Lady Saints clear another hurdle toward conference title

Frederic makes it five straight with win over Siren

St. Croix Falls 55, Unity 38

Marty Seeger|Staff writer

BALSAM LAKE – The game of the evening at Unity High School ended with a splash for the St. Croix Falls girls on Friday, Feb. 2. The Lady Saints took yet another step toward securing their second consecutive West Lakeland Conference title with a big win on the road against Unity.

The Saints improved to 9-0 in the conference with their win over the second-best team in the conference. Unity moved to a respectable 8-2 record, but with three conference games left to the season for St. Croix Falls, they clearly control their future. All three games are against teams with sub-.500 records.

Sierra Swanson of Unity tangles with Saints senior Annalise Parks on Friday, Feb. 2, during a conference game at Unity. The Saints took another step closer to securing a conference title in the West Lakeland. – Photo by Eugene Sikorski

This was the Saints second and final regular season meeting against Unity. The first time the two teams met in mid-December, it was all Saints with an 82-50 win. Last week the Saints got out to a fast start with a 9-0 run before Unity’s Reagan Sorensen completed a two-and-one and got the Eagles on the board with plenty of time left to play in the first half.

Once things settled down a bit, the Eagles mounted a nice comeback and took advantage of a pair of St. Croix Falls turnovers. Unity went on a 10-2 run to force a Saints timeout with 7:46 remaining in the first half, but St. Croix Falls still held a 15-12 edge.

Unity got to within a point after the
timeout but that’s as close as they’d get in the final minutes of the first half, as the Saints led 25-18 at halftime.

Foul troubles crept up on Unity in the second half and the Saints took advantage. They shot 10 of 18 from the free-throw line in the second half but are a tough team to stop offensively, as several players have the ability to shoot. Unity was still within reach, however, as they went on a 7-3 run with under nine minutes to go in the game. The Eagles were down by as little as six points but the Saints started to pull away quickly. With just over eight minutes to play the Saints began a 9-2 run that the Eagles had trouble recovering from.

In the end the Saints had three players scoring in double figures, including Addie McCurdy with 14, Annalise Parks

with 13, and Emily McCurdy, 10. Other Saints scorers included Sidney Hoverman, nine, Lucia Neuman, three, and Kalli Christenson, Azalea Edwards and Josey Kahl each had two.

For Unity Sorensen finished with 13 points, followed by Briana Peterson, seven, Lizzy Tilton and Myah Nelson each had five, and Alexus Houman and Madison Strange each had four.

Frederic 38, Siren 33

SIREN – The Frederic girls basketball team won their fifth straight game on the road against Siren on Friday, Feb. 2, to go above .500 in the conference at 5-4, and move into third place in the standings.

Paetyn McKnight of Siren races to the hoop against Frederic on Friday, Feb. 2. The Dragons fell 38-33.

“Siren ran a box and 1 on Kalyn (Miller-Robertson) to try and shut her down,” said coach Brady Robertson, adding that Miller-Robertson finished with 21 points the first time the teams met in December. Frederic won that game too, 48-40.

“We let Siren take her out and we used the rest of the team for scoring,” said Robertson.

Casey Thaemert scored the Vikings first 10 points of the game and led the team with 14 points, followed by Hannah Schmidt, 11, Sydney Domagala, 10, and Miller-Robertson, three.

“Hannah had a great game, a double-double, 11 points, 15 rebounds. Sydney also had a strong game,” said Robertson.

For the Dragons Hannah Lemieux scored nine points, followed by Paeyton McKnight, seven, Maddie Thiex, six, Jaidyn Jewell, five, Cassie Maslow, four, and Karlee Sybers, two.

Drummond 33, Siren 30

DRUMMOND – Siren took the long road to Drummond on Thursday, Feb. 1, but the Lady Dragons fell short as Drummond came back from a 22-16 halftime lead by Siren.

The Dragons offense was led by three players as Paeyton McKnight, Maddie Thiex and Jaidyn Jewell each had six points. Cassie Maslow finished with four points, Jade Horstman and Hannah Lemieux each had three, and Elle Emery finished with two points.

Kailey Davis had 13 points to lead Drummond to victory.

Grantsburg 53, Luck 34

LUCK – The Pirate girls basketball team got a nice win on the road against Luck on Friday, Feb. 2. The win helped snap Grantsburg’s two-game losing streak, with four games left to the regular season. Only one of those four games is a conference game, at St. Croix Falls on Friday, Feb. 16.

For Luck, it was their sixth straight loss as they have two more conference games left in the regular season, and two nonconference games.

Webster 47, Turtle Lake 28

TURTLE LAKE – After a stretch of seven straight losses, the Webster girls basketball team has turned things around a bit, having now recorded their third straight win in a road game against Turtle Lake on Friday, Feb. 2.

There are just four games left on the schedule for the Tigers this regular season. Three of those are conference games against St. Croix Falls, Unity and Siren. The other is against Northwood, before they begin the WIAA playoffs.