By Chad Koenen
Frazee wrapped up its regular season with a pair of wins last week, including a thrilling 95-91 overtime win against Breckenridge on Saturday. The two wins brought the Hornets record to 9-9 overall and 4-8 in the Heart O’ Lakes Conference.
The Hornets will open their sub section tournament on Thursday night when they travel to third seeded Breckenridge (12-6 overall). The two teams split the regular season series with the Cowboys winning by a score of 72-57 on Feb. 11 and the Hornets securing an overtime win in their regular season finale on Saturday by a score of 95-91.
The Hornets come into the tournament averaging 70.6 points per game on offense, while giving up 68.7 points per game on defense.
The Cowboys, on the other hand, average 73.7 points per game on offense and give up 66.5 points per game on defense.
The winner of the game will take on either second seeded Perham or seventh seeded Wadena-Deer Creek on Saturday at the high seed.
On the other side of the bracket, top seeded Fergus Falls will take on either eighth seeded Menahga or ninth seeded Staples Motley. Barnesville received the fourth seed, while Pelican Rapids was seeded fifth.
Frazee jumped out to an early lead and never looked back on Tuesday night as the Hornets defeated Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal 83-46.
Frazee outshot the Titans by a 53.8 percent to 28.6 percent and made 6-16 shots from behind the 3-point line. Throughout the game the Hornets dominated the Titans in the paint as they held a 54-20 advantage in points in the paint, while holding a 22-4 advantage in points off of turnovers.
The Hornet also moved the ball throughout the night as they had 21 assists on 35 made shots from the field. They also forced 16 turnovers in the win.
Jack Courneya had a big night from the field as he led four Hornets who reached double-figures with 27 points off of just 11-18 shooting.
George Flynn scored 14 points, Broden Fleisher scored 13 points off of just 6-9 shooting and Nathan Johannsen scored 11 points to join them in double-figures. Justin Courneya scored 8 points and Reid Eckert chipped in with 7 points of his own.
Frazee was unable to contain a late Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton charge in the second half as the Rebels secured a 75-67 win over the Hornets on Thursday night. Frazee led 42-36 at halftime, and actually outshot the Rebels by hitting 43.3 percent of their shots from the field, but in the end DGF was able to pull out the close HOL win.
Throughout the game both teams found quite a bit of success in the paint as the Rebels held a slight 48-32 advantage and DGF also held a slight 17-6 advantage in offensive rebounding.
Jack Courneya and Flynn both reached double-figures in the HOL loss as they hit a pair of 3-pointers. Courneya finished with 27 points and Flynn scored 22 points. Justin Courneya scored 9 points, Fleisher scored 7 and Johannsen rounded out the scoring with 2 points.
In a game that will be one to remember for both teams long after their seasons end, Frazee defeated Breckenridge by a score of 95-91 in overtime on Saturday afternoon.
The Hornets overcame a 49-45 halftime deficit in an action-packed first half and was able to tie the game up at 83-83 to send the game into overtime. Frazee was able to outscore the Cowboys 95-91 to avenge their earlier loss to the Cowboys and set up a rubber match between the two teams on Thursday night.
Frazee shot lights out from the floor as they hit 51.5 percent of their shots, and kept the Cowboys off balance on the defensive end of the court as Breckenridge made just 38.4 percent of their shots. What kept Breckenridge in the game was their ability to hit 3-point shots as they made 15-39 shots from behind the 3-point line to force overtime.
When the game came down to the wire the Hornets did a good job of hitting their free throws as they made 20-29 from the charity stripe and held a 38-30 advantage of points in the paint.
Jack Courneya had one of his best nights from the field on the season as he finished with 38 points as he hit three 3-pointers. Justin Courneya scored 19 points, while Fleisher scored 16 points, Eckert finished with 12 points and Flynn rounded out the scoring with 10 points.