Viking girls preserve narrow victory over Pirates

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Grantsburg’s Brooke Quimby takes the ball down the court. - Photo by Sue Bunting
FREDERIC – Fortunately for the Frederic girls basketball team, not enough time remained for Madison Schafer to try another late 3-pointer.
The Vikings held an 11-point lead in the final minutes of Friday’s game against Grantsburg but a late 8-0 run by the Pirates, including a pair of 3-pointers from Schafer made it close. Frederic didn’t allow another late Grantsburg shot that could have tied the game to preserve a 50-47 win.
An early 6-0 run by the Vikings erased a Grantsburg lead and put Frederic up 12-6 in the first half. But, the Pirates went on an 11-1 run that included five consecutive points from Brooke Quimby, to reclaim the lead.
Grantsburg eventually took a 23-20 lead into halftime and when the Vikings tied the game at 27-27, the game’s leading scorers exchanged 3-pointers. Schafer and Kennady Alseth re-tied the game at 30-30 and another from Alseth shortly after again tied the game, at 34-34.
Alseth later sank her third 3-pointer of the half to put Frederic up 44-39 and start a run that extended the lead to 50-39. However, the Pirates had nearly two minutes for a late comeback attempt and it nearly worked.
Quimby made a shot that was followed by consecutive 3-pointers from Schafer. But the Vikings were able to prevent another score in the final seconds to take the win.
"The girls played hard and came charging back,” Grantsburg coach Penny Curtin said. "We just ran out of time.
"Hats off to the Vikings and their 3-point shooting; they hit many timely shots in the second half.”
Hannah Schmidt finished with 12 points for Frederic; Haley Ennis had nine points with eight rebounds and Tessa Domagala had eight points. Quimby finished with 13 for Grantsburg and Olivia Ohnstad had 12 points with eight rebounds.
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PRESCOTT – Olivia Miron scored a game-high 24 points for the Saints in their win on Monday.
Miron scored 12 points in the first half while Lucia Neuman sank two 3-pointers and Brianna McCurdy added eight. They led St. Croix Falls to a 33-23 lead entering halftime.
The Saints helped preserve their lead in the second half with 11 makes at the free throw line. Brianna McCurdy finished with 13 points; Emily McCurdy had 12 and Sidrah Edwards had 11 for the Saints, who remained undefeated on the season at 18-0.
Grantsburg 54, Luck 40
GRANTSBURG – Brooke Quimby had a game-high 22 points for the Pirates in their Feb. 4 win.
Olivia Ohnstad and Madison Schafer had 10 points each for Grantsburg, which has gone nearly two months without losing consecutive games.
Unity 76, Frederic 34
BALSAM LAKE – Raegan Sorensen had a game-high 22 points and added six steals for the Eagles in their home win on Feb. 4.
Unity started the game with a 22-4 run and took a 40-16 lead into halftime. Myah Nelson had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Eagles; Sierra Swanson had 15 points and Madison Strange added 14 points with eight rebounds and seven assists.
Hannah Schmidt led the Vikings with 12 points and 11 rebounds; Kennady Alseth had 10 points and Karlie Alexander added 10 rebounds.
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SIREN – Lucia Neuman scored a game-high 13 points for the Saints while Azalea Edwards and Olivia Miron added 12 each in the Saints’ road win on Friday.
Neuman sank a pair of 3-pointers in the first half and led St. Croix Falls to a 41-16 lead. While the Saints had six players with more than one basket in the half, the Dragons had just three and no players with more than two.
Emily and Brianna McCurdy had seven points each for St. Croix Falls. Jaidyn Jewell led Siren with 10 points and Morgan Shetler had seven.
Clayton 59, Luck 57
LUCK – The Cardinals finished a basket shy at home on Monday.
Coral Melin scored a game-high 16 points for the Cardinals and Grace Thoreson scored 12 of her 15 points in the first half, leading the team to a 35-24 advantage entering halftime.
But, Luck was limited to 22 points in the second half and Clayton held the one-basket lead at the end of regulation.
Sommer Asper added 14 points for the Cardinals.
Siren 85, Webster 69
WEBSTER – Lindsay Liljenberg, Hannah Lemieux and Morgan Shetler led Siren’s 3-point attack in a high-scoring win over the Tigers on Feb. 4.
Liljenberg sank six 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 28 points for the Dragons while Lemieux and Shetler had four 3-pointers each. Lemieux finished with 17 points and Shetler had 16 for Siren, which finished 15-for-26 from 3-point range in the game.
Brooke Hetfeld led the Tigers with 18 points along with 18 rebounds and helped them stay close in the first half, entering the break trailing just 36-33. But, the Dragons scored 49 second-half points to take a double-digit lead to the end.
Jaidyn Jewell added nine points for Siren; Torrance Wols had 14 for Webster and Grace McCool added 11.
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AMERY – Four players reached double-digit point totals for the Saints in their win on Feb. 4.
Emily McCurdy had a game-high 18 points while Lucia Neuman and Azalea Edwards had 12 points each. Olivia Miron added 10 points for St. Croix Falls, which built a 20-point lead before halftime.
St. Croix Falls finished 21-for-37 from the floor and made seven of its 12 3-point attempts.
Webster 49, Luck 38
WEBSTER – The Tigers had the scoring depth lacked by Luck in a win on Thursday.
Webster’s Brooke Hetfeld shared game-high scoring status with Luck’s Coral Melin, each finishing with 15 points. But the Tigers also got 10 points from Torrance Wols, nine from Hannah McDowell and seven from Grace McCool. Meanwhile, the Cardinals got just 23 points from the rest of their roster. McKenna Delany and Sommer Asper had eight points each for Luck.

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