Dragon girls’ playoff run ends at hands of Hurley

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Frederic’s Karlie Alexander puts up a shot from a kneeling position against Shell Lake. - Photo by Larry Samson
Viking girls make it to regional title game

HURLEY – The Siren girls basketball team nearly followed a winless in-conference record last season with a regional championship this season. 
After going just 5-17 overall for the 2018-2019 season, the Dragons reversed their fortunes in 2019-2020 with 16 wins, including a pair of playoff victories. However, the 17th win would have meant a regional title and the chance for even more wins. 
Siren had its postseason run ended on Saturday with a 52-49 loss to Hurley. 
"From five wins to 16 wins is a great improvement for us,” Siren coach Ryan Karsten said. "We knew this year would be better and next year will be even better yet.”
Morgan Shetler and Jaidyn Jewell combined for 18 second-half points to give Siren a lead with eight minutes remaining in regulation, before miscues cost the Dragons a shot at their first regional title in nearly a decade. 
"We had multiple turnovers and missed shots in the last three minutes,” Karsten said. 
Shetler led Siren with 13 points while Lindsay Liljenberg and Jewell had 10 points each; Madison Thiex added seven points. The Dragons finished with a 16-8 overall record. 
Hurley 51, Frederic 34
HURLEY – No Frederic player reached double-digit points in Saturday’s regional title game and the Vikings season was concluded with a loss. 
Hannah Schmidt had nine points and 13 rebounds to help Frederic to an early 13-5 lead. But an 8-0 run by Hurley tied the game and its 11-0 run to end the half gave it a 26-15 lead entering the break. 
The Vikings pulled to within eight points several times in the second half but Hurley’s advantage at the free-throw line helped preserve the win. Hurley finished 12-for-18 at the line while Frederic was just 2-for-13. 
Kennady Alseth had nine points and six rebounds for the Vikings; Tessa Domagala had eight points and Karlie Alexander had seven points with seven rebounds. Frederic ends the season with a 9-15 overall record. 
Solon Springs 62, Luck 59
LUCK – The Cardinals playoff run came to an abrupt end with a loss to Solon Springs on Feb. 25. 
Kylli Rajala scored a game-high 28 points for the Eagles and Kyra Latvala added 17; both led Solon Springs to a first-half lead despite the scoring from Grace Thoreson and Sommer Asper. 
Thoreson scored 14 of her team-high 22 points in the first half while Asper added nine before halftime. However, the rest of Luck’s roster managed just four points in the first and the Cardinals trailed by five at the break. 
Solon Springs wasn’t impressive at the free-throw line but did just enough to get the win. The Eagles finished the game 18-for-36 at the line while the Cardinals finished 10-for-19. 
Asper finished with 18 points for Luck, which ended the season with a 10-13 overall record. 
Siren 53, South Shore 48
SIREN – The Dragons success from 3-point range gave them the edge in Friday’s regional semifinal. 
While South Shore was just 3-for-23 from long distance, Hannah Lemieux made four 3-pointers on her own for Siren to finish with 12 points. Lindsay Liljenberg led the Dragons with 17 points and Morgan Shetler added 11, including six points on 3-pointers. 
The win propelled Siren to the regional championship game against Hurley. 
Frederic 45, Mercer 43 (OT)
FREDERIC – Hannah Schmidt reached the 1,000-point mark, scoring 18 in the Vikings opening-round playoff win over Mercer on Tuesday, Feb. 25. 
She hit the four-digit mark for her career with a first-half free throw, which was one of 10 she made in the game. Frederic held Mercer to just 12 first-half points while Schmidt and Tessa Domagala combined for 13 prior to halftime, leading the Vikings to a 22-10 advantage entering the break. 
But, the Tigers made a second-half comeback, outscoring the Vikings 27-17 and forcing overtime. 
Frederic then secured the win at the free-throw line, getting three makes from Kennady Alseth in overtime and a basket from Domagala. 
Domagala finished with 10 points for Frederic; Alseth had seven and Karlie Alexander added six. 
Siren 69, Bayfield 47
SIREN – Lindsay Liljenberg had a game-high 22 points for the Dragons in a first-round win at home on Feb. 25. 
Liljenberg had four of Siren’s eight 3-pointers in the game and Morgan Shetler scored six of her 17 points from the 3-point line. Jaidyn Jewell added 10 points for the Dragons, who advanced to face South Shore in the following round. 
C-W 48, Grantsburg 45
GRANTSBURG – Brooke Quimby had 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Pirates but they still lost their playoff opener to Chetek-Weyerhaeuser on Feb. 25. 
Grantsburg had to fight out of an early deficit due to miscues and many missed shots. 
"We shot only 15% from the floor in the first 14 minutes,” Grantsburg coach Penny Curtin said. "We fought, scratched and clawed our way back into the game.”
Olivia Ohnstad finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds, combining efforts with Quimby to lead the Pirates back into the game, and they were within a basket at the end, but they needed more makes early. 
"We outplayed (Chetek-Weyerhaeuser) in many ways, but not in the way that matters,” Curtin said. "We had more shots taken, more offensive rebounds, more steals and fewer turnovers. It was a disappointing end to the season but not a disappointing season.”
Madison Schafer added nine points for Grantsburg, which finished with a 10-13 overall record. 
Mellen 68, Webster 64
MELLEN – The scoring options were limited for Mellen but they provided enough to get a postseason win at home over Webster on Thursday. 
Jordyn Delegan had a game-high 29 points for the Granite Diggers while teammates Ava Jokinen had 18 and Mickey Simmons added 13. The rest of Mellen’s roster accounted for only eight points. 
Brooke Hetfeld led the Tigers with 16 points and seven rebounds; Hannah McDowell had 15 points and 12 rebounds while Jenna Gomulak and Torrance Wols had eight points each for Webster. 
The Tigers ended the regular season with a 7-16 overall record. 

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