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Wolves overcome early deficit to defeat Tigers

Through the first half of the first half, Nevis and Walker-Hackensack-Akeley were locked in a 21-21 tie in a Northwoods Conference girls basketball game at Walker.

Through the first half of the first half, Nevis and Walker-Hackensack-Akeley were locked in a 21-21 tie in a Northwoods Conference girls basketball game at Walker.

The host Wolves took control by following a 19-3 run to close the half with a 13-0 run early in the second half in an 80-41 victory. Justine Day, Kali Oelschlager and Megan Benjamin had double-doubles as W-H-A swept the season series.

Three jumpers by Makenna Frazier, two jumpers by Emily Funk and two inside baskets by Katie Kamphaus gave Nevis a 14-10 lead with 14:12 to play in the first half before jumpers by Mackenzie Mitchell and Ashley Pyburn and a 3-pointer by Sadie Thurner forged a 21-21 at the 9:32 mark.

W-H-A controlled the rest of the half to carry a 40-24 lead into the break. Funk's jumper at the 1:40 mark provided the only field goal for the Tigers during that span.

Nevis opened the second half with a layup by Kamphaus and a 3-pointer by Addison Lindow to cut the gap to 40-29 with 17:08 to play. The Wolves regained control with a 13-0 run for a 53-29 advantage. Frazier's jumper at the 13:26 mark ended that run, but W-H-A responded with a 19-5 spurt to take a 72-36 lead and force running time with 7:58 to go.

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Frazier led the Tigers with 10 points and four steals. Lindow, Funk and Kamphaus had four rebounds each while Pyburn had five assists and Lindow had four assists. The Tigers, who lost to W-H-A 64-28 on Jan. 8, fell to 1-9 in the conference and 1-16 overall.

Day's 19 points and 10 assists, Oelschlager's 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Benjamin's 12 points and 11 rebounds led the Wolves, who improved to 7-1 in conference games and 14-3 overall. Brianna Raddatz added 17 points for the Wolves, who trail Red Lake (8-0) and Pine River-Backus (6-0) in the conference standings.

The win also lifted W-H-A to 7-2 against Section 5A opponents while the Tigers fell to 1-6 in section games.

NEVIS: Frazier 4 2-4 10, Thurner 1 0-0 3, Funk 3 0-2 6, Pyburn 2 0-0 4, Mitchell 2 0-0 5, Lindow 3 0-0 7, Kamphaus 3 0-0 6. Totals: 18 for 48 (FG), 2 for 6 (FT).

WALKER-HACKENSACK-AKELEY: Deegan 4 2-2 11, Nornberg 3 0-0 8, Benjamin 5 2-2 12, Raddatz 7 1-1 17, Oelschlager 5 1-2 13, Day 7 3-4 19. Totals: 31 for 74 (FG), 9 for 11 (FT).

Halftime: W-H-A 40, Nevis 24. Three-pointers: Thurner 1, Mitchell 1, Lindow 1, Deegan 1, Nornberg 2, Raddatz 2, Oelschlager 2, Day 2. Team fouls: Nevis 11, W-H-A 8. Rebounds: Nevis 19 (Lindow 4, Funk 4, Kamphaus 4, Frazier 3, Pyburn 2, Thurner 2). Assists: Nevis 15 (Pyburn 5, Lindow 4, Funk 3, Frazier 1, Mitchell 1, Thurner 1). Steals: Nevis 8 (Frazier 4, Funk 2, Lindow 1, Pyburn 1). Turnovers: Nevis 23, W-H-A 17.

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