A David vs. Goliath matchup on the Concordia hardcourt went Pelican Rapids’ way Tuesday as the third-ranked Vikings defeated Wadena-Deer Creek 54-44 in the Section 8AA semifinal round.
The diminutive Vikings managed to convert on 15 of 19 free-throw opportunities against the Wolverines, who could post up 6-2 Emily Miron and 6-1 Melissa Moenkedick under the hoop.
The loss ended a seven-game winning streak for the fifth-ranked Wolverines, which included a one-point win over No. 4 Frazee (19-7) and a 41-36 upset of No. 1-ranked Hawley (20-5).
The Vikings (20-7) earned a shot at Crookston (21-5), a 76-67 semifinal winner over Pequot Lakes Tuesday, at 7 p.m. Saturday on the Bemidji State University court. The winner of Saturday’s tilt advances to the Class AA state tournament March 13-16 in the Twin Cities.
The Wolverines and the Vikings went into the half knotted at 22-all. A 3-pointer by Sydney Schissel tied the game at 36-all with seven minutes remaining. The Vikes went on a six-point run, but the Wolverines whittled their lead to three, 44-41 with two minutes left. Mackenzie Korf then put the game away for the Vikings at the free-throw stripe where the 5-5 senior was eight-for-eight. Korf had 15 points while her sister, Madison, added 13.
Miron came up with a double-double in her last basketball game for the Wolverines, scoring 18 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. Hope Theisen netted 12 points.
The Vikings held a 35-27 edge on the boards and outrebounded the Wolverines 20-10 in the second half.
“We didn’t play as well as I thought we could have,” Wadena-Deer Creek Head Coach Keith Ferris said. “When we only shot 26 percent as a team, it is hard to win games like these.”
The Wolverines ended their season with an 18-10 record.
WADENA-DEER CREEK (44)
H. Theisen 12, S. Schissel 5, C. Volkmann 7, E. Miron 16, M. Moenkedick 4. Totals: 12/4 8-15 44
PELICAN RAPIDS (54)
S. Haugrud 6, Mackenzie Korf 15, Madison Korf 13, K. Weinrich 9, A. Huseby 2, L. Haiby 5, L. Pfeifle 5. Totals: 12/5 15-19 54
WDC 22 22 — 44
Pelican Rapids 22 32 — 54
Fouls: PR 15; WDC 16
WDC 41, Hawley 36
The Wolverines stunned a state-ranked Hawley club for their seventh straight court victory March 2 at Concordia.
The Nuggets entered the game ranked No. 1 in the south half of Section 8AA while the Wolverines brought a No. 5 ranking into the game.
“Going into the game I knew it was going to be low-scoring,” WDC Head Coach Keith Ferris said. “Hawley likes to slow it down and frustrate teams. We were able to keep our composure and stick to our game plan.”
The Nuggets held a slim 18-16 lead at halftime, but grabbed a four-point lead early in the second half. Back-to-back 3-pointers quickly vaulted the Wolverines back on top.
“It just seemed like we couldn’t get over the jump,” Hawley Head Coach Bill Gottenborg said. “They always seemed to come back and make the shots.”
Caitlin Volkmann led the Wolverines with 13 points. Emily Miron canned 10.
Olivia Olson paced the Nuggets with 10 points.
The two teams met Dec. 14 on the WDC court, and the Wolverines emerged with a 34-33 win.
The Nuggets ended their season with a 20-5 record. The Wolverines climbed to 18-9.
WADENA-DEER CREEK (41)
H. Theisen 4, S. Schissel 6, C. Volkmann 13, E. Miron 10, M. Moenkedick 6, M. Hartman 2. Totals: 11/5 4-10 41
J. Noreen 6, O. Olson 10, M. Aakre 4, M. Ellefson 9, D. Sannes 7. Totals: 13/2 4-6 36
Wadena-Deer Creek 16 25 — 41
Hawley 18 18 — 36
WDC 47, Frazee 46
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines were able to get scoring from only four players Tuesday night in a 60-52 loss to Mid-State Conference foe Pequot Lakes.
Emily Miron, Sydney Schissel and Caitlin Volkmann came up with double figure scoring Feb. 28 as the fifth-ranked Wolverines opened South Sub-Section 8AA tournament play by edging No. 4 Frazee.
Miron netted 17 points while Schissel canned 12 and Volkmann scored 10.
The Hornets, who edged the Wolverines in two regular season games, had a chance to tie the game with 5.8 seconds left, but failed to convert.
Alexis Tappe paced the Hornets with 15 points. Kennady Barlund chalked up 10.
WADENA-DEER CREEK (47)
H. Theisen 4, S. Schissel 12, C. Volkmann 10, M. Hartman 2, E. Miron 17, C. Dumpprope 2. Totals: 17/4 1-2 47
T. Tappe 3, A. Tappe 15, K. McCorquodale 9, J. Tappe 9, K. Barlund 10. Totals: 13/5 5-10 46
WDC 27 20 — 47
Frazee 27 19 — 46