Photos by Andrea Reierson, Barbie Porter
Above: Dani Piche drives past a Wadena-Deer Creek defender during last week’s game in Frazee. Below: Riyan Eckert guards Lauryn Gravelle during last Monday’s Section 8AA opener in Frazee. 

Fergus Falls defeats Frazee in section tournament

The Frazee girls basketball got its playoff schedule off on the right foot last week as the Hornets defeated Wadena-Deer Creek by a score of 39-35 in overtime. Two nights later the Hornets eventually fell to second ranked and top seeded Fergus Falls by a score of 68-46 to end their season with a record of 3-16 overall.

The Otters went on to defeat Roseau in the Section 8AA quarterfinals and will take on Hawley in the section semi-finals on Tuesday. On the other side of the bracket, Barnesville will take on Pelican Rapids. 


Frazee got off to a fast start and led by as many as 7 points early in the first half of its section tournament opener against Wadena-Deer Creek last Monday night. However, a late run by the Wolverines not only erased that deficit, but gave them a slight 21-17 lead at halftime. In the second half the Wolverines increased their lead to as many as 7 points, but a late second half push by the Hornets tied the game at 35-35. 

The overtime period was all the Hornets as they scored all 4 points and came away with a tough 39-35 win over WDC

Frazee dominated the Wolverines in the paint throughout the night as they held a 22-10 advantage and had 14 points off of turnovers, compared to just 5 for WDC.

Frazee also did a good job of hanging onto the ball as they turned the ball over just 11 times, compared to 15 for the Wolverines. 

Kate Vigen, Riyan Eckert and Annika Reierson led the way offensively for Frazee with 8 points apiece, while Madison Starry scored 7 points. Reierson also led the team in rebounding with 9. 

Also chipping in offensively was Dani Piche and Kaidence Mayfield with 4 points apiece. 

POINTS- Kate Vigen 8, Annika Reierson 8, Riyan Eckert 8, Madison Starry 7, Dani Piche 4, Kaidence Mayfield 4

ASSISTS- Annika Reierson 2, Jayden Sonnenberg 2, Harley Kropuenske 1

REBOUNDS- Annika Reierson 9, Madison Starry 4, Riyan Eckert 4, Anissa Antonsen 3, Harley Kropuenske 3, Kaidence Mayfied 2, Jayden Sonnenberg 2, Kate Vigen 1, Dani Piche 1, 

STEALS- Madison Starry 3, Riyan Eckert 2, Kate Vigen 1, Annika Reierson 1, Anissa Antonsen 1, Kaidence Mayfield 1, Harley Kropuenske 1, J

Jayden Sonnenberg 1

BLOCKS- Madison Starry 3, Kate Vigen 2, Riyan Eckert 1


Following their thrilling overtime win over WDC, the Hornets were given the task of taking on the second ranked and top seeded Fergus Falls Otters. While Frazee trailed by single digits for much of the first half, a late run at the end of the first half pushed that lead to 39-18 at the halftime break. 

In the second half the Hornets were able to match the Otters just about point-for-point, but were unable to overcome their first half deficit to fall by a score of 68-40.

Both teams shot well from behind the 3-point line as Frazee went 10-26 and Fergus Falls went 10-22. One of the big differences in the game was turnovers as Frazee turned the ball over 25 times, compared to just 14 for Fergus Falls. 

Piche led the way offensively for Frazee with three 3-pointers to finish with 13 points. Anissa Antonsen hit four 3-pointers to finish with 12 points, while Reierson joined the pair in double-figures with 11 points. She also hit three 3-pointers. 

Rounding out the scoring for the Hornets was Starry with 4 points.

POINTS- Dani Piche 13, Anissa Antonsen 12, Annika Reierson 11, Madison Starry 4

ASSISTS- Annika Reierson 3, Harley Kropuenske 3, Madison Starry 2, Kate Vigen 1, Anissa Antonsen 1

REBOUNDS- Annika Reierson 5, Harley Kropuenske 4, Madison Starry 4, Dani Piche 3, Riyan Eckert 3, Jayden Sonnenberg 3, Annisa Antonsen 2 

STEALS- Kate Vigen 5, Annika Reierson 2, Anissa Antonsen 2

BLOCKS- Annika Reierson 1