Hornets seeded 15th overall

Photos by Chad Koenen
Mark Jaroszewski scored 3 points in last week’s win over Park Christian

By Chad Koenen

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Frazee will open its playoffs against a familiar foe this week. The Hornets, who received the 15th seed in the Section 8AA tournament, will travel to second seeded Pelican Rapids on Thursday night. 

The winner of the game will take on either seventh seeded Fergus Falls or 10th seeded East Grand Forks on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the high seed. The section tournament will continue next Tuesday at 7:45 p.m. at Detroit Lakes High School. 

Johnathon Parsons scored 3 points in 7 minutes during last week’s game against Park Christian.

Other first round match ups include: third seeded Perham against 14th seeded Crookston, sixth seeded Hawley against 11th seeded Wadena-Deer Creek, top seeded Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton against 16th seeded Roseau, eighth seeded Barnesville against ninth seeded Park Rapids, fourth seeded Thief River Falls against 13th seeded Red Lake and fifth seeded Warroad against 12th seeded Menahga. 

The Hornets dropped both of their previous match ups against the Vikings in conference play by scores of 63-31 and 66-26. 

The Hornets ended the regular season with a record of 4-20 overall. 

Tuesday

Frazee outshot Wadena-Deer Creek from the floor by a 42.6 percent to 38.7 percent margin, but 30 turnovers proved to be too much to overcome as the Wolverines defeated the Hornets by a score of 78-62 on Tuesday. Wadena-Deer Creek held a 39-30 lead at halftime as the two teams continued to keep up the pace in the second half. 

The Hornets dominated the Wolverines down low as Frazee held a 51-32 advantage in rebounding and held a 32-30 advantage in points in the paint.

Nathan Johannsen scored 19 points to help lift the Hornets to a 56-54 win over Park Christian last week.

The Wolverines were able to make the most of Frazee’s turnovers as they had 32 points off of turnovers. 

Asher Blaine led the way offensively as he went 7-8 from the field and hit four 3-pointers to finish with 18 points. Nathan Johannsen also reached double figures as the senior finished with a double-double of 14 points and 14 rebounds. 

Ian Cottrell scored 9 points, while Adam Vigen and Carter Sonnenberg each scored 6 points. Zachary Longfors scored 3 points, while George Flynn and Dylan Selly rounded out the scoring with 2 points apiece. 

Sonnenberg also finished with 6 rebounds in the loss.

Friday

A strong second half finish pushed the Hornets in front of the Park Christian Falcons in non-conference action on Friday night.

The Hornets trailed midway through the second half, after leading 30-29 at halftime, before they went on a big run to hold off the Falcons down the stretch. The game was tied late, but Frazee was able to do just enough down low to come away with a 56-54 win.

The Hornets had a big night shooting as they shot 50 percent from the field, compared to just 34.4 percent by Park Christian and held a 38-30 advantage in points in the paint. They also held an 18-6 advantage in transition points, despite turning over the ball over 21 times in the game. 

Nathan Johannsen led the way offensively with 19 points off of just 8-13 shooting. He also led the team with 8 rebounds. Asher Blaine and George Flynn scored 12 points apiece off of a combined 11-17 shooting from the floor.

Adam Vigen, Mark Jaroszewski and Jonathon Parsons each scored 3 points, while Kale Ovsak scored 2 points and Carter Sonnenberg rounded out the scoring with 1 point.