Girls basketball: Wolverines stay fierce in win over Barnesville

The Wolverines next play at Bagley at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 25.

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WDC senior Lauryn Gravelle drains a three-pointer at the buzzer to extend the lead at the half Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022, in Wadena.
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WADENA — The Wadena-Deer Creek and Barnesville girls basketball teams both played as if the season hinged on a win in their matchup Thursday, Feb. 24.
The result was one great game for fans and players alike and an eventual win by the Wolverines 43-41. The back and forth action was strong throughout the entire game with WDC only earning a double-digit lead for a few seconds in the second half. That lead was led by a fantastic performance by Montana Carsten who piled on six three-point shots. She led with 20 points. Addyson Gravelle followed that with 11 points, including seven from the free-throw line. Lauryn Gravelle scored all nine of her points in the first half including a dandy of a three-point shot at the buzzer to go into halftime.

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Montana Carsten, going up against Barnesville's Sydney Strand, was unstoppable with six three point shots, five of them in a row, against Barnesville on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022.
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While just five Wolverines scored in the game it took a constant force of team members pulling down rebounds and being smart with the ball to hold off the Trojans. Barnesville only took a couple three-point shots otherwise they found their way down low when they could break through the Wolverines iron defense.
The teams were neck-and-neck going into the final seconds and it was a Madison Packer steal with just seconds left that helped earn them some time. The Wolverines rejoiced at the missed shot from Barnesville at the buzzer.

Freshman Addyson Gravelle drops in one of her seven free-throw shots on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022.
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Barnesville 19 22 – 41

Wadena-Deer Creek 24 19 – 43


Addyson Gravelle 11, Montana Carsten 20, Madison Packer 2, Lauryn Gravelle 9, Payton Gravelle 1. FT 10-15 (67%). Overall: 14-10. Next: at Bagley 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25.

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