SIREN – It’s fitting for the Siren girls basketball team to have a matchup with Webster this Friday.
The Dragons entered the week on a three-game win streak that continued last Friday with a rare scoring total not seen at Siren since a prior game against the Tigers, in 2013. The Dragons sank nine 3-pointers led by three from Morgan Shetler. It was their highest point total since they scored 80 against Webster seven years ago.
“We’re starting to play really well and figuring-out how to play together,” Siren coach Ryan Karsten said.
Lindsay Liljenberg scored 13 of her game-high 17 points in the first half and Shetler had nine of her 14 points in the second half for Siren. They allowed the Dragons to build a double-digit first-half lead and add to it in the second half.
The win improved Siren’s overall record to 5-3 though it needs wins over Lakeland West foes like Webster to improve its in-conference mark.
“We’re just 1-3 in the conference and this Friday will be our first time through,” Karsten said. “In the second half (of the season), if we can compete with teams like Frederic, Luck and Webster we’ll be right about where we should be.”
Madison Thiex added 10 points for the Dragons, who outscored Solon Springs 43-28 in the second half. Liljenberg added 11 rebounds and Shetler had five steals.
Webster, meanwhile, earned its second win of the season in its December finale and had nearly three weeks without play before facing Northwood earlier this week.
The Pirates are still a game away from playing at home in 2020.
This Friday they play their third of three games on the road in January, going to Luck, before returning home on Tuesday to host Frederic.
Grantsburg closed 2019 with a win over Spooner to stop a three-game skid and earned consecutive wins for the first time this season by opening the new year with a 42-26 win over Mellen on Friday.
Brooke Quimby scored a game-high 15 points for the Pirates while Madison Schafer added nine and Olivia Ohnstad had eight. And holding the home team to 26 points helped create a double-digit advantage, Grantsburg’s coach said it could have been even more decisive.
“Although we left lots of points on the floor, we had a good team effort from everyone,” Penny Curtin said.
The Pirates improved to 3-4 overall on the season.