Matter leads Lakers past WDC 65-63
Jenny Matter put on a free throw shooting clinic Tuesday night that gave her Detroit Lakes Lakers a hard-fought 65-63 victory over Wadena-Deer Creek.
The Detroit Lakes post canned 19 of 22 shots at the charity stripe and scored a game-high 23 points in the hotly-contested Mid-State Conference tilt.
"The difference in the game was not defending in the low post and fouled their post player," Wadena-Deer Creek head coach Brian Silbernick said.
The Lakers needed all of the points Matter could supply because the Wolverines brought some offense of their own to the court. Kelsi Crawford netted 16 points and Hannah Toedter chipped in with 15 more. Emily Miron broke into the double figure scoring column with 10 tallies.
"We played one of our better games offensively," Silbernick said. "Kelsi Crawford had one of her better offensive games of the season, Hannah Toedter continues to play well overall. Emily Miron came off the bench and gave us a boost on the offensive end."
The Lakers were held to just nine field goals but they connected on seven treys and 26 of 33 free throws for a red-hot 79 percent. Kaylie Muckenhern dropped in five threes for a 15-point night. Courtney Gray and Courtney Hedstrom had 12 and 10 points respectively.
Crawford, Toedter and Rachel Carlisle combined for 15 rebounds.
The Wolverines will play road games Tuesday and Thursday with Pine River-Backus and Hawley.
DETROIT LAKES (65)
C. Gray 12, T. Tschider 2, C. Hedstrom 10, J. Matter 23, K. Muckenhern 15, R. Shane 3. Totals: 9/7 26-33 65
WADENA-DEER CREEK (63)
Caitlin Volkmann 3, H. Toedter 15, Courtney Volkmann 8, A. Jackson 2, K. Crawford 16, R. Carlisle 9, E. Miron 10. Totals: 19/3 16-27 63
Detroit Lakes 29 36 -- 65
Wadena-Deer Creek 26 37 -- 63
Fouls: DL 22; WDC 17
Fouled Out: Gray (DL), Carlisle, Jackson (WDC)
Wadena-Deer Creek 52
Four Falcons scored in double figures Wednesday as Faribault toppled Wadena-Deer Creek in the Otter Holiday Classic's third place game.
Jenna Henry and Michaela Smith led the Falcons with 15 tallies apiece. Emily Dell canned a dozen and Marisa Amacher scored 10.
Rachel Craig shook off a weak scoring performance against Fergus Falls to lead the Wolverines with 14 points. Kelsi Crawford and Courtney Volkmann netted 10 apiece.
Both clubs had a ton of chances at the foul stripe. The Falcons converted on 26 of 35 attempts for a strong 74.3 percent clip. The Wolverines made good on 17 of 30 shots for 57 percent.
The Wolverines were coming off a rough 65-31 loss to Fergus Falls.
"We played better in this game which was promising," WDC head coach Brian Silbernick said. "We still need to improve our defense and rebounding."
WDC's Hannah Toedter was named to the all-tournament team.
J. Henry 15, M. Amacher 10, M. Smith 15, E. Dell 12, T. Burkhartzmeyer 8, M. Stoeckel 4. Totals: 17/2 26-35 64
H. Theisen 5, H. Toedter 2, C. Volkmann 10, A. Jackson 7, K. Timm 3, K. Crawford 10, R. Craig 14, R. Carlisle 1. Totals: 16/1 17-30 52
Faribault 34 30 - 64
WDC 29 23 - 52