Wadena-Deer Creek slowed down the Hornets in the second half building a double-digit lead on its way to a 74-59 victory over the Frazee Hornets at the Wadena High School gymnasium Tuesday night.
“I didn’t think we played the best game we have played, but we played well enough to get things done,” Wadena-Deer Creek head coach Kevin Tumberg said. “We have to find that mix between offense and defense where we have them on the same night. So far this season, we haven’t found that. It’s going to be a fun game when we do.”
Noah Ross led all scorers with 28 points for the Wolverines, while Ryan Anderson poured in 15 points. Bereket Loer finished with 13 to help the Wolverines snap a two-game skid.
The Wolverines controlled the glass in the second half, especially on the defensive end, limiting the Hornets to one shot most of their second half possessions.
“We stressed that at halftime. We have to hold them to one shot,” Tumberg said. “It’s been a stress of ours all season long. The second half it showed it makes a big difference when you hold them to one shot. Their attempts go way down and therefore their percentage goes down and it keeps the score low.”
The Wolverines found success pounding the ball inside with Anderson in the first half. He scored 13 of his 15 points in the opening half. Ross had success inside as well, often using drives and floaters in the lane, helping the Wolverines attack and build a first half lead.
Wadena-Deer Creek led wire-to-wire, building up a 10-point first half lead early, before the Hornets cut it down to five points. However, the Wolverines stretched it back to seven at the break.
Chris Hughes paced the Hornets with 17 points. Cole Fleisher added nine points in the loss for Frazee. The Hornets are 1-8 overall and have a stiff test against No. 10A Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal (7-0) Friday, Jan. 5 at home.
F 32 27--59
W 39 35--74
F - Chris Hughes 17, Cole Fleisher 9, Broden Fleisher 7, Joby Geifer 2, Eddie Croucher 4, Vincent Helmers 6, Reid Eckert 8, Jack Courneya 6.
W - Bereket Loer 13, Matt Goeden 7, Hunter Hawkins 2, Thomas Quincer 5, Lucas Doyle 4, Noah Ross 28, Ryan Anderson 15.