SCF girls eye undefeated regular season

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Webster’s Aliyah Daniels and SCF’s Lucia Neuman go for the loose ball. - Photo by Eugene Sikorski
All that’s left is the fight for second place
ST. CROIX FALLS – The primary questions remaining in the Lakeland West are whether the St. Croix Falls girls basketball team can complete the regular season still undefeated, and which team will finish second to the Saints in the final standings.
The Saints entered the week with a 15-0 overall record and a 9-0 mark in the conference after two more lopsided wins last week over Webster and Ellsworth.
"I’ve had a good run with good teams at St. Croix Falls,” coach Angie Maternowsky said. "This is by far one of the best passing teams I have coached in years.”
The Saints extended their conference winning streak to 45 games – a streak that has lasted more than three years. That roll wasn’t threatened in either the 71-10 win over the Tigers on Friday, Jan. 31, or the 81-55 win over Ellsworth on Thursday, Jan. 30.
Kaylee Miron led four St. Croix Falls scorers in double-digit point totals with 18 in the win over Ellsworth. Lucia Neuman added 15 points while Olivia Miron had 14 and Emily McCurdy had 11. They boosted the Saints to a 50-19 lead entering halftime.
On Friday, the Saints lead was even larger entering the break. They built a 41-6 advantage over the Tigers before halftime, with Emily McCurdy scoring 13 of her game-high 20 points in the first half, where Brianna McCurdy had 11 of her 15 points.
Neuman and Azalea Edwards had 10 points each for St. Croix Falls. The Saints play at Siren this Friday, Feb. 7, and at Prescott on Monday before returning home to host Luck on Tuesday, Feb. 11.
Webster 58, Frederic 55
FREDERIC – The Tigers led by as many as 12 points in the second half of Monday’s game, but still needed late baskets to break a tie and claim the road win.
Brooke Hetfeld led Webster with 14 points and 10 rebounds, helping the Tigers turn a one-point deficit at halftime into a double-digit lead in the second half. Frederic’s Hannah Schmidt led the comeback effort, scoring six consecutive Vikings points to bring them within seven near the midway point of the second half.
Soon after, Schmidt had back-to-back baskets to pull the Vikings within a point at 48-47 before two free throws from Haley Ennis gave them a 49-48 lead.
The game was tied 53-53 in the final two minutes, but a 3-pointer from Hannah McDowell gave Webster a 56-53 lead and a pair of free throws from Hetfeld secured the win.
McDowell and Jenna Gomulak had 14 points each for Webster; Torrance Wols had 12 points. Schmidt finished with a game-high 17 points; Kennady Alseth added 14 and Ennis had 12 points and eight rebounds for Frederic.
Unity 79, Luck 51
LUCK – Though the battle for leading scorer was up for grabs on Friday, Jan. 31, the Eagles didn’t allow much chance for the Cardinals to get a home win.
Grace Thoreson led all scorers with 27 points for Luck, though Raegan Sorensen’s 26 points along with complementary scoring gave the Eagles a large lead entering halftime and the eventual win. Sorensen added seven steals and rebounds, along with six assists for Unity. Sierra Swanson had 14 points and seven rebounds while Sydney Bader had 12 points.
Coral Melin had eight points for the Cardinals and Sommer Asper added seven.
Siren 51, Grantsburg 43
SIREN – Morgan Shetler had a game-high 22 points for the Dragons in their home win on Friday, Jan. 31.
Shetler sank three 3-pointers for the Dragons, who ended the game just 6-for-29 from long range. Olivia Ohnstad led the Pirates with 14 points and Brooke Quimby added 13, allowing Grantsburg an early lead and to enter halftime with a 29-29 tie.
But the scoring from Shetler, along with eight second-half points from Hannah Lemieux, helped Siren finish with the win.
Northwood 50, Frederic 37
MINONG – A 10-point first half for the Vikings was too much to overcome in the second half of Friday’s loss.
Hannah Schmidt and Kennady Alseth had 11 points each for Frederic; Haley Ennis added nine points and seven rebounds.
Luck 54, Mercer 34
LUCK – Grace Thoreson had a game-high 25 points for the Cardinals in a win at home on Tuesday, Jan. 28.
Sommer Asper had 15 points and 13 rebounds for Luck, which held Mercer to 13 first-half points to take an 11-point advantage into halftime. Gabby Engstrand added eight points.
Grantsburg 56, Turtle Lake 26
TURTLE LAKE – The Pirates defense was stifling in their road win on Jan. 28.
Grantsburg forced 37 Turtle Lake turnovers and allowed only 10 second-half points.
"We were able to push the ball up the floor and convert on many breakaways,” Grantsburg coach Penny Curtin said. "We played solid defense and created many turnovers. It was a great game for our team.”
Brooke Quimby led the Pirates with 18 points; Olivia Ohnstad had 15 points and Madison Schafer had 13.
Shell Lake 49, Webster 46
SHELL LAKE – Brooke Hetfeld went 10-for-13 at the free-throw line to finish with 22 points in the Tigers win on Jan. 28.
Hetfeld also had 20 rebounds for the Tigers, who got the win despite going 15-for-59 from the floor as a team and just 3-for-14 from 3-point range. Torrance Wols added eight points for Webster; Jenna Gomulak had six points and nine rebounds while Hannah McDowell had five points and eight rebounds.
Unity 59, Cumberland 26
BALSAM LAKE – Raegan Sorenson had a game-high 20 points for the Eagles in their win on Jan. 28.
Sorenson made nine of her 15 attempts from the floor and added a team-high six rebounds. Sierra Swanson added 15 points for Unity and Madison Strange had 11 points.

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