The Lady Wolves rematch with Pine River-Backus Monday night in Walker did not go the way the home team would have liked, as they lost to the Tigers for the second time in six days, 63-28.
Walker-Hackensack-Akeley had no energy and lacked intensity when the game started, and the Tigers quickly grabbed a 12-3 lead. A short time later, and after the Wolves had already turned the ball over for the eighth time, the lead swelled to 29-11.
The Tigers made six three-pointers to the Wolves zero as they took a 34-14 lead at the half.
It didn’t take long to realize there would be no comeback. Coach Jim Lien pulled his starters just 3:13 into the second half, and with the Tigers up 41-16. A few minutes later the Pine River coach would also pull his starters.
WHA's reserves played nearly the rest of the game and were only outscored 22-12.
Michaela MacFarlane and Bri Raddatz led the way with five points each, while Brittany Wolter and Megan Benjamin scored four. Wolter also had eight rebounds.
The Wolves finished the game with 26 turnovers and did not make a three-pointer, while the Tigers sank 10 and had only nine turnovers.
Three Tigers finished in double figures with Alyssa Semmler leading the way with 15 points. Rylie Hirschey scored 13 and Bailey Wynn had 11 points.
The Wolves close out the regular season this week hosting Deer River and traveling to Laporte.
Tigers rally for win
Whatever momentum the Lady Wolves took into the locker room in last Wednesday’s showdown at Pine River-Backus, stayed there as the Tigers dominated most of the second half to get a 73-61 win.
The loss snapped the Wolves’ 15-game winning streak and gives Pine River-Backus the advantage to win the Northwoods Conference South crown.
The Wolves shot better than 50 percent from outside in the first half, draining eight three-pointers to take a 42-36 lead. In the second half they were 2-13, and finished at 40 percent overall with 19 turnovers.
Leading the Wolves was Justine Day with 17 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists. Both Benjamin and Raddatz scored 13 points with Benjamin grabbing seven boards.
Bailey Nornberg tossed in seven points, Emma Deegan scored six while Kali Oelschlager added five points.