Saint girls fall short of win No. 22; enter playoffs Friday

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The St. Croix Falls Saints captured the Lakeland West Conference title again this season - the fourth title in a row. Pictured back (L to R): Paige Hansen, coach Angie Maternowsky, coach Holly English, Sidrah Edwards, Emily McCurdy, Olivia Miron, Emma Cooper, Azalea Edwards, Bryanna Raddatz, Raelynn Kruger and coach Adam Kovar. Front: Jordan Lee, Lucia Neuman, Kaylee Miron, Sydnei Larson and Brianna McCurdy. – Photo by Sharon Wampfler
Regular season ends on winning note for most area teams
ST. CROIX FALLS – Nearly one year to the day of their last loss, the St. Croix Falls girls basketball team had their perfect record spoiled in their regular-season finale.
The Saints held a 21-0 overall record entering the Thursday, Feb. 20, home game against Clear Lake, to be followed with a first-round postseason bye. Unfortunately for the Saints, they weren’t able to get No. 22 before the playoffs.
“We did not rebound well,” St. Croix Falls coach Angie Maternowski said. “Our passes were not very good against a tough defense. Hopefully we can clean things up for the playoffs.”
Clear Lake’s Madison Zimmer scored a game-high 24 points and added nine rebounds in a 46-39 win over the Saints, dropping their overall record to 21-1 on the season. It was their first loss since last season’s 55-50 sectional semifinal loss to Colfax on Feb. 28.
Emily McCurdy scored a team-high 16 points for St. Croix Falls and led the team to a 19-15 lead entering halftime. But Clear Lake held the Saints to 14 makes from the floor, including a 4-for-17 performance from 3-point range.
Olivia Miron added nine points and five assists for St. Croix Falls; Lucia Neuman had eight points.
The Saints ended the regular season with a 21-1 overall record and earned a first-round bye for the postseason.
Unity 65, Grantsburg 25
BALSAM LAKE – The Eagles ended their runner-up season in the Lakeland West with a 65-25 rout over the Pirates on Friday, Feb. 21.
The home win gave Unity a nine-game winning streak to end the regular season and two of those came against Grantsburg. The Eagles defeated the Pirates 82-47 just 10 days earlier; they had an 18-3 overall record and a 10-2 mark in the conference to finish two games behind St. Croix Falls in the standings.
The loss for Grantsburg stopped a two-game win streak and dropped them to 10-12 overall on the season, with a 3-9 mark in the conference.
Unity drew a first-round bye for the postseason while the Pirates hosted Chetek-Weyerhaeuser this Tuesday, Feb. 25, to open the playoffs.
Luck 33, Northwood 30
MINONG – Sommer Asper had a team-high 14 points for the Cardinals in their win on Thursday, Feb. 20.
Asper scored 10 of her points in the first half and six of those were on 3-pointers. However, the Cardinals still trailed 19-16 entering halftime. Grace Thoreson scored eight of her nine points in the second half and sank some of Luck’s crucial second-half free throws. Thoreson made four of the team’s eight attempts at the line after halftime.
Luck finished in a third-place tie with Siren in the final Lakeland West standings at 5-7 and had a 10-12 overall record. The Cardinals hosted Solon Springs this Tuesday, Feb. 25, in their playoff opener.
Siren 64, Shell Lake 59
SIREN – Lindsay Liljenberg scored a game-high 27 points for the Dragons in their win to conclude the regular season with a three-game winning streak on Thursday, Feb. 20.
Liljenberg made two of the team’s four 3-pointers in the game and had to lead the team’s second-half surge that erased a Shell Lake lead. The Dragons scored 37 second-half points to turn a four-point halftime deficit into an eventual win.
Vinni Rightman added 12 points and Morgan Shetler had 10 for the Dragons, who took a 14-7 overall record into their first-round playoff matchup against Bayfield at home on Tuesday, Feb. 25.
Frederic 50, Clayton 29
FREDERIC – The Vikings concluded their regular season with a home win on Thursday, Feb. 20.
Hannah Schmidt scored a game-high 15 points while Frederic’s defense helped build and maintain a double-digit lead. Haley Ennis and Kennady Alseth had 12 points each for the Vikings, who took an 8-14 overall record into their first-round home playoff matchup with Mercer this Tuesday, Feb. 25.
Grantsburg 63, Turtle Lake 48
GRANTSBURG – The Pirates had a season-high point total to earn their second consecutive win on Thursday, Feb. 20.
Olivia Ohnstad scored a game-high 25 points for the Pirates, who built a late 22-point lead and were able to get substitutions, which helped rest players before the following night and their third game in four days.
Brooke Quimby had 15 points for Grantsburg; Madison Schafer added 14.
Webster 64, Winter 37
WEBSTER – Hannah McDowell scored a game-high 25 points for the Tigers in a home win on Thursday, Feb. 20.
She made seven of her 11 3-point attempts, accounting for all but one of Webster’s long-range makes in the game. Grace McCool added 11 points and four steals while Jenna Gomulak had eight points and five rebounds.
The Tigers started postseason play at Mellen on Tuesday, Feb. 25.
Grantsburg 37, Cameron 30
GRANTSBURG – The Pirates started their three-game week with a win at home on Tuesday, Feb. 18.
Olivia Ohnstad had 17 points and seven rebounds while Brooke Quimby had 13 points and 12 rebounds for Grantsburg. The win snapped a three-game skid for the Pirates.
SCF 72, Somerset 35
ST. CROIX FALLS – Four players had double-digit point totals for the Saints in a lopsided home win on Feb. 18.
St. Croix Falls limited Somerset to just 15 points in the first half and Olivia Miron led the offense with 16 points and 13 rebounds in the game. Emily McCurdy had 14 points and eight rebounds; Lucia Neuman and Brianna McCurdy had 12 points each.
The Saints forced 30 Somerset turnovers and allowed just two Somerset players more than one make from the floor in the game.
Siren 58, Washburn 34
SIREN – The Siren Dragons had 11 players score in their home win on Feb. 18.
Hannah Lemieux led the team with 11 points and helped Siren more than double Washburn’s first-half point total to take a 31-14 lead into the break. Lindsay Liljenberg added eight points and Angel Lightfeather had seven.
SS 42, Frederic 38
SOLON SPRINGS – Despite a game-high 23 points and 18 rebounds from Hannah Schmidt, the Vikings took a road loss on Feb. 18.
Schmidt scored the team’s first six points and its final two points of the half, but the Vikings trailed 18-14 entering halftime. She then scored nine consecutive points in the second half to give Frederic their first lead at 29-27. But the Eagles closed the game with an 8-2 run, including five points at the free-throw line in the final 90 seconds, to secure the win.
Tessa Domagala added eight points and seven rebounds for Frederic; Haley Ennis had five points and eight rebounds.

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