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Cardinals hold off Wolverines in season opener

The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines struggled to slow down Staples-Motley’s Claire Wolhowe as she led the Cardinals to a 57-49 victory on Nov. 28 in Staples in the girls basketball season opener for both teams.

Wolhowe finished with 27 points, leading all scorers and willing her Cardinals to the victory. She did most of her damage from the free throw line, hitting 14 of her 16 attempts at the line. She hit just six shots from the field, while taking 23 on the night.

Tabatha Allen added 10 points for the Cardinals as they packed a potent punch on the inside. The Cardinals controlled the glass throughout the game, out-rebounding the smaller Wolverines, 45-19.

Kennedy Gravelle paced the Wolverines. She finished with a team high of 10 points. Ashley Adams, Casey Volkmann, Ellie Miron and Mackenzie Carsten finished with eight points each in the defeat.

The Wolverines trailed by six at the break, but could not overcome the early deficit. The Cardinals outscored the Wolverines, 27-25, in the second half, holding on for the eight point victory.

The Cardinals took advantage of a disparity at the free throw line in the win. The Cardinals hit 26 of their 35 free throws, while the Wolverines struggled at the line. The Wolverines only hit eight of their 21 free throws.

The Wolverines continue a busy opening week when they open their home portion of the schedule on Thursday, Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m. against Long Prairie-Grey Eagle. They also host Bagley on Friday, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. as well.

WDC 24 25--49

SM 30 27--57

WDC-MacKenzie Salge 5, Ashley Adams 8, Casey Volkmann 8, Sophie Kreklau 2, Elie Miron 8, Kennedy Gravelle 10, Mackenzie Carsten 8

3-point goals-Volkmann, Gravelle 2, Carsten 2

SM-Kaila Erbe 3, Haley Cichos 5, Kaitlyn Smith 3, Keira Dumpprope 8, Claire Wolhowe 27, Tabatha Allen 11

3-point goals-Cichos, Smith, Wolhowe

Jason Groth

 Groth is a Minnesota Newspaper Association award-winning Sports Editor of the Perham Focus and the Wadena Pioneer Journal. Groth worked in Grand Rapids as the Sports Director at KOZY/KMFY radio for two years and prior to that he was the Sports Editor/Writer for the Grand Rapids Herald-Review for seven years. 

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