Pequot Lakes' Emily and Mattie Lueck were a double dose of poison for the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines Saturday as they combined for 47 points in a 69-60 South Subsection 8AA semifinal win.
Emily tallied a game-high 30 points and also dished out six assists. Mattie had a double-double with 17 points and 14 boards. The victory set up the top-seeded Patriots to play defending Section 8AA champ Hawley for the South Sub-Section 8AA championship.
The loss knocked the Wolverines out of the playoffs and gave them a final season record of 20-6.
Emily Miron collected 24 points for the Wolverines and grabbed 18 rebounds. Courtney Volkmann netted a dozen points and dished out seven assists. The Wolverines were hurt by poor floor shooting (21 percent) and the loss of Miron and fellow starter Avery Jackson in the second half with injuries.
The Wolverines, who handed the Patriots their only loss of the regular season Jan. 18 at Pequot, trailed by 18 with five minutes left in the game. The Wolverines staged a terrific comeback at that point and a pair of Volkmann three-pointers cut Pequot's lead to five with 1:48 remaining.
"We gave it a great effort but we couldn't get the ball to fall tonight," WDC head coach Keith Ferris said. "Our defense kept us in the game."
WADENA-DEER CREEK (60)
A. Jackson 8, Caitlin Volkmann 3, Courtney Volkmann 12, E. Miron 24, H. Theisen 6, K. Crawford 5, M. Moenkedick 2. Totals: 17/3 17-28 60
PEQUOT LAKES (69)
K. Beltz 7, M. Lueck 17, K. Johnson 5, K. Miller 2, E. Lueck 30, V. Lane 2, K. Wangen 6. 21/3 15-27 69
Wadena-Deer Creek 21 39 -- 60
Pequot Lakes 26 43 -- 69
Fouls: WDC 24; PL 22
Wadena-Deer Creek 61, Pelican Rapids 39
The Wolverines did not want another one-point nail-biter with the Vikings.
The South Sub-Section 8AA quarterfinal was a far cry from the 49-48 squeaker that WDC won at Pelican Rapids Dec. 21.
The No. 5 Vikings had a terrible time scoring on the No. 4 Wolverines in the first half. The WDC squad built a 17-4 lead before the Vikes figured out how to put points on the board. Brian Korf's club played with their hosts the rest of the first half and actually out-scored the Wolverines 16-15 but there was still a gap of a dozen points at the midway point.
The Vikings shot a weak 24 percent from the field hitting on just 13 of 54 attempts.
"The girls played great defense, I give them all credit," WDC head coach Keith Ferris said.
Ferris got scoring from eight of his players. Courtney Volkmann led the way with 15 points. Hope Theisen dropped in 11. Avery Jackson was good 10. The Wolverines connected on 21 of 48 shots for a 44 percent clip.
Kelsi Crawford led the Wolverines in rebounds with eight.
Pelican's Mackenzie and Bailey Strand joined Anna Skow-Anderson with 10 points.
The Vikings ended the season with a 19-8 record.
PELICAN RAPIDS (39)
M. Strand 10, M. Johnson 2, A. Skow-Anderson 10, M. Korf 5, B. Strand 10, E. Morgan 2. Totals: 11/2 11-23 39
WADENA-DEER CREEK (61)
C. Dumpprope 3, A. Jackson 10, C. Volkmann 15, E. Miron 7, H. Theisen 11, K. Crawford 4, M. Moenkedick 6, R. Craig 5. Totals: 20/1 18-28 61
Pelican Rapids 20 19 -- 39
Wadena-Deer Creek 32 29 -- 61
Fouls: PR 18; WDC 12