SIREN – After a lengthy drought in Lakeland West competition, the Siren girls basketball team has moved-on to larger tasks.
The Dragons won their first in-conference matchup in over a year earlier this season and are now a game within a .500 Lakeland West record after earning another. Lindsay Liljenberg and Hannah Lemieux led them to a 60-46 home win over Webster on Friday, improving to 2-3 in the conference and 7-3 record overall with their fifth consecutive victory.
Liljenberg nearly outscored the Tigers on her own in the first half, where she scored 16 of her game-high 22 points. Lemieux added seven first-half points and the Dragons took a 34-17 lead into halftime.
Webster fared better from the floor in the second half with Hannah McDowell scoring 10 of her team-high 18 points while Grace McCool added nine and Brooke Hetfeld added eight in the game. But, Siren didn’t relinquish the lead.
Liljenberg had eight of Siren’s 12 makes at the free throw line in the game, including four of the team’s eight makes in the second half. Jaiden Jewell scored eight of her 11 points in the second half and Lemieux also finished with 11.
The Tigers dropped to 1-3 in the conference and 2-8 overall on the season; they play at Frederic this Friday and host Grantsburg on Tuesday.
Siren earned its fourth consecutive win three days earlier at Drummond. The Dragons allowed only seven first-half points and had eight players score in a 41-36 win.
Lemieux led the team with nine points; Maddy Nichols had eight and Liljenberg scored seven.
Siren hosts Bruce on Thursday and Frederic on Tuesday.
The Pirates stretched their win streak to three games on Jan. 7, but had it ended with a loss to Luck on Friday.
Grantsburg earned a 57-31 win over Clayton to improve its overall season record to 4-4 and a win on Friday would have been the first in Lakeland West competition this season. Brooke Quimby scored all 17 of her team-high points in the second half though Luck still finished with the 60-47 win.
Olivia Ohnstad led the Pirates in the first half with eight points and added six more in the second half while Quimby led the way, making three 3-pointers after halftime. However, the Cardinals’ Grace Thoreson scored 19 of her game-high 26 points in the second half to help keep Luck in the lead.
Caitlyn Lee added six points for Grantsburg, which dropped to 4-5 overall on the season.
The Pirates start a busy four-day stretch this Friday, playing at Unity before going to Amery on Monday and Webster on Tuesday.