few opportunities for the lead down the stretch until the Cowgirls Alison Beyer scored inside with around a minute left for a two-point lead. The Lady Hornets could not get a shot off on their next possession and turned the ball over which forced them to foul.

Breckenridge would add two more points to the lead, Frazee was able to get off a couple of 3-point attempts that wouldn’t fall and time ran out on the Lady Hornets and their season.

“I am so proud of the girls for their effort tonight in a very difficult place to play,” Conzemius said. “We definitely had our chances to win, but give Breckenridge credit they made more plays down the stretch than us to get the victory.”

Josi Tappe led Frazee with 17 points to go with seven rebounds. Taylor Tappe had six points, seven rebounds and five assists and Kennady Barlund had six points and five steals.

The loss ends the season for Frazee with a record of 14-13 and it was also the final game for senior Taylor Tappe.

“Taylor was an outstanding leader for this team and she will be a big loss for us next season,” Conzemius concluded. “I have no doubt that the kids that our coming back will work to improve their games over the summer.”

Lady Hornets close out regular season with win

The Frazee Lady Hornets used a strong game offensively to cruise to a 67-51 victory at Wadena on Friday night.

The Lady Hornets used a steady performance both inside and outside to score consistently all game long.

“We shot the ball well against their zone and also did a nice job of getting touches inside to keep them off balance,” head coach Dave Conzemius said. “We didn’t have the best night defensively, but our offensive performance was enough to keep them at bay all night.”

Josi Tappe came out with seven steals in the game to give her 100 on the season, breaking the single season record of 99 — held by her sister Alexis – which was set in the 2010-11 season.

Josi Tappe led Frazee (14-12 overall record) with 21 points, 13 assists and seven rebounds to go with her seven steals.

Barlund had 15 points and Taylor Tappe had 14 points and 10 rebounds.

With the win, Frazee ended up with the No. 7 seed in the south half of Section 8AA with the seeds being figured out by a computer ranking. They will play at No. 2 seed Breckenridge (12-10 record) on Thursday at 7 p.m.

“No one really understands how the rankings are compiled and most coaches are very frustrated by it, as we had no say when we went to this rankings formula,” Conzemius said.

“We definitely have a tough game at Breckenridge, but we also know that we have the type of team that can beat anyone on any given night. The girls are very excited for this game.”

The winner of Thursday night’s game will play the winner of the D-G-F at Pelican Rapids game on Saturday night at Concordia at 7:45 p.m.

Hawley got off to fast start on Tuesday night in Hawley and the Lady Hornets never recovered, as the Nuggets beat Frazee 58-30.

The Nuggets (19-6 overall record) started the game with a 10-0 run to take control. Frazee did cut the lead to five points and trailed by only nine points at halftime, but Hawley used another run to start to the second half and never allowed the Lady Hornets back in the game.             

“Hawley dominated from start to finish,” Conzemius said. “They are the type of team you can’t fall behind and expect to come back and win. We give all the credit to them as they played a great game.”

Josi Tappe was the only Lady Hornet in double figures, with 10 points.

Breckenridge 44  Frazee 40

Half: F 22, B 20

Frazee: T. Tappe 6, H. Oswald 3, M. Oswald 5, Barlund 6, Donahue 3, J. Tappe 17

Breckenridge: Lenoue 4, Dahlgren 9, Conzemius 12, Beyer 15, Fredericksen 4

Frazee 67  Wadena-Deer Creek 51

Half: Frazee 32, Wadena 22

Frazee: Josi Tappe 21,  Kennady Barlund 15, Taylor Tappe 14,  Katie Smith 8, Madison Oswald 6, Hailee Oswald 3

2 FG— 18/33; 3 FG— 7/15; FT— 10/15; Rebounds— 27 (8 Off); Assists— 20; Steals— 15; Turnovers— 12

Wadena-Deer Creek: Theisen 26, R. Schwartz 4, O. Schwartz 2. Langer 4, Craig 12

2 FG— 15/37; 3 FG— 1/9; FT— 9/9; Rebounds— 31 (15 Off); Turnovers— 17.