SHELL LAKE – Schedules of non-sport events likely will be more closely examined by Siren’s athletic department in the future.
Initially there was no apparent conflict with scheduling the second girls basketball game of the season on a Monday rather than Tuesday. But the Dragons discovered they’d need to pickup their second win of the season without a few important players.
“I was told ‘oh by the way, we’re not going to be (at Monday’s game)’” Siren coach Ryan Karsten said. “They had to go to an Honors Choir event, so we had no depth.”
Siren overcame the light bench and withstood a second-half comeback from Shell Lake to take a 53-47 win and improve to 2-0 on the season. This, despite missing three players that combined for over 20 points in Siren’s season-opening win.
The Dragons still managed to build a 30-10 lead in the first half but the advantage shrank in the second half as fatigue set in. Shell Lake rallied to pull within a point at 44-43 before Siren closed the game with a 9-4 run to end the game.
“It was a really thin bench to finish the game,” Karsten said.
Lindsay Liljenberg led the Dragons with 19 points; Morgan Shetler added 15 and Maddie Thiex had eight.
Siren’s season-opening win over Clayton came with more breathing room due to 3-point shooting. The Dragons sank six first-half 3-pointers and had eight total in the game to earn a 61-43 win over the Bears.
Siren had to overcome an early deficit and Liljenberg led the comeback, finishing with a game-high 21 points and leading the Dragons in going from six points down early in the first half to leading by 31 in the second half.
Hannah Lemieux had 12 points for the Dragons; Jaidyn Jewell had eight and Shetler added six.
The Dragons host Luck on Friday.
A pair of seniors posted good numbers in the season opener for Grantsburg on Nov. 21, but Prairie Farm finished with the 57-45 win.
Brooke Quimby had a game-high 25 points and Olivia Ohnstad added 10 points with 15 rebounds for Grantsburg, which still couldn’t avoid a double-digit deficit early. Prairie Farm had five players finish with double-digit point totals that helped it out to a 34-18 lead entering the break.
While the Pirates got slightly closer in the second half, the Panthers allowed just three Grantsburg players to score from the floor in the second half.
“We made a lot of turnovers,” Grantsburg coach Penny Curtin said. “We outscored them in the second half but it was too little, too late.”
The Pirates host Webster on Tuesday.
The Tigers fell short on their first two shots at the season’s first win.
In their season opener on Nov. 21, the Tigers were within reach of a win in the final minutes but Lake Holcombe held on for a 51-47 win. Over half the Chieftains’ points were scored by two players – Karly Kirkman and Brooke Lechleitner – who scored 17 points each.
Grace McCool led Webster with 12 points; Hannah McDowell added 10 and Morgan Mulroy had eight.
The Tigers got an early lead over New Auburn on Nov. 25 by allowing just nine first-half points to take a 15-9 lead into halftime. But, New Auburn made a second-half comeback to take a 34-27 win at home.
Brooke Hetfeld led Webster with six points; Aliyah Daniels had five while McDowell, Jenna Gomulak and Torrance Wols had four points each.
New Auburn’s Zoey Rada led all scorers with 19 points.
Webster plays at Unity on Thursday.