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Eric Peterson, Published March 02 2013

Wadena-Deer Creek knocks off top-seeded Hawley girls

MOORHEAD – Caitlin Volkmann glanced and smiled at her own bench a few times after she drained 3-point shots Saturday at Memorial Auditorium.

The Wadena-Deer Creek senior’s performance had her teammates smiling at game’s end. Volkmann scored all 13 of her points to help spark the Wolverines to a 41-36 victory against top-seeded Hawley in the Minnesota Class 2A, Section 8 girls basketball quarterfinals.

“It’s kind of a habit for me whenever I make a shot to look at them; kind of confidence building, too,” said Volkmann, who sank three 3-pointers in the second half.

Wadena-Deer Creek will play Pelican Rapids at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday in the section semifinals at Concordia.

Hawley (20-5) was the top seed in the southwest subsection and had its 11-game winning streak snapped.

Wadena-Deer Creek was the No. 5 seed in the subsection, but earned a 34-33 home victory against Hawley early in the regular season.

“That just shows the other sections how tough it is in our sub-section,” said Wadena-Deer Creek head coach Keith Ferris.

“They are a very good basketball team,” Hawley head coach Bill Gottenborg said of the Wolverines.

Hawley took a 32-31 lead after sophomore Olivia Olson sank a jumper in the middle of the lane with 7 minutes, 10 seconds remaining in the second half. Wadena-Deer Creek countered with 10 of the next 12 points. Volkmann sank a pull-up jumper and added a free throw during that stretch. The Nuggets scored four points on two field goals in the final seven minutes.

“We had confidence and we played well tonight,” Ferris said. “We took care of the ball when we needed to. We shot well, we got it inside and the girls played great.”

Wadena-Deer Creek finished with seven turnovers.

Hawley led by four points early in the second half before Volkmann sank back-to-back 3-pointers to help shift momentum to the Wolverines.

“I just knew I needed to score to help my team win so I decided to start launching them,” Volkmann said.

“She’s a shooter for us,” Ferris added. “She really showed up for us the second half.”

WDC (18-9): Theisen 2 0-1 4, Schissel 2 0-0 6, Caitlin Volkmann 4 2-4 13, Miron 4 2-3 10, Moenkedick 3 0-0 6, Hartman 1 0-0 2, Dumpprope 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 4-7 41.

HAWLEY (20-5): Noreen 1 4-4 6, Olson 5 0-0 10, Aakre 2 0-0 4, Ellefson 4 0-2 9, Sannes 3 0-0 7, Danielson 0 0-0 0, Cederberg 0 0-0 0, Laddusaw 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 4-6 36.

Half: HHS 18, WDC 16. 3-point goals: Schissel 2, Volkmann 3, Ellefson, Sannes. Total fouls: WDC 11, HHS 14. Fouled out: Olson. Rebounds: WDC 18 (Miron 9), HHS 23 (Sannes 7). Turnovers: WDC 7, HHS 11.

Pelican Rapids 52,

Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 50

Freshman guard Mackenzie Korf scored a game-high 22 points, including two important free throws, to help Pelican Rapids edge the Rebels.

Korf sank two foul shots with 4 seconds remaining to give her team a 52-48 lead, points that proved to be the difference. The 5-foot-5 Korf had missed her previous four foul shots before making her last two.

“It feels so good,” said Korf, who scored 18 points in the second half. “I missed a lot, but I couldn’t think about it. I just tried to forget and move forward and think forward.”

D-G-F trailed by as many as nine points in the final eight minutes, but cut the Pelican Rapids lead to two points in the final minute.

“They played to the very end,” D-G-F head coach Tom Critchley Jr. said of his team. “They kept their composure and they just kept competing. I’m proud of them.”

Korf missed a two fouls shot with 11 seconds to play with her team holding a 50-48 lead. The Rebels tried to push the ball up court for a potential game-tying shot, but were called for traveling near midcourt with 7 seconds to play.

Korf followed with her two clutch foul shots.

“This is an amazing feeling,” Korf said. “I couldn’t ask for better seniors and to do it with a better team.”

Pelican Rapids forged into the lead for good with a 16-3 run midway through the second half. Korf capped that rally with a 15-foot jumper that gave Pelican Rapids a 42-33 lead with 7:36 remaining.

Rebels senior Sierra Senske led her teams with 18 points, including 15 after halftime.

PELICAN RAPIDS (19-7): Mackenzie Korf 7 6-14 22, Haugrud 1 2-2 4, Madison Korf 1 2-2 4, Weinrich 1 2-2 4, Huseby 2 1-2 5, Spicer 1 1-2 3, Pfeifle 2 0-1 6, Haiby 2 0-0 4. Totals 17 14-25 52.

DGF (15-9): Highness 3 0-1 6, Honek 0 1-2 1, Molstre 5 1-2 6, Senske 6 4-6 18, Mercil 4 2-4 10, Geiser 2 0-0 4, Larson 0 0-0 0, Smith 1 0-0 2, Oberg 1 0-0 3, Reno 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 8-15 50.

Half: DGF 21, PR 20. 3-point goals: Mackenzie Korf 2, Pfeifle 2, Senske 2, Oberg. Total fouls: PR 12, DGF 23. Fouled out: Molstre. Rebounds: PR 34 (Mackenzie Korf 8), DGF 35 (Mercil 8). Turnovers: PR 18, DGF 19.

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